Postdoc in donkey biomechanics

Hoof-ground interactions in the donkey

The donkey is a historically under-studied species despite its economic importance, particularly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The project aims to address this by highlighting key biomechanical differences between donkeys and horses to further animal welfare.

The appointee will work for the project which involves data collection using inertial sensors, high speed cameras and pressure mats to investigate normal and abnormal biomechanics in the donkey as compared to the horse, with a focus on hoof-ground interactions. Data collection will be based in Hong Kong, Mainland China and potentially elsewhere. Duties include data collection and analysis, project planning and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

A PhD in equine biomechanics, equine science or related areas, and no more than 3 years’ experience after the award of a PhD degree.

Experience of handling equines; willingness to travel; proficiency in complex data analysis, preparing manuscripts and Biomechanical research and coding (e.g. Matlab, R, Python); excellent organizational skills and willingness to work flexibly; and good command of spoken and written English are required. Proficiency in Putonghua would be an advantage.

Salary: Highly competitive salary

Closing date: 15/11/2021

Further information can be found here.