PhD Studentship (Biomaterials) - Novel Porous Calcium Phosphate Microspheres and Stem Cell Interactions for Bone Regeneration

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship (3 years) as part of a multidisciplinary project based within the Advanced Materials Research Group. The work will primarily be based at the Faculty of Engineering, a premier engineering faculty in the UK. The University is consistently named as one of the most targeted institutions by leading graduate employers and was also named as University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The PhD Studentship

Bone disease and trauma is disabling and methods for bone regeneration and repair represent a significant clinical need, especially for an ageing population. Osteoporosis leads to a reduction in bone mineral density and disruption of the bone microarchitecture, causing bones to become very fragile, leading to fragility fractures. As such it has been termed the ‘silent epidemic’ since there are no associated symptoms or warning signs prior to fracture. In the UK, there are now an estimated 500,000 new fragility fractures each year; that’s one every minute* (*National Osteoporosis Society). 

Working alongside other researchers this project will investigate novel porous calcium phosphate biomaterial and stem cell interactions for minimally invasive bone repair applications. The main focus of this studentship will be 1) Development of novel calcium phosphate glass formulations and 2) Manufacture porous microspheres, and 3) Investigation their ion release profiles to influence stem cells. In addition, these biomaterials will be doped with a combination of alternate biotherapeutic ions reported to have an influential effect on cells for bone repair.

The Candidate

The student must have a high-grade qualification; at least the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree in a biomaterial, materials engineering science or a related discipline (preferably Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Inorganic Chemistry). The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, and possess excellent presentation and communication skills.

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees (ONLY for UK/EU candidates) and a tax free stipend for three years (£14,777 for the 2018-19 academic year). The studentship is expected to start from September 2018 (or sooner depending on the candidate’s availability).

If you wish to be considered for this post please send your CV and cover letter to Dr Ifty Ahmed at ( enquiries may also be addressed to this email. Please quote Eng1202 for reference.

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