Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Centre for Sports Engineering Research Graduate Intern Fixed term for 6 months Full time £14,750 per annum Vacancy reference; HWB 195/12 Closing date: 22 October 2012 The University Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's most progressive and innovative universities. We pride ourselves on making a difference - to our students, our staff and to the businesses we work with. Our research and business ideas, alongside our sought after graduates, contribute to the economic and social development of both our region and to the UK as a whole. Our teaching is first-rate and is supported by our world-class applied research. Our students are a diverse group and benefit from a tailored approach that helps them to get the most from their studies. We offer top quality teaching and learning facilities and the ability to learn flexibly in a way that best suits their needs. For example, we are one of the UK's leading universities in e-learning and offer a range of distance learning and part time courses as well as the more traditional full time courses. Our industry partners choose Sheffield Hallam because of our flexible, business led approach and our high quality research, facilities and students. Our partners include Sony, BP, NHS, Network Rail, Cisco, SAP and Microsoft. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and we have invested heavily in new technology to ensure that our technological capability matches the cutting-edge approach of our teaching. We are recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, e-learning and employability. The University's Corporate Plan for 2008-2013 outlines our priorities and is available to download www.shu.ac.uk/about/foi/priorities.html The Faculty The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB) focuses on providing teaching, learning, applied research and consultancy to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities. It recognises the opportunities offered by the expansion of health provision and the public health agenda, not only in the healthcare professions and social care, but also in biosciences and sport. The Faculty was created to provide a joined up approach to wellness covering research, healthy lifestyles, illness prevention and treatment, and rehabilitation. HWB focus on education and training for students who can go on to be professionals in the field of active lifestyles, health and social care, sport and biomedical sciences. It also delivers excellent research, training and expertise to a host of external clients, organisations and businesses. We connect academic, practical and research experience across all these areas, supported by some of the best staff, facilities and equipment in the UK. The Faculty currently has more than 600 staff and around 8,200 students. The Faculty supports five academic departments taking in 11 separate subject groups, and five research centres, all working across our main academic themes of sport, biosciences, allied health professions, nursing and social work. HWB has staff based at both Collegiate and City Campus and can boast state of the art learning, teaching and research facilities at both. The seventh floor of the Owen Building, at City Campus, is home to the Faculty's Biosciences staff and the extensively equipped laboratories of the Biomedical Research Centre. The majority of HWB staff are based at the Collegiate Crescent campus, in a range of buildings on Broomgrove Road, Broomhall Road and Collegiate Crescent itself. The £14 million Robert Winston Building was opened in 2002 and is home to the Faculty's health education facilities, including a simulated hospital ward and operating theatre, clinical skills suites, and the new Immersive Visualisation Suite. Collegiate Hall, one of the oldest and most historic buildings on the campus, is now home to the cutting edge research of our three sport research centres - the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, the Sport Industry Research Centre, and the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. The Research Centre The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 160 years of cumulative experience. CSER develops new knowledge that improves our fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment. Our knowledge is also used to bring innovations to business, sports, and governing bodies. The centre undertakes research and consultancy for a diverse range of sports companies and sport organisations including the International Tennis Federation, Adidas, Prince, Puma and UK Sport. In the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the centre has been working as a UK Sport Innovation Partner, a role that sees it providing technological support across many sports, including swimming, diving, boxing and gymnastics. CSER also delivers large and complex collaborative projects with agencies such as the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. Public engagement is embedded into the culture of the centre and numerous high profile projects have been delivered with organisations like the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Physics and The Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Research The research is to investigate the use of a new, state-of-the-art electrical stimulator that was jointly developed between CSER and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The stimulator has the capability of producing arbitrary patterns of stimulation on each of 64 individual channels. Previous research suggests that by designing appropriate stimulation patterns it will be possible to excite the sensory system in such a way that motor learning is enhanced. This has potential applications in both motor learning in sports and for rehabilitation following stroke. The current internship will develop experimental techniques to determine if this effect occurs, and to attempt to maximise its effects. The project will be supervised by Dr Ben Heller, who is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). After gaining a degree in Engineering Science at the University of Cambridge he completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He then worked in Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for 14 years where he specialized in the design of medical instrumentation and the clinical measurement and rehabilitation of movement. Ben joined CSER full-time in 2006. In CSER Ben has continued his work in rehabilitation, but also applies his skills to the measurement and analysis of information for sports applications. Ben's research interests include: wireless sensors, technology mediated rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation, sports biomechanics, and exergaming. Location Collegiate Crescent Campus This post is based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which is a leafy oasis set in Victorian landscaped gardens. The Campus is close to Ecclesall Road, which is bustling with shops, bars and cafés. Discussion and selection event For informal enquiries regarding this post please contact Ben Heller (Senior Research Fellow) on: Tel: 0114 225 4435 Email: email@example.com Proposed selection event date: Week commencing 12th November The selection event for this post will comprise of an interview Jobshare Whereas the University is committed to flexible working and the majority of vacancies are available for job share applicants this role is unlikely to be suitable for work on a job share basis. Job description Job Title Graduate Internship Faculty/Dept Centre for Sports Engineering Research Grade: Fixed salary £14,750 per annum Reports to Dr Ben Heller, Principal Research Fellow Direct reports N/A Role Purpose To conduct experiments at Sheffield Hallam University into the effects of a novel kind of sensory stimulation on motor plasticity. This will require the design, validation and implementation of a series of experiments on human volunteers, using transcranial magnetic stimulation and evoked motor potentials to assess cortical excitability before and after application of different trains of stimuli. Subtasks: Establish the reliability of the measure of motor cortex excitability using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs); Identify the optimum sensory stimulation pattern to maximise excitability. References: Modulation of motor cortex excitability by sustained peripheral stimulation: The interaction between the motor cortex and the cerebellum. Andreas R. Luft, Mario-Ubaldo Manto & Nordeyn Oulad Ben Taib The Cerebellum. 2005; 4: 90–96 Changes in motor cortical excitability induced by paired associative stimulation M.C. Ridding, J. Uy. Clinical Neurophysiology 114 (2003) 1437–1444 Person Specification Job Title Graduate Intern Faculty/Dept Centre for Sports Engineering Research Completed by Ben Heller Vacancy Reference Number HWB 195/12 (* Essential or Desirable) Details E* D* Evidence** Attainment Educated to Masters degree level E AF Evidenced achievements e.g. relevant Membership/affiliation of a Professional D AF qualifications (or equivalents), training, Body membership of professional bodies Experience Knowledge of Sheffield Hallam University E AF Type of experience and specific knowledge required for this job Undergraduate or postgraduate research D AF & I with human participants Experience of planning, prioritising and E AF & I working to conflicting/tight deadlines An understanding of the research D I Experience of working in a team D AF & I Experience of communicating effectively and meaningfully, both verbally and in writing, with diverse audiences E AF & I Experience of using IT to gather, structure, organise and present, research data and management information E AF & I Background in neurophysiology D AF & I Good experimental background E AF & I Good technical skills E AF & I Competencies High levels of accuracy and attention to E I Skills and abilities required for effective detail performance e.g. numeracy, attention to detail, oral and written communication, planning and organising, leadership Creative and inquisitive approach E I skills, ability to cope with conflicting demands/deadlines Ability to work under own initiative E I **Evidence/Method of Assessment: AF = Application form G = Group Exercise I = Interview In-tray = In-tray Exercise IT = IT Test OT = Occupational Test P = Presentation PT = Psychometric Testing QC = Qualifications/Certificates How to apply Complete the Sheffield Hallam University application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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