Research Associate

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 per annum inclusive London Weighting Allowance
30 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description
We seek to appoint a Research Fellow Physiotherapist to support the EC H2020 funded vestibular physiotherapy science HOLOBALANCE project. This ambitious project aims to develop and validate a new personalized hologram coach platform for virtual coaching, motivation and empowerment of the ageing population with balance disorders. The coaching part will be realised by holograms and augmented reality games, along with easy to use sensors (smart bracelet, smart glasses, sensorized soles) that can be customized to implement and coach the user with specific, individualized exercises.

King's is one out of 13 participating partners from 7 European countries, while University of Ioannina (Greece) coordinates the project. The overall work involved for King's involves leading the work regarding the proof of concept study: Design, ethics approval and implementation, emotional computing and gender equality monitoring. The current work by King's will include prospective balance physiotherapy patient monitoring of exercises, baseline assessment and outcome data collection (N=40 for King's), as well as project management & dissemination activities. The final outcome will be the delivery of a radically new cost effective virtual coach, consisting of (i) a hologram based surrogate balance physiotherapist, (ii) an augmented reality cognitive game, combined with auditory exercises and (iii) a physical activity planner. The virtual coach will be accessible daily by the user to improve balance, cognition and physical activity, by promoting exercise compliance, motivation, functional capacity, self-management and self-monitoring.

The post-holder will be based at the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London. The post holder will be expected to support the project and the PI Dr Marousa Pavlou in all research related to the project as outlined above. Particular responsibilities will include collecting prospective data and related assessments and monitoring of research patients, liaison with the technical partners for the development of the HOLOBALANCE components and attendance of the HOLOBALANCE project meetings.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30th April 2021.

This is a part-time post - 60% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities
To conduct and support research of a leading international standard
To support the project by collecting and analysing prospective data and related assessments and monitoring of research patients,
Liaison with the technical and other clinical partners for the development of the HOLOBALANCE components and attendance of the HOLOBALANCE project meetings.
Contribute to the development and drafting of research papers arising from the work and attendance at or presentation of work at seminars and conferences as required.
Contribute to Departmental, School and Faculty activity as required
To comply with relevant King's policies including codes of conduct.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria

  • PhD in physiotherapy related topic
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic vestibular science
  • Basic competence in balance functional assessment
  • Basic understanding of balance rehabilitation
  • Working in a biomedical environment and interacting with both clinical and non-clinical and academic colleagues
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve research aims and/or clinical goals
  • Computer literacy and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; good command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to organise and run a research project

Desirable criteria

  • Commitment to continuous professional development
  • Commitment to research

This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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