Research Fellow in Photo-active Biomineral Engineering for Hard-Soft Tissue Diagnostics

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7081089 (Ref.No. EPSPE1041)
Posted: July 14, 2021

Job Description

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a passion to uncover new methodologies for the treatment of load-bearing bones? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

At the University of Leeds, we are involved in re-engineering of the damaged hard-soft tissue interface, for which we are embarking on a new EU-funded project on laser processing of biominerals on Ti-dental implants and modelling of phase changes, and engineering of a biocompatible photo-active materials for laser based spectroscopic monitoring of healing and infection management in the restored oral tissue and implants.

This is the second of two roles that will work together on the project. The first role is that of Research Fellow in Interaction of Short-Pulsed Laser with Biominerals (Laser Processing) (EPSPE1040).

The research on tissue diagnostic engineering will have impact on healing of damaged root bone and gum-tooth interface. The stabilisation of this hard-soft interface with in situ diagnostic will be engineered by engineering photo-active diagnostic interface using biomineral using short-pulsed laser. The photo-active layer characterisation will involve vibrational spectroscopy, photoluminescence, differential absorption spectroscopy, electron microscopy, XPS and X-ray diffraction. The knowledge of laser-based spectroscopy under different dry and wet conditions are important part of work programme. The biomaterials engineering will involve engineering of calcium phosphate mineral with suitable phosphor or colour centre which when excited emit photons for spectroscopic analysis using the differential absorption measurements.

The bio-minerals before and after will be characterised using number of materials and laser based spectroscopic characterisation for quantification of phosphor activity in dry, oral-fluid simulated, and cell-culture environment.

The long-term goal is to develop a non-invasive or minimally invasive spectroscopic and imaging protocol. For photo-active biomaterials engineering, two techniques will be developed for implant and tissue scaffold engineering.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Animesh Jha, School of Chemical & Process Engineering


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months (grant funding))
Release Date:  Tuesday 13 July 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 15 August 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSPE1041

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