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Research Associate in Clinical Neurorobotics

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £33,380 to £38,893 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 11th November 2018
Job Ref: ENG00445

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Biomechatronics Laboratory at Imperial College London is recruiting candidates for a 12 month research post in medical instrumentation, robotics and signal processing to begin before Feb 2018.  This project, Clinical Impact of Quantification of Symptoms of Parkinson Disease, is an exciting opportunity for a motivated researcher wishing to work at the interface of translational academic-clinical research in robotics, wearable technology and machine learning.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease with 6 million+ patients worldwide.  The candidate will join an ongoing project to accelerate the impact of an automated system using robotics and wearable sensors for quantification of PD symptoms. While previous studies have attempted to quantify single symptoms of PD, we are aware of no other efforts to empirically assess the three cardinal motor symptoms – rigidity, tremor and bradykinesia – in a single system.  Many long-term opportunities exist in relation to follow-on research.

Duties and Responsibilities

We seek an individual with a track record in and passion for robotics and medical engineering.  You will be asked to:

  • Clinically test an automated system for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) diagnosis with neurologists in clinic to generate data on patient utility 
  • Design, fabricate, and test a robotic system for autonomous out-of-clinic assessment of PD symptom severity
  • Investigate muscular rigidity and underlying neural signals in PD to quantify movement dysfunction
  • Conduct tests with PD patients undergoing functional neurosurgery during recording of internal local field potentials which correlate to muscular rigidity
  • Carry the automated system through initial clinical trials and publish results on patient impact
  • Work with neurologists and engineers to support the formation of a new company to commercialize the system as a medical product

Skills, knowledge and experience

You will have:

  • a strong background in medical instrumentation, inertial measurement, signal processing, machine leanring, and/or neurorobotics critical to the post
  • Programming skills in Python and Matlab, as well as hardware interfaces.

You will be expected to support proposals for extended work in this area as well as support commercial translation of the system

A PhD (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field is desired.

Key information:

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

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

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