Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 Per Annum

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 20 December 2019

Closing date Sunday 02 February 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7362

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We are seeking a post-doctoral Research Associate to work within our Healthcare Engineering research team on personalised treatment of early knee osteoarthritis. The work is part of a new 3 year Versus Arthritis funded multi-centre trial evaluating personalised treatment versus generic treatment.

The role will involve developing a video vector system for patient assessment, creating patient specific musculoskeletal models and supporting the multicentre trial. The key outcome measure is the radiographic alignment and the post-holder will play a vital role in ensuring that the measurement systems at each clinical site are validated. The post-holder will work closely with the PI, as well as the partner SME, 3D Metal Printing Ltd, and the CTU at Oxford. The post-holder will also work with the members of the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath.

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee carries a huge personal and societal burden. Up to 28% of the population over 40 in the UK have knee pain, with half of these people having radiographic OA. This high prevalence of disease is reflected in the demand for knee replacement, with over 108,000 knee replacements being performed annually in the UK. The current treatment of choice for late stage OA is total knee replacement, however it is not recommended for the earlier stages of knee OA and it does not last as long in young patients. Patients aged 64 years or less at time of primary surgery have double the revision rate of those aged between 65 and 74 years. A significant number of individuals find themselves in the treatment gap, suffering pain and disability from knee OA but are not yet suitable for knee replacement.

An alternative to knee replacement is high tibial osteotomy, commonly referred to as HTO. The overall aim of the trial is to establish if digitally planned personalised HTO surgery using custom 3D printed surgical guides and plates addresses the limitations of standard generic HTO surgery with regard to several factors, but with an emphasis on accuracy of correction.

This project is being run in collaboration with the Clinical Trial Unit at the University of Oxford and the four clinical centres at which the trial will be based. Applicants should possess a PhD degree in a subject area of direct relevance for the project and have research experience. Applicants must have experience of musculoskeletal modelling and the finite element method applied to biomechanics. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess project management and technical communication skills.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for 2 years with an expected expiry date of 31 December 2021.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

In your application please include a detailed CV together with a statement highlighting your relevant experience for the position.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Richie Gill, by email on r.gill@bath.ac.uk.

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