Research Assistant in Surgery and Cancer
Imperial College London Department of Surgery and Cancer
United Kingdom

Job summary

The MSk lab aims to improve the clinical outcomes, understanding and management of musculoskeletal health. Current research within the lab aims to assess the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, develop new technologies, tools, rehabilitation and surgical techniques. The purpose of the post is to develop guided wave ultrasound software for measuring the mechanical properties of...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02325
  • Date posted 25 February 2021
  • Closing date 25 March 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £39,183 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Surgery & Cancer
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The MSk lab aims to improve the clinical outcomes, understanding and management of musculoskeletal health. Current research within the lab aims to assess the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, develop new technologies, tools, rehabilitation and surgical techniques.

The purpose of the post is to develop guided wave ultrasound software for measuring the mechanical properties of cortical bone at the femoral neck (hip joint). Imperial College have a close working relationship with Laboratoire d’Imagerie Biomédicale (LIB), France. The group developed an ultrasound device that can reliably measure the thickness and porosity of cortical bone at the wrist (distal radius bone) and tibia.

The aim of the post is to develop algorithms using guided wave ultrasound raw data so that the ultrasound tool can be used to measure a patient’s bone quality at the femoral neck before hip surgery. This bone is critically important in hip replacement surgery, as well as in hip fractures when a person falls over. This would usher in a new era of personalised medicine: A patient’s hip surgery could be tailored to their own, individual bone quality. The Engineer will interact with engineers at the LIB.

The development of the technology is the main purpose of this post and your role will be split across multiple sites include the White City campus, performing under the supervision of Professor Justin Cobb, Dr Richard Abel and Dr Sara Behforootan.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for analysing ultrasound raw data and seek correlation with mechanical testing data obtained from retrieved bone, as well as develop algorithms and software for bone quality assessment.

Essential requirements

A master’s degree in physics, ultrasonics, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering or other related subject is essential. You should be able to carry out signal analysis and some coding. It is critical to the purpose of this post that you have experience in the following areas:

  • Knowledge in signal processing
  • Experience and skills in computer coding, particularly the use of MATLAB or Python
  • Data analysis experience

Further information

The post is offered on a full time and fixed term basis for one year. The project is funded by The Wellcome Trust.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Research Assistant supervised by Dr Richard Abel. The appointee will be working in a group of clinicians and scientists, to undertake research for patient benefit within the field of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis management.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Abel richard.abel@imperial.ac.uk.


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