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Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Science

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in computational modelling of cardiac electrophysiology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

This project is looking into the effects of exercise, on structural and electrical remodelling, in right heart failure. 

We will determine whether exercise training in right heart failure can reduce arrhythmias. We have already made measurements of the function of the heart in an experimental model of right heart failure, with and without an exercise intervention. You will use this data to develop computer models of the heart. These models will be used to identify whether (and how) changes to the heart brought about by exercise training are beneficial for reducing arrhythmias.

This research will allow us to determine whether exercise is an effective therapy for those with right heart failure, in terms of reducing arrhythmias and sudden deaths, and may also help us to identify whether exercise is beneficial for those with other forms of heart failure.

To apply you must have experience of computational finite-difference modelling of excitation in the rat heart, with a particular emphasis on biophysical modelling of (patho)physiological subcellular calcium handling. You should also have some experience of analysing data, obtained from optical mapping and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging experiments, as well as having a PhD (or be close to completion) in computational modelling of the heart, or a closely allied discipline.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was reawarded a Bronze award in 2017.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 

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

Dr Al Benson, Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2557, Email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biomedical Sciences
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Please note that due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that any appointment would be made above £35,845 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (4 months)
Release Date:  Friday 08 November 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 15 November 2019
Reference:  FBSBM1134
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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