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lmcnamara85
08-05-2010, 09:17 PM
PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Applications are invited for a postgraduate degree by research (PhD) in
Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical
Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway. This research degree
will be carried out in collaboration with Stryker Instruments, a global
leader in medical device industry with strong focus on surgical
innovation through product development. The project is funded by the
College of Engineering and Informatics.

Research project
Surgical procedures, such as brain, orthopaedic, spine and plastic
surgeries, rely critically on the availability of engineering technology
that can provide the surgeon with access to the organs of the human
body, but do not cause harm and allow for rapid healing post-surgery.
Stryker Instruments is a world leader in the orthopaedic medical
technology market. Stryker develop and manufacture surgical instruments,
which allow patients to receive the best possible care with the least
amount of trauma, while helping clinicians to perform efficient and safe
procedures. Their products are used for cutting, drilling, burring and
shaping of bone and soft tissue. There is a distinct need for continual
improvement of these devices to minimise the time required to complete
surgical procedures and enhance the patient outcome. Stryker Instruments
continually engage in research to develop innovative products that are
both efficient and less invasive to optimise the clinical outcome and
the cost of surgical procedures.

The objective of this research project is to develop experimental
methods and computational models that can advance the understanding of
surgical cutting procedures. A mechanical testing program will be
employed to investigate the mechanical and thermal effects of surgical
procedures on biological tissues. The student will develop advanced
computational models to investigate how surgical cutting tools interact
with native tissue. Such studies are necessary for the development of
innovative products that meet the needs of the orthopaedic medical
technology market. The objective is to provide a pre-clinical tool that
can inform the design of next generation products with improved patient
outcomes and strong market potential for Stryker. The researcher will
liaise with industrial partners; prepare technical reports and
publications, and present results at international conferences.

Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree in Mechanical or Biomedical
Engineering, or a related field. We seek a student who has breadth of
vision and experience in addition to outstanding undergraduate
achievement. The minimum qualification for the award of a Scholarship is
a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1. The student will
receive an annual stipend and in addition, fees will be paid by the
College.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, which highlights the
candidate's interest in the field and reasons for pursuing a PhD, and a
CV by email to Dr. Laoise McNamara at Laoise.McNamara@nuigalway.ie by
25th August, 2010. Informal enquiries are welcome at the same e-mail
address.