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  • PhD Research Project at Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University

    Development and validation of biomechanical models to investigate knee osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis affects 8 million people in the UK. It is a degenerative joint disease, where cartilage deteriorates, causing joint stiffness and pain. High tibial Osteotomy surgery is one treatment option, where the joint is realigned to redistribute loading and relieve pain.

    Within our research team we use various methods to assess knee biomechanics including 3D motion capture, dynamic fluoroscopy and image registration, and musculoskeletal modelling. The aims of this project are to further develop and validate these methods so they can be robustly used to quantify knee function, quantify biomechanical benefit from surgery and to assist with treatment planning.

    The project will involve experimental and computational research involving 3D motion capture, electromyography, imaging (magnetic resonance imaging and dynamic fluoroscopy) and musculoskeletal modelling.

    This project will link with an EPSRC funded project at the School of Engineering that focuses on developing a novel surgical planning method. The successful student will work alongside scientists and clinicians in the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre. This is a large multidisciplinary research group investigating normal joint biomechanics and determines how this is influenced by pathology to inform clinical intervention and rehabilitation in musculoskeletal disorders.

    Applicants should have a 1st or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and knowledge and experience in biomechanics is essential. Experience in motion analysis, programming, patient specific and/or musculoskeletal modelling would be an advantage.

    Funding Notes:

    The studentship is open to UK and EU students.

    The studentship will cover Home tuition fees at the Home fee rate, and will provide a stipend of 15,000 per annum.

    For further information please contact: Dr G Whatling by email to

    Application Deadline: 31st August 2012

    Apply directly on-line at, quoting ENSCL-GW-2012