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Research Fellow in Advanced Cell Stimulation: Integration of ultrasonic cell manipulation with optical technologies

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,395 to £32,236 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Monday 08 July 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1148219DA

Research Fellow in Advanced Cell Stimulation: Integration of ultrasonic cell manipulation with optical technologies 

The School of Engineering is renowned for its cutting-edge fundamental and applied research.  You will join a multidisciplinary group that is known world-wide for its work in acoustic particle manipulation, and its applications to bio-detection and tissue engineering.  The post is part of a project that aims to create new advances and applications in this field, and you will be part of a team of other postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.  Our existing research can be seen here:

You will work on integrating advanced optical modalities such as holographic imaging with ultrasonic manipulation to create a new tool for probing the mechanical properties of human cells.  The technology will have applications in developing new drug libraries and understanding and diagnosing diseases. Industrial partners have expressed strong interest in the project, and we anticipate working with them to create useful systems.

While experience of ultrasonic manipulation would be ideal, we have sufficient experience to guide design in this area, and the main qualities that are desirable are the research vision and breadth of expertise to engage with all aspects of this challenging multidisciplinary project: fluidic system design, acoustic modelling, working with cell lines and biological assays, the design of integrated detection systems, and working with researchers at the University Hospital Southampton to evaluate the approach experimentally using clinically relevant samples.

You will have completed a PhD or have gained equivalent professional qualifications, with knowledge of the key areas described above.  A practical background is essential, and experience of handling biological cells and biological assays would be an advantage.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

There is considerable flexibility over the start date of the post.  For informal enquiries, please contact Peter Glynne-Jones, email:

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1148219DA on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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