Computational Modelling Group

Research Fellow

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24th May 2010
Abaqus, Biomechanics, Complex Systems, Finite elements, Iridis, Matlab, Monte Carlo, Optimisation, Scientific Computing, Windows
Mark Taylor

University of Southampton - School of Engineering Sciences - Bioengineering Research Group

£27,319 - £33,600 per annum

The School of Engineering Science (SES) is seeking to appoint a research fellow as part of an EU funded research project entitled "Enhanced patient safety by computational modelling from clinically available X-rays to minimise the risk of overload and instability for optimised function and joint longevity" or MXL. The project, which is being lead by the Charité, University Medicine in Berlin (Germany) also involves collaborations with Zuse Institute Berlin (Germany), Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Rizzoli Institute of Orthopaedics, Bologna (Italy), ESI (France), SCS (Italy), Medis Specials (The Netherlands) and Euram Ltd (UK). The aim of the project is to develop computational tools to assist in the decision making process for orthopaedic surgeons performing total joint replacement.

The aim of Southampton's work package is to develop rapid solution techniques for models of the implanted hip and knee. Conventional FE models of total joint replacement to assess implant fixation can take minutes to hours to solve depending on the complexity of the model. Long solution times make it impractical to deploy this type of analysis in a clinical setting. The aim of Southampton's work package is to explore the application of surrogate modelling techniques, with the objective of substantially reducing the computational cost of analysing patient specific finite element models.

You should have completed, or expect to complete shortly, a PhD in Advanced Computational Methods, and have a strong research background in either biomechanics or surrogate modelling techniques. You should have a proven high-level publication record and the enthusiasm and drive to carry out research. Good programming skills in FORTRAN/C are essential. Previous experience in numerical methods for solving partial differential equations, uncertainty modeling and probabilistic methods is desirable.

The successful candidate will be based within the Bioengineering Sciences Research Group, part of the School of Engineering Sciences, but will involve collaboration with other project partners. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton (in collaboration with the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) ranked second in the total number of Unit 28 academics whose research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent. The primary focus of the Bioengineering Group is currently orthopaedic biomechanics with particular expertise in experimental and computational performance assessment of devices. Information about the School can be found at and on the Bioengineering Science Research Group website at

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Mark Taylor (tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7660; email: or Dr. Prasanth Nair (tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8519; email:

The closing date for applications is 24 May 2010 at 12.00 noon.