Musculoskeletal Interventions

Medical and Biological Engineering is identified as a key University research strength and an important underpinning technology to the medicine and health strategy in the areas of musculoskeletal disease and cardiovascular disease. The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) is recognised globally as an international leader in this field. Simulation and computer modelling are of increasing importance in bioengineering, for fundamental research defining disease and degeneration in the population, for functional design of interventions and devices, for pre-clinical testing of devices and interventions and, most importantly, for the development and delivery of SAFER (stratified approaches for enhanced reliability) for medical devices and regenerative therapies. The iMBE has growing levels of activity in this area and the combination of computational, experimental and imaging facilities and expertise within the institute provide a unique environment for computational model development and validation.

You will join two other members of academic staff working in this area and the wider group of ten academic staff (engineers and biologists) working in iMBE, alongside 100 doctoral researchers. You will support cross disciplinary working in five nationally funded research centres: WELMEC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering, Medical Technologies IKC in Medical Technologies, Regenerative Devices, EPSRC MeDe Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices, CDT in Regenerative Devices – Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering and the NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU).

You will develop advanced multi-scale multi-phase simulation and modelling methods for the musculoskeletal system, using generic, stratified and patient-specific approaches, and apply new methodologies to the definition of disease states, design of devices and interventions and development of population and stratified preclinical test methods. You will integrate simulation with advanced imaging and collaborate with academic colleagues developing advanced experimental simulation models. You will work closely with industry collaborators, on development of new international standards for design, development and pre-clinical testing of devices and interventions, and will contribute to the strategic plan of LMBRU and its renewal. You contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate education in Medical and Mechanical Engineering and will participate in public and patient engagement activities. High quality outputs will make a major contribution to REF2020, and will support the academic sustainability of medical engineering.

The fellowship position will attract early career researchers from around the globe, in addition to researchers from collaborating Institutions and from within the University. The area will also attract external fellowship funding and those holding fellowships from the EPSRC and RAEng. The opportunity to join an internationally recognised centre of excellence, with established support for PhDs through CDT, funded collaborations and clinical research facilities through LMBRU, and well established and funded industry links, make this an attractive and competitive opportunity.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Fisher, Director Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2128, email:

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