Research Fellow in Craniofacial Biomechanics
Duration – 3 years; Salary – ca. £39-42k p.a.; Deadline – 11th Feb 2024
The physical-mechanical interactions that shape our skulls during infancy are poorly understood. This lack of fundamental knowledge limits our ability to advance treatment of a wide range of craniofacial conditions mostly affecting children. This is a significant engineering challenge due to the complexity of this system. In this project (CranioMech) you will address this challenge and critical gap in our knowledge while focusing on developing a revolutionary therapy for a major craniofacial condition called craniosynostosis (CS).
CranioMech aims to: (1) further develop the new therapy in mouse and unravel the fundamental underlying mechanism by which it works; (2) test its scalability in larger animal models; and (3) carry out a series of proof of concept studies in preparation for the first human trials, while unravelling the biomechanics of current treatments of CS.
The successful applicant will have a PhD or is near completion in a relevant discipline, e.g. Bio/Medical/Mechanical Engineering. They will have experience in image processing and developing advanced computer simulation based on finite element method. Experience in presenting and publishing work in leading conferences and journals in the field of biomedical engineering is essential. Experience in material characterisation and previous work on craniofacial system would be advantageous.
Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, the initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. Please note the post is for 36 months.