Research Associate

Job title Research Associate

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 Per Annum

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 08 July 2020

Closing date Thursday 23 July 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7675


Would you like to join a growing multi-disciplinary research group applying computational biomechanics and machine learning to cardiovascular diseases?

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious condition that causes progressive damage to the heart and lungs. Gold standard diagnosis is by invasive catheterisation of the heart. We would like to develop automated screening techniques for this condition based on CT imaging alone. This requires an accurate representation of a patient's pulmonary vessels.

You will develop and implement algorithms to automatically segment and reconstruct patient-specific pulmonary vessel geometry from medical images. We will communicate the results to a patient focus group, to ensure clinical translation of the research.

You will be based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, but will meet regularly with clinicians at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. Your contribution will help kickstart a programme of research into patient-specific diagnosis of this disease and its related complications.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent industrial experience) in biomedical engineering, applied maths, or computer science. Expertise in a programming language such as C/C++, Python, MATLAB or FORTRAN is crucial. Successful applicants will possess:

  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences
  • Experience of developing image processing/computational modelling software
  • Knowledge of image processing and/or machine learning
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal direction

This is a fixed-term contract for 6 months.  

For more details about the role please contact Dr Andrew Cookson (

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