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Polypeptide hybrid materials for 3D printing applications in tissue engineering

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About the Project

The position will be based within the Polymer Chemistry Group of Prof. Heise at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) within the AMBER Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (

The aim of the project is the development of a new class of biomaterials based on synthetic polypeptides. We have previously for the first time developed 3D printable polypetides and demonstrated their excellent biocompatibility. In order to further advance these materials and include desirable biomaterial properties such as antimicrobial and cell binding properties, hybrid system will be explored by incorporation of functional polymers into the polypeptides. This project has a strong synthetic polymer chemistry approach but will also use methodologies of biomaterial science as well as 3D printing and tissue engineering (through collaborations). Strong expertise in organic chemistry and/or polymer chemistry will be required for this project as well as the ability to work in interdisciplinary groups.

The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team including PIs, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers within the Polymer Chemistry & AMBER research cluster. The position offers ample career development opportunities through scientific and complementary training as well as interaction with industry partners.

The ideal applicants will have an upper second class or first class honours bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry. Excellent English written and oral communication skills are essential.

Experience in the field of polymeric biomaterials would be advantageous but is not essential. Specific skills that would enhance a candidate’s application include 3D printing and mechanical testing of materials.
How do I applyTo apply, please access the following link and complete the application form in full:

- Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
- At this stage only successful candidates will be contacted to submit, CV, transcripts and other relevant documentation.
- Only their referees will also be contacted at this stage for a reference.

Applications must include:
(i) a completed application form
(ii) English language requirements – see

Deadline: All applications must be made online by 14 February 2020 (17:00 GMT).

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the application form is completed in full on time. Late and/or incomplete applications will not normally be assessed.

Further information on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland can be found here:

Funding Notes

This position is funded by the SFI-research centre AMBER.
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