News Article
28 March 2017
Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

Salary:  Grade 7: £31,076 p.a. (pro rata)

We are recruiting to this programme (maximum 6 posts) during April 2017 for a start date of late September 2017. These posts will be fixed-term for 9 months, with the possibility of a 3 month extension. They will be based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Headington.

Whilst the advert and job description are posted on this website, applications will need to be made via the University of Oxford website. Please see:

http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/jobs/home

The Oxford Biodesign Programme is a joint initiative between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (through the IBME). This exciting programme will train biomedical entrepreneurs in Oxford who can turn healthcare needs into impactful enterprises. More information is available at http://oxfordbiodesign.org/#

The Fellows will be embedded through the programme in a clinical environment and will work with mentors from business and industry. Working as a team, the Fellows will be responsible for developing a prototyped digital healthcare concept which can be taken forward for clinical translation. At the end of the programme seed funding may be available for viable business proposals.

Candidates will be selected to form two teams with complementary skills. You should possess a first class or upper second class honours degree in engineering or science, or a primary medical degree, or a Masters in Business Administration, or equivalent digital or biomedical industry experience. It is likely that two candidates will be selected from each category. You should also possess experience of, or a significant demonstrated interest in, healthcare entrepreneurship, plus excellent presentation skills.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Maarten De Vos (maarten.devos@eng.ox.ac.uk) or Professor Alison Noble (alison.noble@eng.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 28 April 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, including why you are an ideal candidate for these prestigious Fellowships (describing how past experience and skills would support to a career in biomedical innovation), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Job title

Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

Division

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

Department

Engineering Science

Location

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Headington

Grade and salary

Grade 7: £31,076 p.a. (pro rata)

Hours

Full-time

Contract type

Fixed term for 9 months (with the possibility of a 3 month extension)

Reporting to 

Oxford Biodesign Programme Director

Vacancy reference

128187

Additional information

 

 

Overview of the Role

The Oxford Biodesign Programme creatively combines on-the-job training in biodesign principles mentored by world experts with the development of biodesign prototypes which may subsequently be taken forward for clinical translation or scaled up into commercial products. It aims to fill a current gap in the Oxford healthcare technologies innovation landscape. We are looking to recruit Research Fellows from different disciplines to join the programme.

Responsibilities/duties

Main Duties:

  • Scope out extended needs in a designated clinical area.
  • Generate a prioritized list of clinical needs factoring in stakeholder requirements such as safety, market size, cost-effectiveness, and benefit to end-user.
  • Develop and implement candidate biodesign prototypes to the selected healthcare need.
  • Write a comprehensive report on the final biodesign product covering the technology, intellectual property, market, and next commercialisation steps.
  • Present final product and its commercialisation pathway to a biodesign assessment panel.
  • Work effectively with others in your team on the above being prepared to lead and be a team player on different parts of the project.
  • Attend and actively contribute to all Biodesign Programme sessions and workshops.
  • Perform occasional demonstrations to industrial or academic visitors or sponsors.
  • Act as an ambassador of the Biodesign Programme at professional meetings.

 Additional duties: 

  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities on a day-to-day basis. This involves coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines, and of which timely completeness may affect others.
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects which may be developed by others.
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters.
  • Represent the Biodesign Programme at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of your team or alone.
  • Be prepared to travel to the EU / overseas. 

Selection criteria

We seek Biodesign Programme candidates with primary backgrounds in either (1) engineering or science, (2) or clinical medicine, or (3) business, and an interest in becoming experts who work at the interfaces of the three disciplines.

Essential

Depending on your primary area of current expertise either (1) A first class or upper second class honours degree in engineering or science, (2) or a primary medical degree, or (3) a Masters in Business Administration, or equivalent industry experience.

For the primary interest (1) – engineering and science

  • Excellent programming skills (C++, Matlab) and demonstrated ability to translate design specs to prototypes.
  • Evidence of ability to rapidly prototype and test solutions to specification. 

For the primary interest (2) – clinical medicine

  • Evidence of ability to design clinical pilot studies, secure ethics approval for studies, and experience of translational research. 

