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 The transition from early career researcher (ECR) towards becoming a principal investigator, is an important journey for researchers from all fields. The OATech+ Network identifies with the need to support the development of future leaders in OA research, and to promote the cultivation of cross disciplinary skills sets.

To facilitate this process, the Network has appointed a dedicated theme leader to oversee ECR development. This webpage has been established to direct ECRs to opportunities available across the Network Partners, and to other opportunities in the field of OA research. These include:

Mentoring, internships, fellowships, training courses, funded PhDs and awards.


All Network Partners are invited to offer their expertise e.g. as mentors, and, to convey relevant opportunities.


Theme leader

Prof Jim Richards Email


Network Opportunities

6-month post-doctoral opportunity at Salford University

Opportunity to get involved in an OATech+ Network funded project in the field of lifestyle interventions.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake an OATech+ Network funded project for six months, with the aim of conducting a scoping review on the role of lifestyle interventions in osteoarthritis and how technology is utilised in assessing and understanding these.

Supervisors: Professor Richard Jones (University of Salford) and Dr David Hamilton (University of Edinburgh)

Work plan: To conduct a scoping review to determine what lifestyle interventions in osteoarthritis are and how these are utilised in the treatment of the disorder. The work plan would involve defining operational definitions for lifestyle interventions and establishing technological gaps  for future research.

From this scoping review we aim to develop a current state of knowledge with respect to:

  • What are common lifestyle interventions adopted in the management of knee OA?
  • Determining the technology gaps for experimental and clinical applications
  • Applying this knowledge to develop a focus group leading to a consensus day to identify future research targets

To submit your interest in this opportunity please email a copy of your C.V. and a letter of application to Professor Richard Jones ( or Dr David Hamilton ( In the letter of application, please give information in regards to the following:

  • Why you are interested in the post
  • Your experience in scoping/ systematic review methods and evaluation
  • Your knowledge/ experience in the field of osteoarthritis (clinical, engineering and/or biological)
  • You knowledge of what you perceive as lifestyle interventions.

Closing date: 15th March 2019




  The Network has begun the process of developing an expertise database. This database also indicates Network Partners who can offer mentoring and work placements.


Access the expertise and mentoring database


ECR / Student Network List

Alongside the OATech+ Network Partner membership list, we are building up a member list of ECRs and PhD students working in this field. By adding yourself to this list you will be the first to know about relevant opportunities. To make the most of this great opportunity please email Leanne Sawle with your details (    


**Funded Work Placements**

About OATech+ Network work placements

  The OATech+ network is offering work placements, which allow discipline hopping opportunities for ECRs students involved in studies associated with OA. ECRs can work in any of the participating Universities and Industrial OATech+ partners. If you are interested in having a work placement, you should first ask for the terms to be agreed in writing beforehand with the sending and host OATech+ partner. This grant contributes towards accommodation/fees up to £3,000 for a period of between 1 week to 3 months, and can be applied for at any time in the year. Applications are made to OATech+ by emailing These need to include:

  • A letter showing the agreed terms with the OATech+ partner, which should include length of placement and any additional costs.
  • A completed form stating the reasons why you would like this opportunity.

See link below for the application form  

Please use the expertise database to explore individuals and subject areas.  



December 2018. A funded placement award was made to Jake Bowd. Jake will undertake a month-long work placement at KU Leuven in the Spring-Summer of 2019.  


Feedback from ECRs who have received funding for development opportunities

Dr David Lunn, a research fellow from the University of Leeds, gives his feedback on his opportunity to attend a modelathon.   ttps://    


Other Opportunities


Funded PhD opportunity at Manchester University ” Defining and measuring mid-flexion instability following total knee replacement.”

See link below for further information:


Closing date 30th April 2019


  • Future Leaders Fellowships (UK Research and Innovation Scheme)

See link below for further information. Go to the downloads section to read an overview of the scheme.  


  • EPSRC New Investigator Award

Open to those who have recently acquired their first academic position. Follow the link below to access further information on this scheme