PDR have a Ph.D. position in the exciting area of wearable technology. The application deadline is the 22nd July 2016, so if you would like to apply, there's still time.
This research sits within the field of wearable medical device design and is specifically concerned with the chronic condition, lymphoedema. The Ph.D. will be led by the award winning Surgical & Prosthetic Design (SPD) team within PDR and undertaken with advisory input and support from Lymphoedema Network Wales and industry partners.
The Ph.D. aims to develop new knowledge of lymphoedema compression garment performance, which can be used to inform the development of new designs that improve clinical efficacy.
Lymphoedema hugely impacts on the life of sufferers. Around 80% of patients are unable to continue their normal employment, 9% change their employment status, 3% to switch jobs and 8% to give up work entirely. Compression garments are used to manage lymphoedema, but studies have shown a high level of patient dissatisfaction. There is also no way for patients/clinicians to get real-time feedback on how garments are performing without hospital appointments. We want to improve the situation.
This research will: address the lack of easy to access clinical and usability data on garment performance; develop novel uses of low-cost sensors and computers coupled to a user interface capable of providing clinically relevant data; develop methods to share and use this data to improve product and service delivery.
Applicants must have a good first degree in disciplines such as design, or a similar related area. It will also involve the application of low-cost sensors and computing, so knowledge of basic computer programming and interface design is highly desirable. Ideally, applicants will also have a relevant Masters degree in a design-related field. Some applied experience and good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Data collection will be carried out at within in NHS Wales, and it is important that the student has a driving licence.
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