[visionlist] Fully funded PhD position: 'Movement-science inspired development of upper-limb prostheses for young children'

Simon Watt s.watt at bangor.ac.uk
Fri Dec 21 07:25:29 -05 2018

Dear colleagues: please circulate this opportunity to any potential candidates. Note UK/EU residency requirement.

Fully funded PhD studentship in Movement-science inspired development of upper-limb prostheses for young children

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship (or 4-year Masters-plus-PhD, depending on qualifications) funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership and the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, UK. The position will start in October 2019.

Supervisors: Simon Watt; Ken Valyear; Ben Ryan (Ambionics)

Deadline for applications: February 1st 2019

Project description: Growing up without a hand poses unique and difficult challenges. Prosthesis provision for infants and young children is extremely limited, and the basic-science principles that inform how children learn to use prosthetic devices are largely unknown. This project will use human movement neuroscience to identify these principles and develop new upper-limb prostheses for infants and young children. Our overall aims are to improve prosthesis functionality and reduce rejection rates, in turn improving quality-of-life and independence for children with limb loss. The project is a close collaboration between academic researchers in movement neuroscience at Bangor (Watt, Valyear), and Ambionics (lead by Ben Ryan; www.ambionics.co.uk), a local company which has been developing rapid-prototyped prostheses for infants and young children since 2016. The project involves a range of scientific methods, including motion capture of movements in children with limb loss, and control children (and adults), as well as administering standardised clinical tests. There may also be opportunities for functional MRI studies. The project is anchored on the principle of combining fundamental science with practical applications, and the student will also complete placements at Ambionics, gaining experience in prosthesis design and production.

Residency requirements: This studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

Further information: In the first instance please contact Dr Simon Watt (s.watt at bangor.ac.uk<mailto:s.watt at bangor.ac.uk>) or Dr Ken Valyear (k.valyear at bangor.ac.uk<mailto:k.valyear at bangor.ac.uk>) to discuss your application. Please include your CV and brief summary of your research interests.

Link to full advert: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/movement-science-phd.php.en

Link to online application forms: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/


Simon Watt PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Bangor University

Gwynedd LL57 2AS


Tel: +44 (0) 1248 38 8252

Email: s.watt at bangor.ac.uk<mailto:s.watt at bangor.ac.uk>

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