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Post-doctoral position in 3D printed spinal orthoses, Imperial College London, UK

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  • Post-doctoral position in 3D printed spinal orthoses, Imperial College London, UK

    The Biomechanics Group at Imperial College London have been awarded a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to establish a 3D printed spinal orthoses service in Sri Lanka. We are looking to employ a Research Associate to who will use computational methods to design and evaluate patient specific brace designs. The position will also focus on incorporating pressure sensors within brace designs to quantify “goodness of fit”.

    The appointed postdoc will plan and undertake field trips to Sri Lanka where they will work closely with collaborators at the University of Moratuwa, including a new Research Engineer who will also be employed in Sri Lanka as a part of this grant. The year-long project will culminate in a workshop held in Sri Lanka for Academics, Surgeons, and Orthotists which will be developed with help from Andiamo Ltd who have set up a similar service in the UK.

    The Biomechanics Group consists of an open and collaborative team that brings together scientists,
    engineers and clinicians to address interdisciplinary challenges in orthopaedic research.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    You will develop a fast running finite element model to optimise the designs of patient specific spinal braces.

    You will setup a system to measure the pressure that spinal orthoses apply to patients and analyse the data.

    You will work closely with a network of academic and non-academic collaborators in Sri Lanka and the UK, including field trips to Sri Lanka to identify the challenges associated with providing a 3D printed spinal orthoses service in Sri Lanka.

    You will have the opportunity to supervise MEng/MSc students and to support the supervision of PhD candidates.

    Skills, knowledge and experience

    • You must have a PhD (or equivalent, or near completion of PhD) in an area pertinent to the research subject i.e. Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar.
    • Previous experience of finite element modelling is essential.
    • Experience of developing low-cost products for the markets of low-to-middle income countries is highly desirable.
    • You must be willing to travel to Sri Lanka, have excellent verbal communication skills and be able to work with a wide range of people to ensure the fieldwork and workshop are a success.

    Key information:

    This is a fixed term position for up to 12 months.
    Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 to £40,858 per annum.

    Informal queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Nic Newell at

    Our preferred method of application is via our website:

    Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form.
    Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at

    For technical issues when applying online please email Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.