Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Cell Mechanics

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 29th of June 2018

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

The post is a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Cell Mechanics within the Computational Mechanics of Materials research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by EPSRC and is fixed-term for 2 years.


The post is part of a project on “Electrophysiological-mechanical coupled pulses in neural membranes: a new paradigm for clinical therapy of SCI and TBI (NeuroPulse)” being jointly undertaken by the Department of Engineering Science and the Department of Physics of the University of Oxford and clinicians in the Oxford and Cambridge University Hospitals. You will focus on the experimental programme of the project, ensuring the collaboration at the experimental level with the group of Professor Contera, and delineating the future development of a healthcare device by leveraging the project findings, and, along with the PI and the clinical partners, meeting and planning its future lines of development with the medical community, policy makers and healthcare technology players. You will more particularly help designing the “after-NeuroPulse” focussed on Healthcare Technologies marketing of any clinically relevant findings by assisting the PI in the creation of spin-offs, negotiation and proposal writing. A tight collaboration with the numerical team is also expected. Numerical experience is desirable.


You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be near to completion) with relevant experience. You should possess an excellent knowledge of cell level experimental techniques, neuron mechanics, electrophysiology and dynamics. You will also have a basic understanding of numerical simulations. Excellent communication and writing skills together with experience in supervision of students is also required.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to: antoine.jerusalem@eng.ox.ac.uk.


You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on 29 June 2018 can be considered.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact: Professor Antoine Jerusalem