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Body composition measurements in a reverberation chamber

   Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

Measurement of the components that make up the human body has important medical applications in kidney and heart diseases, and in nutritional studies. Following our successful development of a system that measures total body water using the resonant cavity perturbation method, we are now investigating a technique where we place a subject in a ‘stirred mode environment’ in which low-power microwaves are propagated randomly in a resonant room, illuminating the body from all directions. Preliminary results show a correlation between microwave absorption and thickness of subcutaneous fat. The work will involve radio-frequency measurements and computuational electromagnetic simulations.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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