For primary interest (3)  - business

  • A strong MBA degree result (UK or international equivalent as recognised by UK NARIC) from a recognised university, or a strong track record of work in digital or biomedical industry.
  • Ability to think critically, logically and integrate ideas, and have a good awareness of economic, healthcare and international affairs. 

For all primary interest areas:

  • Background and experience of working across disciplines in an inter-disciplinary team. 
  • Experience of or significant demonstrated interest in healthcare entrepreneurship. 
  • Excellent communication skills (including the proven ability to write in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports and to contribute to discussions with collaborators and scientists in different fields).

 Desirable 

  • For the primary interest (1) – engineering and science: an MSc in engineering or science.
  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a large research project.
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication.
  • Knowledge of Intellectual Property.
  • Experience of working in or with industry.
  • Experience of evaluation of a healthcare technology. 

Overview of the Oxford Biodesign Programme 

The Oxford Biodesign Programme is a joint initiative between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (through the Institute of Biomedical Engineering). 

The role of biomedical technology in the delivery of healthcare is growing exponentially, and this exciting new programme aims to develop a critical mass of skilled biomedical entrepreneurs trained to turn needs-based concepts into commercially successful products. 

The Oxford Biodesign Programme will help build this capacity by providing highly selected graduates with intensive training in the development and commercialization of biomedical technologies. It builds on Oxford University’s long history of successful commercial developments in the biomedical sector.  Oxford faculty members will deliver the Oxford Biodesign Programme supported by guest lecturers and mentors from the biomedical technology industry and other relevant sectors. The 9-month fellowship begins with an extended needs assessment exercise in a designated clinical area, followed by the generation of a list of clinical needs, prioritized on the basis of the magnitude of the need, the likelihood of benefit and safety, the potential cost-effectiveness and the projected market size. From this list, candidate technology concepts are generated, prototypes built and final products selected for development. 

The University 

The University of Oxford is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence in research and teaching. We aim to lead the world in research and education for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. Oxford’s researchers engage with academic, commercial and cultural partners across the world to stimulate high-quality research and enable innovation through a broad range of social, policy and economic impacts. Oxford employs over 11,000 staff and has a student population of over 22,000. 

While we have long traditions of scholarship, we are also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe's most entrepreneurial universities. Income from external research contracts in 2014/15 exceeded £522.9m and ranked first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 spin-off companies created to date. We are also recognised as leaders in support for social enterprise. 

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. There is a highly devolved operational structure, which is split across four academic divisions, Academic Services and University Collections and University Administrative Services. For further information, please see: 

www.ox.ac.uk/staff/about_the_university/new_to_the_university/structure_of_university.

For more information please visit http://www.ox.ac.uk/about

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division is one of the four academic divisions of the University. Oxford is widely recognised as one of the world's leading science universities. In the results of the six-yearly UK-wide assessment of university research, REF2014, the MPLS         division received the highest overall grade point average (GPA) and the highest GPA for outputs. We received the highest proportion of 4* outputs, and the highest proportion of 4* activity overall. More than 50 per cent of MPLS activity was assessed as world leading.

The MPLS Division's 10 departments and 3 interdisciplinary units span the full spectrum of the mathematical, computational, physical, engineering and life sciences, and undertake both fundamental research and cutting-edge applied work. Our research addresses major societal and technological challenges and is increasingly focused on key interdisciplinary issues. MPLS is proud to be the home of some of the most creative and innovative scientific thinkers and leaders working in academe.  Our senior researchers have been awarded some of the most significant scientific honours (including Nobel prizes and prestigious titles such as FRS and FREng) and we have a strong tradition of attracting and nurturing the very best early career researchers who regularly secure prestigious fellowships

We have around 6,000 students and play a major role in training the next generation of leading scientists. Oxford's international reputation for excellence in teaching is reflected in its position at the top of the major-league tables and subject assessments.

MPLS is dedicated to bringing the wonder and potential of science to the attention of audiences far beyond the world of academia. We have a strong commitment to supporting public engagement in science through initiatives including the Oxford Sparks portal (http://www.oxfordsparks.net/) and a large variety of outreach activities; these are crucial activities given so many societal and technological issues demand an understanding of the science that underpins them. We also endeavour to bring the potential of our scientific efforts forward for practical and beneficial application to the real world and our desire is to link our best scientific minds with industry and public policy makers.

