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Multi-mode sensors for monitoring physical changes in tissue as an indicator of biological conditions (EPS2020/29)


Project Description

Physiological changes that occur in the body are often accompanied by a biological marker of disease which is identified via a blood sample for diagnosis. However, single blood samples are not suited to continuous monitoring and are not suited to remote monitoring. In this project, we want to investigate how we can combine several modes of biological measurement by developing a simple microfabricated device. This will include pressure sensing, electrical sensing and optical sensing, which will be suited to those with an undergraduate engineering (or equivalent) background.

Physiological changes that occur in the body are often accompanied by a biological marker of disease which is identified via a blood sample for diagnosis. However, single blood samples are not suited to continuous monitoring and are not suited to remote monitoring. In this project, we want to investigate how we can combine several modes of biological measurement by developing a simple microfabricated device. This will include pressure sensing, electrical sensing and optical sensing, which will be suited to those with an undergraduate engineering (or equivalent) background.

This project is designed to develop a technology with close links to clinical application. To that end, we will seek to have a clinician involved in the supervision for the successful candidate, or at minimum have links where regular consultations on the end user of the technology can be consulted. The supervisory team has substantial commercial experience and the scope for translation will be a key aspect of the work development.

Requirements

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). Some of our scholarships are only open to UK/EU applicants who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC. Some scholarships are available for exceptional overseas candidates

Closing Date

All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.

How to Apply

Apply Online - https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Mechanical engineering PhD, chemical engineering PhD or Bio-engineering and Bio-sciences PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be £15k and full fees will be paid for between 3 and 3.5 years.

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