The University of Kent is offering a PhD opportunity as part of the European collaborative research project titled Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders (MOTION), which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interreg VA 2 Seas programme.
According to literature, 46% of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) may benefit from innovative technology to stimulate walking, such as exoskeletons. In this context, MOTION aims to:
(i) Advance development, validation, and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders to improve quality of life.
(ii) Establish trans-regional (UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands) networks transferring rehabilitation technology and related knowledge from research to practical application.
Main engineering project outputs are:
a) An autonomous and secure lower body exoskeleton for children.
b) A smart-textile, a functional, comfortable, attractive garment that integrates physiology-monitoring sensors suitable for children.
c) Statistical analysis of physiological and biomechanical measurements for practitioners and scientific community.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
• Undertake research, including theoretical and applied analysis, to develop novel solutions and adapt existing technology for image processing, analysis and understanding of microscopy images, and design and implement a robotic device, which will enable automated discovery of new compounds against Cryptosporidium.
• Liaise with project partners regarding the integration of the developed solution within the overall project demonstrator
• Publish and disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed journals
• Write reports and produce electronic and other material and content
• Present at seminars and briefings to academic audiences
• Present and participate in international meetings
• Some teaching input and student supervision
• Use research resources as appropriate, plan and manage their research work in collaboration with others.