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    Research Associate in Stochastic Finite-element Modelling

    Closing date: 19 January 2022

    Employer: The University of Sheffield (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    Location: Sheffield

    Salary: Grade 7 £32,344- £40,927 per annum

    Vacancy number: UOS031365

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    Does a highly interdisciplinary research role within a world top 100 university excite you? Are you keen to make a world-leading impact by advancing the state-of-the-art in computational modelling? Then this post-doctoral research opportunity at the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine could be for you.

    This research associate position is funded by the UK EPSRC as part of the project titled “A stochastic finite element modelling framework to predict effect sizes on bone mechanics in preclinical studies” (PI: Dr Pinaki Bhattacharya). The aim of this project is to develop efficient numerical methods to accurately predict the stochasticity in mouse bone mechanics. You will develop a thorough understanding of the state-of-the-art of research in this area, implement the numerical techniques and report your progress to the research group. You will develop collaborations arising from your own research and position yourself as an expert in computational analysis of bone mechanics.

    You will possess an excellent PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline and a solid knowledge of probability and statistics. You should have a strong interest in writing software in general for example, using C/C++, Python, etc., and specifically in contributing to numerical solver development. Understanding of bone biomechanics is helpful in appreciating the unmet needs in this research area and you will be expected to lead on authoring high-quality journal articles. You will be self-motivated and goal-driven, possess excellent research communication and team-working skills. You will be enthusiastic to mentor junior colleagues and PhD students and to supervise MEng/MSc dissertation research.

    You will be appointed as a research staff member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an associate member of the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine at the University of Sheffield. In 2019, the University of Sheffield had the 2nd highest research income in engineering among all UK universities. Since 2012, University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have collaborated as the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine. Insigneo’s membership includes over 150 active researchers from departments within the University of Sheffield and clinical directorates within the NHS Trust. Insigneo has a portfolio of £67M of projects specifically associated with in silico medicine. You will be able to access support for working on the University of Sheffield HPC clusters and to access world-class training from the ThinkAhead programme. The position includes funding for travel to international and national conferences and for publishing in open-access journals.

    We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

    We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK.

    The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience

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    For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact:

    For administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter: Mrs Lisa Gardiner on l.m.gardiner@sheffield.ac.uk.


    PhD Opportunity: A computational tool to evaluate the risk of fracture in oncology patients with vertebral metastases

    Closing date: 26 January 2022

    Employer: The University of Sheffield

    Location: Sheffield

    We have a PhD studentship to start in October 2022 supervised by Dr Enrico Dall'Ara (Oncology&Metabolism), Prof Damien Lacroix (Mechanical Engineering) and Prof Janet Brown (Oncology&Metabolism) on the development of "A computational tool to evaluate the risk of fracture in oncology patients with vertebral metastases".

    The project will be fully funded for UK students (details here) or Chinese students who reside in China (details here).

    Funding Notes

    This scholarship funds Home fee and stipend at UKRI rate for 3.5 years. Overseas students may apply, but will have to fund the fee difference from elsewhere.

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    Interested candidates should in the first instance contact:


    PhD Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence applications in cardiac MRI to assist clinical decision making

    Closing date: 26 January 2022

    Employer: The University of Sheffield

    Location: Sheffield

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    At Sheffield we are developing several AI tools in medical imaging including automatic segmentation, diagnosis and prognostication of disease. We work with x-rays, ultrasound CT and MRI images of the chest and heart. Our team involves doctors, technologists, clinical scientists and research associates who work closely with world class computer scientists. We have strong collaborations with medical centres around the world that enable us access to a diverse set of medical imaging. We also work together with computer scientists across the UK and Europe. We are looking for a keen PhD researcher that will help support developing cutting-edge machine learning applications in cardiothoracic imaging that will make real life impact on clinicians workflow and help improve patient care.

    Funding Notes

    This scholarship funds Home fee and stipend at UKRI rate for 3.5 years. Overseas students may apply, but will have to fund the fee difference from elsewhere.

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    Interested candidates should in the first instance contact


    Professor / Chair in Biomechanics

    Closing date: 7 February 2022

    Employer: The University of Sheffield (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    Location: Sheffield

    Salary: A competitive salary will be offered in line with the University's Professorial Pay Scheme

    Vacancy number: UOS031341

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    We are looking to expand our vibrant Mechanical Engineering community and looking for an individual who will contribute to maintaining a welcoming, inclusive, diverse and inspiring environment for our students and whose expertise will complement and enhance our existing research capabilities. Working within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, you will join the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine. The Insigneo Institute is an initiative between the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, and Science at the University of Sheffield, and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. Insigneo was established to build on tools and expertise developed in the Virtual Physiological Human initiative, with the aim of producing a transformational impact on healthcare.

    A key part of this role will be developing and supporting staff and students are earlier stages of their careers, meaning we are looking for an individual with a passion for leadership & people development. You will have a clear idea of how your research builds upon our current departmental portfolio, and the ways in which it may influence our future direction. You will be equally passionate about teaching, with a willingness and enthusiasm for accepting and implementing new approaches in this area.

    Mechanical Engineering has been a major discipline in the University of Sheffield since its foundation in 1905 and is a thriving department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering. We are one of the UK’s leading departments of Mechanical Engineering, and are home to over 1000 students (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research). We have over 60 academic members of staff, over 50 researchers, almost 40 members of administrative staff and 29 technicians. 2022 is an exciting time to join the department of Mechanical Engineering as we have recently moved into our £50m home – the Engineering Heartspace!

    You will be an internationally renowned academic or senior industrial technologist with experience in delivering high-quality research in Biomechanics. You will have a good first degree and a PhD in a relevant discipline. You will be able to provide effective leadership and you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and experience of developing and delivering high-quality teaching at a variety of levels. Within the Department and Insigneo you will continue to develop your own academic career, contributing strongly in teaching, research and scholarship that is recognized internationally for its originality, significance and rigor.

    In return we offer a total reward package that includes a highly competitive salary, and a generous pension scheme and annual leave entitlement. Specific facilities and other benefits to support your research and professional development may be discussed during the appointment process.

    We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to the greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

    Informal enquiries

    If you would like to talk to someone informally about this job and the recruiting Department, please contact

    If you have any administration queries and details regarding the application process, please contact our lead recruiter: Julie Fryer j.e.fryer@sheffield.ac.uk

    If you would like an informal tour of our facilities prior to the formal interview process, please contact our Department Technical Manager: Phillip Pickstock p.pickstock@sheffield.ac.uk

    For more information or queries regarding the Biomechanics area, please contact Professor Damien Lacroix d.lacroix@sheffield.ac.uk

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