Research Assistant/ Research Associate for Mechanical Design Engineer in Medical Device Research (fixed term)

Job title Research Assistant/ Research Associate for Mechanical Design Engineer in Medical Device Research (fixed term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,715, rising to £40,322 Per Annum

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

Placed on Tuesday 17 December 2019

Closing date Tuesday 21 January 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7326

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The Mechanical Engineering Department is looking a Research Assistant/ Research Associate with experience in design engineering. The role is working with a team of engineers and healthcare professionals, to develop and test a novel medical device as part of a prestigious nationally-funded project to benefit patients of the NHS.

This position is part of a team in the medical robotics group at the University of Bath, designing and testing a new drill guidance system for assisting surgeons with orthopaedic hand surgery. The project will develop and evaluate the software, hardware and user interfaces needed for the device, and integrate them into a package suitable for use in the operating theatre. The project will culminate in clinical and non-clinical investigations to quantify the effectiveness of the system in improving patient outcomes. The work forms part of a project funded by the National Institute for Health Research, working with surgeons at the Royal United Hospital in Bath to validate the suitability of the device as a new medical product for use across the NHS.

Applicants must have experience with CAD, mechanical design, material selection, manufacture, and prototyping. Experience with embedded electronic devices is desirable, and at the very least an applicant should be comfortable working with software engineers to embed electronic devices in their designs. Familiarity with Autodesk software would be advantageous.

The core project team includes a surgeon, two academic researchers, a software engineer and a mechanical design engineer. We work closely with statisticians, health economists, medical research design specialists, medical product development consultants, and a medical device manufacturer.

The position is full time as either Research Assistant or Research Associate level, dependent upon experience, and for a fixed term period until 02/02/2022.

Salary Scale

  • Research Assistant- starting from £26,715, rising to £32,817
  • Research Associate- starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

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