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tjoyce71
05-11-2006, 02:01 AM
PhD Studentship in Biotribology

Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies (CREST) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in biotribology. The studentship will investigate the wear of biomaterials used in total joint replacements in the presence of a range of clinically-valid lubricants. The aims are to better understand the wear processes taking place and to see if improved wear performance can be obtained through enhancements to the biolubricants. The project will blend theoretical analysis with experimentally obtained knowledge. Experimental data will initially be obtained from a clinically-validated, multi-station wear test rig. In the rig, factors such as loading, speed, motion and lubricant can all be varied and thus their influence on the wear process studied. The long-term objective is to contribute to the development of improved replacement joints for the benefit of patients fitted with them.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic research group within the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. An EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant studentship is available for suitably qualified home/UK students. Partial support for EU students is also available. (See eligibility criteria at www.epsrc.ac.uk). The studentship includes full payment of fees and a 3-year maintenance grant (currently in the region of 12,300 tax-free per annum) and opportunities to supplement this income by undertaking some teaching duties. Applications are invited from committed individuals, who have a 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree, or masters, in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Tom Joyce, 0191 222 6214, t.j.joyce@ncl.ac.uk

The studentship is available from Autumn 2006 and applicants should register their interest as soon as possible by e-mailing an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr. Tom Joyce. Further details of CREST research interests will be found at the CREST website http://www.ncl.ac.uk/crest/ and details of the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering can be found at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/mech/.


Dr Tom Joyce
Lecturer in Bioengineering
Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies (CREST)
School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Stephenson Building
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Claremont Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
UK

Tel: 0044 191 2226214
Fax: 0044 191 2228600
Web: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/mech/staff/profile/t.j.joyce