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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two exciting PhD studentships at UCL MechEng in Biomechanics and Soft Robotics

Wurdemann, Helge
Dear All,

We are offering two exciting PhD studentships at the UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department has an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities.

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1 PhD position in PhD Studentship in Biomechanics @UCLMechEng, London, UK
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)

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University: University College London
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Duration: up to 3 years
Closing Date: 21 April 2017


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

Eligibility
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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 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.epsrc.ac.uk_skills_students_help_eligibility_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-7npk_VV2vabwxQlf1K0Ofhz7k57yo0XhjT7QgCtUAA&s=wU4_BlprlzoBCz-CPbiy2qCx2QrYryyAW9wjinJ3eyQ&e= 
 
Application and enquires
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Any queries related to the position should be addressed to Dr Mehran Moazen ([hidden email]). 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 ([hidden email]) by 21 April 2017. 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.



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1 PhD position in PhD Studentship in Soft Robotics @UCLMechEng, London, UK
Stiffness and position control for flexible soft robotic manipulators

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

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University: University College London
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Duration: up to 4 years
Closing Date: 1 May 2017


Description
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Robotics has been shown to have a role in minimally invasive surgery with the potential to improve patient outcomes. Currently, there are a number of surgical robotic platform dominating the market. These systems are multi-arm robotic devices equipped with surgical tools that can be operated remotely via a user input console. However, despite the 'wristed' nature of these instruments, the current robotic platforms utilise rigid or 'straight' instruments. Thus, there remain difficulties in accessing important parts and the full potential of the robotic platform is not exploited.
The aim of this project is to develop a new soft, stiffness-controllable robotic manipulator including model-based control methods. The application area is minimally invasive surgery. In particular, highly dexterous procedures create demand for the development of new surgical tools to aid surgeons in their work and subsequently improve patient care.
The project involves close cross-departmental collaboration between Dr Helge Wurdemann (Lecturer in Medical Devices, UCL Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Mark Miodownik (Professor of Materials & Society, UCL Mechanical Engineering) and Prof. Sarah Spurgeon (Professor of Control Engineering, UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering).

Person specification
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Applicants should have a strong background (at least a 2.1 honours degree or predicted) in an appropriate engineering discipline (e.g. Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical). Previous experience in design and development of soft robotics, fabrication techniques, use of CAD software, C/C++ would be an advantage. You must meet UCL English language requirements.

Financial support
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Full tuition fees and tax free stipend of £16,553 up per annum (for 4 years). The funding will be contingent to satisfactory performance.

Eligibility
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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 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.epsrc.ac.uk_skills_students_help_eligibility_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-7npk_VV2vabwxQlf1K0Ofhz7k57yo0XhjT7QgCtUAA&s=wU4_BlprlzoBCz-CPbiy2qCx2QrYryyAW9wjinJ3eyQ&e= 
 
Application and enquires
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Any queries related to the position should be addressed to Dr Helge Wurdemann ([hidden email]). 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 Helge Wurdemann ([hidden email]). Closing date: 1 May 2017 (the position may be re-opened if we do not identify a suitable candidate in this first round). The studentship preferred start date is July 2017 or the latest by October 2017.


With kind regards,

Dr Helge A Wurdemann
Lecturer in Medical Devices
Head of the #SoftHapticsLab

Dr Mehran Moazen
Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

UCL Mechanical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE, UK



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