Research Fellow in Acoustofluidics

University of Birmingham

School of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Contract Type

£33,348 to £43,155 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £45,737

Closing Date
27 August 2023

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Job Summary

We are seeking applications for a Research Fellow in Acoustofluidics to support all activities in Dr Ruchi Gupta’s group, and to specifically to develop systems for droplet generation, levitation and manipulation in 3D by shaping of ultrasound waves and electric fields. Successful delivery of such systems will have revolutionary impact on drug discovery, disease diagnosis, and industrial biotechnology.

The postholder will undertake the following activities:

  • To undertake research into acoustic systems including their design, finite element modelling, construction, characterisation, integration with optical detection, and application under the supervision of Dr Ruchi Gupta.
  • To support research within the group to solve problems, collaborate and innovate in scientific directions for the group.
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • To produce regular written and oral reports pertaining to the projects as requested; attend regular project and group meetings; give regular presentations to the group and collaborators; attend national and international conferences giving poster and oral presentations; write papers for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals, proof reading of papers and reports.
  • To supervise research students, be responsible for installation and maintenance of equipment and training of personnel on equipment.
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

The postholder will have

  • PhD (or near to completion) in Engineering, or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in modelling acoustics and dielectrophoresis using finite element modelling packages such as COMSOL Multiphysics is essential.
  • Ability to design, build, and use ultrasonic and high voltage systems particularly, those for generation, manipulation and levitation of droplets and/or particles is highly desirable.
  • Ability to design, build, and use optical and electronics instrumentation, and analytical systems is highly desirable.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to learn new techniques.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

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Posted on 15th August 2023 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics, Early Careers Group