Research Associate

Job summary

ADVANCE (ArmeD SerVices TrAuma RehabilitatioN OutComE) is a complex prospective cohort study of the long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes of UK Armed Forces personnel seriously injured in Afghanistan (https://www.advancestudydmrc.org.uk/ https://www.advancestudydmrc.org.uk/). 1200 men are being recruited and will be followed regularly for at least 20 years. This unique study is of global importance to military and civilian casualties who...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00953
  • Date posted 6 August 2019
  • Closing date 4 September 2019

Job description

Job summary

ADVANCE (ArmeD SerVices TrAuma RehabilitatioN OutComE) is a complex prospective cohort study of the long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes of UK Armed Forces personnel seriously injured in Afghanistan (https://www.advancestudydmrc.org.uk/ https://www.advancestudydmrc.org.uk/). 1200 men are being recruited and will be followed regularly for at least 20 years. This unique study is of global importance to military and civilian casualties who have suffered serious physical trauma. The baseline measures on these 1200 men are being completed over the coming months and this provides a wealth of data on musculoskeletal health that the postholder will access and harness in order to provide answers to biomechanical and clinical musculoskeletal health questions. This exciting opportunity is for a musculoskeletal biomechanics researcher with an interest in making a real difference to those who have suffered some of the most severe musculoskeletal injuries imaginable, including amputations. The post will be based in the rapidly growing research group part of the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre https://www.imperial.ac.uk/msk and the Centre for Blast Injury Studies http://www.imperial.ac.uk/cbis. 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 recruiting up to six researchers to work on various musculoskeletal projects ranging from 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, musculoskeletal modelling for amputees and other positions (links can be found in the related jobs section). This post is an excellent opportunity for academic career advancement.

Duties and responsibilities

The postholder will have the experience and capacity to act as a role model in a research environment as well as a track record in technical knowledge of musculoskeletal biomechanics and good knowledge of medical statistics. Please see the job description and person specification document associated with this advert for the full list of criteria.

Essential requirements

The ideal candidate will have: Practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and refereed journals
Experience of conducting research using medical imaging
Experience of conducting research using medical imaging
Experience of conducting research in biomechanicsExperience of working in multidisciplinary environment (with specific groups of people, e.g. sponsors, patients, healthcare professionals, the military 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
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

Further information

This is a fixed term position for 18 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 Professor Anthony Bull (a.bull@imperial.ac.uk mailto:a.bull@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” 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)

Please note: interviews for this position will take place on: 26/09/2019

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk mailto:recruitment@imperial.ac.uk
Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.
Closing date: 4 weeks after posting
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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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