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PhD Studentship: Developing a Core Outcome Set for Hand Fractures and Joint Injuries

Reference
MED1462
Closing Date
Friday, 5th January 2018
Department
Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & Dermatology

Supervisors: Dr Alexia Karantana, Clinical Associate Professor in Hand Surgery; Professor Alan Montgomery, Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials; Dr Paul Leighton, Senior Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods.

Funded by: University of Nottingham

Project will be based in: The Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery (CEBHS), Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Project details:

Hand fractures are the most common fractures in the body; they affect all ages and have a significant impact on patients and healthcare resources. Despite this, there is no consensus on the optimal treatment of common hand fractures and associated joint injuries. The diversity of such injuries treated by different treatment modalities, as well as the lack of consistency in outcome reporting and research methodological standards make any existing evidence difficult to interpret and apply to clinical practice. There is a pressing need for appropriate and relevant outcome assessment in this setting. 

A core outcome set is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific disease, condition or study population. The primary research question this work aims to address is what key health domains should be measured when considering the outcome of treatment of hand fractures and joint injuries. This should be underpinned by an understanding of what is important to patients.

The project could involve systematic review of existing outcome measures used in hand fracture trials, qualitative work with patients, patient and public involvement in research and consensus work involving patients, clinicians and researchers. 

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This project gives the successful applicant the opportunity to learn skills in:

  • Systematic review of the literature
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Consensus methods
  • Patient and public involvement in research

This project will involve mixed methods; the successful candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds.They should be enthusiastic about the topic, resilient, self-motivated and a team player willing to work hard.

The studentship would start April 2018 or earlier. The studentship includes payment of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum.International students are welcome, but they have to self-fund the difference between the Home/EU and international fee.

Applicants must have at a minimum of a UK 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A relevant Master’s degree and/or relevant clinical or other work experience would be an advantage (not essential).

The University of Nottingham is the top 1% of global universities and is ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’, with more than 80% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University of Nottingham also offers a world-class research training environment for postgraduate students, including an excellent range of support and services.

General information about the Department(s)/Institution(s) can be found at:

·Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nctu/home.aspx

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Alexia Karantana ([email protected] ) or 0115 8231115 

To apply, students should send a CV, cover letter explaining why they would like the opportunity to study for this PhD and include a CV, an academic transcript and the names and addresses of two academic referees to [email protected] .

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Interviews will take place on 2 February 2018

Please quote the following reference when applying: PhDHand2017

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PhD Scholarships

PhD positions at The University of Warwick : Biological Sciences/Synthetic biology (# of pos: 4)

Our group is offering PhD positions for 2018-2019 academic year.  These studentships are hosted by The University of Warwick Doctoral Training Centres 

 Details below

1) PhD project title: Engineering microbial chemical factories to produce renewable and modified biomaterials. 

PhD is hosted via MIBT Partnership

Research Area  : Synthetic biology, Organocatalysis, Structural biology and enzymology

Link :-  https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/pgstudy/phd_opportunities/molecularandmetabolicengineering2018/biomaterials

2) PhD project title: Development of novel halogenase enzymes for biopharmaceutical applications.

PhD is hosted via MIBT Partnership

Research Area : Synthetic biology, Organocatalysis, Structural biology and enzymology

Link :- https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/pgstudy/phd_opportunities/molecularandmetabolicengineering2018/applications

3) PhD project title: Expanding the genetic lexicon: Developing novel tools for non-natural amino acid incorporation in to therapeutic peptides and proteins.

PhD is hosted via SynBIO DTC 

Research Area : Synthetic biology, Organocatalysis, Structural biology and enzymology

Link :- https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/study/pgr/studentships/synbiocdt

4) PhD project title:  Bioplastics from E. coli

PhD is hosted via SynBIO DTC

Research Area : Synthetic biology, Organocatalysis, Structural biology and enzymology

Link :- https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/study/pgr/studentships/synbiocdt

Applications are encouraged from UK, EU and International students.

Please be aware that International (non EU) applicants are not eligible for EPSRC/BBSRC funded studentships.

To be eligible for a full EPSRC/BBSRC award (Tuition fees and Stipend) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long then can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
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To be eligible for an EPSRC/BBSRC tuition fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Interested students with research experience and qualification please contact us directly. 

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/people/bmenon/

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PhD position in quantum optimal control theory at the University of Bourgogne

This PhD project aims at applying innovative mathematical tools coming

from optimal control theory to improve theoretical and experimental techniques

in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), in Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) and in NV

centers. This approach will allow us to explore and to experimentally reach the

physical limits of the corresponding spin dynamics in presence of typical

experimental imperfections and limitations. A first objective will be to

develop new optimal control algorithms able for an inhomogeneous ensemble of

spins to maximize the signal to noise ratio per unit time of the system. A

general problem is to generalize the Ernst angle solution used in NMR, which is

only valid for a homogeneous spin ensemble. This work will be done in

collaboration with the group of S. Glaser (TUM, Munich, Germany). This approach

will find different applications in NMR and ESR where the sensitivity of the

experiment is a crucial parameter. The student will focus on a specific

experimental setup in ESR used by the group of P. Bertet (CEA, Paris Saclay),

where an important goal is the maximization of the emitted signal of spins

coupled to a microwave resonator. The student will take into account in the

numerical computation specific constraints of this experimental setup. In the

same direction, the student will also use optimal control techniques to design

new CMPG sequences accounting for the coupling between the spins and the

cavity. The same types of control techniques will also be used for manipulating

NV ensembles in collaboration with the group of T. Debuisschert (Thalès,

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Paris). This will allow the improvement of the sensitivity of the corresponding

experiments. For a more fundamental point of view, the ESR will investigate the

numerical techniques used to design robust control fields with respect to

experimental imperfections. A first objective will be to understand the

efficiency of these methods and to prove the optimality (this concept will be

to define rigorously) of the control fields. The ESR will mainly study spin

systems but it is clear that the results of this project will not be restricted

to the physical systems investigated and the techniques developed during the

PhD could be applied to other physical systems with similar properties.

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Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) META-CAN – PhD position in Computational biology to…

The Machine Learning for Healthcare and Life Sciences group at IBM Research – Haifa is a partner in the funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) META-CAN. The network is a pan-European interdisciplinary and intersectoral training programme for excellence.  It brings young researchers together with world-leading academics, clinicians, and industry personnel to focus on the connections of metabolism, immune response, and cancer.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly-motivated early stage researcher (ESR), with a background and experience in computational biology, machine learning and/or statistics and good programming skills (preferably in Python or R). This ESR will study towards a PhD degree and, under our guidance (and in collaboration with the Technion Integrated Cancer Center), will analyze comprehensive omics data to better understand the metabolic adaptations of cancer cells to the central nervous system niche.

The right candidate will enjoy a competitive salary and outstanding work environment.

For more details see http://metacan.eu/  or contact [email protected]

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