Research Associate at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship position in surgery at University of Cambridge. The deadline for applying is October 14, 2018.

*Appointment at Senior Research Associate level is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine *

Applications are invited for a Research position in the group of Professor Manohar Bance, Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery.

The position would develop research centered round understanding cochlear implant stimulation spread in the inner ear, and in the human head, and how to optimize cochlear implant stimulation parameters. The research plan involves measuring the electrical impedance of human tissue to build a map and model of current/stimulation spread pathways using micro fabricated electrical sensing arrays.

The group plan to use this information to build artificially fabricated inner ears which can be implanted with real cochlear implants, using the implanted electrical sensors to measure current spread. The eventual aim is to develop a platform for cochlear implant research and development based on a completely configurable ‘artificial ear” that is electrically very similar to a living ear, but allows exact mapping of stimulation fields and how they are affected by different electrode designs, stimulation parameters, and change in the electrical mileu such as can occur with clinical conditions.

The ideal candidate will have a background in the mapping of electrical fields and impedance measurement testing, ideally of biological tissues. Experience in microfabrication, and 3D printing would be an asset. Experience in building models of electrical stimulation would be an asset. Previous experience with cochlear implants or implantable electrical devices would also be desirable.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant specialist subject area, such as electrical engineering, physics, biomaterials or biomedical engineering

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


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