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PhD Studentship: Helix Scaffold Fabrication Study using Electrohydrodynamic Printing

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Industrial Design

Supervisor Names:

Principle supervisor: Professor Jie Sun (XJTLU, Industrial Design Department)

https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/departments/academic-departments/industrial-design/staff/jie-sun

Co-supervisor: Professor Sung Kay Chiu (XJTLU, Biology Department)

Co-supervisor: Dr Kate Black (UoL, School of Engineering)

Project Description:

Three-dimensional (3D) cell-culture models have recently garnered great attention because they are capable to promote the levels of cell differentiation. The great hurdles of applying bioscaffold in that model come from the limited scaffold  structure design and fabrication technologies. Electrohydrodynamic printing (EHDP)  is utilized to fabricate fibrous scaffolds with micro/nano features in the last five years. The current studies only focus on printing mesh scaffold with straight fibers, thus resulting in limited cell attachment sites.

In this study, we propose a layer-based EHDP control mechanism to produce serpentine fibers and stack them into helix scaffolds, which can better mimic the natural extracellular matrix with enhanced cell culture performance.

Thus, scaffolds can be specially designed in terms of pore size, shape and serpentine pattern to culture cells for anti-cancer drug screening and personalized drug treatment.

For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit

http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study-with-us/admissions/entry-requirements

http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/admissions/phd/feesscholarships.html

Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in mechatronics, biomedical or biology area. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.

Degree:

The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program. 

Funding: 

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 3500 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project. 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are advised to email jie.sun@xjtlu.edu.cn the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).

  • CV
  • Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
  • Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
  • Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Suzhou - China
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: ¥140,000
£15,632.68 converted salary* per annum (Covers tuition fee and stipend).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 3rd July 2019
 
   
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