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PhD Studentship - Advanced Digital Surgical Assistive Technology using Augmented Reality for Breast Cancer Surgery

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science & Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,921 per annum , see advert for more details
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th May 2022
Closes: 30th June 2022

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Wen Tang

This project aims at developing advanced digital surgical assistive technology using Augmented Reality (AR) for breast cancer surgery.

Surgical removal of breast cancer from surrounding healthy breast tissue (conservative breast surgery) has been the mainstay of breast cancer treatment for many decades. The established technique requires the operating surgeon to assess the location, size and shape of tumour, and judge the position of the boundaries between tumour and healthy tissue, with the aim of removing all microscopic tumour with a margin of healthy tissue. This minimises the risk of tumour regrowth.

AR technology provides interactive media by superimposing virtual information onto the real-world views of a point of interest through wearable head-mounted displays. A recent study focusing on AR for medicine has demonstrated the great potential of the advanced surgical AR technology as well as major technological and clinical challenges in the field of AR in surgery. This project builds on BU’s established research expertise in VR and AR technologies for medicine and the close research collaborations between BU and the University Hospitals Dorset NHS to develop cutting-edge results with far-reaching research impact.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,921 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.

Eligibility criteria

The BU PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students.

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in four 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • A 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent in Computer Science. Experience in mixed reality and / or medical image processing is desirable
  • In addition to satisfying minimum 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 completion.

Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (approximately 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 30th June 2022

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

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https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/courses/phd-studentship-augmented-reality-breast-cancer-surgery?utm_source=studentships2022&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=fully-funded-phd-may&utm_term=jobs.ac.uk

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