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Research Fellow in Oral Tribology

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in tribology, surfaces and interfaces? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a highly dynamic, interdisciplinary team focusing on understanding the mechanisms of lubrication in oral mucosa by designing new bio-relevant surfaces. You will actively collaborate with experts in the School of Mechanical Engineering, and working alongside another postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will be part of a project engineering new elastomeric and/or biocompatible surfaces with variations in surface roughness and surface chemistry for oral tribology experiments. 

You will work on designing new approaches to measure friction generated by biopolymeric hydrogels in soft contacts that replicate oral surfaces. This will involve integrating tribology measurements, surface science knowledge, oral physiology, rheology, and material science techniques to establish aqueous lubrication mechanisms in complex human oral mucosa. 

You will have a PhD in Engineering, Material Science or a closely allied discipline together with a strong background in bio-tribology and experience in development of advanced original experimental techniques. You will also have a positive approach to collaborative research and the drive to make a significant contribution to make this ground-breaking project a success.

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

Dr Anwesha Sarkar, Associate Professor of Food Colloids

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2748, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Food Science & Nutrition
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above £34,520
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (3 years due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 12 December 2017
Interview Date:  Monday 15 January 2018
Reference:  MAPFS1065
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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

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