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Research Assistant/Associate - Human Movement Science/Biomedical Engineering

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 per annum. See advert text for details.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 27241

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary
Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum.
Research Associate: £33,966 per annum.

The Role
This is a full-time, 25-month fixed-term Research Assistant/Associate position and provides an exciting opportunity for an early career scientist who is interested in human movement, wearable technology and digital outcomes.

You will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary group which has an established international reputation in gait analysis and wearable technology analytics.

The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biomedical Science, Movement Science or related field (a PhD is essential for the Research Associate position), experience of delivering instrumented gait and balance assessments; proficient and independent signal processing, statistical and computational skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will be integrated within the Brain and Movement (BAM) Research Group.

This post will involve contributing to two projects which are led by the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (PI: Dr Ng) and in collaboration the BAM Research Group at Newcastle University and Tubingen University, Germany. The project will investigate the utility of using wearable technology for monitoring mobility in the real-world in patients with POLG-related mitochondrial disease and Friedreich's ataxia. The overall aim of these projects is to determine which mobility outcomes are important to measure for quantifying disease progression.

You will be expected to conduct traditional laboratory-based research assessments with participants as well as collect real-world mobility data using wearable sensors. You will be responsible for conducting participant assessments, liaising with collaborators, processing and analysing mobility data, working with novel and traditional gait analysis tools (e.g. instrumented mat, etc.) and publish/ present key findings from the project.

For enquiries about the role, please contact Dr. Lisa Alcock (lisa.alcock@newcastle.ac.uk).

About Us
The 'Brain and Movement (BAM) Research Group' are based at the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) a translational clinical research platform jointly run and managed by Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and also at The Catalyst.

Weblinks
Brain and Movement Research Team: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/bam/

Clinical Ageing Research Unit: https://www.newcastlebrc.nihr.ac.uk/research/research-infrastructure/clinical-ageing-research-unit-caru/

Biomedical Research Centre – Digital Health, Ageing Innovation and Inclusion theme: https://www.newcastlebrc.nihr.ac.uk/digital-health-ageing-innovation-and-inclusion/

The Catalyst: https://www.thecatalystnewcastle.co.uk/

The Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial research: https://www.newcastle-mitochondria.com/

Translational and Clinical Research Institute: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/translational/

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