Research Associate/Fellow in Biomedical Engineering Computations and Medical Data Analysis

University of Western Australia Department of Mechanical Engineering


Research Associate/ Fellow - Biomedical Engineering Computations and Medical Data Analysis

Job no: 506648
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Engineering - Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • An opportunity to conduct high quality research and development on a National Health and Medical Research Council project in the area of biomedical engineering computations and medical data analysis
  • 3 year fixed-term appointment, with a possibility for extension for further 2 years
  • Salary: Level A/B: $96,464 – $118,776 per annum plus superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About us

The School of Engineering is renowned for its award-winning researchers, teachers and facilities. It is a multidisciplinary school offering education and research in a number of engineering disciplines. This includes agricultural, biomedical, civil, environmental, mining, chemical, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. UWA ranks in the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings.

The School of Engineering has an established and dedicated team of teaching and research staff providing broad-based undergraduate programs with solid foundations across engineering disciplines.

Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory, with 8 academic staff (4 grant-funded), ~20 PhD and Masters students and varying number of visitors, is the largest research laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the largest biomedical engineering laboratory in Western Australia. ISML’s mission is to “improve clinical outcomes through the development and appropriate use of technology”. Thanks to its interdisciplinary focus and very close connections to the best research institutions in the world, ISML provides a perfect environment for the development of PhD candidates and early career researchers. For over 15 years, the Intelligent Systems for  Medicine Laboratory (ISML) at  The University of Western Australia (UWA) has been at the forefront of computational bioengineering and patient-specific modelling, with ISML members winning many prestigious national and international awards.

About the opportunity

As the appointee, it is expected that you will work with Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators and other partners and collaborating researchers (including postgraduate, Honours, and High Degree Research students) to undertake research associated with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Project “Biomechanics meets Phenomics: Towards understanding and predicting abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease progression“.

The role will involve coordinating patient data acquisition in Perth hospitals, maintaining the secure database of these data, conducting patient-specific computations for biomechanical analysis of vascular disease and amalgamating these results to reach statistically valid conclusions.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in bioengineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, physics, mathematics or a field closely related to the project
  • Demonstrated knowledge of continuum mechanics (solids and/or fluids) and numerical analysis, in particular numerical methods for boundary value problems for partial differential equations
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming including use and implementation of algorithms of computational continuum mechanics and image analysis
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, necessary to work effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge and experience of image-based machine learning approaches, while not essential, will be beneficial
  • Full details of the position responsibilities are outlined in the position description.  

In preparing your application, you are asked to submit a cover letter, address all the selection criteria in the position description and upload your CV along with copies of your education certificates.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 506648.pdf

This position is open to candidates requiring working rights.

Closing date:  Friday, 11 June 2021

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020. 

Advertised: 29 Apr 2021 W. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: 11 Jun 2021 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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