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Research Technician in Biomechanics

Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Location:  Hawkshead Campus, Nr Potters Bar
Salary:  £27,790
per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Friday 26 August 2016
Interview Date:   Thursday 08 September 2016
Reference:   CBS-0121-16

This is a fixed term position until 3 October 2019.

You will be a Research Technician (grade 5) who will work in the Structure & Motion Laboratory, where you will support comparative biomechanics research investigating the evolution of locomotion in terrestrial vertebrates (specifically, archosaurs; the lineage including crocodiles, birds, Mesozoic dinosaurs and other groups). The work will heavily involve biomechanical analysis including 3D imaging using x-ray fluoroscopy (“XROMM”), CT and other scan data of recent and fossil animals, plus electromyography and other physiological techniques.

There is scope for a highly motivated, skilled technician to work part-time in parallel on a PhD (or MRes) research project (~4 year duration for PhD; 2 for MRes) that expands on the research being done in this project, but any such decision would be made after starting the post.

Related research:
https://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/2013/04/24/3d_dinosaurs/
https://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/2012/05/02/naked-ostrich/
https://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/2015/11/04/croc-backbones-deep-time/

This project is funded by the ERC (EU Horizon 2020) and is led by Prof. John R. Hutchinson, along with other collaborators. More information on our team: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/john-hutchinson

You will assist all stages of the research. This includes handling of experimental animals (e.g. crocodiles, birds), collection and analysis of data and implementing Good Research Practice and Health and Safety. Skills in biomechanical analysis are essential to the project; experience in palaeontology or animal care/Home Office-licensed procedures would also be helpful.

You should have enthusiasm for research, a science-related degree and hands-on experience with biomechanical science. You must be willing to work with live animals and cadaveric dissection.

We offer a generous reward package.
 



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

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