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Title of the Career Opportunity: Research Associate in Bionic Advancement (Fixed Term)

Status: Open

Description:

Join us now whilst we develop the next generation of devices that aim to restore bladder control to people with spinal cord injuries!

Management of the urinary bladder is one of the most critical aspects of care and quality of life in those with spinal cord injuries. The project will develop a novel method of bladder control using novel electrical stimulation waveforms and will evaluate the efficacy of these waveforms using simulations and initial clinical trials in humans.

You will be responsible for:

  • Developing novel neuromodulation waveforms
  • Performing computational modelling
  • Developing instrumentation and designing experiments to validate the modelling
  • Support clinical trials of the approach in human participants

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This is a hugely impactful role that has the potential to significant improve the quality of life of those with spinal cord injury.

This exciting project is supported by the INSPIRE foundation sits within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath and is in collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and the University of Bristol.

The Department of Electronical and Electrical Engineering holds a Bronze Award for the Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

This role is fixed term starting ASAP with an expected duration of 12 months.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Benjamin Metcalfe via bwm23@bath.ac.uk

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

Contact Data: Benjamin Metcalfe, bwm23@bath.ac.uk

Location: University of Bath, UK

Closing date: 23 April 2023

Latest modification: 4 April 2023

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Title of the Career Opportunity: PhD Position – Optimizing gait rehabilitation outcomes in children with sensory-motor deficiencies by developing a multi-level approach

Status: Open

Description:

This thesis aims to propose a new approach to gait rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy by implementing innovative technologies, usable by clinicians and intended for paediatric use. The aim will be to develop: a platform and a clinical protocol allowing regular training at home based on functional electrical stimulation (FES) on the one hand, an innovative approach allowing the exploration of walking assistance based on FES on the other hand and finally tools to objectively characterise the impact and progress of rehabilitation as well as the effectiveness of an intervention on the quality of walking. All the developments will be based on theoretical scientific advances in motion analysis, mathematical modeling, control command and technological integrations.

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The thesis will be structured around three main axes:

  • Analysis of the evolution of motor capacities in children with cerebral palsy

The thesis will define relevant biomarkers for analyzing the quality of walking in children with cerebral palsy (kinematics/dynamics) and extract them automatically from the raw data available on the GRAIL movement analysis system. These biomarkers will be a valuable tool to analyze the evolution of walking during the child’s growth and the effects of rehabilitation.
Different solutions will be studied and compared to extract this information (learning, dynamic modeling…).
Other tools are available and will be used to objectify motor progress, so the thesis will focus on proposing a complete evaluation framework combining these different tools: isokinetics, force platforms, motion capture, electromyography, etc. The PhD student will develop new methodological solutions in the field of signal processing and biomechanics (modeling / reconstruction of human movement)

  • Gait assistance

 Biomarkers will need to be available in real time while using the GRAIL platform in order to control the triggering of electrical stimulation to assist walking. A software interface will be developed to facilitate interaction between the clinician and the assistance system. The aim will be to explore and optimize the impact of electrical stimulation of a given muscle group according to a given pattern on these biomarkers. Advanced control laws will be explored in order to optimize and individualize the assistance of electrical stimulation to correct gait defects in a precise and targeted manner. These control laws will adapt the parameters of the electrical stimulation (timing and pulse width) according to the measurements provided by the gait platform and the clinicians’ instructions.

  • Training at home

In addition to punctual assistance by functional electrical stimulation on a treadmill, the thesis will also be interested in proposing a protocol for playful functional rehabilitation at home for children. Thus, pedaling on an ergocycle combined with FES will be proposed. Indeed, pedaling under SEF seems to generate various beneficial physiological actions for the patients, in particular a reduction in muscle spasticity. The objective is to develop an ergocycle platform from commercial components in order to allow the child to pedal with the help of electrical stimulation, at home and on a regular basis, based on previous work carried out by the CAMIN team. The use and development of virtual immersion applications will also maximise adherence to the protocol and compliance with the paediatric subject, by providing a fun and interactive dimension.
A clinical protocol will allow us to evaluate the evolution of the gait patterns thanks to the analysis tools and by referring to the biomarkers presented above.

This thesis should therefore make it possible to define a complete framework for the management of children with sensory-motor deficiencies, ranging from muscular preparation at home to the evaluation of gait parameters, including real-time assistance for locomotion. The thesis aims to develop viable technological solutions adapted to the child, paving the way for the creation of an adapted and novel device.

We anticipate the possibility of industrializing these results (transfer or creation of a startup).

Main activities

  1. State of the art in the management of children with CP for gait assistance T0 to T6
  2. Development of a methodology for the objective evaluation of the effects of a rehabilitation modality on the quality of walking (isokinetism, GRAIL…)
    Identify the clinical need and formalise the specifications
    Theoretical and technical tools envisaged: (AQM GRAIL, Spirometry, EMG, cardiofrequency meter, external Phidget devices)
    Indicators: (spatio-temporal parameters of walking, joint amplitude, respiratory and cardiac physiological parameters, endurance, muscular activity) T6 to T18
  3. Design of a home gait rehabilitation protocol based on pedalling assisted by functional electrical stimulation (paediatric ergocycle) and virtual reality. The pedalling will be done on a connected “home trainer” device, to encourage the child’s adherence to the protocol, by giving a playful character to the training. Development of the technical solution and software tools for the use of the technologies by the users (clinicians and families). Deployment of the protocol, collection and processing of experimental data. T6 to T24
  4. Development of a solution (control-command algorithms) for the application of SEF during treadmill walking (Motek GRAIL) in virtual immersion adapted to each pathology studied. T24 to T36
  5. Software development of personalized walking rehabilitation applications (Motek D-Flow software) in virtual immersion with real-time feedback. T18 to T36

The thesis will be based on a series of clinical protocols that will be submitted to a CPP ethics committee and to the ANSM as required by legislation.

– Thesis supervisor: Christine Azevedo Coste, research director, head of the CAMIN team, expert in motion assistance technologies.
– Co-supervisor Institut St Pierre : Benoît Sijobert (PhD), R&D project leader Institut St Pierre, Fabmanager Humanlab St Pierre.
– Institut St Pierre referent: Dr Karine Patte (PhD), chief physician, physical and rehabilitation medicine.

This thesis has a clinical application and a clinical, technological or even fundamental research dimension in neurophysiology… The ambition of the project is based on solid competences and the complementarity of each member of this team.

Skills

  • Required skills
  • Programming, mastery of at least 1 programming language (C++, Python, Matlab, …),
  • Knowledge in signal processing
  • Ability to read, write, and present in French and English

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Contribution to mutual insurance (subject to conditions)

Remuneration

Duration: 36 months
Location: Sophia Antipolis, France
Gross Salary per month: 2051€ brut per month (year 1 & 2) and 2158€ brut per month (year 3)

Contact Data: Christine Azevedo, christine.azevedo@inria.fr

Location: Montpellier, France

Closing date: 5 May 2023

Latest modification: 4 April 2023

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