For more information about the MPLS division, please visit: http://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/

Engineering Science Department

Engineering teaching and research takes place at Oxford in a unified Department of Engineering Science whose academic staff are committed to a common engineering foundation as well as to advanced work in their own specialities, which include most branches of the subject. The Department is ranked third in the world in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, behind Caltech and Stanford, but ahead of MIT (4th), Cambridge (5th), Princeton (6th) and Imperial (7th). 

We have especially strong links with computing, materials science and medicine. The Department employs about 110 academic staff (this number includes 13 statutory Professors appointed in the main branches of the discipline, and 25 other professors in the Department); in addition there are 9 Visiting Professors. There is an experienced team of teaching support staff, clerical staff and technicians. The Department has well-equipped laboratories and workshops, which together with offices, lecture theatres, library and other facilities have a net floor area of about 22,000 square metres. 

Teaching

We aim to admit 170-180 undergraduates per year, all of whom take a 4-year Engineering Science course leading to the MEng degree. The course is accredited at MEng level by the major engineering institutions. The syllabus has a common core extending through the first two years. Specialist options are introduced in the third year, and the fourth year includes further specialist material and a major project. 

Research 

The Department was ranked the top engineering department in the UK, as measured by overall GPA, in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 exercise. We have approximately 350 research students and about 130 Research Fellows and Postdoctoral researchers. Direct funding of research grants and contracts, from a variety of sources, amounts to an annual turnover of approximately £27m in addition to general turnover of about £28m. The research activities of the department fall into seven broad headings, though there is much overlapping in practice: Thermofluids; Materials and Mechanics; Civil and Offshore; Information, Control and Vision; Electrical and Optoelectronic; Chemical and Process; Biomedical Engineering. 

For more information please visit: http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/

The University of Oxford is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Department of Engineering Science holds a Departmental Bronze Athena award in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in SET and create a better working environment for both men and women.

Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) 

The Department of Engineering Science has an international reputation for excellence in its research in biomedical engineering, which mostly takes place in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME, http://www.ibme.ox.ac.uk/), where the post-holder will be based.  There is a long tradition of collaboration in Oxford between engineers and clinicians. Working with colleagues in medical departments, Oxford engineers have developed the only FDA-approved, free-floating meniscal partial knee system (the Oxford Knee), needle-free drug injection using supersonic gas flows (commercialised by PowderJect), the first software package for medical image fusion (Fusion7D) and the first FDA-approved vital-sign data fusion system (Visensia). 

The IBME is situated on the medical campus (about a mile from the centre of Oxford), close to the Churchill Hospital, the Oxford Cancer Hospital, and is less than half a mile away from the John Radcliffe Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital. The IBME is the only research institute from the MPLS Division situated on the medical campus. It is co-located with four other medical research institutes, in a modern building with excellent laboratory, IT and workshop facilities. Biomedical Engineering in Oxford has a long tradition of spinning out companies from its research laboratories, with ten companies being founded in the last decade. 

The IBME offers a world-class venue for biomedical engineering research and postgraduate research training where engineers and clinicians work together on addressing unmet needs in the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of major diseases and conditions. The Institute’s core mission is to develop novel medical devices, technology and systems capable of delivering substantial healthcare benefit, and to translate new engineering technologies into clinical practice. 

Since opening in April 2008, the IBME has won more than £50 million of new research grants. It also receives more than £1 million a year from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for translational research. It was awarded one of the 2016 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education for “new collaborations between engineering and medicine delivering benefit to patients”. 

The Digital Health cluster is one of the four research clusters in the IBME. The focus of its research is on the development of sensor systems, signal processing, and machine learning methods for healthcare applications. It is funded by the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the NHS National Institute for Health Research, Innovate UK, the UK Department for International Development, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Within the cluster, there are three thriving research groups: the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) Laboratory led by Professor David Clifton; the Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Monitoring (CIBIM) Laboratory led by Professor Maarten de Vos; and the Biomedical Signal Processing & m-health Group led by Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci. 

