Research Assistant

Job summary

The MSk lab aims to improve the clinical outcomes, understanding and management of musculoskeletal health. Current research within the lab aims to assess the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, develop new technologies, tools, rehabilitation and surgical techniques. We are seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate supervised by Dr Richard Abel. You will be working in a...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02017
  • Date posted 9 October 2020
  • Closing date 8 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

The MSk lab aims to improve the clinical outcomes, understanding and management of musculoskeletal health. Current research within the lab aims to assess the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, develop new technologies, tools, rehabilitation and surgical techniques.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate supervised by Dr Richard Abel. You will be working in a dynamic group of clinicians and scientists, to undertake research for patient benefit within the field of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis management.

Duties and responsibilities

The purpose of the post is to develop guided wave ultrasound technology for measuring the mechanical properties of cortical bone at the femoral neck (hip joint). Imperial College have a close working relationship with Laboratoire d’Imagerie Biomédicale (LIB), France. The group developed an ultrasound device that can reliably measure the thickness and porosity of cortical bone at the wrist (distal radius bone) and tibia.

The aim of the post is to develop algorithms so that the ultrasound tool can be used to measure a patient’s bone quality at the femoral neck before hip surgery. This bone is critically important in hip replacement surgery, as well as in hip fractures when a person falls over. This would usher in a new era of personalised medicine: A patient’s hip surgery could be tailored to their own, individual bone quality. The Engineer will interact with engineers at the LIB.

Essential requirements

A Masters degree in ultrasonics, physics, mechanical engineering or computer engineering is essential. You should have experience using ultrasound devices and programming software for those devices. It would also be highly desirable if you have a good understanding of bone structure and properties and have excellent knowledge of Ultrasonics principles.

Further information

The post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis for one year. The project is funded by The Wellcome Trust.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Abel richard.abel@imperial.ac.uk.

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

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

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