Research Associate in Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of Cells and Tissues

Imperial College London is offering postdoc position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to September 28, 2018.

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate to characterise tissues and cells as well as understand cell behaviour and response to biomaterials by applying Raman spectroscopy as a characterisation technique. These applications of Raman spectroscopy will be to elucidate interactions at the cell-material interface for a number of material systems, including nano and micro-materials. This post is based within the Biomaterials group at Imperial College London, working with Professor Molly Stevens and involve collaborations with a number of other internationally recognised stem cell, biomaterials and (nano)materials research groups. The Stevens Group has received numerous awards for outstanding biomaterials related research ( and comprises a very international and multidisciplinary group of Research Fellows and PhD students.

The Research Associate will apply Raman spectroscopic techniques to analyse innovative materials and their interactions with cells and tissues. The Research Associate will perform chemometrics/multivariate data analyses and interpretation of the Raman spectral images in the Matlab scripting environment. You will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary environment and be active in multiple projects within our labs and through collaborations. To view ongoing research in the group please visit You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College.

You will be a conscientious, innovative experimental scientist with significant experience in Raman spectroscopy who has successfully completed a PhD (or equivalent) in physics, biomedical engineering, optical bioimaging or materials science or a bioengineering discipline or similar. Experience in applying Raman spectroscopy to materials and cells for applications in regenerative medicine and bioapplications is required and essential.

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

A first degree (or equivalent) or a masters (or equivalent) in photonics, optical bioimaging, biomedical engineering, or similar.

A PhD (or equivalent) in physics, biomedical engineering, optical bioimaging or materials science or a bioengineering discipline or similar.


Experience in Raman characterisation of materials, cells and tissues.

Experience in multivariate analyses and Matlab-based (or similar math software) scripts.

Experience in data or image analysis and chemometrics.

Experience in writing papers focusing on Raman analyses of biological systems, including a number of first-authored papers.

A proven publications record.

Knowledge of materials characterisation techniques including FTIR

You can find details of salary, terms & conditions, including contract type/duration, benefits, etc.

Imperial Expectations guide the behaviour of all our staff.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

Further information regarding the post, please contact Professor Molly Stevens,

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:
- Job-Description-and-Person-Specification- Research Associate in Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of Cells and Tissues_final ENG00505.pdf


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