Website UK Ministry of Defence
About the job
This role requires the post holder to work as a research scientist on the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR) at the UK Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with specific expertise in the practical application of virtual reality rehabilitation within a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN).
The successful candidate will be providing biomechanical, virtual reality and clinical assessment implementing a CAREN high end system, including patient preparation, equipment setup and system operation. Elements of the CAREN system includes high-speed 3-D motion cameras, instrumented treadmill with force plates, high-definition image projection, 6-degree motion base, surround sound and wireless electromyography (EMG) sensors. The post holder’s primary role is to develop research questions, advise on research design, conduct human studies, publish scientific papers & supervise the CAREN trainer assessment of military personnel undergoing residential rehabilitation. Knowledge of & experience using the CAREN system, biomechanical 3-D motion capture techniques, & previous involvement in clinical research are essential.
The successful candidate will also have experience using Vicon camera technology in addition to the use of Matlab / Python & visual 3-D software. Some on the job training is available for the right candidate. The candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of research staff & will have access to truly world-class, advanced, state-of-the-art facilities including a 30-metre biomechanics testing laboratory with 34 motion capture cameras, 14 floor-mounted force plates, portable force plates, wireless EMG, isokinetic dynamometry as well as the high-end, fully immersive computer assisted virtual reality trainer. The post holder will benefit from collaborating with universities ranked in the top 10 worldwide & will support the clinical research manager & Defence Professor for Rehabilitation Medicine to address interdisciplinary challenges in military musculoskeletal rehabilitation research. Applications are welcome from candidates meeting the job description with a background in the Musculoskeletal Health Sciences (e.g. Batchelor of Science (BSc) / Master of Science (MSc) Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Virtual Reality Rehabilitation Practitioners, Bioengineering or Clinical Movement Science, Allied Health Care Professionals).