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PhD Studentship in Spine Biomechanics

   Department of Bioengineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of spine biomechanics, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the home student rate). If in doubt, please check your status at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide affecting three in every four of us at some point in our lifetime. Our research group aims to reduce the burden of lower back pain and other spinal disorders through improving our basic understanding of the biomechanics of the spine through both experimental and computational work. Building on this understanding we are at the forefront of developing new diagnostic tools, implants, orthotics, and surgical procedures that will ultimately improve treatment for patients.

For background information, see our recent publications in Frontiers in Bionegineering and Biotechnology (10.3389/fbioe.2020.610907) and JOR Spine (https://doi.org/10.1002/jsp2.1110), or visit Dr Newell’s webpage https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/n.newell09

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in biomechanics/mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. A passion for bioengineering, demonstrated by extra-curricular activities or industrial experience is also desirable. An interest in medical devices, good team-working, and observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:


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For further details of the post contact Dr Nic Newell . Interested applicants should send a cover letter and up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Newell. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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