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Research Fellow

Biomedical Electronics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/08/2021)
Closing Date:  Friday 03 April 2020
Interview Date:   Thursday 09 April 2020
Reference:  1250920FP

You will work on an exciting interdisciplinary project to develop new microfluidic separation technologies for extra cellular vesicles (EVs). You will join an EU FET project (The Extracellular Vesicle Foundry, that develops technologies for the isolation, purification and characterisation of EVs from a range of biological fluids. The project is a collaborative activity with several leading academic European partners. The goals of the project are to develop methods for EV isolation and formulation; (ii) to engineer integrated microfluidic devices for the separation of EV populations; (iii) to design a scalable integrated system for separation and quality control of EVs under continuous flow; and (iv) to provide a lab-scale prototype for large scale controlled production of EVs from complex fluids.

You will collaborate closely with our partners and deliver and present progress at regular meetings.   You must be self-motivated and work independently under your own initiative. You must have excellent communication skills and proven ability in English language (written and verbal) for regular formal reporting. You also need to demonstrate initiative in problem solving. 

This challenging project requires a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Engineering or Physical Sciences. You must have skills and expertise in microfluidics preferably in design, simulation and microfabrication.  

The post will be held jointly between Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. Ranked in the top one per cent of universities globally and among the UK’s top 20 for research, the University of Southampton has an international reputation for its research, teaching and enterprise activities. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ECS was first in the UK for the volume and quality of research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  The volume and quality of ECS Computer Science research is in the top 10 in the UK, with 100% of Computer Science research impact rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We are commited to improving equality for women in science and submitted an application for Athena SWAN in November 2019.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

As part of the recruitment process all applicants are expected to give a talk to academic and research staff and to PhD students within the department. 

For further information please contact Professor Hywel Morgan ( 

*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.

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 Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456. Please quote reference 1250920FP on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

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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