Research Fellow in Lower-Middle Income Country Prosthetics

Bioengineering Science Research Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Southampton

Location: University of Southampton, and expected 6-months at University of Salford
Salary: 29,799 to 33,518 per annumFull Time Fixed Term until 31/01/2021
Closing Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Reference: 967018BX
Target Start Date: As Soon As Possible

This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge biomedical engineering research and implement your findings with expert Prosthetist-Orthotist clinicians in Cambodia, with direct benefits to people with limb loss and other major disabilities.


Join an exciting interdisciplinary research team of biomedical engineers, prosthetists, physiotherapists, healthcare psychologists, social scientists and computer scientists, working on data tools for community-based assessment of prosthetic limbs in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). You will work primarily with Dr Alex Dickinson and Dr Peter Worsley at the University of Southampton, and Prof Malcolm Granat and Prof Laurence Kenney at the University of Salford.


This role will include a set of biomedical engineering and health science research tasks around prosthetic limb design, performance and health assessment. You will investigate a range of digital clinical data collection tools such as actimetry, video gait assessment, 3D shape scanning and a range of outcome measures. Then, in partnership with a computer science postdoctoral researcher you will evaluate a range of candidate technologies to collect and use this information in LMICs, and perform small proof-of-principle field trials in different Cambodian community settings.


The purpose of this research is to prove a model for supporting improved mobile patient care for people with limb loss and other disabilities, with a view to this model being implemented to drive significant social impact for patients and their families globally.


This new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project will be run with the University of Salford. You will split your time between both sites (expected 6 months in Salford), and collaborate with overseas translation partners National Institute of Social Affairs, Cambodia, and NGO Exceed Worldwide.


You will have the unusual opportunity to undertake aspects of your research work on-site in city and provincial communities in Cambodia, and potentially other nearby countries, including extended field testing visits.


Specific technical skills required are listed in the Person Specification document at this webpage.
We are interested in talking to candidates from a range of backgrounds including biomedical engineering, allied healthcare professions such as physiotherapy, prosthetics/orthotics, and clinical scientists. You will have excellent inter-personal skills, willingness to travel and enthusiasm for working with people from different cultures.


The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UKs top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise.


Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For further information, please contact Dr Alex Dickinson, at alex.dickinson(at)soton.ac.uk.


Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Matt Saxby (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 967018BX on all correspondence.