Working at the University of Oxford

For further information about working at Oxford, please see: www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/research/

How to apply

Before submitting an application, you may find it helpful to read the ‘Tips on applying for a job at the University of Oxford’ document, at www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/supportandtechnical/

Please apply via the University of Oxford's website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/index.html

Please state clearly whether you consider your primary area of expertise and interest is area 1 (engineering and or science), area 2 (medicine) or area 3 (business) as we will assess you against other candidates who have applied in this area and are recruiting fellows with complementary skills.

You will also be asked to upload a CV and a supporting statement. The supporting statement should explain how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

All applications must be received by midday on the closing date stated in the online advertisement.

Information for priority candidates

 

A priority candidate is a University employee who is seeking redeployment because they have been advised that they are at risk of redundancy, or on grounds of ill-health/disability. Priority candidates are issued with a redeployment letter by their employing departments.

If you are a priority candidate, please ensure that you attach your redeployment letter to your application (or email it to the contact address on the advert if the application form used for the vacancy does not allow attachments)

 

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email recruitment.support@admin.ox.ac.uk. Further help and support is available from www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/support/. To return to the online application at any stage, please go to: www.recruit.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that you will be notified of the progress of your application by automatic emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk mail regularly to ensure that you receive all emails.

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references. We advise all applicants to read the candidate notes on the University’s pre-employment screening procedures, found at: 

www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening/.

The University’s policy on retirement

The University operates an employer justified retirement age for all academic and academic-related posts (grade 6 and above), for which the retirement date is the 30 September immediately preceding the 68th birthday. The justification for this is explained at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/end/retirement/revisedejra/revaim/.

For existing employees any employment beyond the retirement age is subject to approval through the procedures: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/end/retirement/revisedejra/revproc/

There is no normal or fixed age at which support staff in posts at grades 1–5 have to retire. Support staff may retire once they reach the minimum pension age stipulated in the Rules of the pension scheme to which they belong.

Equality of Opportunity

Entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Benefits of working at the University

Training and Development

A range of training and development opportunities are available at the University. Further details can be found at www.ox.ac.uk/staff/working_at_oxford/training_development/index.html.

For research staff only: Support for Research Staff

There is a particularly wide range of support for career development for research staff. Please visit:

www.ox.ac.uk/research/support-researchers to find out more.

Pensions

The University offers generous occupational pension schemes for eligible staff members. Further details can be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/finance/epp/pensions/pensionspolicy/.

Information for international staff(or those relocating from another part of the UK)

A wealth of information is available on the University's International Staff website for staff who are relocating to Oxford from abroad, at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/international/.

The University of Oxford Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club is aimed at helping partners of newly-arrived visiting scholars, graduate students and academic members of the University to settle in and to meet people in Oxford.

Transport schemes

The University offers a range of travel schemes and public transport travel discounts to staff. Full details are available at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/estates/ourservices/travel/.

University Club and University Sports Facilities

The University Club provides social, sporting and hospitality facilities. It incorporates a Club bar, a cafe and sporting facilities, including a gym. See www.club.ox.ac.uk for all further details.

University staff can use the University Sports Centre at discounted rates, and have the chance to join sports clubs. Please visit www.sport.ox.ac.uk/oxford-university-sports-facilities.

Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

The University offers quality childcare provision services at affordable prices to its employees. For full details about the services offered, please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/childcare/. NB: Due to the high demand for the University’s nursery places there is a long waiting list.

The University also offers nursery fee payment schemes to eligible staff as an opportunity to save tax and national insurance on childcare costs. Please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/childcare.

Disabled staff

The University is committed to supporting members of staff with a disability or long-term health condition and has a dedicated Staff Disability Advisor. Please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/disab/staff for further details.

BUPA - Eduhealth

Bupa Eduhealth Essentials private medical insurance offers special rates for University of Oxford staff and their families www.eduhealth.co.uk/mini-site/.

All other benefits

For other benefits, such as free entry to colleges, the Botanic Gardens and staff discounts offered by third party companies, please see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/benefits/.

