Research Fellow in Biophysics
University of Nottingham Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Mucin Biophysics

Reference :SCI143820
Closing Date :Friday, 10th July 2020
Job Type :Research
Department :Food, Nutrition & Dietetics, Biosciences
Salary :£30942 to £31866 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Research Fellow in Mucin Biophysics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in biopolymer characterisation and interests in understanding biophysics of mucosal membranes – a billion years old evolutionary adaptation across primitive and complex life? Are you interested to explore fundamental aspects and their applications in health and diseases? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities?

We are looking for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded Research Fellow to join a highly dynamic, interdisciplinary team; focusing on understanding biomolecular interactions in mucus systems, which underpin healthy function of the gut and immunity. From fundamental physical aspects of water structure to complex interactions using biomimetic substrates and 3D tissue models. You will actively collaborate with experts in the School of Biosciences, National Centre for Molecular Hydrodynamics, as well as interface experts in School of Chemistry, Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre and Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre. 

The project will involve the use of bimolecular characterisation technique, such as rheology, atomic force microscopy, analytical ultracentrifugation, soft contact tribology and a wide range of microscopy and small angle scattering techniques. In addition, successful candidate will conduct research on biological tissues, such as mucins from animal origin, and complex polysaccharides from plant sources.

You will have a PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry, Physics/Biophysics, Biological/Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Soft Matter/Biomaterial Science or a related discipline, and extensive knowledge and experience of bimolecular characterisation and chemical/enzymatic modification. Good MATLAB skills are highly desirable. 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.

The position is offered on a full time (36.25hrs per week), fixed term contract for 3 years. Job share opportunities may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Gleb Yakubov, Tel: +44 (0) 115 95 16134, email:

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