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Development of a novel cuffless blood pressure monitoring sensor and validation against the volume clamp method.

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  Dr Ghalib Janjua, Dr Samuel Burgess  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Robert Gordon University, through the School of Engineering is offering a PhD studentship, within the Instrumentation & Sensors Research Group.

RGU has recently developed state-of-the-art biomedical facility for cuffless blood pressure monitoring data acquisition and validation.


According to the World health organization, there are an estimated 1.13 billion hypertensive patients worldwide and one-third of the sufferer are unaware of their condition. This can put them at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Research description:

The study aims to investigate novel cuffless blood pressure (BP) measurement methods and validate against the current state-of-the-art gold standards. The project involves both experimental and modelling/simulations of arterial waveform analysis. 

The objectives of this study are: (i) develop a novel wearable sensor that can simultaneously measure the arterial flow and pressure waveforms (ii) measure the pulse wave velocity (PWV) by collocation of flow and pressure sensor and validation against volume clamp method and lastly (iii) investigate the correlation between normalised augmentation index to BP parameter for healthy and hypertensive cohorts.

Training and skills:

The PhD candidate will have opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team with world-class researchers in the field, receive specific research training on device development & validation and gets hands-on training on various clinical-grade pieces of equipment.

Desirable skills and knowledge: Knowledge or experience in sensors, modelling/simulations and fluid dynamics is advantageous.

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Ghalib Janjua at [Email Address Removed] 

The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, academic transcripts and a CV.

It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study on 01 Feb 2023. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to present their findings at international conferences.

Questions should initially be addressed to: 

Dr Ghalib Janjua

School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 1224 262429

E: [Email Address Removed]


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a First- or Second-Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering or in a relevant discipline. An MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable. Knowledge or experience of Digital signal processing, proficiency in MATLAB or C-language and/or python software and blood flow analysis is advantageous.

Keywords: Cuffless Blood pressure monitoring, Signal processing, hypertension, arterial waveform.

Funding Notes

Applicants are eligible for a fee waiver studentship for the duration of the 3 years. This studentship will cover the tuition fees only for qualified home or overseas students. Interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to support their living costs during the duration of the PhD study.
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