Scientist in Biomaterials
University of Glasgow, School of Engineering
United States

Job Purpose

The candidate will work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded programme (http://ktp.innovateuk.org/) between the University of Glasgow and Cell Guidance Systems (https://www.cellgs.com/), aiming to transfer biomaterial production methodologies from the university into the industrial partner. Please note that this is a lab-based position. Furthermore, the selected candidate will primarily be based at Cell Guidance Systems at their premises at the Babraham Bioscience Campus, Cambridge, but will be required to intermittently visit the academic team at Glasgow University. Training will be provided from both the company and university teams, however, a generous budget is available for the candidate to pursue additional career development opportunities, such as external training courses.


Cell Guidance Systems provides products for in vitro cell culture and the candidate will be responsible for the development of new biomaterial products which incorporate Cell Guidance Systems’ Polyhedrin Delivery System (PODS) system, a novel delivery technology for proteins. Candidates must demonstrate capacity to meet both the technical and commercial targets of the KTP project and potential to lead on all aspects of biomaterial engineering within the company.


Applicants should have experience with in vitro cell culture systems and biomaterial techniques such as hydrogels, 3D bioprinting, electrospraying, electrospinning or microcarrier based culture and experience using material based systems to deliver growth factors to cells. Their work will be closely aligned to the commercial interests of the company and they will work closely with the company’s R&D, sales and management staff taking a leading role in the delivery of new products. The successful candidate will also be expected to write reports on their studies and research papers during the course of the KTP.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To develop new biomaterial products (bioink, 3D hydrogel and microcarriers) which incorporate the PODS system. 
2. To collaborate with the academic members of the project team in order to transfer biomaterial knowledge and processes relevant to into the company.
3. To contribute to writing up research papers and presenting research findings at national and international meetings.
4. To prepare technical project reports and SOPs with regular presentation of research findings at project and company meetings.
5. To take responsibility for equipment and labs associated with the project and take an active role in forming a biomaterials group within the company.
6. To assist in the product design process based by developing awareness of the commercial hydrogel and 3D cell culture sectors.
7. To keep up to date with current developments in the subject field and market trends and assist with promotion of newly developed products.
8. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the company and academic supervisors.
9. To carry out administrative tasks associated with research assigned by the line manager. 
10. To contribute to University research strategy, culture, meetings and related training.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications
Essential:

A1 A good first degree and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Cellular Biology or related disciplines.
A2 Strong experimental background with evidence of high quality research and/or development relating to use or synthesis of biomaterials such as electrospinning or bioprinting.
A3 Background in cell culture techniques, particularly 3D hydrogel cell culture.
A4 Knowledge of growth factors and their physiological relevance.
A5 Understanding of commercial drivers and business case construction for new technologies/processes.


Desirable:
B1 Understanding of Knowledge Transfer from an academic base to an industrial partner.


Skills
Essential:

C1 Ability to develop novel biomaterial synthesis protocols based on existing protocols (e.g. hydrogel synthesis).
C2 Ability to take initiative and manage projects.
C3 Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-skilled team.
C4 Excellent communication and organisational skills, able to relay complex concepts to a broad audience of stakeholders such as technical staff, academics and industrial partners.
C5 Ability to develop commercial and business awareness.
C6 Excellent interpersonal skills.
C7 Excellent technical writing and reporting skills.
C8 Effective team working and management skills.
C9 Time/project/budget management skills.
C10 Ability to meet deadlines and plan for contingencies.
C11 Self-motivation, initiative and capable of independent thought.
C12 Ability to solve complex technical problems.


Experience
Essential:

E1 Sufficient relevant research experience in either academia or industry.
E2 Experience utilising hydrogels for cell culture purposes.
E3 Experience in carrying out independent research.
E4 Experience in submitting research publications in respected journals and international conferences.
E5 Experience of transferring research from an academic to a commercial research environment.


Desirable:
F1 A wide range of experience 3D bioprinting of hydrogels and encapsulation of cells/proteins within hydrogels.
F2 Relevant industry experience such as commercial R&D and working to GMP/GLP quality standards.

Job Features

Planning and Organising
• Plan and organise research and administrative tasks related to one's own and the team's work
• To interface and work closely with the industrial partner
• Bring issues to the attention of the project supervisors
• React to project needs which vary on a day-to-day basis


Decision Making 
• Prioritise own work
• Contribute and often lead team decisions about research directions, and where and how to publish results
• Purchase of technical materials (in conjunction with academic members of the project team)


Internal/External Relationships
• Frequent liaison with supervisors and other staff on project, both in institution and with the company partner
• Colleagues to exchange information to ensure efficient working
• External bodies to maintain collaborations at all levels


Problem Solving
• Solve technical research problems
• Solve equipment problems
• Be aware of funding issues 


Other
• Good reporting skills
• Capacity for independent research

 

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary shall be determined by the Researcher, the University and the KTP Partner. The amount shall be appropriate to the experience and qualifications of the appointed Researcher in the region of £30,395 - £34,188 per annum.


Funding is available on a full-time basis (35 hours per week) and is available for up to 24 months in the first instance. 
 

The selected candidate will be based primarily at Cell Guidance Systems, Cambridge ((https://www.cellgs.com/) with some time being trained in Glasgow initially. 


New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. 


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.


All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies. 


It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.


We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. 


The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.


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