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PhD Studentship in Blast Biomechanics of the Human Head, Imperial College London

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  • PhD Studentship in Blast Biomechanics of the Human Head, Imperial College London

    Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship joint between the Department of Aeronautics and the Department of Medicine, funded by the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London, in the field of blast biomechanics of the human head.

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in young people. Recent clinical studies at the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory (Department of Medicine, Imperial College) have shown that damage to brain connectivity determines the outcome after TBI. The aim of this PhD project is to define injury mechanisms for blast-induced TBI with a focus on brain connectivity. The candidate will develop a biomechanically realistic model of the human head by using advanced computational tools. The model will be used to simulate various blast and impact scenarios. The results will be analysed and compared to clinical data, with the help of neurologists and neurosurgeons, in order to explain the differences between blast and impact injury patterns and to define blast-related injury mechanisms.

    The project is a collaboration between Dr Mazdak Ghajari and Professor David Sharp (NIHR Professor of Neurology), and the PhD is an exciting opportunity to work across the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering at Imperial College. The successful student will be partly based in the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory, where Professor Sharp leads a translational clinical TBI research programme.

    Students with a First or high Upper Second Class Degree in Engineering, Material Science, Physics or Mathematics are invited to apply. Candidates should have a strong background in computational modelling. Prior experience in biomechanics and neuroimaging is desirable but not required. Demonstrated ability of autonomous research, team work and contribution to scientific publications is a plus.

    The studentship is for three years starting in October 2014 and will provide full coverage of tuition fees (at home rate) and an annual tax-free stipend of circa 15,600. All applicants are eligible, but fees are covered only at the home rate.

    To apply please email a motivation letter, your CV and a copy of your transcripts to Dr Mazdak Ghajari Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a postgraduate application form.

    For queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Tayo Nong by email to: or phone on +44 (0)20 7594 5056.

    Mazdak Ghajari PhD, DIC
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    Room E255, ACE Extension Building
    Department of Aeronautics
    Imperial College London
    SW7 2AZ, UK
    Tel: + 44 20 7594 5107