2-year post-doctoral position in spine biomechanics @ University of Leeds

Do you have a strong technical background in experimental joint biomechanics with an interest in spine biomechanics? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary institute to address a clinically-driven challenge?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds, leading research on longer lasting joint replacements, tissue sparing interventions and biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration.

This role is created part of an EPSRC project aiming to characterise spinal facet joints biomechanics. In the UK, four out of five adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life, some of which require spinal fusion, an invasive intervention designed to stop the motion of the affected spinal area. After fusion however, facet joint degeneration can increase and create new symptoms and long term pain for one in four patients.

This project will develop novel testing methods and tools combining experimental and computational modelling to gain a better understanding of the degenerated facet joint biomechanics and how it changes following fusion. You will join a wider group developing in vitro and in silico preclinical models of musculoskeletal joints.

You will have a strong background in spine biomechanics or in experimental contact mechanics and have a proactive approach to working in an experimental and computational environment. You will join an institute that includes different expertise and substantial experience in supporting early stage researchers in a key phase of their career. We encourage an environment of collaboration, trust and wellbeing, which values difference of ideas and embraces diversity.

More info (job description and how to apply) available HERE
Contact: Marlène Mengoni