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07-29-2010, 10:54 PM
PhD Studentship in Biomedical Engineering funded by the Furlong Research
and Charitable Foundation
Optimising Fixation in Osteoporotic Bone Fractures
School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

An ambitious researcher is sought for a fully funded PhD programme. The
study will employ finite element analysis and mechanical tests to
develop guidelines for optimising fixation of fractures in osteoporotic

Fracture due to osteoporosis is a major problem and its incidence is
expected to continue to rise with the increasing ageing population. A
significant proportion of these fractures are treated by stabilisation
devices that utilise wires or screws to attach the bone to an external
frame or internal plate. Improved understanding of the mechanical
response of osteoporotic bone to components used in fracture fixation
could help to significantly reduce patient suffering and the associated
cost burden. This study aims to examine osteoporotic bone with fixation
devices using finite element analyses and physical experiments to
develop recommendations for optimum fixation for a range of clinical

Further details can be found at:

Successful applicants will work under the joint supervision of Dr Pankaj
Pankaj (School of Engineering) and Professor Hamish Simpson (School of
Clinical Sciences and Community Health).
Funding and Eligibility: The studentship includes full UK/EU tuition
fees plus a doctoral stipend equivalent to UK Research Council National
Minimum. Due to funding restrictions the studentship is open only to
UK/EU nationals.
Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in
Mechanical/Civil/ Structural/Biomedical Engineering.
Application procedure: Candidates should contact Dr Pankaj
(pankaj@ed.ac.uk) with their CV in the first instance. Candidates should
also apply for a PhD using the University’s online system EUCLID:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/details.php?id=26. They
should ensure the chosen programme is: PhD in Engineering and
Electronics (Infrastructure and the Environment, PRPHDENGEL3F).
Application deadline: The application deadline is 20th August 2010. The
selected candidate is expected to start before October 2010.

Dr Pankaj Pankaj
School of Engineering
The University of Edinburgh
Alexander Graham Bell Building
The King's Buildings
Edinburgh EH9 3JL
Tel: 0131 6505800
Fax: 0131 6506781

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.