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Marie Cure Early Stage Researcher in Biorheology and Biomechanics
(Job reference: 312480)
(Full-time, fixed term for three years, available from September 2010)

This new research position is being funded by SpineFX through the Marie Curie Initial Training Network. You will work in the Institutes of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) and Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces (iETSI) within the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds. An important aspect of the post is that you will collaborate with Dr Stephen Ferguson, University of Berne and Dr Eva Lidén, BoneSpoort, Sweden, as well as other partners within SpineFX. As such you will be a member of a multidisciplinary team working on an exciting new project characterising the rheology of bone cement and its flow within augmentation systems and bone. The project involves the development and utilisation of surrogate models of different bone pathologies and fractures. Rheological assessment of cements will use both standard tools as well as more complex investigations using realistic flows. Computational simulations will form an important part of the project. You will be expected to be attend a number of training events delivered by SpineFX partner organisations.

You will have, a 1st or upper second class undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences. Research experience gained through an MSc or other higher degree would be advantageous. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as is a willingness to work flexibly and travel to collaborating Partners. It is expected that the successful applicant would register for a PhD. Under the Marie Curie ITN eligibility criteria, which are put in place to encourage mobility, applicants who are nationals of the UK (per this post), will NOT be considered. Further, candidates should be within four years of their research careers at the start of the position.

You will satisfy the eligibility requirements for an Early Stage Researcher under the European Commission Framework 7 Early Stage Training Scheme; in particular, they should be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK - this means:

• Less than four years research experience and must not possess a PhD.

• To not be a national of the United Kingdom (there are two exceptions:
researchers with more than one nationality can be recruited if they have not resided in the UK during the previous five years; researchers who have legally resided and have had their principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at least three out of the last four years).

• To not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Salary: The ESR salary is fixed at €34,500 per year, plus allowances, which will be paid in Sterling using an appropriate conversion rate.

Application forms and further details can be gained from:

http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/jobs/ViewJob.aspx?search=engineering&JId=1029

Informal enquiries:
Professor Richard M Hall, email r.m.hall@leeds.ac.uk
Prof. Richard M Hall
School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
UK
T: +44 113 343 2132
F: +44 113 343 2150
E: r.m.hall@leeds.ac.uk