KTP Associate: Virtual Reality for Vision Rehabilitation and Training - #482615

University of Strathclyde

Date: Aug 5, 2022
City: Glasgow
Salary: £32,800 / year
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
University of Strathclyde

Salary range: £32,800 per annum

FTE: 1 (35 hours per week)

Term: Fixed (24 months)

Closing date: Monday, 12 September 2022

The Department of Biomedical Engineering, in partnership with Visibility Scotland (visibilityscotland.org.uk), are seeking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate to lead the translation of virtual reality technologies into an integrated platform suitable for vision rehabilitation and training. The outcome of the KTP will be an affordable digital assessment and rehabilitation device and an accredited training programme, with the potential to be deployed globally.

Visibility Scotland helps and supports anyone, of any age, living with a visual impairment across Scotland. Their aim is to help people with sight loss to live independent and fulfilling lives.

In their Glasgow location, they provide a pioneering neurological sight loss training programme, which includes visual strategies and essential skills to increase independence in the home, when out and about, and in the workplace. Visibility Scotland’s training programmes are holistic, aiming to increase confidence and build resilience.

The Sir Jules Thorn Centre for Co-Creation of Rehabilitation Technologies, at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Strathclyde, seeks to improve patients’ lives by making rehabilitation technology accessible, by developing cutting edge technology through a co-creation approach with the rehabilitation community.

You will be employed by the University of Strathclyde, but will spend a progressively increasing amount of working time at Visibility Scotland’s premises in Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow. It is expected that you will follow Visibility Scotland’s working calendar and practices.

The post is initially for 24 months but it is our aspiration that, on successful completion of the project, you will continue the work as a Visibility Scotland employee, initially for a year, funded by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust (www.rsmacdonald.com) and, prospectively, on a long-term basis. This KTP offers an extensive opportunity to provide the link between an expert academic team and a dynamic organisation, with unique and exceptional access to both worlds.

Your post is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, and is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit www.ktpws.org.uk

The position offers you the following benefits:

  • A challenging and rewarding job with responsibility.

  • A planned programme of training courses, including a £4,000 personal development budget.

  • Mentoring from experienced industrial and academic supervisors.

  • The support and resources of the University of Strathclyde and of Visibility Scotland.

  • The potential to implement strategic development, and a career within Visibility Scotland at the end of the scheme.

To be considered for the role you will hold a Masters degree related to product development, such as Biomedical Engineering, Product Design, or cognate disciplines, with a background skillset or clear interest centred on blending user needs with business goals through integration of product development activities, whether initially self-delivered or, more prospectively, delivered through a supply chain

The desired skill set points to a professional figure coming from the product design / engineering community, possibly with some prior knowledge of user interface design and/or virtual reality, or with an appropriate background knowledge to allow acquiring this through a reasonable amount of training. You must enjoy working with people, being empathetic and supportive. It is estimated that you will work in partnership with over 100 stroke survivors within the first 24 months.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Philip Rowe ([email protected]) or Dr Mario Giardini ([email protected]).

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