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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Research Associate: Computational Approaches to Nerve Repair, - Ref:1657385

UCL Department:
UCL Mechanical Engineering
Full Time
£34,056 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance)
Key contact:
Rebecca Shipley
Closing date:
13 August 2017
Latest time for submission:
Interview date:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in research on engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with hospitals and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities. Main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • To develop mathematical and computational models to describe nerve angiogenesis and growth;
  • To perform model parameterisations against in vitro experimental data;
  • To liaise and collaborate with a team of biologists and tissue engineers to develop biologically well-grounded models;
  • To maintain an awareness of research literature that is pertinent to the project;
  • To contribute to the drafting and submitting of papers to appropriate peer-reviewed journals;
  • To disseminate research findings at appropriate meetings, workshop and conferences;
  • To prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required;
  • To contribute to the preparation and drafting of research bids, grant applications and proposals under the supervision of the Principal Investigators;
  • To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.

This position is available for 1 year in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must have a PhD in mathematics or computational biology and have sufficient experience in a relevant area to demonstrate that they have generated and executed ndependent and collaborative research at an internationally-leading level. Candidates must have a strong track record of publishing their work in research journals, excellent interpersonal, writing and organisation skills, and expertise in programming (including both Matlab and C++ as essential).

Further Details

We are appointing a new Research Associate on an EPSRC-funded project on computational approaches to nerve repair. This award forms part of the larger UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering, co-founded by Drs Rebecca Shipley and James Phillips, which brings together approaches from the physical and life sciences to engineer nerve repair solutions and translate them to the clinic.

Our objective is to use mathematical and computational modelling as a tool to inform and refine the design of engineered peripheral nerve repair solutions. The post-holder will develop tissue-scale models of angiogenesis and neurite growth in repair scenarios, parameterise and test them against ongoing in vitro and in vivo experiments. Simulations of the tissue-scale models will inform the design of engineered repair conduits, and these designs will subsequently be tested experimentally.

Job description and person specification

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Dr Rebecca Shipley at email address:

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