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11-17-2009, 01:10 AM
DO ERGONOMIC CHAIRS SOLVE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH BAD SEATING POSTURE?

Throughout evolution the human body has become adapted for running, climbing, jumping, stretching and bending. But western societies are increasingly sedentary; indeed as much as 80% of a personís day may be spent in a sitting posture. Current evidence relates various forms of pathology, in particular lower back pain, to bad sitting posture and British business loses an estimated 4.9 million days each year to employee absenteeism through work-related back conditions. A wide range of ergonomic solutions have been proposed to reduce the impact of prolonged sitting on individuals in office environments, including various forms of chair and desk arrangement. But the biomechanical efficacy of many of these has not yet been established.

In this PhD you will use a lab-based biomechanical approach to explore the problems caused by prolonged sitting and the efficacy of chairs that are currently available. The project may also involve assessing the efficacy of various complementary physical therapies in addressing associated pathologies. This is a joint project between Dr Susannah Thorpe (University of Birmingham) and Dr Susanne Prankel (University of Worcester). You will be based at Birmingham and will join a dynamic research group studying a wide range of topics associated with whole animal (including human) biology and evolution. We have excellent facilities for both field and lab based studies of biomechanics.

The successful candidate will:

(i). have good knowledge of musculoskeletal and/or movement biomechanics of humans or other animals (preferably at Masters level)

(ii). be able to work independantly and as part of a dynamic research team


Funding Notes
Applications are invited AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Please contact Dr. Thorpe in the first instance with your CV.

For references and further information about our research please paste the following links into your browser http://www.biosciences.bham.ac.uk/labs/thorpe/index.htm, Dr Prankel: http://www.worc.ac.uk/departments/9745.html





DO ERGONOMIC CHAIRS SOLVE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH BAD SEATING POSTURE?


Throughout evolution the human body has become adapted for running, climbing, jumping, stretching and bending. But western societies are increasingly sedentary; indeed as much as 80% of a personís day may be spent in a sitting posture. Current evidence relates various forms of pathology, in particular lower back pain, to bad sitting posture and British business loses an estimated 4.9 million days each year to employee absenteeism through work-related back conditions. A wide range of ergonomic solutions have been proposed to reduce the impact of prolonged sitting on individuals in office environments, including various forms of chair and desk arrangement. But the biomechanical efficacy of many of these has not yet been established.

In this PhD you will use a lab-based biomechanical approach to explore the problems caused by prolonged sitting and the efficacy of chairs that are currently available. The project may also involve assessing the efficacy of various complementary physical therapies in addressing associated pathologies. This is a joint project between Dr Susannah Thorpe (University of Birmingham) and Dr Susanne Prankel (University of Worcester). You will join a dynamic research group studying a wide range of tyopics associated with whole animal (including human) biology and evolution

The successful candidate will:

(i). have good knowledge of musculoskeletal and/or movement biomechanics of humans or other animals (preferably at Masters level)

(ii). be able to work independantly and as part of a dynamic research team

Funding Notes
Applications are invited AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Please contact Dr. Thorpe in the first instance with your CV.

For references and further information about the labs of Drs Thorpe and Prankel please paste the following links into your browser

Dr Thorpe: http://www.biosciences.bham.ac.uk/labs/thorpe/index.htm

Dr Prankel: http://www.worc.ac.uk/departments/9745.html



Dr Susannah KS Thorpe
Locomotor Ecology and Biomechanics Lab

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5040
Email: S.K.Thorpe@bham.ac.uk