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Research Fellow in Computational Spine Biomechanics

Do you have a strong technical background in computational joint biomechanics with an interest in spine biomechanics? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary institute to address a clinically driven challenge?    

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our team of researchers at the institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, leading research on longer lasting joint replacements, tissue sparing interventions and biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration.

This role is created part of an EPSRC project aiming to characterise spinal facet joints biomechanics. In the UK, four out of five adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life, some of which require spinal fusion, an invasive intervention designed to stop the motion of the affected spinal area. After fusion however, facet joint degeneration can increase and create new symptoms and long-term pain for one in four patients.

This project will develop novel testing methods and tools combining experimental and computational modelling to gain a better understanding of the degenerated facet joint biomechanics and how it changes following fusion. You will join a wider group developing in vitro and in silico preclinical models of musculoskeletal joints.

You will have a strong background in computational joint biomechanics or in computational contact mechanics and have a proactive approach to working in an experimental and computational environment. You will join an institute that includes different expertise and substantial experience in supporting early stage researchers in a key phase of their career. We encourage an environment of collaboration, trust and wellbeing, which values difference of ideas and embraces diversity.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Marlène Mengoni, Associate Professor


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £37,099 to £44,263 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £39,347 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Up to 16 months due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 11 August 2023
Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 August 2023
Interview Date:  Wednesday 06 September 2023
Reference:  EPSME1143
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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