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06-01-2009, 03:47 AM
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PhD Studentship: "Constitutive modelling of the chemo-mechano-biology of skin"
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National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) &
Bioengineering Sciences Research Group
School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

Ref: SES-80-115
A PhD studentship is immediately available in the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) and Bioengineering Sciences Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences (SES), which fully covers University tuition fees (at EU/UK level only**) and provides a tax-free bursary of 12,940 per year, rising annually (each October) in line with the UK Government (EPSRC) recommended rate, for a 3-year duration.
**EU/UK fees 3300 p.a., overseas fee 13,480 p.a. (all figures subject to increase).
Note for overseas applicants: There is NO additional funding available for overseas fees, so you will be required to provide funding from other sources to pay the fees difference (10,180 for 2008/09). If you are not able to fund the fees difference, then it will not be possible to consider your application.

Skin is the largest organ of the human body. Its main role is to ensure cohesion and protection of the internal body structures against the external environment and is therefore involved in a wide range of multi-scale tribological interactions with consumer and medical products, textile, sport equipment, vehicle interior, etc. Moreover, skin has the ability to repair itself after an injury through a cascade of chemo-mechano-biological processes. The complex interplay of these phenomena is still largely unknown and the use of computational modelling techniques offers great prospects to advance knowledge in this area.
The objectives of this research are to develop an advanced mathematical/numerical constitutive model of skin capable of capturing essential aspects of its multi-scale multi-physics in physiological and abnormal conditions and to study open problems related to skin adaptation and scar tissue formation.

The project will involve a close interaction with the Schools of Mathematics, Engineering Sciences and Medicine and therefore a multi-disciplinary approach to this research will be essential. External collaborations with national/international groups involved in experimental characterisation of skin/wound healing will be strongly encouraged.
The ideal candidate will have a background/interest in continuum mechanics, biomechanics, biophysics, applied mathematics, mathematical and computational modelling techniques, particularly finite element methods (structural/multiphysics). Ability to program (C, Fortran, Matlab, Python) and experience in a finite element application such as ABAQUS, COMSOL, ANSYS, MARC and/or mathematics packages such as Mathematica/Maple/Matlab would be a definite advantage.

Skin, chemo-mechano-biology, soft tissue, biomechanics, constitutive modelling, computational multi-physics, finite element methods.

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The School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton has an international reputation for research excellence. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, the School (in collaboration with the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research) ranked second in the total number of Unit 28 academics whose research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent.

The national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) has recently been created from a 10M initiative, funded by EPSRC, to prepare the next generation of engineers to underpin tribology in the UK. nCATS will exploit strong interdisciplinary collaborations across the University (marine biology, chemistry, electrochemistry, mechanical engineering, medicine, statistics, applied mathematics and electronics) to develop smart / multifunctional surfaces and predictive tools for advanced tribological interactions.
A strategic research alliance with over 25 leading international industry partners is also in place to explore the critical tribological design issues and enable surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment.

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, nationality, gender, or belief.

Candidates will have a first class or upper second class degree (or its equivalent) in relevant disciplines, e.g. mechanical engineering, biomechanics, applied mathematics, physics.

The studentship is at the standard EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) rate, commencing as soon as possible.

Closing date for applications: A rolling deadline applies

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact:
Dr. Georges Limbert
nCATS & Bioengineering Science Research Group
Email: g.limbert@soton.ac.uk , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2381.

How to apply: An on-line application form (or hard copy version) with guidance notes can be accessed here: http://www.soton.ac.uk/ses/courses/pg/pgapply.html

Please read the notes carefully before applying. Applications will only be considered on receipt of a completed application form.

Please send supporting documents by email. If you are unable to send them by email, please send by 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.
Email: jfz@soton.ac.uk, Fax: +44 (0) 2380 59 5167.

Dr. Georges Limbert Lecturer
National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) &
Bioengineering Sciences Research Group
School of Engineering Sciences
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2381
Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 7051
Email: g.limbert@soton.ac.uk
Web: www.soton.ac.uk/ses/research/nCATS
Web: www.soton.ac.uk/ses/research/bioeng
Web: www.icss.soton.ac.uk/