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03-19-2008, 08:02 AM
PhD Research Position - Structural Biomechanics

Imperial College London - EPSRC Project Studentship

This is the first call for applications for an exciting EPSRC project
studentship based in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College
London. The successful applicant will join the recently formed
Structural Biomechanics research group based in the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering.

The research will focus on assessing the behaviour of the femur as a
complete musculo-skeletal construct, in order to allow accurate
assessment of the effects of damage to either the hard tissue or soft
tissue forming the femoral construct spanning between the hip and knee
joints, and will form part of the groupís ongoing research in this area.
The aim of the work is to allow biomechanical evaluation to inform
clinical decisions, for example choice of implant and surgical approach
in hip and knee arthroplasty, as well as muscle re-attachment
procedures, following injury or associated with neuropathic disorders.

Numerical modelling will be carried out using the College supercomputer,
developing sophisticated models of the femur as a complete
musculo-skeletal construct, including the effects of muscles and
ligaments in controlling movement. This will be done in close
collaboration with the supervisor, based within the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering. Experimental work will focus on the
assessment of muscle parameters for use in finite element and inverse
dynamics models being used in the group, and will be carried out as
necessary within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and the
Department of Mechanical Engineering.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have an outstanding
undergraduate background, and will come from a biomedical, civil, or
mechanical engineering background, although applications are sought from
anyone who has proven expertise in conducting lab based experiments, and
computational modelling. It is anticipated that the successful candidate
will start in July to October of 2008.

The studentship covers fees and carries a minimum annual stipend of
£14,600. Due to the nature of the funding applicants should be Home/EU
students, please see www.imperial.ac.uk/pgaf for further details.
Interested parties are invited to contact Dr Andrew Phillips at Imperial
College London using the details given below as soon as possible.

Notes:
Imperial College is ranked among the top five universities in the world
(Times Higher Education Awards, 2007). The Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, The Department of Bioengineering and The
Department of Mechanical Engineering were all awarded a 5* ratings in
the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Supervisor:
Dr Andrew Phillips, Lecturer, Imperial College London

Contact details:
Dr Andrew Phillips, Imperial College London, Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus,
London SW7 2AZ
Web: www.imperial.ac.uk/people/andrew.phillips
Email: andrew.phillips@imperial.ac.uk