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...
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- Reference MED02017
- Date posted 9 October 2020
- Closing date 8 November 2020
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.
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.
The post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis for one year. The project is funded by The Wellcome Trust.
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