Funded PhD: Bioadhesive polymers for wound treatment

The aim of this project is to develop new polymer hydrogels with bioadhesive properties for topical wound care.

  • Principal investigator(s) Professor Andreas Heise
  • Research theme Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Project description

The position will be based within the Polymer Chemistry Group of Professor Heise at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices.

The Heise group has previously developed novel hydrogels based on biocompatible polypeptides. These can be applied through needle-based extrusion to form films or be 3D extrusion printed. In order to further advance these materials for wound care applications, this project aims at structural modification of the polypeptides to include bioadhesive properties.

The PhD student will carry out synthetic polymer chemistry to engineer suitable hydrogels and will be supported by a team with expertise in cell compatibility, tissue adhesion and bioengineering. 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 and postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers within the Polymer Chemistry/CÚRAM research cluster. The position offers ample career development opportunities through scientific and complementary training as well as interaction with industry partners.

Tenure: Four years

Expected start date: September 2021


Minimum requirements:

  • First class or upper second class honours bachelor's degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills 

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Experience in the field of polymeric biomaterials  
  • Experience with mechanical testing of materials

Application process

To apply, please complete the online application form in full. Applications must include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. English language requirements – click here for more information

Deadline: 6 August 2021 at 17:00

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