Research Associate in Biophotonics

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Job Description

This is a full-time role to work between the biophotonics group of Professor Stephen Matcher, led by Prof Mike Cork. Steve Matcher’s group has a strong international reputation in biophotonics, especially in the development and application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) techniques. Sheffield Dermatology Research is a world-leading centre for the investigation of skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis.

It runs a broad, and expanding, portfolio of clinical trials, funded by major skin care and pharmaceuticalscompanies such as Pfizer Inc, Sanofi S.A., L’Oreal S.A., Johnson and Johnson Inc and LEO Pharma A/S. The funding for this post comes from the LEO Foundation, a Danish charitable trust which supports research to develop novel treatments for skin disorders and novel technology to help with diagnosis and treatment monitoring. This project aims to build a long-wavelength OCT system to quantify the degree of skin inflammation and thus develop improved biomarkers with which to quantify the effectiveness of new treatments. The postholder will join a highly interdisciplinary team consisting of engineers, clinical dermatologists and non-clinical dermatology researchers.

The biophotonics group at Sheffield has a strong international reputation in fields such as OCT, tissue spectroscopy and non-linear microscopy. It hosts state-of-the-art facilities and is led by Prof Steve Matcher. Sheffield Dermatology Research is based in the department of infection, immunity and cardiovascular disease and is led by Prof Mike Cork. It carries out fundamental research into the causes and treatment of atopic dermatitis and runs clinical trials of new treatments. It employs state of the art technology for monitoring the skin, including OCT, FTIR spectroscopy, TEWL, skin impedance, genomic and proteomic analysis.

The biophotonics group is located in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering. The department is a leading research department in the UK (the Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked us among the UK’s top ten departments for the impact and quality of our research). The university has previously been named as one of the best not-for-profit organizations to work for in the UK, by the Sunday Times newspaper.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD in optical physics, optical engineering, biomedical engineering, medical physics or a closely related subject. Experience with biophotonics to postgraduate level is essential.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience