Post-Doctoral Researcher – Musculoskeletal health of Children with Cerebral Palsy

3 years fixed term

£32,548 – £38,833 per annum (starting salary £32,548)

Vacancy Reference: 2382

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An intelligent ultrasound-based diagnostic tool to decouple neural and structural contributions to reduced joint range of motion in cerebral palsy

We are seeking an excellent post-doctoral researcher to join our research group and lead our latest exciting project in the musculoskeletal health of children with cerebral palsy. This project will integrate motion analysis and ultrasound imaging of muscle structure in an artificial neural network analysis to develop a novel diagnostic tool to distinguish between the causes of joint stiffness in children with cerebral palsy. A project summary can be found within the job description.

You will be responsible for day-to-day management and delivery of this project including research governance, data collection and analysis, dissemination in scientific and lay forums, and management of national and international collaborations. It is also expected for you to make a wider contribution to the research group by supporting ongoing projects and postgraduate research students.

Our research group brings together internationally recognised research expertise in muscle mechanics and clinical motion analysis at Liverpool John Moores University, and clinical partners from the Orthopaedics Department and Gait Laboratory at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Alder Hey is the regional centre for movement analysis in the North-West of England and one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe. The successful candidate will be employed by LJMU, but will be required to work flexibly within this research group at both Alder Hey and LJMU.

You must have completed doctoral research in the field of musculoskeletal mechanics, and have experience with ultrasound imaging and motion analysis. An understanding of the effects and treatments of cerebral palsy is essential, and candidates must demonstrate the ability to work in the challenging environment of clinical paediatrics. Any appointment would be dependent on the applicant receiving enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Thomas O’Brien, email: T.D.OBrien@ljmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0151 904 6262

Closing date: 3 September 2018

For further information and to apply online please visit our website:

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/vacancies-at-ljmu

Alternatively contact the People and Organisational Development Department on 0151 904 6130 or 6131 email: jobs@ljmu.ac.uk

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