 

 

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News Article
28 March 2017
Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

Salary:  Grade 7: £31,076 p.a. (pro rata)

We are recruiting to this programme (maximum 6 posts) during April 2017 for a start date of late September 2017. These posts will be fixed-term for 9 months, with the possibility of a 3 month extension. They will be based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Headington.

Whilst the advert and job description are posted on this website, applications will need to be made via the University of Oxford website. Please see:

http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/jobs/home

The Oxford Biodesign Programme is a joint initiative between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (through the IBME). This exciting programme will train biomedical entrepreneurs in Oxford who can turn healthcare needs into impactful enterprises. More information is available at http://oxfordbiodesign.org/#

The Fellows will be embedded through the programme in a clinical environment and will work with mentors from business and industry. Working as a team, the Fellows will be responsible for developing a prototyped digital healthcare concept which can be taken forward for clinical translation. At the end of the programme seed funding may be available for viable business proposals.

Candidates will be selected to form two teams with complementary skills. You should possess a first class or upper second class honours degree in engineering or science, or a primary medical degree, or a Masters in Business Administration, or equivalent digital or biomedical industry experience. It is likely that two candidates will be selected from each category. You should also possess experience of, or a significant demonstrated interest in, healthcare entrepreneurship, plus excellent presentation skills.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Maarten De Vos (maarten.devos@eng.ox.ac.uk) or Professor Alison Noble (alison.noble@eng.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 28 April 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, including why you are an ideal candidate for these prestigious Fellowships (describing how past experience and skills would support to a career in biomedical innovation), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Job title

Oxford Biodesign Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows

Division

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

Department

Engineering Science

Location

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Headington

Grade and salary

Grade 7: £31,076 p.a. (pro rata)

Hours

Full-time

Contract type

Fixed term for 9 months (with the possibility of a 3 month extension)

Reporting to 

Oxford Biodesign Programme Director

Vacancy reference

128187

Additional information

 

 

Overview of the Role

The Oxford Biodesign Programme creatively combines on-the-job training in biodesign principles mentored by world experts with the development of biodesign prototypes which may subsequently be taken forward for clinical translation or scaled up into commercial products. It aims to fill a current gap in the Oxford healthcare technologies innovation landscape. We are looking to recruit Research Fellows from different disciplines to join the programme.

Responsibilities/duties

Main Duties:

  • Scope out extended needs in a designated clinical area.
  • Generate a prioritized list of clinical needs factoring in stakeholder requirements such as safety, market size, cost-effectiveness, and benefit to end-user.
  • Develop and implement candidate biodesign prototypes to the selected healthcare need.
  • Write a comprehensive report on the final biodesign product covering the technology, intellectual property, market, and next commercialisation steps.
  • Present final product and its commercialisation pathway to a biodesign assessment panel.
  • Work effectively with others in your team on the above being prepared to lead and be a team player on different parts of the project.
  • Attend and actively contribute to all Biodesign Programme sessions and workshops.
  • Perform occasional demonstrations to industrial or academic visitors or sponsors.
  • Act as an ambassador of the Biodesign Programme at professional meetings.

 Additional duties: 

  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities on a day-to-day basis. This involves coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines, and of which timely completeness may affect others.
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects which may be developed by others.
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters.
  • Represent the Biodesign Programme at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of your team or alone.
  • Be prepared to travel to the EU / overseas. 

Selection criteria

We seek Biodesign Programme candidates with primary backgrounds in either (1) engineering or science, (2) or clinical medicine, or (3) business, and an interest in becoming experts who work at the interfaces of the three disciplines.

Essential

Depending on your primary area of current expertise either (1) A first class or upper second class honours degree in engineering or science, (2) or a primary medical degree, or (3) a Masters in Business Administration, or equivalent industry experience.

For the primary interest (1) – engineering and science

  • Excellent programming skills (C++, Matlab) and demonstrated ability to translate design specs to prototypes.
  • Evidence of ability to rapidly prototype and test solutions to specification. 

For the primary interest (2) – clinical medicine

  • Evidence of ability to design clinical pilot studies, secure ethics approval for studies, and experience of translational research. 

