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Forensic Science Aspects of the Ageing Skeleton - PhD Studentship

   Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS), Shrivenham Campus

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  Dr P Zioupos, Dr N Marquez-Grant  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Start Date: 1st October 2016
Eligibility: UK, EU/EEA
Duration of award: 3 years
Location: Cranfield Defence & Security School, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire

Sponsored by the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership scheme. This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £14,296/pa (tax free) plus full fees for three years

Theme: The project aims to investigate the histological, elastic and anatomical aspects of the skeleton, in particular to explore ageing in the rib and clavicle. These findings will have applications in forensic science and industry (insurance, litigation, automotive safety etc.)

The research hypothesis is that a profound knowledge of ageing trends will improve the methods of victim identification in forensic anthropology. In addition, the study also offers invaluable knowledge on the elderly and those with compromised skeletal conditions within the orthopaedic biomechanics and medical care field.

For orthopaedic biomechanics the knowledge acquired in this study will lead to high impact factor articles because this fundamental knowledge on the ageing characteristics of these bones of the upper skeleton is simply missing from the literature. Knowledge of rib biomechanics, in particular, is vital for understanding chest behaviour under both normal conditions and in impact in scenarios such as automobile accidents (improved automotive design) or blunt force trauma in other types of accidents (litigation cases).

This proves that the resulting knowledge will impact positively in more than one industrial sector and will engage certainly more than three of the Cranfield University scientific disciplines: forensic engineering, forensic anthropology, forensic biomechanics.

Resources: The PhD programme will be supported by all the resources available: in the Biomechanics laboratories, within the centre of Musculoskeletal & Medicolegal Research at Cranfield Forensic Institute.

Entry requirements
This position will be available for the October 2016 intake. The project is suitable for those having or expected to obtain a first or upper second class honors degree in engineering, physical science, materials or forensic science including forensic anthropology. Selected applicants will be invited forward for a formal interview process.

How to apply:
Information on the Cranfield application process and relevant application forms can be found on our website on our how to apply pages.

For further information please contact Prof Peter Zioupos, [Email Address Removed]
or, Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant, [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

It is expected that a student receiving this funding will be able to meet one of the three UK residence requirements specified by EPSRC.
The student should be aware of and accepts the relevant Research Council terms and conditions.
In addition to this, the candidate should be aware of the expectations on them as a student receiving EPSRC funding as per the guidance that EPSRC provides (page 3).
Due to funding conditions, only applicants with UK/EU fee status are eligible for the award, although exceptional candidates from outside the EU may also be considered.
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