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01134 - ATIC Project Innovation Fellow (Applied Biomechanics / Ergonomics)

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced individual to the post of Innovation Fellow (Applied Biomechanics / Ergonomics) within the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATIC), based at Technium 1 in Swansea, on a full time, fixed term contract to 28th February 2022.

 

  The Role

ATIC is a core component of ACCELERATE, a multi-partner project part funded by the ERDF. The project provides collaborative Research, Development & Innovation support for businesses, charities and NHS clinicians working across Wales. The aim of ATIC is to assist the development and realisation of innovative and commercially viable products, services and processes and to support the growth of the Life-Science Sector in Wales.

ATIC’s state of the art facilities can capture a broad spectrum of user metrics using an extensive range of modalities. The dedicated UX Lab has customisable spaces for experimental research to test the experiential and usability qualities of new clinical and healthcare products, services and systems. This is supported by extensive 3D scanning, 3D printing and CNC prototyping facilities. ATIC’s capability to capture user experience can be extended beyond the laboratory setting with a variety of mobile field systems including a mobile observation lab for behavioural analysis, portable 3D scanners and mobile eye tracking. Please see the ATIC brochure, below, for more information.

You should be able to implement standardised objective tests to analyse user performance within a research and development environment. You will be required to design and apply experimental protocols using appropriate research methods to test individual user’s motor skills and abilities in relation to a variety of products and places.

You will be dedicated to the study of user performance and experience framed by inclusive design thinking – utilising our Simi Motion capture, modelling and analysis system, and in combination with a range of physiological measurement tools that include pressure mapping, thermal imaging and 3D scanning systems.

Main duties will include:

  • Providing specialist biomechanical research and analysis expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team working on collaborative research, development and innovation projects.
  • Working with the Technical Manager to ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of equipment in the ATiC UX Lab and offsite as and when required.
  • Contributing to the monitoring and reporting requirements of the ATIC project.
  • Contributing to the identification and management of risks, both in the context of individual collaborative projects and the ATIC project as a whole.
  • Working collaboratively with supported enterprises to generate new research approaches and identify, adapt, develop and use research methodologies and techniques appropriate to the field of user-experience and inclusive design research.
  • Where appropriate, preparing the results of collaborative research for publication and making presentations at national and international conferences and other similar events
  • Developing links with external contacts such as other research bodies and projects, manufacturing companies, professional bodies and other providers of funding and research initiatives to foster collaboration
  • Developing external networks, for example with other active researchers and leading thinkers in the field, industry groups and enterprises.
  • Spotting opportunities and providing market intelligence to lead the strategic development of new projects or appropriate areas of activity that help drive ATIC and the University’s research and commercialisation strategies and contributing to the development of such ideas in collaboration with ATIC’s stakeholders.

  Benefits Include

  • Salary: £30,942 - £34,804 per annum
  • 28 days annual leave per year (plus 8 bank holidays & 4 University closure days)
  • Opportunities for learning & development
  • USS Employer Pension Scheme

  Requirements

You will need to hold an Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

You should have knowledge of the normal range of physical movement and abilities and also of the limitations affecting individuals living with common conditions. You should be able to apply principles of anatomy and physiology in the capture, modelling and mechanical analyses of human movement to support the development of innovative solutions for these individuals.

You will be expected to be an important source of expertise, advice and ‘know how’ and a point of reference for others. You will be highly motivated and proactive and capable of building and maintaining effective and productive relationships between the University and the life-science and health sectors within Wales as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Given the specialist requirements of the post and the breadth of ATiC’s project portfolio in what is a rapidly developing field, specific training will be provided as necessary.

You should also have:

  • Knowledge of biomechanics and experience of the application of human motion capture and analysis systems in a suitable field, such as Rehabilitative Engineering, Ergonomics, Human Factors, Usability Engineering or Sport Science & Excercise
  • Experience of using appropriate models, tools or assessment frameworks in the design of experimental protocols and the analysis of experimental research
  • Experience of working in a research and development context, of producing professional reports and contributing to research outputs
  • Excellent organisational and operational skills including the ability to identify risks, assess priorities, and make sound judgements within a research laboratory environment
  • The ability to deal confidentially with sensitive data 

Further details, including the full Person Specification, can be found in the Job Description below.

  How to Apply

To apply, you will need to complete an application form (below) and return it to the HR department by 5pm on 10th June 2020. CVs are only accepted as supporting documents. Successful applicants will be invited to be interviewed; the proposed interview date is w/c 29th June 2020.

For queries, please contact Human Resources on 01792 481277 or jobs@uwtsd.ac.uk

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Application Deadline Date: 10.06.2020

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