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PhD Funded Scholarship in the Fabrication of Soft Robots

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Prof R Harris  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD will investigate novel fabrication technologies and methods, including Aerosol Jet Printing, to create sub-mm diameter magnetically-driven soft continuum-robots, featuring high-resolution controlled multi-material construction (magnetisable materials and elastomeric materials) that can traverse complex channel networks. 

This will be investigated as a route to robotic surgery in the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is currently the deadliest form of cancer (mortality 95% for less than 2yrs). The University of Leeds, in partnership with clinicians and industry, are investigating new technologies to address some of the challenges for effective surgical treatment. Our vision is to challenge the mind-set of pancreatic cancer being a prognosis of extremely limited options and enable revolutionary treatments that will save lives and allow patients to live without major side-effects. 

Funding Notes

A highly competitive School of Mechanical Engineering Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 for session 2021/22) for 3 years. This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the School of Mechanical Engineering Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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