Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Characterization of Sonoluminescence

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Location : Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Old Road Campus Building, Headington, Oxford, OX1 3PJ


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant specializing in acoustic cavitation and characterization of sonoluminescence to join an interdisciplinary research team at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Headington). The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is fixed-term for 12 months corresponding to phase 1 of the project.

The project is a collaboration between 3 academic institutions (Oxford, Ulster, and Glasgow University) and partners representing the medical device industry and clinical medicine.The overall aim of the project is the characterization and quantification of sonoluminescence emissions from ultrasound driven microbubbles as a potential means of locally activating cancer therapies. The specific role of the person appointed will be to develop apparatus and protocols for quantifying sonoluminescence and acoustic emissions from microbubble populations under different exposure conditions.

You should possess a PhD (or close to completion) in physics, engineering or a relevant area of another scientific discipline. You should have experience in the use of optical and acoustical techniques for characterising cavitation. You should have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team of researchers with both physical and life sciences backgrounds engineers, biologists and clinicians and have strong evidence of research achievement to date. Experience with high speed imaging, microscopy and/or ultrasound imaging is desirable.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Eleanor Stride (

Only applications received before midday on closing date Friday 27th August can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter, a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

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