Coles Medlock Professor of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology

Opening Date:
6 Apr 2022
Closing Date:
3 May 2022
Salary Range:

The School of Health and Society is looking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the newly established Coles Medlock Professor of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology. We are open to applications from all relevant disciplines and will prioritise the strategic fit to existing strengths whilst also diversifying our research offer. We welcome candidates from disciplines including (but not limited to) biomedical engineering, rehabilitation, global health challenges, allied health professions, user-led design, and digital health.

You will join a vibrant multidisciplinary community focussed on a wide range of topics, including prosthetic and orthotic design, outcome measurement, clinical trials, and digital technologies to support better health behaviours and outcomes. We adopt different research methodologies as our research priorities evolve and pride ourselves in being adaptable partners to external stakeholders. In addition to multiple grants from NIHR, EPSRC, MRC, industry (e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) and charities, the School hosts the £5.5 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics with its partners Imperial College, University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton. The CDT places us into the vanguard of global agencies (e.g. WHO, GATE Initiative, ISPO) and our partners with the new EPSRC Transformative Innovation in the Delivery of Assisted Living and services project (TIDAL, 2021-2024).

Our School is proud of the impact of its work, including the first sector-wide open standard for motion analysis, new ways to support people with arthritis remain in the workplace, a spin out producing neurostimulation devices, and footwear and orthotic products for clinical and retail markets. The School is also anchored to a deep understanding of user and stakeholder needs and encourages real-world relevance. Partnership with health care providers, industry, the voluntary sector and other Universities, both in the UK and internationally, is a central feature of our activity.

Our research is integrated with undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a dynamic environment for allied health and other professionals to start, grow, and excel in their careers. The University is one of the UK’s largest providers of allied health undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including prosthetics and orthotics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, and promotes research-informed teaching at all levels.

Enterprise forms a strong part of our School portfolio and we are looking for a candidate who can support and contribute to this activity. Our work in this area focuses on several aspects including: delivery of continuous professional development, commercialisation of our facilities, turning invention into innovation from research outputs and being involved in the submission of tenders and consultancy work.

We put our students first in everything we do, our colleagues help create a community and sense of belonging by having a vibrant campus and campus life that is more than just a workplace. We use agile working principles to enable colleagues to do their best work, from the right location, at the right time to meet our business needs. We are open to your ideas about how you can deliver the outputs of your role in a creative way.

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Ben Light, Associate Dean – Research and Innovation: