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Nick Caplan
05-05-2008, 11:35 PM
Dear subscribers,

The following funded (UK home/EC rate) PhD studentship is available at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK:

"Functional biomechanical assessment of patients following total hip and knee replacements"


The aims of this industry sponsored PhD studentship are to investigate biomechanical changes to movement after total knee replacement (TKR) and total hip replacements (THR). The studentship is offered as part of a strong research collaboration between Northumbria University and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. The student will be based at the University, although time will be spent at the hospital recruiting patients. With access to a large number of patients through the clinical supervisor, the successful applicant will quantitatively assess the patients' gait, and track changes in gait (and other biomechanical measures) in common day to day movements, throughout the rehabilitation period. The successful applicant will work closely with physiotherapists and registrars at the hospital, and is expected to become actively involved with the industry funding body at conferences and seminars.

The expected start date of the studentship is 1 August 2008.

Essential skills:

- Experience of working with human participants.

- Experience of motion data collection and analysis.

- Experience of instrumentation, data collection and signal processing with electronic components (e.g. force platforms).

- Experience of using spreadsheet, word processing, database and statistical software packages.

Desirable skills:

- Experience of 3D motion analysis of gait, including inverse dynamic modelling using a Vicon system (or equivalent).

Student qualifications:

- 1st or 2-1 in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Sport and Exercise Sciences or equivalent (preferably to Masters level).

The Studentship funding (which will be for a maximum period of three years) pays annual tuition fees at the Home/EC rate (currently 3,252 p.a.) together with a monthly stipend (currently 12,600 p.a.).

Any further information about the studentship can be obtained by contacting Dr Nick Caplan at nick.caplan@northumbria.ac.uk or on 0191 243 7382.

Applicants are required to complete a Studentship Application form (see 'Related Links' on the right hand side of http://northumbria.ac.uk/researchandconsultancy/pgr/res_stud/scrve/ ) and submit it to the School Research Administrator, Andrew Pearce (contact details on the top right of this page) by Friday 30 May 2008 at:

Andrew Pearce

Research Administrator

School of Psychology and Sport Sciences

Northumbria University

Northumberland Building

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: (0191) 227 7028



Nick Caplan, PhD, FHEA.

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics

Director, Biomechanics Research Unit

School of Psychology and Sport Sciences

Northumbria University

Northumberland Building

Newcastle upon Tyne


Email: nick.caplan@unn.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)191 243 7382