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PhD Studentship in Orthopaedic Implant Engineering

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st November 2022
Closes: 21st February 2023
 

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of orthopaedic implant engineering, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK student rate) provided by the Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust.

For three-quarters of people with knee osteoarthritis, their disease affects only part of their knee joint, yet 90% with end-stage disease are treated with total knee replacement, thus sacrificing healthy ligaments, cartilage and bone. A compartmental approach to knee replacement aims to preserve as much of the natural knee as possible, and our recent research suggests this could lead to improved function for patients (e.g. 1,2,3). The aim of this PhD project is to extend indications for this approach through: (1) researching how anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) function affects knee biomechanics following partial knee replacement, (2) developing medical devices to restore normal function for partial knee replacement patients with ACL deficiency and (3) analysing the effectiveness of prototypes in lab-based pre-clinical tests.

You will join an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and clinicians, researching under the supervision of mechanical engineers Dr Richard van Arkel and Professor Andrew Amis (newsfeed), and orthopaedic surgeon Professor Justin Cobb (newsfeed). To succeed in your research, you will have access to a state-of-the-art Medical Device Prototype & Manufacture Unit and a human tissue research facility for simulating surgery, equipped with a robotic testing platform, materials testing machines and fluoroscopy & ultrasonic imaging facilities. Imperial’s industry partnerships and commercialisation team are available to support translation of any arising intellectual property.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class honours degree, or master’s degree with distinction, in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Expertise in design for manufacture and being able to work in an interdisciplinary environment are essential. Previous practical experience in a lab environment is desirable. Applicants with industry experience are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/msk 
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mebiomechanics
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/msklab/

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Richard van Arkel  r.vanarkel@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 6157. Interested applicants should send to him an up-to-date curriculum vitae (and student transcript for degrees still in progress). Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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