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Position: PhD Student - Wearable Sensor System for Measurement of Dynamic Spinal Balance
Institution: University College London
Department: Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: We are looking for a motivated student, with an interest in developing new technologies to improve collecting outcome data for patients undergoing surgery. The studentship focuses on the design and development of a sensor toolkit for the measurement of dynamic spinal balance. It is envisaged that the toolkit will include a novel insole and body measurement system capable of providing more “real life” information of the functional status of the spine, and hopefully decrease the X-Ray exposures of spinal deformity patients
Requirements: At least an upper second-class honours degree (2: 1 or equivalent qualification) in engineering or Physics discipline, or equivalent professional experience. Proven experience in mechatronic engineering or robotics. Experience in mechanical design/mechanism analysis. Knowledge of design software tools such as SolidWorks, MATLAB/Simulink, C#/C++. Demonstration of experimental experience in muscle electrophysiology and biomechanics. Analytical skills: ability to interpret data, knowledge of statistics and ability to think independently
   
Text: PhD Studentship: Wearable sensor system for measurement of dynamic spinal balance, - Ref:1806470 Click here to go back to search results UCL Department / Division Division of Surgery and Interventional Science Specific unit / Sub department Research Department of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science Location of position London Duration of Studentship 3 years Stipend ?16,777 per annum plus UK/EU tuition fees (dependent on the registration date of the student) Vacancy Information A 3-year PhD studentship is available in the UCL?s Aspire CREATe Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (Aspire CREATe) and the Spinal Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), which is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK and considered world leader in musculoskeletal science. Aspire CREATe is part of UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences and UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Founded in 1826, UCL is one of the world's leading universities focused on research excellence and teaching. The student will be registered with UCL and join a team of researchers at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and the Spinal Unit at RNOH. The studentship will be based at the UCL/RNOH Stanmore campus. To make an application, please email your CV and a covering letter to: Dr Rui Loureiro (R.Loureiro@ucl.acuk) and Mr Julian Leong (julian@leong.org.uk) explaining your interest in the project, research experience (including examples of previous project work) and why you would be a suitable PhD candidate. Studentship Description We are looking for a motivated student, with an interest in developing new technologies to improve collecting outcome data for patients undergoing surgery. The studentship focuses on the design and development of a sensor toolkit for the measurement of dynamic spinal balance. It is envisaged that the toolkit will include a novel insole and body measurement system capable of providing more ?real life? information of the functional status of the spine, and hopefully decrease the X-Ray exposures of spinal deformity patients. Based at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (Division of Surgery and Interventional Science), Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, you will have the opportunity to work with leading academics and clinicians in this field. There will also be an opportunity to work across the Division's other campuses; Royal Free Hospital and Bloomsbury (Charles Bell House). Person Specification Essential: At least an upper second-class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent qualification) in engineering or Physics discipline, or equivalent professional experience Proven experience in mechatronic engineering or robotics Experience in mechanical design/mechanism analysis Knowledge of design software tools such as SolidWorks, MATLAB/Simulink, C#/C Demonstration of experimental experience in muscle electrophysiology and biomechanics. Analytical skills: ability to interpret data, knowledge of statistics and ability to think independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English for dialogue with patients (see http://www.plainenglish.co.uk), and scientific language for communication with medical and academic staff, publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences. Further information can be found at: UCL's English Language Requirement Page Desirable : Competency in interfacing sensors and actuators with embedded systems using microcontrollers (e.g. PIC/Arduino). Industrial design experience in robotics, sensors and actuators or other relevant fields. Experience with low power electronic instrumentation. Experience in designing Human Machine Interactions. Proven ability and commitment to carry out high quality original research in a research environment. Experience of clinical research and/or experiments with human participants. Experience of AI and machine learning techniques. Flexible, able to work collaboratively. A strong team player with good interpersonal skills able to build and sustain effective working relationships with both the CREATe and Spinal Unit teams. Self-motivated researcher, with a hands-on-approach, willing to develop their technical and analytical skills and contribute to the overall aims of the research project in innovative ways. Proven organisational skills. Eligibility The studentship covers the fees for UK/EU students only. Additional fees may be required for students applying who do not fulfill UCL?s criteria to be considered a home student. Please check the UCL website for full criteria at : http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/fees-support/fee_status_proc. Contact name Kathryn Knapp Contact details k.knapp@ucl.ac.uk UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 30 Jun 2019 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date 8th July 2019 Studentship Start Date 2nd September 2019
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