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Early-Stage Researcher – Activities of Daily Living

Are you a rising star in the field of medical engineering, tribology or material science? Would you like to contribute to the development of cutting-edge medical technology in the spine? Do you want to further your career and attain a PhD in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

You will join a recently funded European Training Network (ETN) Nu-Spine (project ID 812765, call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018). Nu-Spine offers high-level doctoral training to a total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of which 4 will be employed at the University of Leeds. The project lead is Prof Cecilia Persson at the University of Uppsala who was previously a Marie Curie ESR in Leeds. 

This ESR position is based in Leeds and will focus on the development of adverse testing for total disc replacements. Such a system will test these artificial discs in a manner that is more rigorous and challenges the device more acutely across representative activities of daily living (ADL). The project will initially be based in the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre where the motion of the spine will be measured for different ADLs.ADL profiles will then be transferred to simulator technologies for testing artificial joints. This project will be supervised by Profs Richard M Hall and Anthony Redmond in collaboration with several other researchers across the network.

Important eligibility rules for this position: 

There are no restrictions on the nationality, but

  • Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree which would entitle you to embark on a PhD.

  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc...) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the QCALL project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 


The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher living allowance is fixed at €62,057 per annum including the mobility allowance. This figure is before employer’s and employee’s deductions for national insurance and taxes per year, which will be paid in Sterling using an appropriate conversion rate.


It is anticipated that the interviews for this post will take place on January 15th or 16th 2019 at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. The role will be based at the University of Leeds in the UK.

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

Prof Richard M Hall, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 2132 or email:

Prof Anthony Redmond, Professor, NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0) 113 392 4914 or email:

Please note that the University is closed for the Christmas break from Friday 21st December 2018 and reopens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. We are unable to respond to any queries relating to your application during this time.

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Off grading structure
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Three years (grant funding))
Release Date:  Tuesday 04 December 2018
Closing Date:  Sunday 06 January 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 04 March 2019
Reference:  ENGME1169
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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