For primary interest (3)  - business

  • A strong MBA degree result (UK or international equivalent as recognised by UK NARIC) from a recognised university, or a strong track record of work in digital or biomedical industry.
  • Ability to think critically, logically and integrate ideas, and have a good awareness of economic, healthcare and international affairs. 

For all primary interest areas:

  • Background and experience of working across disciplines in an inter-disciplinary team. 
  • Experience of or significant demonstrated interest in healthcare entrepreneurship. 
  • Excellent communication skills (including the proven ability to write in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports and to contribute to discussions with collaborators and scientists in different fields).

 Desirable 

  • For the primary interest (1) – engineering and science: an MSc in engineering or science.
  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a large research project.
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication.
  • Knowledge of Intellectual Property.
  • Experience of working in or with industry.
  • Experience of evaluation of a healthcare technology. 

Overview of the Oxford Biodesign Programme 

The Oxford Biodesign Programme is a joint initiative between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (through the Institute of Biomedical Engineering). 

The role of biomedical technology in the delivery of healthcare is growing exponentially, and this exciting new programme aims to develop a critical mass of skilled biomedical entrepreneurs trained to turn needs-based concepts into commercially successful products. 

The Oxford Biodesign Programme will help build this capacity by providing highly selected graduates with intensive training in the development and commercialization of biomedical technologies. It builds on Oxford University’s long history of successful commercial developments in the biomedical sector.  Oxford faculty members will deliver the Oxford Biodesign Programme supported by guest lecturers and mentors from the biomedical technology industry and other relevant sectors. The 9-month fellowship begins with an extended needs assessment exercise in a designated clinical area, followed by the generation of a list of clinical needs, prioritized on the basis of the magnitude of the need, the likelihood of benefit and safety, the potential cost-effectiveness and the projected market size. From this list, candidate technology concepts are generated, prototypes built and final products selected for development. 

The University 

The University of Oxford is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence in research and teaching. We aim to lead the world in research and education for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. Oxford’s researchers engage with academic, commercial and cultural partners across the world to stimulate high-quality research and enable innovation through a broad range of social, policy and economic impacts. Oxford employs over 11,000 staff and has a student population of over 22,000. 

While we have long traditions of scholarship, we are also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe's most entrepreneurial universities. Income from external research contracts in 2014/15 exceeded £522.9m and ranked first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 spin-off companies created to date. We are also recognised as leaders in support for social enterprise. 

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. There is a highly devolved operational structure, which is split across four academic divisions, Academic Services and University Collections and University Administrative Services. For further information, please see: 

www.ox.ac.uk/staff/about_the_university/new_to_the_university/structure_of_university.

For more information please visit http://www.ox.ac.uk/about

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division

The Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division is one of the four academic divisions of the University. Oxford is widely recognised as one of the world's leading science universities. In the results of the six-yearly UK-wide assessment of university research, REF2014, the MPLS         division received the highest overall grade point average (GPA) and the highest GPA for outputs. We received the highest proportion of 4* outputs, and the highest proportion of 4* activity overall. More than 50 per cent of MPLS activity was assessed as world leading.

The MPLS Division's 10 departments and 3 interdisciplinary units span the full spectrum of the mathematical, computational, physical, engineering and life sciences, and undertake both fundamental research and cutting-edge applied work. Our research addresses major societal and technological challenges and is increasingly focused on key interdisciplinary issues. MPLS is proud to be the home of some of the most creative and innovative scientific thinkers and leaders working in academe.  Our senior researchers have been awarded some of the most significant scientific honours (including Nobel prizes and prestigious titles such as FRS and FREng) and we have a strong tradition of attracting and nurturing the very best early career researchers who regularly secure prestigious fellowships

We have around 6,000 students and play a major role in training the next generation of leading scientists. Oxford's international reputation for excellence in teaching is reflected in its position at the top of the major-league tables and subject assessments.

MPLS is dedicated to bringing the wonder and potential of science to the attention of audiences far beyond the world of academia. We have a strong commitment to supporting public engagement in science through initiatives including the Oxford Sparks portal (http://www.oxfordsparks.net/) and a large variety of outreach activities; these are crucial activities given so many societal and technological issues demand an understanding of the science that underpins them. We also endeavour to bring the potential of our scientific efforts forward for practical and beneficial application to the real world and our desire is to link our best scientific minds with industry and public policy makers.

