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  • PhD Studentship on skin sponsored by Procter & Gamble, University of Southampton

    PhD Studentship sponsored by Procter & Gamble, University of Southampton: “Development of a multi-physics modelling framework to characterise the interactions of skin and wet shaving products”

    national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) &
    Bioengineering Science Research Group
    Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton, UK

    Ref: SES–80–159

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: September 11th 2011
    Earliest starting date: October 1st 2011

    A PhD studentship is now available in the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), & Bioengineering Sciences Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences (SES), which fully covers University tuition fees (at EU/UK level**) and provides a tax-free bursary of £13,900 per year, rising every October in line with the UK Government (EPSRC) recommended rate, for a 3-year duration. **EU/UK fees £3732 p.a., Overseas fee £16,120 p.a. (figures subject to annual increase).

    This position is available to EU/UK applicants only, unless additional funding/scholarships are obtained by the student to cover the overseas fees difference (£12,388 for 2011/12).

    Project description:
    Skin, the largest organ of the human body, is a complex multi-layered structural material. Its main role is to ensure cohesion and protection of the internal body structures and therefore acts as the body’s interface to the external environment. Daily, skin is involved in a wide range of (multi-physics) tribological interactions such as those occurring during a shaving stroke. This apparently simple activity involves complex coupled multi-scale physical phenomena such as surface physics, foam/gel/skin rheology and fluid-structure interactions.

    The project’s aim is to characterise and unravel some of the key multi-physics interactions taking place between the skin, gel/foam and razor. This will be achieved by developing a modelling environment based on finite element techniques together with an experimental framework.
    The project will involve a close interaction with the sponsoring company (Procter & Gamble/Gillette, Reading Innovation Centre, Reading, UK) and the successful candidate will spend significant amount of time at the company facilities to conduct physical experiments and interact with the R&D team.

    The ideal candidate will have a background and/or interest in continuum mechanics, physics, mathematical and computational modelling techniques, particularly finite element methods (structural/multi-physics). Experience in a finite element application such as ABAQUS, COMSOL, ANSYS or CFD package is not essential but would be a definite advantage. The candidate will use state of the art software/supercomputer facilities at Procter & Gamble and the University of Southampton.

    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.

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

    Commencing from 1 October 2011
    Closing date for applications: September 10th 2011. The position will be available until a suitable candidate has been found.

    If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Georges Limbert, national Centre for Advanced Tribology & Bioengineering Science Research Group, Email: , 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:

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

    You can attach supporting documents to the on-line application. If unable to do this, please email to Jacqui Holmes (copy to Georges Limbert), (or fax/post if unable to send them electronically):
    Jacqui Holmes, Postgraduate Admissions, Graduate School Office, School of Engineering Sciences, Room 4009, Lanchester Building, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.
    Fax: +44 (0) 2380 59 5167.

    Please ensure you include a personal statement in your application, stating why you particularly want to do a PhD, why you think you are suited to a research degree and what particularly attracts you to this project.

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