Research Fellow inmaterials characterisation and modelling
Mechanical Engineering
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £30,395 to £37,345 per annum
Full Time - Fixed Term for 4 years
Closing Date: Friday 12 April 2019
Interview Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Reference: 1118119DA


Looking to take the next step in your academic career? Look no further - theFaculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences have an exciting opportunity foryou to join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering research andeducation.



The Medical Device Obligations Taskforce (MDOT) is a Horizon 2020 funded project. Theidea is to enable and to offer platform-based simplified conformity assessmentsupport, and to combine the data and knowledge from different stakeholders tofulfil the manufacturer obligations laid out by medical device regulations. Theplatform will be built to include ‘one-stop-shop’ processing, meaning that allaspects from development to clinical testing are considered and can be coveredby partners within the MDOT platform or by a network of associated partnersthat will be built during the project phase. This support includes continuoussupport on regulatory and funding aspects to preserve innovation and economicstrength, reduce animal testing, and to safeguard the medical deviceregulation’s new level of patient safety.
The overall aim of MDOT is the prevention of a massive loss of innovationand economic strength in the European medical device industry by provision ofexpertise and data by a consortium of medical device stakeholders thusstrengthening medical device companies in an aggravated regulatory environment.
As part of this over-arching aim, your role will be to co-ordinate andundertake materials characterisation of the latest hydrogel based coatingsusing state of the art mechanical testing and modelling methods. You will havethe opportunity to develop and enhance these methods while working togetherwith a team of thirteen partners from across Europe.
The University of Southampton will be one of the test centres that willundertake standardised testing to generate data and reports which will formpart of the database. In addition, we will develop new test methods as part ofa test bed for increasing the safety and lifetime of total joint arthroplastyusing state of the art testing protocols on wear measurement and computationalmodelling. The test bed will focus on the assessment of novel wear-resistanthydrogel coatings, which resemble the properties of cartilage, applied to thebearing surfaces of orthopaedic joint prostheses.
The role will involve leading the Southampton Test centre’s testing,characterisation and modelling work.
You will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications andexperience in mechanical engineering and/or materials. You will have a detailedunderstanding and knowledge of materials characterisation, both mechanical andchemical and experience in laboratory experimentation and modelling ofmaterials. You should be capable of critical evaluation and interpretation ofdata, and the production of scientific papers and reports.
Experience and knowledge of nanomechanical and tribological testing of softmaterials and hydrogels is desirable. In particular experience ofnanoindentation, pin on disk testing, surface characterisation and modelling isalso desirable.
This is a full time fixed term post for 4 years which offers theopportunity to develop an academic career in a university ranked 8thin the UK for research intensity**. You will work in a stimulatingmulti-disciplinary environment with colleagues from across the aerospace,mechanical, maritime and civil engineering sectors, and will be offeredgenerous academic career support through our highly successful mentoringprogramme.
Informal enquiries to Professor Martin Browne – email: doctor@soton.ac.uk
Application Procedure
You should submit your completed application form online at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The applicationdeadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need anyassistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 80593462. Please quote reference 1118119DA on all correspondence.
** Research Excellence Framework 2014
*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered fromcandidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhDqualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successfulcompletion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of ResearchAssistant will be assigned.