Postdoctoral Research Associate Grade 7

University of Liverpool

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to investigate the role of the temporal fascia. You will explore the function of the temporal fascia, characterising its role during craniofacial growth and chewing, by building, analysing and validating biomechanical models of the human skull and jaw muscles.

The position requires good knowledge in one or more of the following fields: biomechanics, functional anatomy, mechanical engineering. Experimental skills and experience in 3D biomechanical modelling, finite element analysis and lab-based approaches such as material testing, kinematics and force measurements, are desirable. The post holder will join a vibrant biomechanics research laboratory which is part of the Department of Musculoskeletal and Ageing Sciences, and the Institute of Life Course and Medical Science (ILCaMS), University of Liverpool, UK. ILCaMS offers a number of high-quality shared facilities, which will be used to complete the project. The successful candidate will interact and collaborate with scientists and clinicians with diverse backgrounds inside and outside the department and take part in research activities that include building and analysing finite element models, collecting material properties data, and analysing 3D skeletal motion data through multibody dynamics analysis. 

You should have, or (be about to obtain) a PhD in biomechanics, mechanical engineering, functional anatomy or a related discipline, with excellent research track record. You will be responsible for making decisions regarding the project, obtaining data and planning future experiments. It is expected that you will be an innovative individual with an interest in applying your research skills to a challenging project, and willing to learn new techniques. The post is for 3 years and is expected to start on the 1st May 2023 and end on the 31st April 2026, although dates are flexible.

Any applicants who are still awaiting their PhD to be awarded should be aware that if successful, they will be appointed at grade 6, spine point 30.  Upon written confirmation that they have been successful in being awarded their PhD, they will be moved onto grade 7, spine point 31 from the date of their award.

The University has the right to close the vacancy early if it is deemed that there have been enough applications received. 

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