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    Dear Subscribers,

    I am pleased to provide details of a PhD opportunity at Northumbria University (UK)

    Title: Functional biomechanical assessment of mobile and fixed bearing implants in total knee arthroplasty

    PhD studentship opportunity in the School of Psychology & Sport Science

    Principal supervisors: Su Stewart, PhD
    Second supervisor: Nick Caplan, PhD, FHEA
    Clinical Supervisor: Deiary Kader, MB ChB, FRCS (Tr & Orth) MFSEM (UK)

    The aims of this industry sponsored PhD studentship are to investigate biomechanical changes to movement after total knee replacement (TKR) using either fixed or mobile bearing knees. 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 jointly between Northumbria University and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and will be required to interact with patients during recruitment and testing, and both University and Hospital staff. With access to patients through the clinical supervisor, the successful applicant will quantitatively assess the patients' gait, and track changes in gait and longer term ambulation, 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.

    SKILLS REQUIRED: Applications are welcome from applicants with a 1st or upper-second-class Honours degree in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Sport and Exercise Sciences or equivalent (preferably to Masters level).

    * 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.

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

    Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Nick Caplan - telephone: 0191 243 7382
    or Dr Su Stewart - telephone: 0191 227 3712

    Please complete a Studentship Application form (from Northumbria University website) -

    attach a CV to the completed form, and submit both to:

    Andrew Pearce
    School Research Administrator
    School of Psychology and Sport Sciences
    Northumbria University
    Northumberland Building
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Tel: (0191) 243 7028

    INTERVIEW DATE: to be confirmed

    Nick Caplan, Ph.D.
    Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    School of Psychology and Sport Sciences
    Northumbria University
    Northumberland Building
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST

    Telephone:  0191 243 7382