University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

United Kingdom

Closing in 14 days

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PT

Full-time, Fixed-term for 12 months

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join Prof Molly Stevens's lab at the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery. The Stevens Group is based at the Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics and is also part of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The post-holder will develop versatile materials-based platforms for targeted and controlled delivery of therapeutics using innovative polymer, lipid or nucleic acid therapies based on micro/nanoparticles. Advanced therapeutics offer extremely advantageous properties that can be manipulated using versatile surface chemistries and biofunctionalisation strategies. Further, micro/nanoparticles can give rise to innovative materials capable of delivering sensitive cargo in a well-controlled manner to target tissues. The post will liaise closely with researchers working on nanotechnology, biomaterials and regenerative medicine. This multi-disciplinary research requires knowledge of polymer chemistry, materials characterisation, biofunctionalization, and cell-material interactions. The post-holder will be active within a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment comprising multiple research strands in fundamental and applied bionanoscience. Based at Professor Molly Stevens' group, the post will involve collaborations with other internationally recognised biomaterials and nanomaterials research groups. The Stevens Group has received numerous awards for outstanding biomaterials related research (www. and comprises a diverse and multidisciplinary group of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. We are looking for a talented scientist who is a confident self-starter and a collaborative team member with impeccable work ethics.

In addition to having, or nearing completion of, a PhD degree in a relevant subject, candidates should have research experience in synthesis or micro-/nanoparticles and their evaluation for applications in therapeutic delivery. The candidate should also be able to manage their own research and administrative activities. Previous experience would be demonstrated by a proven track record of first author publications in peer reviewed journals.

The Role

This is a full-time position, initially fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance. The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Physiology Anatomy & Genetics, Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, located at the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU.

Next Steps

To apply for this position, please submit your application by midday on Thursday 7th March 2024. Your application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and contact information for references.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews, which are likely to be held two weeks after the closing date.

Enquiries can be directed to the DPAG HR Team – [email protected].

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

While this is a full-time role, we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We, as a Department and Community, will be considerate and welcoming of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We acknowledge societal inequalities and how these impact us, and those around us, personally and professionally. – DPAG Statement of Inclusion

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 171013 Contact Phone : 01865 282167 Closing Date & Time : 07-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 44263

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 09, 2024

Application deadline

March 07, 2024

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About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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