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Research Associate in Biosensor Development

Requisition ID:  21281

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jul-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


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Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 to £34,304 per annum


Closing Date: 02 September 2022



The Role

The Newcastle University School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences, are excited to offer an opportunity to join a team of (bio)engineers, chemists and clinicians on a 13-month EPSRC project. The project was funded via the EPSRC’s call on Transforming care and health at home and enabling independence and will design novel wearable sensors to improve the management of Parkinson’s Disease. You will be responsible for the work packages on sensors and develop a polymer-based sensor for the electrochemical detection of compounds involved in Parkinson’s Disease, including monitoring of the drug compound Levodopa. You will be working closely working with a RA in the Faculty of Medical Sciences who will focus on wearable sensors for monitoring of symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, and a RA at the University of Sheffield who is working on data science.


You will have experience in electrochemistry, polymer synthesis, or biosensor development. Experience with working with clinicians or clinical samples is encouraged. We expect you to have experience with the publishing of academic papers and exhibit good communication skills to manage multidisciplinary project partners and collaborate with industry. You should have a PhD in the field of electrochemistry/analytical chemistry or bioengineering. You will support the lab-based project developing a polymer-based sensor platform for the non-invasive monitoring of compounds involved in Parkinson’s diseases, including Levodopa (medication) and relevant neurotransmitters (e.g. dopamine). 


You will be working in the vibrant Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering group at Newcastle University. You will closely collaborate with industrial partner Cambridge Medical Technologies, with two other RAs associated with the project, and with project partners at UCL and the University of Sheffield. You will undertake tasks under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and co-Investigators (Dr Marloes Peeters, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Dr Shayan Seyedin & Dr James Dawson) and will work closely with a RA working on wearable sensors for Parkinson’s Disease supervised by Dr Silvia Del Din and Prof Paolo Missier. You will work closely with an associated company and clinicians and engage in several knowledge exchange activities to accelerate internationally research impact. 


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


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The research group is leading in the field of electrochemistry and bioinspired materials and will have access to a new state-of-the-art biomaterials lab in the newly developed Stephenson building.


For further information on the Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering group please click here


For further information on the research or work of Dr Marloes Peeters, please click here.


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


For informal queries, please contact: Dr Marloes Peeters (PI) –, Senior Lecturer in Electrochemical Interfaces and Deputy Director of Chemical Engineering or Dr Katarina Novakovic (co-I) –, Reader in Polymer Engineering


Key Accountabilities

  • Independently use a broad range of analytical techniques for characterization of the sensor particles and its functionalised surface (Cyclic Voltammetry, Differential Pulse Voltammetry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, FT-IR, Dynamic Light Scattering, Atomic Force Microscopy).
  • Use solid-phase chemistry, electrochemical methods and 3D printing to manufacture sensors. 
  • Perform electrochemical experiments of clinical samples to determine bioanalyte concentration.
  • Integrate sensor into a wearable device.
  • Take a lead in data processing and report writing.
  • Present results to the full project team including academics at Sheffield/UCL and clinicians, meetings, conferences and to the industrial partner.
  • Take a leading role in the writing of publications.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • A proven track record, and fundamental and practical knowledge in at least one of the following research areas: bioengineering, sensor development, biosensors and/or polymer science. 
  • First-hand experience with analytical techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, FT-IR, or other methods to study electrochemical surfaces
  • First-hand experience in electrochemical techniques for polymer fabrication or sensing (Cyclic Voltammetry, Differential Pulse Voltammetry, Square Wave Voltammetry)


  • Evidence of work with clinicians or industrial partners to achieve research impact.
  • Experience with wearable technologies.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent in English communication with self-motivation, enthusiasm and open-minded attitude.
  • Experience in public engagement and disseminating research (for instance via reports) via professional and social media


  • Willingness to travel and visit prospective industrial, and work under pressure to achieve deadlines.
  • Contributing towards public and/or knowledge engagement activities



  • PhD in a relevant discipline i.e. Electrochemistry/Analytical Chemistry, or Bioengineering

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21281