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Research Associate (Microfluidics) (2566)

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full-time on a 2 year NERC funded research project ‘Wisdom Teeth: Refining our Understanding of Human Evolution Through Dating Dental Enamel’ in collaboration with the Universities of York and Cambridge. This project will exploit the team’s recent breakthrough made in using protein degradation to date tooth enamel and apply them to regions where the palaeoenvironmental record can help us understand the sensitivity of Africa’s mammalian fauna to climate change. In doing so, it will provide a new, more accurately dated record for the African Pleistocene and Late Pliocene, unlocking insights into our own evolutionary history. The post holder will be responsible for the design, manufacture, testing and evaluation of a microfluidic device for the miniaturised analysis of amino acids from tooth enamel. Project external webpage:

Qualifications we require:

  • BSc or MChem in Chemistry
  • PhD in microfluidics

Application requirements:

Essential experience is required in the following:

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Designing and manufacturing microfluidic devices

It would also be desirable for the candidate to have experience of working within an interdisciplinary team, especially with Biologists and Engineers. 

Personal attributes: 

  • ability to collect, organise and synthesise complex data from different sources;
  • communication of findings succinctly via oral presentations and written reports and articles;
  • be pro-active, motivated, resourceful and able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
  • able to effectively manage time whilst keeping to a schedule of work and be organised in documenting progress throughout the project;

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Kirsty Shaw (

Apply by submitting a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Science and Engineering
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£30,942 to £34,804)
  • Closing Date:
    5 March 2020
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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