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anew53
05-20-2007, 06:54 PM
Hi All,

The University of Southampton is offering a PhD studentship in "Methodologies for the robust design of total knee replacements"

This is one of four PhD positions currently available in the Bioengineering Science Research Group at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Please direct informal enquires to Professor Mark Taylor, or submit your application online using the link provided (full details in the body of the advert). We look forward to receiving your applications!

Cheers

Andrew

Andrew New
Bioengineering Science Research Group
School of Engineering Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)2380 592899
F +44 (0)2380 593016
E a.m.new@soton.ac.uk

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PhD Studentship: Methodologies for the robust design of total knee replacements

School of Engineering Sciences

Ref: SES-73-028

A PhD studentship is now available within the Bioengineering Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences (SES), which will fully cover University tuition fees (at EU/UK level**) and provide a tax-free bursary of 12,600 per year, rising annually in line with the UK Government (EPSRC) recommended rate, for a three-year duration.

** EU/UK fees 3240 p.a. (subject to increase), overseas fee 13250 pa. (subject to increase). Overseas applicants will need to find the fees difference of 10,010.

The performance of total knee replacement is a function of the kinematics of the replaced joint following surgery. In the short term, abnormal kinematics can result in instability and aseptic loosening. In the long term, poor kinematics may result in accelerated wear. For a given design of implant, the kinematics will depend on position and orientation of the prosthetic components and the constraint provided by the surrounding soft tissues. It is already acknowledged that some designs are more tolerant of surgical and patient variability. The question therefore arises can we develop robust design strategies which are capable of generating surgery and patient tolerant implants?

The aim of the project is to explore the application of numerical optimisation techniques in combination with stochastic modelling tools to develop robust knee implants. Appropriate optimisation criteria will be investigated, using standard numerical modelling techniques (rigid body modelling and finite element analysis) to determine the response of the knee joint. Suitable "performance indicators" derived from the models that correlate with the risks of short and long term failure will also be determined.

SES is a top 5* rated research school with an international reputation. The successful candidate will work with a group of highly motivated, first class research students in the areas of computational modelling, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing, probabilistic analysis, tissue engineering and biosensors.
The School is a diverse community which is committed to creating an inclusive working and learning environment in which all individuals are equally treated and valued, and can achieve their potential. The School considers all studentship applications in relation to academic criteria and regardless of the individual's race, gender, or belief.

Entry requirements: The studentship is available to candidates with the equivalent of a first class or upper second class degree in relevant disciplines, e.g. mechanical engineering, bioengineering. The studentship is at the standard EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) rate, commencing on 1st October 2007.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor Mark Taylor, Bioengineering Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, Tel: +44-(0)23-8059-7660, Fax: +44-(0)23-8059-3016, Email: m.taylor@soton.ac.uk

How to apply: An on-line application form (or hard copy version) can be accessed from the following site: http://www.soton.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/pgappforms.html .
Please note that applications will only be considered on receipt of a completed application form. If applying on-line, please send supporting documents by email, fax or post to the following address:
Julia Zimbler, Postgraduate Admissions, Graduate School Office, School of Engineering Sciences, Room 5013, Lanchester Building, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.
Tel: +44-(0)23-8059-3389, Fax: +44-(0)23-8059-5167, Email: jfz@soton.ac.uk.
Please include a personal statement (~300 words) stating why you particularly want to do a PhD, why you think you are suited to a research degree and what particularly attracts you to this project.
Please also visit the SES homepage: http://www.soton.ac.uk/ses/ where you can follow links to further information about research groups, research programmes, details of funded opportunities, and studentships.