Research Assistant for development and biomechanical testing of novel methods for treating sports injuries

Job summary

This post relates to the continuation of an internationally leading collaboration between the Biomechanics Group at Imperial with the surgeons of the Fortius Clinic, who are leaders in treatment of high-level professional sportsmen and women. We have on-going work developing surgical procedures that are more effective at stabilising injured knees. The person appointed to this post will work closely with the surgeons and take their experimental surgical specimens and perform biomechanical tests on them, to document aspects such as kinematics and stability. The resulting data will then be published and presented at international sports surgery conferences.

­We reserve the right to close the advert prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high number of applications. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Your main duties & responsibilities will relate to supporting the collaboration between the biomechanics lab and the surgeons who will visit us.
  • You will need to be able to work alongside the surgeons in order to assist them and to really understand what they are doing. That will empower you to offer advice from your engineering viewpoint. This process will entail handling human tissue specimens and being responsible for their storage and disposal in line with research ethics permits.
  • The main part of your work will be the biomechanical testing of the specimens, and we have various test rigs for assessment of stability and kinematics.
  • This work may include robotic testing, if that is appropriate for the project.
  • Your responsibilities will then extend to recording the test data and processing the results, so that we can write papers for publication and conference presentations

Essential requirements

We expect that the successful applicant will:

  • Have a first / masters degree (or equivalent) in mechanical or biomedical engineering
  • Have previous experience in a research laboratory environment, knowledge of general laboratory practice, techniques and instrumentation, at least in line with first degree course experience
  • Have knowledge of basic research methods and statistics
  • Have a creative approach to problem-solving, with an ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Be capable of communicating the results of the work to both engineers and surgeons, and to be keen to travel to attend national and internationally important conferences.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 12 months in the first instance.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Professor Andrew Amis at .

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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