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    Research Fellow, Centre for Rehabilitation and Human
    Performance Research, University of Salford. Eighteen months, full
    time, salary up to £21503, with annual increment at 12 months.

    This EPSRC funded project will produce a new biomechanical
    model of the foot and was rated as likely to make a "significant"
    and "major" contribution to the biomechanics community by the
    proposal reviewers.

    The project seeks to address a fundamental problem with existing
    research on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle; we do not
    know or have any basis for how we should divide the foot into
    appropriate rigid body segments in a biomechanical model. It is
    important that a model uses a valid and accurate simplification of
    the foot because if the model is incorrectly constructed, it follows
    that data and conclusions derived from the model will be
    inaccurate. A more valid model than exists at present would be
    invaluble in the design of improved orthoses and footwear. The work
    will be based on investigation of foot kinematics using bone and
    skin mounted markers and is being conducted in collaboration with
    colleagues in the USA. The work will involve a minimum of 2 visits
    to the US for a period of approximately 2 weeks on each occassion.

    The work will be based at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Human
    Performance Research and complement the previous and the
    ongoing gait and foot biomechanics work. The project and
    Research Fellow will be supervised by Dr Christopher Nester and
    Dr David Howard. The successful candidate will have a background
    in engineering, kinematic modelling and experimental investigation.
    Experience in gait analysis and biomechanics, and an awareness
    of foot biomechanics would be an advantage, although we envisage
    that these aspects could be adequately covered through training.
    Experience in suitable software packages such as Matlab is

    Deadline for applications: September 6th

    Interviews week of 23rd September

    A detailed description of the project will be provided for those
    applicants invited to interview.

    Dr Nester can be contacted at:
    Application forms are available from: Jeff Clements, Personnel

    Dr Christopher Nester BSc PhD
    Research Fellow
    Brian Blatchford Building
    School of Health Care Professions
    Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research
    University of Salford
    M6 6PU
    TEL:0161 295 2275
    FAX:0161 295 2302

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