Research Associate in Microscale Blood Flow

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Microscale Blood Flow position in the group of Dr Joseph Sherwood. The group specialises in experimental biofluids research, with a particular focus blood, eyes and lungs.  

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01422
  • Date posted 20 October 2020
  • Closing date 20 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Microscale Blood Flow position in the group of Dr Joseph Sherwood. The group specialises in experimental biofluids research, with a particular focus blood, eyes and lungs.

 

Duties and responsibilities

The central hypothesis of this work is that changes to the mechanical properties of red blood cells play a causative role in the progression of microvascular diseases such as diabetes.

Using microfabrication methods and fluid control systems, we will build models of microvascular network sections and perfuse them with human blood samples.

Micro-particle image velocimetry and other optical and mechanical measurement techniques will be used to characterise the flow in these networks and how it is altered following modifications to the red blood cells mimicking those in diabetes.

Combining these data with computational fluid dynamics and viscosity measurements, we will evaluate distributions of wall shear stress and thereby investigate whether the effects of changes to red blood cell properties are sufficient to impact the pathophysiology of microvascular diseases.

Essential requirements

We seek a motivated and collaborative individual to fill this post, in possession of a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering or physical sciences. and with competence in laboratory work, engineering design and data analysis. Previous experience in working with blood or other biological fluids, building experimental systems, image processing and using computational fluid dynamics is desirable.

 

Further information

We are based in the Department of Bioengineering at the South Kensington Campus. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and appointment to this post will be made on the Academic and Research pay scale as detailed above.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Joseph Sherwood (j.sherwood@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/ and enter the job title or vacancy reference number into search bar. Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number ENG01422

Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms Jo Adam at i.adam@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing Date:  20/11/2020

Please note: interviews will take place on 01/12/2020 and 02/12/2020

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