For more information about the MPLS division, please visit: http://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/

Engineering Science Department

Engineering teaching and research takes place at Oxford in a unified Department of Engineering Science whose academic staff are committed to a common engineering foundation as well as to advanced work in their own specialities, which include most branches of the subject. The Department is ranked third in the world in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, behind Caltech and Stanford, but ahead of MIT (4th), Cambridge (5th), Princeton (6th) and Imperial (7th). 

We have especially strong links with computing, materials science and medicine. The Department employs about 110 academic staff (this number includes 13 statutory Professors appointed in the main branches of the discipline, and 25 other professors in the Department); in addition there are 9 Visiting Professors. There is an experienced team of teaching support staff, clerical staff and technicians. The Department has well-equipped laboratories and workshops, which together with offices, lecture theatres, library and other facilities have a net floor area of about 22,000 square metres. 

Teaching

We aim to admit 170-180 undergraduates per year, all of whom take a 4-year Engineering Science course leading to the MEng degree. The course is accredited at MEng level by the major engineering institutions. The syllabus has a common core extending through the first two years. Specialist options are introduced in the third year, and the fourth year includes further specialist material and a major project. 

Research 

The Department was ranked the top engineering department in the UK, as measured by overall GPA, in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 exercise. We have approximately 350 research students and about 130 Research Fellows and Postdoctoral researchers. Direct funding of research grants and contracts, from a variety of sources, amounts to an annual turnover of approximately £27m in addition to general turnover of about £28m. The research activities of the department fall into seven broad headings, though there is much overlapping in practice: Thermofluids; Materials and Mechanics; Civil and Offshore; Information, Control and Vision; Electrical and Optoelectronic; Chemical and Process; Biomedical Engineering. 

For more information please visit: http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/

The University of Oxford is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Department of Engineering Science holds a Departmental Bronze Athena award in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in SET and create a better working environment for both men and women.

Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) 

The Department of Engineering Science has an international reputation for excellence in its research in biomedical engineering, which mostly takes place in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME, http://www.ibme.ox.ac.uk/), where the post-holder will be based.  There is a long tradition of collaboration in Oxford between engineers and clinicians. Working with colleagues in medical departments, Oxford engineers have developed the only FDA-approved, free-floating meniscal partial knee system (the Oxford Knee), needle-free drug injection using supersonic gas flows (commercialised by PowderJect), the first software package for medical image fusion (Fusion7D) and the first FDA-approved vital-sign data fusion system (Visensia). 

The IBME is situated on the medical campus (about a mile from the centre of Oxford), close to the Churchill Hospital, the Oxford Cancer Hospital, and is less than half a mile away from the John Radcliffe Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital. The IBME is the only research institute from the MPLS Division situated on the medical campus. It is co-located with four other medical research institutes, in a modern building with excellent laboratory, IT and workshop facilities. Biomedical Engineering in Oxford has a long tradition of spinning out companies from its research laboratories, with ten companies being founded in the last decade. 

The IBME offers a world-class venue for biomedical engineering research and postgraduate research training where engineers and clinicians work together on addressing unmet needs in the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of major diseases and conditions. The Institute’s core mission is to develop novel medical devices, technology and systems capable of delivering substantial healthcare benefit, and to translate new engineering technologies into clinical practice. 

Since opening in April 2008, the IBME has won more than £50 million of new research grants. It also receives more than £1 million a year from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for translational research. It was awarded one of the 2016 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education for “new collaborations between engineering and medicine delivering benefit to patients”. 

The Digital Health cluster is one of the four research clusters in the IBME. The focus of its research is on the development of sensor systems, signal processing, and machine learning methods for healthcare applications. It is funded by the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the NHS National Institute for Health Research, Innovate UK, the UK Department for International Development, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Within the cluster, there are three thriving research groups: the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) Laboratory led by Professor David Clifton; the Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Monitoring (CIBIM) Laboratory led by Professor Maarten de Vos; and the Biomedical Signal Processing & m-health Group led by Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci. 

