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Research Fellow in Microfluidic Medical Devices

Do you want to participate to the translation of a research idea in a real commercial solution? Do you want to improve methods for animal research and reduce the use of animals in research? Are you excited about contributing to scientific research in fertility? Are you able to manage a multicentre project, connect with international users and analyse their feedback?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our multidisciplinary team in Leeds and to validate our new technology with end users and define a commercial product. 

Our group is focused on the development of new techniques and devices for improving for diagnosis and treatment of infertility. In our team we couple our knowledge and experience in engineering and entrepreneurship with reproductive science and assistive reproductive technology to propose new solutions to current limitation in animal and human reproduction.

This vacancy is created by an NC3Rs – Medical Research Council (MRC) Business Growth Scheme (BGS) grant awarded to Dr. Pensabene which aims to complete the validation of a microfluidic device for mouse embryo culture, to complete a thorough stakeholder and market analysis in preparation for the commercialization of the technology. You will work on the BGS project (From challenge to solution: definition of the characteristics of a new disposable product to improve murine embryos handling and transfer procedures) managing the full project and all the activities.

The manufacturing will be conducted by an external company, that will be instructed by you in terms of device characteristics, materials and delivery time. The external validation will be carried out at the Francis Crick Institute and at the University of Oxford and you will coordinate the experiments and analyse the results. A final phase will be dedicated to the definition of the end users’ needs and the optimization of the product for commercialization purpose.

Holding a PhD (or close to completion) in Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Material Science, Biology, Physics or related disciplines, you will have a proven laboratory experience and track-record in biotechnology, cell culture and microscopy, together with a proactive, enthusiastic approach to research and innovation.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Virginia Pensabene, PhD, University Academic Fellow in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0) 771 3371521 or email: v.pensabene@leeds.ac.uk 


Further information

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Section:  The Pollard Institute
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  50% full time equivalent
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Up to one year, available from 15 January 2020, to end by 14 January 2021)
Release Date:  Wednesday 04 December 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 05 January 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSEE1011
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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