Fully funded PhD Studentship: Tissue Biomechanics

University of Hull

This exciting research opportunity 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 fundamental tissue biomechanics, normal wound healing or what goes wrong in pathological wounds. This project will involve investigations into normal tissue properties and biomechanics, and the biomechanics of wounds under different therapies and as healing takes place. It will be focussed around the development of computational (finite element) models of normal tissue structures and simulations of the different stages of wound development and healing, supported by experimental models.

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 only, 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, 15 January 2018. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 29 January 2017, with a view to the studentship starting as soon as possible.

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