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PhD Studentship - Additive Manufacturing-enabled Multifunctional Cellular Composites for Biomedical Applications

University of Glasgow

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st August 2019
Closes: 21st November 2019

The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project entitled ‘Additive manufacturing-enabled multifunctional cellular composites for biomedical applications’ within the Systems, Power and Energy Division.

The objective of the project is to design and develop additive manufacturing-enabled lattice architectures to realize cellular composites with unprecedented properties optimized for location-specific structural and functional requirements for biomedical applications. 

To improve long-term patient outcomes, the project aims to: (1) develop improved implant materials, (2) design implants better matched to native physiology (which is inhomogeneous), and (3) develop smart implants to enable detection of early signs of failure. To this end, the proposed project focuses on: (1) AM and design of nanoscale and/or microscale fibre reinforced medical grade polymer composites, (2) architectural design of the exterior porous surface of the implant required for bone ingrowth, and (3) metamaterial architecture to spatially tune the stiffness of the implant to minimize stress-shielding. The key tasks of the project are additive manufacturing and design of cellular multifunctional composites with spatially tailored metamaterial architecture, nano- and microscale material characterization, multiscale computational modelling and topology optimization and macroscopic experiments to evaluate mechanical (including fatigue) and functional performance.

Experience and/or a strong interest in one or more of the following areas are essential:

  • Materials science, additive manufacturing and mechanics
  • Nano- and microscale characterization and macroscale testing of multifunctional composites
  • Modeling of multifunctional cellular composites
  • Abaqus FEA, SolidWorks, Maple/Mathematica and Python.

Candidates applying for this Scholarship will most likely have an interview/discussion with the supervisor before any decision is made.

Funding Notes

The studentship is supported by the EPSRC DTA Funding, and it will cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UKRI rate for 3.5 years (£15,009 for session 2019/20). Applications from self-funding overseas candidates are also welcome and they will have the flexibility to work on a topic of mutual interest. For informal enquiries, please write to

***To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have ‘settled status’ in the United Kingdom and must have been ‘ordinarily resident’ for the past three years. EU nationals are generally eligible to receive a fees-only award.***

It should be noted that other terms may also apply. For full details about eligibility please visit:

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