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    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

    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
    ( 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).

    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

    Jan-Herman Kuiper (

    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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