Funded PhD Studentship: The Origin Study: A randomised control trial comparing functional recovery after custom or standard total knee replacement

Overview of the project

The Origin Study is an exciting collaborative project being undertaken by academics at Edge Hill University and surgeons at Wrightington Hospital. The Origin Study will explore functional recovery after traditional and custom total knee replacements (TKR). Specifically, the study will look to determine the influence of Symbios custom Origin TKR upon both the rate and magnitude of functional recovery post TKR. Within the work functional recovery will be quantified using a range of biomechanical tools, including; 3D motion capture, force plate and electromyography.

The project offers a unique opportunity for a candidate with a strong biomechanics background to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising of academics and orthopaedic surgeons on a project with real world application. The successful candidate would be housed within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, which is the largest department within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The project will be primarily undertaken within the biomechanics laboratory within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity which is equipped with a 10 camera Qualisys motion capture system, imbedded Kistler force plates and a Delsys Trigno Avanti EMG system.

This opportunity is subject to confirmation of funding by Symbios Orthopaedics. The successful applicant will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Symbios and Edge Hill University.

Duties/expectations of the candidate

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, aspects of the wider project administration, further development and refinement of the project, data collection, processing and analysis, and project dissemination. The successful candidate will be part of the steering group for the project and ably supported by the supervisory team and wider research team associated with the project.

Prospective Supervisory Team

Details of funding

The successful applicant will:

  1. Be awarded an annual stipend for three years in line with the Research Council’s National Minimum Doctoral Stipend. In 2019-20 this amounts to £15,009 and will be adjusted each year.
  2. Have full-time PhD fees paid for three years. In 2019-20 this amounts to £4,300 and will be adjusted each year.

There is one post available.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be educated to a degree standard, achieving at least a 2:1 degree classification in a relevant subject area (sports science, sports therapy, physiotherapy, clinical biomechanics), achieved within the last five years. If your most recent qualification falls outside of this time window please provide evidence to demonstrate why you believe you could successfully transition to PhD study. Preference will be given to candidates with post-graduate qualifications. Research experience and expertise in the relevant areas (biomechanics, gait analysis) would be beneficial and may be considered in lieu of a post-graduate qualification.
  • International candidates who require a visa to study in the UK will need to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for a Tier 4 visa and possess appropriate English Language skills (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent recognised by the University).

How to apply

Candidates must submit the following information:

  1. Complete this online form and download a copy to submit with your application.
  2. A 1,000 word research proposal detailing how you would answer the following research question: Does functional recovery differ between custom and conventional total knee replacements? Please provide a brief background to the topic area, culminating in a relevant aims for the proposed study and outline the methodological approach you would use to achieve these aims.
  3. A full academic CV.
  4. International candidates – please provide scanned IELTS paperwork (or accepted alternative) – please contact the International Office for advice.
  5. Complete an Equality Opportunities Monitoring form – this does not need to be attached to your application. Please submit using the electronic form only.

Please submit application detailed in points 1-4 to the Graduate School.

Closing date

Please submit your complete application to the Graduate School ( by Friday 16 August at 12:00 (BST).


  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the 21st August.
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 28th August. 
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and asked to give short (10 minute) presentation focused on “Gait Analysis: Aims and methodological considerations”, followed by some questions.

Contact us

  • For information regarding the PhD study route please contact
  • For informal information about the project and funding detailed above, please contact Dr Ben Langley (
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