Research Fellow

University of Surrey - Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow position which will join the team currently working on the H2020 SocketMaster project to develop a Master Socket for optimised design of prosthetic socket.

A poorly fitted prosthetic socket can cause significant trauma so it is important to consider how to optimise the fit to maximise the amputee's comfort whilst wearing the limb prosthesis. Current practice in designing a prosthetic socket is time-consuming, and is highly dependent on the experience of the prosthetist. The SocketMaster project aims to integrate microelectronic, mechanical, fluidic, and biomechanical and moisture sensors into a Master Socket which can help prosthetists to achieve fast customised design and manufacturing of prosthetic sockets.

This post is part of EU funded research and innovation projects. The aim of this project is to develop a novel Master Socket system used for producing prosthetic sockets for the lower limb amputees in a fast and more comfort ways. Following successful progress of the SocketMaster project, a postdoctoral research fellow is required to join the team to work on project dissemination and exploitation, and preparation of the project report. The work will be carried out with collaborators of seven other industrial and academic institutions over Europe.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in biomedical engineering, lower limb prosthesis development and assessment (including characterisation and gait analysis) and finite element simulations. The applicant should be a holder of a PhD degree or expected to be awarded a PhD degree shortly in the areas of biomedical engineering, medical engineering, and. Expertise in some of the following areas are highly desirable:

  1. Design and development (including finite element simulation) of prosthetic socket;
  2. Research skill and experience in lower limb prosthesis assessment and evaluation;
  3. A good track record in high quality publications in the area of biomechanics or biomedical engineering;

The appointee will join Surrey’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering of the Mechanical Engineering Sciences Department, which has research interests in a wide range of topics including prosthetic, medical implants, medical sensors, tissue engineering and human movement analysis. The Centre for Biomedical Engineering owns a state-of-the-art human movement analysis system and gait lab for prosthetic rehabilitation, sports activities and animal welfare studies.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the project coordinator, Dr Wei XU (tel: +44 (0)1483 682368 email ), for further information.

The position is available from February 2017 until January 2018.

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