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  • Job Posting: Postdoctoral research fellow + PhD's,University of Southampton, UK

    Research Fellow: Retrospective clinical verification of patient specific finite element models of total hip and knee replacement (2 year post)
    Salary: £27,319- £33, 600 per annum
    School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
    Position Number: 4943-10-B
    Closing Date: 26/11/2010

    The School of Engineering Science (SES) is seeking to appoint a research fellow as part of an EU funded research project entitled "Enhanced patient safety by computational modelling from clinically available X-rays to minimise the risk of overload and instability for optimised function and joint longevity" or MXL. The project, which is being led by the Charité, University Medicine in Berlin (Germany) also involves collaborations with Zuse Institute Berlin (Germany), Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Rizzoli Institute of Orthopaedics, Bologna (Italy), ESI (France), SCS (Italy), Medis Specials (The Netherlands) and Euram Ltd (UK). The aim of the project is to develop computational tools to assist in the decision making process for orthopaedic surgeons performing total joint replacement.

    The aim of Southampton's work package is to assess the predictive power of finite element models of hip and knee replacement. The consortium has access to a large collection of historical medical images of patients with known clinical histories. Using tools developed as part of the project, the aim is to generate patient specific FE models of total hip and knee replacement patients and compare the model predictions with the known clinical outcome. If successful, this will be the first time that a substantive link will have been established between pre-clinical testing and actual clinical performance.

    You should have completed, or expect to complete shortly, a PhD in structural finite element analysis, and have a strong research background in orthopaedic biomechanics . You should have a proven high-level publication record and the enthusiasm and drive to carry out research. Good programming skills in FORTRAN/C are essential, as is a sound knowledge of Matlab.

    The successful candidate will be based within the Bioengineering Sciences Research Group, part of the School of Engineering Sciences, but will involve collaboration with other project partners. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton (in collaboration with the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) ranked second in the total number of Unit 28 academics whose research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent. The primary focus of the Bioengineering Group is currently orthopaedic biomechanics with particular expertise in experimental and computational performance assessment of devices. Information about the School can be found at and on the Bioengineering Science Research Group website at

    Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Mark Taylor (tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7660; email:

    The closing date for applications is 26th November at 12.00 noon and should be submitted electronically via:*62B0CABC11779198

    Please quote reference number 4943-10-B in all correspondence.

    In addition, a number of PhD positions are currently available in Orthopaedic Biomechanics/Bioengineering area ( Again, informal inquiries about the PhD studentships may be made to Professor Mark Taylor.

    Kind regards,


    Changing Role of Engineers in Orthopaedics
    Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    14th December 2010

    Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip III
    Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
    1st-3rd November 2011

    Prof. Mark Taylor C.Eng, FIMechE
    Professor of Bioengineering Science

    Bioengineering Science Research Group
    School of Engineering Science
    University of Southampton
    SO17 1BJ

    Tel: ++ 44 (0)2380 597660 or ++ 44 (0)2380 592871 (Secretary: Gwyneth Skiller)
    Fax: ++ 44  (0)2380 593016
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