3 yr post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London.

The focus of the project is to investigate how skin fibroblasts can re-programme or re-engineer stem cells in the epidermis to alternate fates. We are interested in the effect of biophysical changes within the cells of the skin, on material and mechanical properties at the skin surface. The data acquired will be used to build finite element models of skin, to assess the effects of compression, and the relationship between skin thickness and interstitial strain. This project aims to identify ways to reduce pressure and friction at the skin surface, to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research project with a main focus being the development of finite element models of skin and underlying soft tissues from patient data.

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering or related discipline. For Research Associate position they need to hold a PhD, and have an excellent track record of research in a field related to bioengineering, mechanical engineering or biological sciences. The successful candidate must have finite element modelling experience. Expertise with non-linear visco-elastic materials is desirable but not essential. Molecular biology, cell culture or biophysics experience is a bonus, but not essential.

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