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Fully Funded PhD Studentship with Stipend on MSK BIomechanics and Biomaterials

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  • Fully Funded PhD Studentship with Stipend on MSK BIomechanics and Biomaterials

    Research Group Background
    Our research group focuses on the structural and mechanical changes of tissues under both physiological and pathological conditions by combining various imaging techniques, simulation, and tissue culture. The knowledge gained from our research has been contributing to the understanding of developmental and disorder processes, the early diagnosis of diseases, and the development of prosthetic solutions. The key research areas include articular cartilage and osteoarthritis, craniofacial abnormalities, and bone-tendon enthesis and injury. We are closely working with biophotonic imaging, medical imaging, and material science. The available imaging techniques range from medical CT, MRI, PET to confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, microCT. The image data serves as the foundation for patient- and tissue-specific modelling in finite element analysis to study the biomechanics and mechanobiology involved. The simulation aids with the development of novel biomaterial and tissues engineering constructs through advanced manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing.

    Project Themes
    We will like to invite all talented candidates in both the UK and over the world to apply for the funded PhD position in Biomedical Engineering at University of Exeter. Three directions of research will be prioritised in
    1. Biomechanics: Mechanical functions of tissue interfaces in development and ageing
    2. Biomaterials: Hierarchical effects of mineralisation on collagen in development and disorder
    3. Tissue Engineering: Design and optimisation of novel therapy in tissue repair and regeneration
    The studentship offers a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join a growing, interdisciplinary team of scientists in tissue engineering, biophysical optics, and computational simulation as well as clinicians working on a broad range of tissue biomechanics-centred research at Exeter. The successful applicant will be fully supported to develop both experimental and computational skills, whilst focussing on clinically relevant questions which will impact the millions of lives suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and degeneration. Developing these multi-disciplinary skills will allow the student to acquire a unique set of expertise in exploring frontier science and to ensure the delivery of clinical impact, acting as a springboard for a successful career in healthcare technology and biomedical research.

    Entry requirements
    Applicants for this studentship are expected to have a 1st class undergraduate degree or a Master degree in biomedical/mechanical engineering, biophysics, material science, medical imaging or computational simulation. If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable.

    How to apply
    Please contact Dr Junning Chen ( directly to apply for this position. In the application process, you will be asked to provide several documents, including your CV, a cover letter, academic transcripts, and the contact details of two referees.

    The closing date for applications is midnight on 10th January 2022, followed by an interview.
    Last edited by Junning Chen; December 16, 2021, 12:20 PM.