PhD Studentship - Analysis of New Biomaterial Combinations

Aston University - Engineering and Applied Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years)

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Materials Research at Aston University.  The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on biomaterials for fracture fixation. The studentship is offered in collaboration with Invibio Ltd. a globally leading biomaterials company specialising in advanced polymer solutions.

The position is available to start in April 2018 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553 in 2017/18.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,005 in 2017/18.  As part of the application process confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required

Background of the Project
The aim of this project is to investigate new biomaterial combinations for use in biomedical implants. Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) is a high performance polymer that has been used in aerospace and automotive applications. More recently it has been used as a material for fracture fixation plates in a form where it is reinforced with carbon fibres (CF-PEEK). CF-PEEK has the advantage over traditional stainless steel plates in that it is a closer match to the Young’s Modulus, or stiffness, of the bone it is attached to, compared to the steel which is much stiffer. The objectives for this PhD would be centred around the analysis of the mechanical properties of CF-PEEK in various orientations and configurations and the comparison of wear rates for various biomaterial combinations from the current and new biomaterials.

Person Specification
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science or another related subject.  Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of mechanical testing, evaluation of materials, tribology, CAD and design skills.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Aston Institute of Materials Research, contact Dr Laura Leslie by email

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

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