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Research Assistant

School of Life Sciences and Education

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £29,176 to £33,797 per annum pro rata
Tenure:  Full time Fixed Term for One Year, Working 37 Hours Per Week
Release Date:  Monday 16 March 2020
Closing Date:   Friday 27 March 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 06 April 2020
Reference:  LSE19-16

Staffordshire University is on a journey to become the foremost modern higher education institution in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence, and we are looking for inspirational and effective people to take us to the next stage.

In 2018 we broke in to the World University rankings for the first time and were named as a top 50 UK university by the Guardian. The quality of our student experience has placed us in the top 10 for teaching quality in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in 2019  we achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Many of our students come from areas with low rates of participation in higher education and we continually strive to ensure the courses we offer meet the needs of people and employers. We are expanding our non-traditional, flexible study options, particularly in apprenticeships serving the public sector.

You can join us at a time when we begin the next step of our transformation journey. The new £40m Catalyst Building will deliver 6,500new apprentices in the next decade, boosting both the local and national economy. The development of our offer to new academic areas and geographic locations will see us expand our reach and make an innovative offer to a new generation of students.

We are a university of and for our community: local, national and global. If you share our values and have the skills to deliver our vision, we want to hear from you.

The Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies within the School of Life Sciences and Education has an exceptional record of multi-disciplinary applied research. We have a state-of-the art biomechanics facility with latest equipment for the assessment of human movement. Led by Professor Nachi Chockalingam, this group consists of around 10 research active staff and fulltime postgraduate students. This group offers an active research environment with every member contributing to specific objectives of each project. This ensures that members have plenty of opportunities to build their CVs to enhance their career prospects.

This group is looking for a researcher for an NIHR funded programme led by Professor Roozbeh Naemi that has a focus on assessing the efficacy of a novel insole in reducing the load and improving blood circulation in patients with diabetic foot disease. We have a commercial collaborator for this project and the post-holder will have opportunity to interact with the industry and clinical partner to deliver high-quality research outputs. This post whilst offering an excellent short term career development opportunity, provides a strong platform to work with experienced researchers to build potential post doctoral grant applications.

We expect the Research Assistant to work with the research team to collect some biomechanics data relating to perfusion and plantar pressure of diabetic foot and to lead the evaluation and testing of the developed system in a clinical environment. 

The successful candidate will have a MSc or equivalent degree in Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Biomechanics or a related subject. They will have exemplary qualitative and quantitative research skills, good academic writing and critical thinking skills. The successful candidate will also have excellent organisational skills and work well as part of a team. Prior experience with protocol development for the assessment of foot in diabetes utilising experimental and modelling approaches and having peer-reviewed publications are highly desirable.

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay

  • 32 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days pro rata

  • Excellent Pension Scheme

  • Access to continued professional and personal development

  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community

  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme

  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus

  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

At the University we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

To apply, you will be required to complete an online application form and submit a copy of your CV quoting the relevant reference number for the role you are applying for.

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