Grant Funded Research A - School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Adelaide, Australia
$75,888- $102,040 per annum per annum plus an employer contribution of 17%
04 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

(Level A) $75,888- $102,040 per annum per annum plus an employer contribution of 17%

Fixed term position - Part-time (0.5 FTE) for 24 months

This grant funded research assistant position is within an internationally well-known research group on the biomechanics of cardiovascular systems; you will be working as a part of this group.

One in five patients will have a second heart attack within five years of their first. We must become better at targeting those at risk with advanced treatments. This project will shed light on how novel biomechanical forces, evaluated using our personalised simulation capability, may drive plaque growth or destabilisation and how this will help us predict secondary heart attacks.

The project is mainly about Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) simulations of coronary arteries re-constructed from MRI, IVUS, and OCT clinical images. Skills required are the finite element method, the fluid-structure interaction method, re-construction of cardiovascular system from OCT, IVUS, and MRI clinical images.

The final aim of this project is to prevent heart attack. We hope to develop targeted, more personalised approaches to better predict plaque growth and hence secondary heart attacks, which will potentially be lifesaving for many patients.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in biomechanical or mechanical engineering (those who are close to graduation are also encouraged to apply)
  • Strong track record of publications
  • Demonstrated experience in finite element modelling of biomechanical or mechanical systems
  • Strong team work skills and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience in three-dimension re-construction of biomechanical systems for numerical simulations

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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How to Apply

Click on the link below to view the Selection Criteria and to apply for the opportunity.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

***Applications close 11:55pm, Sunday 28th October***

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Mergen Ghayesh

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

The University of Adelaide

Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia


T + 61 (8) 8313 5946

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.