Working at the University of Oxford

For further information about working at Oxford, please see: www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/research/

How to apply

Before submitting an application, you may find it helpful to read the ‘Tips on applying for a job at the University of Oxford’ document, at www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/supportandtechnical/

Please apply via the University of Oxford's website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/index.html

Please state clearly whether you consider your primary area of expertise and interest is area 1 (engineering and or science), area 2 (medicine) or area 3 (business) as we will assess you against other candidates who have applied in this area and are recruiting fellows with complementary skills.

You will also be asked to upload a CV and a supporting statement. The supporting statement should explain how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

All applications must be received by midday on the closing date stated in the online advertisement.

Information for priority candidates

 

A priority candidate is a University employee who is seeking redeployment because they have been advised that they are at risk of redundancy, or on grounds of ill-health/disability. Priority candidates are issued with a redeployment letter by their employing departments.

If you are a priority candidate, please ensure that you attach your redeployment letter to your application (or email it to the contact address on the advert if the application form used for the vacancy does not allow attachments)

 

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email recruitment.support@admin.ox.ac.uk. Further help and support is available from www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/jobs/support/. To return to the online application at any stage, please go to: www.recruit.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that you will be notified of the progress of your application by automatic emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk mail regularly to ensure that you receive all emails.

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references. We advise all applicants to read the candidate notes on the University’s pre-employment screening procedures, found at: 

www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening/.

The University’s policy on retirement

The University operates an employer justified retirement age for all academic and academic-related posts (grade 6 and above), for which the retirement date is the 30 September immediately preceding the 68th birthday. The justification for this is explained at: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/end/retirement/revisedejra/revaim/.

For existing employees any employment beyond the retirement age is subject to approval through the procedures: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/end/retirement/revisedejra/revproc/

There is no normal or fixed age at which support staff in posts at grades 1–5 have to retire. Support staff may retire once they reach the minimum pension age stipulated in the Rules of the pension scheme to which they belong.

Equality of Opportunity

Entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Benefits of working at the University

Training and Development

A range of training and development opportunities are available at the University. Further details can be found at www.ox.ac.uk/staff/working_at_oxford/training_development/index.html.

For research staff only: Support for Research Staff

There is a particularly wide range of support for career development for research staff. Please visit:

www.ox.ac.uk/research/support-researchers to find out more.

Pensions

The University offers generous occupational pension schemes for eligible staff members. Further details can be found at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/finance/epp/pensions/pensionspolicy/.

Information for international staff(or those relocating from another part of the UK)

A wealth of information is available on the University's International Staff website for staff who are relocating to Oxford from abroad, at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/international/.

The University of Oxford Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club is aimed at helping partners of newly-arrived visiting scholars, graduate students and academic members of the University to settle in and to meet people in Oxford.

Transport schemes

The University offers a range of travel schemes and public transport travel discounts to staff. Full details are available at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/estates/ourservices/travel/.

University Club and University Sports Facilities

The University Club provides social, sporting and hospitality facilities. It incorporates a Club bar, a cafe and sporting facilities, including a gym. See www.club.ox.ac.uk for all further details.

University staff can use the University Sports Centre at discounted rates, and have the chance to join sports clubs. Please visit www.sport.ox.ac.uk/oxford-university-sports-facilities.

Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

The University offers quality childcare provision services at affordable prices to its employees. For full details about the services offered, please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/childcare/. NB: Due to the high demand for the University’s nursery places there is a long waiting list.

The University also offers nursery fee payment schemes to eligible staff as an opportunity to save tax and national insurance on childcare costs. Please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/childcare.

Disabled staff

The University is committed to supporting members of staff with a disability or long-term health condition and has a dedicated Staff Disability Advisor. Please visit www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/disab/staff for further details.

BUPA - Eduhealth

Bupa Eduhealth Essentials private medical insurance offers special rates for University of Oxford staff and their families www.eduhealth.co.uk/mini-site/.

All other benefits

For other benefits, such as free entry to colleges, the Botanic Gardens and staff discounts offered by third party companies, please see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/benefits/.