Fully funded studentship: Computational modelling of foot biomechanics

University of Hull - Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project:

Closing date: - 5pm, 10 November 2017

Studentships will start on 29th January 2018

The project is in collaboration with Smith and Nephew and will be undertaken within one of the world’s leading Wound Care Research Clusters, combining world-leading academia and industry with the aim of developing scientific insights and innovative treatments for advanced wound care.

Wounds that fail to heal are a worldwide unmet clinical need. Current therapies are often ineffective, largely because not enough is known about normal wound healing or what goes wrong in pathological wounds, such as ulcers or pressure sores. This project investigates the biomechanics that lead to foot ulceration, the incidence of which is increasing, frequently in association with diabetes.

This project will develop a computational (finite element) model of the foot that can simulate the changes in tissue properties and neuropathy-related variations in foot geometry that often precede these conditions. It will be used to investigate their influence on foot and tissue loading and the mechanisms that lead to foot ulceration. The aim is to identify those factors that place individuals at risk and thereby identify novel early screening technologies, plus investigate general methodologies for alleviating and managing the condition once it has developed.

You will join a cohort of seven other multi-disciplinary PhD students working towards the common goal of applying cutting-edge research techniques to better understand and develop new ways to improve wound care. The Cluster incorporates a pool of experienced supervisors who are experts in biomedical engineering, wound healing, biomedicine and chemistry. All projects also include industry supervisors and provide unique industrial training opportunities within Smith and Nephew.

Please contact Professor Michael Fagan (m.j.fagan@hull.ac.uk), Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, for more information.

How to Apply

The position is open to Home or EU applicants, who should hold a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2(i)) in mechanical or biomedical engineering, or other relevant science degree. The studentship includes stipend (living expenses) at the UK Research Council rate and tuition fees. Please contact pgstudy@hull.ac.uk if you require further guidance about eligibility and the application process.

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Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Closing date: 5pm, 10 November 2017. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 27 November 2017, with a view to the studentship starting on 29th January 2018.

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