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PhD Studentship - Investigation of Structural Integrity, Accuracy and Resolution of Joint Force Transducers Artefacts and its Operational/Functional Readiness

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 Maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 26th April 2020

Lead Supervisor name: Prof. Siamak Noroozi

Project description:

The aim is to investigate and optimise the design and functionality of a series of novel joint force and joint position transducer artefacts. The objective would be to design a series of cadaveric experiments to validate the functionality and the ease of implementation during joint implant surgery. The cadaveric study will contribute towards our understanding of the importance of the knowledge of the ideal joint tension and kinematics location and their expected behaviours. The study also improves the functionality of the designs and informs on its suitability for use within in the operating theatre. The main areas of investigation would be the detailed design and structural integrity of our proposed systems. Other issues such as biocompatibility of the materials used, suitable sterilisation, reliability, accuracy, repeatability, electromagnetic emission etc, will be investigated.

The outcomes will show the readiness of the proposed systems for clinical trials. The project will require documentation development, familiarisation and compliance with all the regulatory bodies involved in medical device industries such as the  BSI (British Standard Institution), and the MHRA (Medicine and Health Regulatory Agency) that deal with medical device regulations and safety approval.

The candidate must be able to communicate and collaborate with various labs with regards to ethical sourcing of specimens and the end of use/service processes.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. You must meet the above academic criteria in the disciplines of Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject, ability to undertake scientific programming in Matlab, Python, C/C++, etc in addition to the microcontroller programming for the purpose of signal processing and machine learning algorithm development. Excellent reading, writing and speaking communication skills in English is expected.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 26 April 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk

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