Research Assistant in Hip Replacement Evaluation

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7089246 (Ref.No. EPSME1062)
Posted: November 16, 2021

Job Description

Do you have a strong technical background in medical engineering with an interest in experimental testing with an interest in biomedical engineering? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to address a clinically driven challenge?    

This project is part of an academic partnership between the University of Leeds and a globally leading orthopaedic device manufacturer. Through the partnership, research is conducted to evaluate the performance of hip replacements, using the unique facilities and expertise available in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.  

In the UK alone, over 100,000 hip replacement operations are performed every year. While the procedure is highly successful in the majority of cases, some patients are at risk that their device will fail early due to their anatomy or the way they move. In the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, we have developed methods of evaluating the performance of hip replacements using a combination of specialised experimental ‘simulator’ testing and computational modelling.

This project will focus on the use of a variety of testing methods to evaluate hip replacements under different conditions. You will join a team that have developed a range of methods in image analysis, simulation of hip replacements and other techniques, for examining the performance of a hip replacement. Specifically, your role will be to develop and adapt these existing methods to evaluate different designs of hip replacement under different conditions, and support on-going research.   You will work as part of a larger team of researchers and there will be opportunities to get involved in wider testing and analysis of data.

You will have a strong background in aspects of medical engineering relating to tribology or contact mechanics and a proven ability to deliver experimental testing to a high standard and have a proactive approach to working in a team spanning academia and industry.  


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Sophie Williams, Professor of Medical Engineering

Email: S.D.Williams@leeds.ac.uk   


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,924 to £33,309 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (1 year (to end by 31 December 2022))
Release Date:  Monday 15 November 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 29 November 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSME1062


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