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J.h. Kuiper
03-21-2001, 01:03 AM
Post available: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 1 year.
Qualification: Physicist or engineer at post-doctoral level, ideally with
relevant experience in fibre-optic technology.

Centre For Science & Technology In Medicine
Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
Contact: Dr Jan Herman Kuiper, Lecturer in Biomechanics
(j.h.kuiper@keele.ac.uk)

Background
The post forms part of a larger European project, BITES (Biomechanical
Interactions in Tissue Engineering and Surgical Repair). Detailed
information on the project can be found at the BITES website
(http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/stmk/bites/bites/). The overall aim of the
project is to grow composites of cartilage and bone in the laboratory, for
repair of joint cartilage defects.
The BITES project has several tasks. Two of these relate to the open post,
which is to develop tools for non-destructive assessment of the tissue
quality inside the patient, in vivo. Some methods to do this assessment are
already in use, such as in vivo indentation testing to measure cartilage
stiffness, or MRI scanning to measure cartilage thickness or signal
intensity. We believe that optical measurements will provide a good way of
assessing tissue quality. In our group, several centres (Keele University,
University of Genoa, and Linkvping University) have a strong expertise in
this field.

Job description
We expect the successful applicant to develop methods to study the quality
of cartilage repair tissue, based on fibre-optic techniques. Specifically,
we would like to study the feasibility of Optical Coherence Tomography, and
reflected light and elastic-scattering spectroscopy.
We expect the successful candidate to co-operate with the two
above-mentioned European centres (Genoa and Linkvping).

Salary
RA1A Scale (GBP 16,775 - 25,213 p.a.) according to age and experience
Closing date: 6 April 2001

Professional environment
The Centre for Science and Technology in Medicine is an interdisciplinary
research centre which includes clinicians and surgeons from a number of
specialisations working with bioengineers, physicists and biologists. The
major research groupings are in physiological monitoring, biomaterials and
cellular/tissue engineering. The centre was successful in obtaining a
maximum research rating in the last national Research Assessment Exercise in
England.

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Jan-Herman Kuiper (j.h.kuiper@orth.keele.ac.uk)

Centre for Science and Technology in Medicine
Keele University
Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK

Postal address:
Unit for Joint Reconstruction
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG, UK

phone +44 1691 404581 | fax +44 1691 404067

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