Research Associate / Fellow in Point-of-care Diagnostics for Cervical Cancer Detection (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 6th December 2021
Job Type
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join a collaborative international multidisciplinary team to work on a research project funded through the CRUK’s Primer Award aimed at developing point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics for the early detection of cervical cancer. The successful candidate will join highly motivated research teams across the Faculty of Engineering and School of Pharmacy at Nottingham.

Recent advances in personalised medicine and biosensing technologies have influenced the shift from cytology-based screening to point-of-care diagnostics that offer the advantages of simplicity and real-time measurement among other existing prospects. This research aims to develop robust and non-invasive electrochemical biosensing tools for the identification of human papillomavirus genotypes linked to cervical cancer, focusing on the challenge of providing affordable and accessible diagnostic tools in under screened and resource-limited communities. 

This position will build on recent interdisciplinary research initiated by the team and collaborators in engineering, chemistry, biomedical science, and medicine from the University of Aberdeen, University of Witwatersrand, and Tshwane University of Technology. The successful candidate will identify and develop nanomaterials-based signal amplifiers compatible with molecular biosensing platform used in PoC diagnostics for detection of high-risk HPV-16 and HPV-18 genotypes. 

This collaborative project includes spending up to a month working in the South Africa so you will need to be able to travel (financial support will be available). Candidates should have a (or about to obtain) PhD in Chemistry, Materials, Engineering Pharmacy, or related discipline. Candidates should also have a proven research track record in electrochemical biosensing. 

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract until 30 November 2022. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Oluwafunmilola Ola (email: and Dr Frankie Rawson (email: Frankie Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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