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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: E&PS-08191

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/06/2016

Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Applied Mathematics

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: available from 1 September 2016 for 2.5 years

Applications are invited for a 2.5-year position focused on the biological physics and mechanics of the human placenta. The post is supported by a recently-awarded MRC Grant “Blood flow (dys)regulation and transfer function in the human placenta: an integrated in silico and ex vivo approach to fetal growth restriction”.

You will join a rapidly expanding effort in biomechanics within the School of Mathematics, working directly with Dr I. L. Chernyavsky and Professor O. E. Jensen, in close collaboration with physiologists and clinicians from the Institute of Human Development and the University of Southampton. This position forms a part of a wider recruitment that will involve employment of a Research Associate in experimental placental physiology to support the mathematical modelling effort.

The theoretical part of the project lies at the interface between applied mathematics, continuum mechanics, multi-scale physics, spatial statistics and image analysis. The main aim of this project is in development of integrated analytical and computational techniques, informed by experimental data, for the study of flow and transport processes in the human placenta, a unique and critically important interface between the maternal and fetal circulations.

You will hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Bioengineering, or a closely related field. You will have a solid track record of publications relevant to the project area, and a strong aptitude for interdisciplinary research.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, see below. Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed two-three pages).

The School of Mathematics is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Chernyavsky, MRC Research Fellow


Tel: 0161 275 5844

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting:     Monday 16 May 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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