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  • PhD studentship in Spine Biomechanics - Imperial College London, UK

    Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of spine biomechanics, leading to the award of a PhD degree.

    The research involves biomechanical assessment of a novel device used for spinal surgery aimed at patients with low back pain. Currently, the most common spinal surgery for patients with lower back pain is a fusion which involves rigid fixation of vertebra. Unfortunately, fusion surgery can lead to adjacent segment disease that can put the patient into more pain and discomfort. This provides an opportunity for novel surgical approaches to be developed. Nucleus replacements aim to restore healthy disc biomechanics by implanting a deformable material into the central nucleus region. During implantation, a hole is required to be made through the annulus that surrounds the nucleus. Although a number of nucleus replacement devices have been developed, they have not performed well in clinical trials with expulsion of the material back through the hole that was made through the annulus a common complication. The aim of this PhD is to develop experimental protocols to biomechanically test annulus closure devices and to develop novel engineering solutions to tackle this problem.

    You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 2:1 degree or higher in biomechanics/mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in medical devices, good team-working, and observational and communication skills are essential.

    For further details of the post contact Dr Nic Newell n.newell09@imperial.ac.uk. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Newell. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form on the Imperial College London webpage in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

    Closing date: 3rd September

    If shortlisted interviews will be held week commencing 13th September
    Last edited by Nicolas Newell; July 28th, 2021, 11:00 AM.
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