The Global https://gtr.ukri.org/project/ABC43AA...5-731015486741 Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) has awarded our group a grant to analyse a 30-year old prosthetic and orthotics (P&O) database, and the organization of a P&O design and development workshop in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs). Applications are invited for a 9-month Postdoctoral Research Associate position to improve our understanding of the needs of P&O...


Job listing information
Reference ENG00966
Date posted 14 August 2019
Closing date 12 September 2019

Key information about the role
Location
South Kensington Campus
Position type-Full time, fixed term
Salary-37,486 44,535 plus benefits
Department Department of Bioengineering Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Global https://gtr.ukri.org/project/ABC43AA...5-731015486741 Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) has awarded our group a grant to analyse a 30-year old prosthetic and orthotics (P&O) database, and the organization of a P&O design and development workshop in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs).


Applications are invited for a 9-month Postdoctoral Research Associate position to improve our understanding of the needs of P&O centres in LMICs by (a) providing database analysis, which will help identify the economic burden of the amputee populations to the P&O centres and identify how the centre(s) may benefit from the redesign of different P&O devices, and (b) organize a workshop to take participants through from P&O problem identification to solution.


Applicants should have a strong interest in prosthetics and orthotics design and be able to conduct database analyses.


The appointed postdoc will become key member of the research group and undertake field trips to Sri Lanka where they will work closely with end-users, front-line staff, collaborators, and key stakeholders.


The post will be based in the continuously growing research group focused on frugal innovation in healthcare within the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre https://www.imperial.ac.uk/msk. Within the last year our research group has been awarded numerous grants and our ambition is to continue growing by appointing researchers who will be invested in this work and are aiming to become academic leaders in the field.


Currently we are aiming to employ four researchers to work on the development of affordable prosthetic and orthotic devices, and orthopaedic tools as well as the analysis of data from clinics in low-to-middle income countries (links can be found in the related jobs section). This post is an excellent opportunity for academic career advancement.


Duties and responsibilities
You key responsibilities will be database analysis on a 30-year P&O database, and the organization of a P&O workshop in Sri Lanka. This workshop has already been successfully held in both Cambodia and Tanzania, and as such does not need to be designed, but altered to match the need of Sri Lanka. You will work closely with internal and external partners and contribute to various projects all associated with prosthetics and orthotics. You will have the opportunity to extend our research network, and propose and lead new research projects. You will have the opportunity to supervise MEng/MSc students and to support the supervision of PhD candidates. Experiences in other teaching roles, including lecturing, will be enabled as part of the broad range of career development opportunities that Imperial College makes available to its postdoctoral research staff.


Essential requirements
The ideal candidate will have:


a PhD (or equivalent) in biomechanics or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
Practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and refereed journals
Experience of product development (prototyping, user-centred design and testing)
Experience of conducting research in biomechanics
Experience of working in multidisciplinary environment (with specific groups of people, e.g. sponsors, patients, healthcare professionals etc.)
Experience of assisting in scoping new projects and setting research priorities
Knowledge of project management
Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures
Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature
Ability to develop and apply new concepts
Creative approach to problem-solving
Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision
Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines
Advanced computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the Internet
Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work
Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
Flexible attitude towards work
Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times
Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role
Willingness to travel both within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct field work, research and attend conferences
Further information
You will have a PhD (or equivalent, or near completion of PhD) in an area pertinent to the research subject i.e. Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Health Economics, Statistics or similar.


Experience of P&O devices in developing LMICs is highly desirable. The candidate must have excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people from interdisciplinary background to maximise the impact of potential outputs. This is a fixed term position for 10 months.


Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 34,397 - 37,486 per annum.


Informal queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Grigoris Grigoriadis at gg2111@imperial.ac.uk mailto:gg2111@imperial.ac.uk.


Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/desc...arch-associate to go through to the online application form.


Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Jo Adam (i.adam@imperial.ac.uk mailto:i.adam@imperial.ac.uk)


For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk mailto:recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


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