University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postodctoral Research Assistant in Bioengineering

Postodctoral Research Assistant in Bioengineering

Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Headington)

We are seeking a full-time PDRA to join Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing (OCTEB) at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Department of Engineering Science (Headington). The post is funded by Medical Research Council and is fixed-term of 24 months with the possibility of extension.

The objectives of UK Brain BioLink are to respond to the MRCs/UKRIs call to conduct a pilot project that establishes proof-of-principle for a national, science- and technology-led infrastructure that facilitates rapid access to high-quality, well characterised human biosamples and data for translational and basic neuroscience research in line with the priorities of the MRC's Neurosciences and Mental Health Board. The project will allow researchers to share tissue samples and pool resources. This will ensure valuable samples get maximum use for maximum scientific benefit. You will be responsible for developing innovative tissue preservation methods for high quality live nervous system tissues and the distribution of them nationally.

You will hold a PhD/Dphil or be near completion in Biomaterials or Biochemical Engineering together with relevant experience in 3D cell/tissue culture, bioreactor design or perfusion culture systems and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in tissue preservation methods. The ability to manage own academic research and associated activities and an excellent track record in publishing in high impact journals is also required. You will be required to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof C. Ye (email: [email protected])

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Only online applications received before midday on 19th April 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Tissue preservation, biomaterials, bioreactors, human nervous tissue, neuroscience

Contact Person : Professor Cathy (Hua) Ye Vacancy ID : 171816 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 19-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £38,024 - £44,263 per annum

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Postodctoral Research Assistant in Bioengineering


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 19, 2024

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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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