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12-08-2009, 12:13 AM
University of Bradford

PhD Studentship and Post Doc available

EPSRC PhD studentship (£13,290 per year)

A PhD studentship funded by an EPSRC doctoral training award (DTA) is
available in University of Bradford School of Engineering of Engineering,
Design and Technology, West Yorkshire, UK.

The successful candidates will join the multi-disciplinary Vision and
Mobility/ Biomechanics research team currently led by Dr John Buckley
(Clinical Biomechanist) and Prof. David Elliott (Clinical Vision Scientist).
Ongoing research is aimed primarily at understanding what, where and how
different aspects of vision and visual information are used to regulate
locomotion, and what biomechanical adaptations or compensatory mechanisms
are used for locomotion by individuals with musculo-skeletal disorders,
and/or by those with sensory impairment. The successful candidate will
register to undertake their PhD within the Division of Medical Engineering,
School of Engineering Design and Technology, but there will also be
supervisory input from Bradford’s School of Optometry and Vision Science.

The PhD will investigate the extent to which control of the prosthetic
limb/foot is reliant on vision versus the sense of 'feel' from the
prosthetic limb. As the sense-of-feel from the prosthetic limb is thought to
be related to the mechanical loads/pressures on the residuum, the proposed
study will also explore whether the reliance on using vision to control the
prosthetic limb is reduced when using a prosthesis with a self-aligning
foot-ankle device that is known to reduce residuum loads when walking over
stairs. The studies will be conducted within the Vision and
Mobility/Biomechanics lab at the University of Bradford. Research facilities
include an 8-camera Vicon motion-analysis system, force plates, and EMG
equipment. The project also has project partners from the Disablement
Services (NHS) Centre, Manchester and from Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd
(specialist manufactures of artificial limbs).

Candidates must have a first degree in Human Physiology, Vision Science,
Medical or Bioengineering, Motor/Movement Control or a related subject.

For UK students, the studentship will cover all University of Bradford
tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant of £13,290 per year, but for
(non-UK) EU members it will only cover fees. Non-EU members are not eligible
for this award.

Interested candidates can contact Dr John Buckley (at
j.buckley@bradford.ac.uk) for informal enquiries. Applicants should send a
CV, a statement of reasons for applying for the position, and two letters of
reference (signed) to Dr Buckley at the address below.

EDT5, Chesham

Richmond Road

University of Bradford


West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP

Closing date: 29th January 2010.

Postdoctoral Position

The post is a half-time (0.5) position (i.e. 2.5 days/week) at Grade 8
(£31.5k pro rata),

Engineering, Design and Technology is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral
research assistant for a 2-year project funded by the EPSRC. The project
“Recent developments in lower-limb prostheses: To gain full advantage of
improved mechanical function are sensorimotor control features necessary?”
involves working with project partners from the NHS Disablement Services
Centre, Manchester and from Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd (specialist
manufactures of artificial limbs), as well as colleagues from the Vision and
Mobility/ Biomechanics lab at the university. Duties and responsibilities
will be appropriate for this relatively senior grade. For those wishing to
supplement this salary, there may be opportunity to contribute to our
undergraduate teaching portfolio (on an hourly paid basis).

Further information at http://www.brad.ac.uk/jobs/research.html, reference

For informal discussions please contact Dr John Buckley (grant holder) at

Closing date: 8th January 2010.

For further information about the Vision and Mobility/Biomechanics Research
Group go to

Information about the University of Bradford and its surrounds is at