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  • PhD Studentship in Medical Engineering at the University of Hull,UK

    We are pleased to announce a vacancy for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Department of Engineering at the University of Hull as part of the University's '80th Anniversary' PhD Scholarships.

    Highly motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Medical Engineering at the University of Hull are invited to apply. The successful applicant will participate in a research project in the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Group, a collaboration between the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science and the Medical Engineering Research Group, working with Dr Catherine Dobson and Dr Michael Fagan in the area of musculoskeletal modelling.

    It has been widely accepted for many years that bone adapts to the loading it experiences although the mechanical stimulus for that adaptation is not fully understood. In addition, as the skeleton grows and develops, genetic stimuli guide the general shape and configuration of the bones. The aim of the project is to separate out these two mechanisms by studying the human femur as it develops from its pre-natal form to the mature adult shape. In particular, the development and change of the internal trabecular architecture will be examined in relation to the changing loads that the bone experiences (i.e. during sitting, crawling and walking etc). Using micro-CT datasets and the latest modelling techniques, musculoskeletal modelling software and finite element analysis will be used to predict the stress and strains in the femurs. EMG and motion data will also be used to provide the muscle activity and motion of the models. It is hoped that the results will not only add to our general understanding of how bone works, but also contribute to our understanding and possible management of congenital musculoskeletal diseases, and be important to diseases experienced in later life, such as osteoporosis.

    This project will complement current work being undertaken in the Group looking at the development of the pelvis, from pre-natal to adolescence.
    The post is available at the UK/EU rate with annual fees of £3,300 and a stipend of £12,940 in 2008/9. Annual increases to be announced as per Research Council recommended minimums.

    Applicants should have at least a 2.1 honours degree (or predicted) in an appropriate Engineering or other related discipline. Previous research experience with AMIRA, ANSYS finite element software and ADAMS multibody dynamics software would be desirable assets, but not essential.

    For an informal discussion, please contact

    Dr Catherine Dobson
    Medical and Biological Engineering Research group
    Department of Engineering
    University of Hull
    Tel: +44 (0)1482 465049

    Application Form

    Please download the application and reference forms at and return them completed to...
    Admissions Office
    The University of Hull
    Hull HU6 7RX

    The closing date for applications is 16th May 2008.

    Interviews are anticipated to take place 9th to 20th June. Starting date soon thereafter.

    Dr C A Dobson
    Medical Engineering Research Group
    Department of Engineering
    University of Hull
    HU6 7RX
    Tel: 01482 465049
    Fax: 01482 466664
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