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Marie-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher

Requisition ID:  3431

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £34,770.36 plus £5,272.44 mobility allowance

Closing Date: 17 April 2020


The Role


The Translational and Clinical Research Institute is looking to appoint an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to work on the European H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network RISE-WELL (cRitIcal Solutions for Elderley WELL-being). The RISE-WELL training network brings together three European academic partners and three industrial partners. The post holder will undertake a research project to assess imbalance, sarcopenia and risk of falling in older adults (ESR7).  The Project will include modifying and validating lower limb garments embedded with electromyographic and other sensors and developing algorithms to identify biomarkers. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work in an international group with industrial partners developing technology of the future.


The post is available on a full time, fixed term basis for 36 months.


For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr Annette Pantall annette.pantall@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • Collaborate with a company to design a smart garment embedded with electrodes to monitor movement and muscle activity.
  • Develop algorithms that extract features from multi-sensor signals that may predict falls and other events.
  • Apply for approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee for the study.
  • Interact with local agencies such as the Elders Council to recruit participants to the study.
  • Collect research data both from within the laboratory and in the real-world.
  • Write appropriate algorithms in MatLab, Python or other language to extract features form the biosignals.
  • Perform statistical analyses  and write up results.
  • Draft research publications and make presentations at scientific and community meetings.
  • Training and support in these roles will be provided by the research team.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Excellent programming skills in languages such as Python and MATLAB.
  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment and running experiments.
  • Knowledge of electronics is essential.
  • Understand the principles of motor control of walking in humans.


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills are necessary to run experiments involving older adults.
  • You must have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and industrial partners.
  • You must be logical, ordered in approach when working with large multivariate datasets.
  • Ability to work in a trans-disciplinary team.
  • Good Written and presentation skills are essential.
  • Enthusiastic about developing technology to improve mobility in older adults.




  • You should have (or be expected to gain) either a first class or an upper second class Honours degree (or the equivalent), or/and an MSc/Mres. You will have a background in computer science, computational neuroscience, mathematics, engineering, physics or a related field.
  • Applicants will be expected to register for a PhD as part of the role.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 3431