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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Location:  Camden
Salary:  £32,929 to £40,663
per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Closing Date:   Thursday 23 February 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 06 March 2017
Reference:   CBS-0008-17

This is a 24-month fixed term contract, available from 1 April 2017.

Does trabecular bone loss really result in strong bony plates transitioning to weak rods, increasing fracture risk in osteoporosis? The current method for measuring plates and rods is confounded by the amount of bone per unit volume, and so its answer to this question is unreliable. We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to optimise a new method for measuring bony rods and plates, Ellipsoid Factor, and use it to investigate whether the plate-rod transition really does exist.

The PDRA will join Dr Michael Doube’s team in RVC’s vibrant Skeletal Biology Group in Camden, London, and collaborate with Bruker microCT’s application scientists in Kontich, Belgium.

The PDRA will develop the new Ellipsoid Factor algorithm as an open source reference plugin for ImageJ2, with support from our Research Software Engineer. With Bruker microCT, the PDRA will develop an optimised commercial plugin. Both plugins will be distributed to scientists worldwide working with 3D image datasets of bone, soil, and other porous materials. The new Ellipsoid Factor code will be applied to a large number of bone image datasets to determine whether the bone loss that occurs physiologically after reduced weight-bearing (e.g. in spaceflight), and pathologically in osteoporosis, results in plate-to-rod deterioration of trabecular geometry.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. anatomy, bioengineering, physics, materials science, mathematics), and willingness to use both open access scientific, and closed-source industrial working practices. Experience with Java, C++, and image processing is desirable but not necessary.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Michael Doube on +44 (0) 207 121 1903 or email:

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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