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  • PhD Studentship in Biomechanics - UCL Mechanical Engineering - London

    PhD Studentship in Biomechanics
    UCL Mechanical Engineering, University College London

    Biomechanics of bone fracture fixation - developing a periprosthetic fracture plate

    (Candidates must be either UK residents, or EU residents who have been living in the UK for 3 years prior to the course commencing)

    Periprosthetic fractures occur during or following joint replacement. An incident of about 1-5% has been reported for example for total hip replacements (THRs). Management of these fractures are challenging due the presence of an existing implant, possibly cement mantle and poor bone quality. A concerning increase in the incidence of this condition has been predicted. Increasing number of joint replacement operations and lack of specific fracture plates for these fractures in the market reinforce further research and development in this area.

    The overall aim of this project is to develop, optimize and test a new fracture plate for the management of periprosthetic fractures. The specific aims of this project are to design and develop a new fracture plate, carry out a series of detail finite element analysis of the periprosthetic fracture plate fixation and perform in vitro testing on the fracture plate.

    This project is a joint collaboration between UCL Mechanical Engineering, a well-recognized consultant adult hip and knee reconstruction and trauma surgeon and a medical device company. It will require the student to spend at least a total of three months at the industrial partner site i.e. requiring national and international trips.

    Person specification
    Applicants should have a strong background (at least a 2.1 honours degree or predicted) in an appropriate engineering discipline (e.g. Mechanical and Biomedical). Previous experience in design and development of medical devices, experimental techniques, use of ANSYS/ABAQUS finite element software, image processing, would be an advantage. The candidate must be self-motivated, take the lead in running the project and liaise the collaboration between the three project partners. You must meet UCL English language requirements.

    Financial support
    Full tuition fees and tax free stipend of £16,553 up per annum (for 3 years). The funding will be contingent to satisfactory performance.

    Funding is for UK and EU passport holders only. You must be either be UK residents, or EU residents who have been living in the UK for 3 years prior to the course commencing (for education purposes is fine). EU residents who have not been living in the UK are eligible for fee only awards. Please see

    Application and enquires
    Any queries related to the position should be addressed to Dr Mehran Moazen ( To apply for this position, please submit your CV (including at least two referees), a covering letter and a transcript of results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks) to Dr Moazen ( by 21st April. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed during the week of 24th April 2017. The position may be re-opened if we do not identify a suitable candidate in the first round. The studentship preferred start date is September/October 2017.