Research Associate Position in Hydrogels

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on projects aimed at synthesizing and using innovative hydrogels for a wide array of applications in biomedical science. This post is based within the Biomaterials group at Imperial College London, working with Professor Molly Stevens and involve collaborations with a number of other internationally recognised biomaterials and (nano)materials research groups. The Stevens Group has received numerous awards for outstanding biomaterials related research ( and comprises a very international and multidisciplinary group of Research Fellows and PhD students.

Duties and responsibilities

The Research Associate will design, synthesis and characterise innovative hydrogel materials for applications in regenerative medicine and biosensing. The Research Associate will perform wet synthetic protocols to biofunctionalise the hydrogels to direct cell response or enable new biomaterials. You will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary environment and be active in multiple projects within our labs and through collaborations. To view ongoing research in the group please visit You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College. This post will combine novel material design with state of the art techniques for the materials characterisation. 

This post will liaise closely with researchers trained in a wide array of faculties, including nanomaterials, engineering, as well as biology (with focus areas ranging from e.g. cancer, cardiac, and stem cells). The RA will take a leading role in working with other PDRAs and PhDs in our multidisciplinary group.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders are expected to demonstrate the following

  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a masters (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science or engineering or similar.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, molecular chemistry, polymer chemistry, or materials science or engineering including bioengineering or similar.
  • Experience in peptide- or polymer-derived hydrogels.
  • Experience in peptide and biopolymer characterisation (mechanical properties, biocompatibility, chemical analyses, NMR).
  • Experience in a wide range of synthetic skills (e.g. experimental design, catalysts, wet chemistry, purification, etc).
  • Experience in focusing on biopolymers, their chemistry and characterisation, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.
  • A proven publications record.
  • Knowledge of materials characterisation techniques such as Raman spectroscopy.

Further information

This is a Full-Time and Fixed Term contract for twelve months with the possibility for an extension. 

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 – £35,061 per annum.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, 

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Darakshan Khan 

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