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06-07-2006, 07:54 PM
EPSRC PhD Studentships

Spinal Biomechanics

Supervisors: Dr Richard Hall, Dr Martin Levesley

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering

Starting September 2006

Collaboration between the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Medicine

Richard M Hall, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
School of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Leeds,
LEEDS LS2 9JT
UK

The University of Leeds is offering, on a competitive basis, two fully-funded, 3.5-year EPSRC studentships.

Eligibility Criteria:
1) Research projects must fall within the areas covered by the EPSRC and therefore must relate to engineering and physical sciences or interdisciplinary research relating to these areas.
2) These awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate.
3) Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent.
4) Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Regulations:
1) Awards must be taken up on 1 October 2006.
2) These awards are available for a new research student undertaking full time study over a period of three and a half years leading to the degree of PhD.
3) The award will cover academic fees at the UK rate and a maintenance grant of up to 12,300 a year.
4) The award will be made for one year in the first instance and is renewable for a further period of up to two and a half years subject to satisfactory progress.

The proposed research areas are Restorative Rehabilitation Technology or Spinal Biomechanics that latter preferably within the areas of vertebroplasty, spinal cord injury or total disc replacement. The activities are a joint collaboration between the School of Medicine and School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds.

The Spine research group in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering has an international reputation in this domain. The group works principally in three research areas - vertebroplasty, spinal cord injury and total disc replacement for which it has recently received substantial funding including a prestigious NIH grant in partnership with the University of Iowa. It has excellent research facilities including a laboratory, in which human cadaveric material can be used, that includes a large sample microCT, a six-station bi-axial simulator, drop test facilities, standard tensile testing machines as well as substantial preparation and dissection room. As part of an agreed project you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team involving engineers, surgeons and other personnel allied to medicine.

The proposed research area is in the use of active intelligent devices to aid restorative rehabilitation, which includes, for example, the use of robotics to aid physiotherapy. This area of research is currently being developed by the newly formed Restorative Rehabilitation Technology (RRT) group, which is a multidisciplinary research group, formed in collaboration between the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Medicine. In addition to leadership from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine & Health, the RRT group includes collaboration with the School of Computing at the University of Manchester and the Cognitive and Social Neuroscience Research group at the University of Aberdeen and is developing its international links also. The group is currently working on a number of research projects funded by the Department of Health and is developing new state of the art laboratory facilities that will allow Engineers, Clinicians, Computer Scientists and Therapists to work closely together with patients, to develop new technologies and treatments.

Could interested candidates please contact either Richard Hall or Martin Levesley as soon as possible to discuss the PhD proposal.

The closing date for applications is 14th June 2006 for entrance in October 2006 and requires the submission of:

A completed application form
A full description of the proposed research project (to be discussed with either RMH or MCL)
Two academic references Student's CV
Transcript of marks obtained so far and final degree result if known

Richard M Hall, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
School of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Leeds,
LEEDS LS2 9JT
UK
T: +44 113 343 2132
F: +44 113 343 2150
E: r.m.hall@leeds.ac.uk

Martin Levesley, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
School of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Leeds,
LEEDS LS2 9JT
UK
T: +44 113 343 2110
F: +44 113 343 2150
E: m.c.levesley@leeds.ac.uk