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Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network

Research Fellow for Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network

Published: 30 June 2016
University of Southampton
University of Southampton

We are offering an exciting three year post as Research Fellow for Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network, dedicated to the provision of technologies to optimise the safety of functional medical devices. This includes assessing existing and developing new medical device materials and designs, as well as incorporating technologies for intelligent sensing within devices to promote self-management.





Location: Southampton General Hospital

Salary: £31,656 to £35,609

Full Time, Fixed Term until 30/06/2019

Closing Date: Tuesday 19 July 2016

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: 746016BN


The medical devices of interest relate specifically to those attached to the skin surface, for example interventional respiratory masks, prosthetics for amputees and support surfaces routinely used in healthcare practice. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading multidisciplinary academics from institutions within the UK, including partners Kings’ College London and University of Nottingham, and oversees.

The role involves close collaborative work with industry and healthcare professionals. You will be expected to work with existing partners and create new partnerships in the medical device sector. You will also play a pivotal role in adopting both experimental and computational approaches to develop proof of scientific concepts for new medical devices. You will also be expected to identify pathways to translation working directly with the healthcare sector and regulatory bodies.

The ideal candidate will want to pursue a long-term career in academia or the healthcare industry. This opportunity will provide the scope to build a valuable network of contacts and expertise in the medical device sector with close mentorship to develop your own funding applications.

You must be able to work independently, with the ability to proactively and effectively communicate across all our network collaborators. You should ideally have a PhD or equivalent in engineering or physical sciences, with post-doctoral experience in applying science/engineering in the development of medical devices. The ideal candidate will have skills in computational modelling and/or biomechanical and physiological experimental techniques. In general the candidate should present a strong desire to work in the bioengineering sciences. There will be considerable opportunity to travel to potential partners in the UK and overseas.

The position will be based in a new Clinical Academic Facility based at Southampton General Hospital, which houses two research testing labs and a biological Class 2 laboratory. The multidisciplinary team includes academics from engineering, medical imaging and healthcare sciences working in close collaboration with clinicians from the acute hospital and community settings.

For further information regarding the position please contact Professor Dan Bader ( or Dr Peter Worsley (, Tel: +44(0)2381 208287).

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role.


Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Anna Shikhareva on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002 Call: +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 746016BN on all correspondence.


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