Research Fellow in Novel Graft Fixation for Ligament Reconstruction

Sydney, Australia
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Opportunity to work with industry partners to develop both the novel ligament and bioceramic materials. 
  • Full-time, fixed term for 3 years
  • Base Salary: $104,155 plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity

This opportunity is provided by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), for an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow to work in a multidisciplinary research team to overcome industry-focused challenges in biomedical engineering.

Ligament reconstructive procedures are common practice following ligament rupture & instability.  In order to eliminate the reliance on human donor tissue grafts, a novel ligament material is being developed.  Vital to the success of ligament reconstruction is adequate graft fixation without infection or rejection – a feat not widely achieved by current metallic solutions. 

The aim of this project is to develop fixation anchors and screws from a novel biodegradable ceramic material using innovative additive manufacturing techniques. We have recently developed a new bioactive ceramic with exceptional mechanical properties and bioactivity, suitable for use in bone repair. The securing of ligament grafts with this bioceramic material will provide the strength required for initial fixation to the bone, with subsequent degradation and eventual replacement with the body’s own bone. 

This is an industry-collaborative project, with industry partners engaged in the development of both the novel ligament and bioceramic materials.  The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with these partners, working with engineers in the industrial teams and communicating project progress to key stakeholders.  The applicant may occasionally travel to and/or work from the industry sites, as required.  While the focus of the project will be ligament graft fixation, the applicant may become involved with complementary industry projects, as required.  The position involves supervision of a PhD student, and the applicant will receive further supervision from the University Professor and Industry Management.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Fellow who possesses a:

  • Strong background in materials science and additive manufacturing with interest in medical product design and development.
  • Excellent knowledge of 3D CAD software (preferably SolidWorks)
  • Ability to conduct theoretical analysis and develop test protocols for different bone fixation constructs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language, with ability to produce progress reports to the IMCRC as required.
  • Experience in ligament reconstruction and tissue engineering is highly desirable but not mandatory.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for a detailed Position Description. To be considered, it is essential that you upload a resume and address the online selection criteria.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2226/1118F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 9 December 2018 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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