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A Miniaturised Stiffness-controllable Soft Medical Manipulator

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About the Project

The PhD studentship is on developing a miniaturised soft medical manipulator that utilises a novel controlled-stiffening mechanism to enhance tool stability and force output. This research will involve studying particle jamming through bio-physical modelling and translating that information into an engineering model. Designing this bio-inspired medical robot that can actively change its stiffness, in response to sensor data, and operate in a controlled way is the main focus of this project. Throughout this project, the PhD candidate will work closely with clinical partners to guide the development of the soft manipulator. The internal supervisory team from the University of Lincoln combines expertise in soft robotics (Dr Khaled Elgeneidy), medical robotics (Prof Mini C. Saaj), and computational physics (Dr Fabien Paillusson). The candidate will carry out research in the Bio robotics and Medical Technologies Laboratory at the University of Lincoln. There will be opportunities to work collaboratively with the Lincoln Medical School. Additionally, the project will be supported by external clinical co-supervisor, Dr Mohamed Thaha, from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Queen Mary University of London as well as Dr Fulvio Forni from University of Cambridge, who will act as an external academic co-supervisor. 

Who is eligible for funding?

Please make sure to check the eligibility criteria before you apply. Normally, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. UK students will be eligible for a full studentship, covering the costs of Home fees, and a stipend to support living costs for 3.5 years. 

Although most DTP students must be UK residents, we also have an opportunity for an international (EU and non-EU) student. The international studentship award will be subject to eligibility, and also the availability of complementary funding (to provide the differential to the international fee rate). You should get in touch with the lead supervisor before applying this award.  


To apply, please complete the application form and send it to [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The University of Lincoln has received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council to establish a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which will provide skills training to foster the next generation of world-class research leadership in areas of strategic importance to both EPSRC and the University of Lincoln.
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