(Full Time for 2 years and ten months)
Everyday activities such as looking around, sitting or any use of our arms and hands, relies on us having good control of our head and trunk. However, children who have a neuromotor disability such as cerebral palsy (CP), or a neuromuscular disorder (NMD) such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) or one of the other inherited NMDs, often experience major difficulties with effective trunk control. This inevitably impacts on their functional abilities.
This MRC funded, project (MR/T002034/1 "Quantification of head and trunk control for children with neuromotor and neuromuscular disorders”) combines physiotherapy assessment of children with advanced methods in artificial intelligence to develop an accurate, low cost clinical tool to provide automated, objective assessment of the segmental level of trunk control in children with CP and SMA.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in an area related to paediatric physiotherapy or equivalent, and ideally will be Health and Care Professions Council registered. They should ideally hold professional indemnity, a driving licence and be a member of the CSP. Clinical experience and paediatrics experience would both be valuable.
You will work primarily at Manchester Metropolitan University but will be expected to travel extensively to schools and NHS centres throughout Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire, and to NHS Trust sites at Oswestry, Birmingham and other Trusts through the UK.
An essential requirement for all successful applicants is an aptitude for and interest in assessment of motor control in children.
Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Ian Loram (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Penny Butler (email@example.com).
Applications should be supported by a full CV and a Cover Letter explaining why you consider you are suitable for the post.