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Postdoctoral Researcher in Biomechanics

Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Location:  Near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Salary:  £32,602
per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Tuesday 23 August 2016
Interview Date:   Wednesday 07 September 2016
Reference:   CBS-0123-16

This is a fixed term contract until 4 October 2021.

We are searching for a highly motivated, independent, multidisciplinary postdoctoral researcher who will work in the Structure & Motion Lab. You will, in coordination with academic supervisors/collaborators, another postdoc, a technician and an administrative assistant as well as the project’s Principal Investigator, conduct 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.

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

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/

You will lead in 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 practices. Skills in biomechanical analysis involving (1) dynamic computer simulations such as OpenSim, and/or (2) in vivo gait analysis (e.g. XROMM; force platform inverse dynamics analysis) are essential to the project and must be evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications demonstrating these skills.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD qualification (awarded, not pending) and with extremely relevant research experience in biomechanics or a closely related field, who also have experience of conducting world class research. You must be willing to conduct experimental research with live animals.

We offer a generous reward package.
 



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