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Developing Wearable Devices for Continuous Monitoring of Metabolites in the Body

  • Full or part time
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    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Job Title: PhD Studentship in Wearable Biosensors

Department: Chemical Engineering

Salary: £16,553 tax-free bursary per annum for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU or overseas rate for 3 years

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Yetisen Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London welcomes applications for a PhD studentship to conduct work in the area of wearable biosensors. The studentship is funded by the Department of Chemical Engineering to create a wearable detection platform with the overall objective of developing a continuous monitoring system. You will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus) under the supervision of Dr. Ali K. Yetisen.

Wearables as medical technologies are becoming an integral part of personal analytics, measuring individual’s physical status, recording physiological parameters, and informing schedule for medication. These new technology platforms promise to help people pursue a healthier life style, but also provide continuous medical data for actively tracking metabolic status, diagnosis, and treatment. Advances in the miniaturisation of flexible electronics, biosensors, microfluidics, and artificial intelligence algorithms have led to wearable devices that can provide real-time medical data.

The aim of this project is to develop wearable devices for continuous monitoring of metabolites in the body. Optical materials and methods including holography, laser ablation, and microfluidics will be used to create highly-sensitive and selective biosensors that can be reversibly detect biomarkers in real time. A smartphone camera interface will be developed to read the sensors quantitatively. As well as conducting your own research, you will work with a team of researchers, providing support to their projects; and be responsible for maintaining safe working practices.

Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a first or upper-second degree at master’s level (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, biomedical/biological engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics and be highly motivated.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential in collaborating with industrial partners, and disseminating the results via journal publications.

Applications should be made through the College’s online application system:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/

Important information about the College’s PhD application process can be found on the following page: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Ali Yetisen ().

How good is research at Imperial College London in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 172.80

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