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Intra-body communication for ingestible electronics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Galvanic and capacitive coupling are techniques whereby the human body is used as a transmission medium for the bidirectional transfer of low-power, and low-frequency electrical signals between two devices. These techniques potentially offers a novel route to communication with medical devices. However, to date the majority of this research has looked at communication between intradbody devices and not between skin mounted and implanted devices. The successful candidate will investigate the use of these coupling methods in a medical device that will reside in the gastrointestinal tract for a period of time to enable medium to long term monitoring of gastrointestinal health. The student will use a mixture of computational and practical methods to assess the feasibility of coupling as a communications technology for this device as well as its safety. The student will create devices using the microfabrication cleanroom at the University of Birmingham to characterise the performance of this technology using in-vitro and ex-vivo samples. Candidates should be creative, curious, motivated and organised with an interest in medical device translation, though no knowledge is expected of this area. Some knowledge of electronic circuit design and printed circuit board layout is desirable due to the nature of this project. The successful candidate will develop skills in microfabrication, biomedical electronics and medical device translation. The multidisciplinary nature of this project means that the successful applicant will collaborate within and without the School of Engineering as the need arises. The Biomedical Engineering Research Group at the University of Birmingham researches a wide range of areas such as biomaterials, mechanical testing, medical device design, microsystems and computational modelling. The School of Engineering is keen to achieve a gender and diversity balance across the School and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will have a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in Physics, Electronic or Biomedical Engineering

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Gerard Cummins ()

Funding Notes

Scholarships may be available from the University for suitably qualified candidates. For Home/EU/Overseas students, this will cover academic tuition fees of £4320/year (Home/EU rate) for three years and any additional academic fees for a further 0.5 year. It will also cover a stipend of £15009/year for 3.5 years. Overseas candidates will need to pay the difference between the overseas tuition fees (£21,420/year) and those of home candidates (4320/year). PhD students with their own funding are welcome. All students may receive up to £1500 additional income by taking part in lab demonstrations and teaching assistance. .

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