PhD Studentship in ‘wearable biosensors’
Project Supervisor: Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh ([Email Address Removed])
Dept Electronic and Electrical Engineering / University College London
Title: A 3.5 year fully-funded (home rate) PhD on “wearable biosensors” at UCL
Start time: Late 2021 or early 2022
How to apply: In the first instance please email your CV, a cover letter explaining why you think you are a suitable candidate for the post and transcripts (both Undergraduate and postgraduate) to Sara Ghoreishizadeh [Email Address Removed]
Closing date: None; we will keep looking until we find a suitable candidate.
We are looking for a motivated student with an interest in developing new disruptive wearable technologies for continuous health monitoring. Our primary goal in this project is to develop a fully integrated and wireless wearable technology to measure a panel of biomolecules and biomarkers in bio-fluids such as sweat and saliva.
What the PhD project entails?
The student will design, develop and test the fundamental parts of such a wearable device, including the electrical and electrochemical biosensors, instrumentation circuits (on either printed circuit board or Integrated Circuit technology), the energy sources and power management, the fluidics system, graphical user interface, and biocompatible packaging to make a complete and functional device that can be tested with real bio fluid samples.
The student is expected to publish the outcome of the project in top journal and conference of the field and attend at least one national or international conferences every year.
The student will work under the supervision of Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh (https://sghoreish.github.io/index.html ) and will join and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at UCL Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, located in central London. Founded in 1826, UCL is one of the world's leading universities focused on research excellence and teaching.
What is covered by this studentship?
A stipend (currently £17,609 pa) and fees at the home rate (currently £5,525 pa) for a period of 3.5 years. This studentship also covers the cost of consumables and travel expenses (£1200 per year) to attend conferences during the same period.
Although the fees are only covered at home rate (and not international rate), the overseas candidates are still welcome to apply. However, they would need to fund the difference between home and overseas fees themselves and specify this in their application.
More details about the stipend and fees can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research-innovation-services/studentship-budgets-202122
The candidate should meet the entry requirements for PhD programmes at UCL EEE detailed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/electronic-electrical-engineering-mphil-phd/2018/
- -They should have at least an upper second-class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent qualification) in Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, or equivalent professional experience.
- have experience in hardware and software design (and test) of embedded circuits on printed circuit boards (PCB)
- Knowledge of design and analysis software tools such as C/C++, MATLAB, PCB design softwares.
- Ability to think independently, interpret data, and knowledge of statistics (e.g. basic data clustering and classification methods).
- Experience in development and test of integrated circuits in semiconductor technology.
- Knowledge/experience working with electrochemical biosensors.
- Knowledge/experience working with inductive links for power transfer, or other energy harvesting techniques/devices
- Knowledge/experience working with lab-on-chip and microfluididcs systems
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Sara Ghoreishizadeh ([Email Address Removed])
About UCL, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826 as the third university in England, after Oxford and Cambridge. UCL is the first university in England to admit students of any race, class or religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. UCL is organized into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL has 983 professors and more than 7000 academic staffs who are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. Its student community is almost 36,000, the largest in the UK. There are 29 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL is the top rated university in the UK for research excellence (REF2014). It has a strong tradition and large knowledge base in medical research with a dedicated institute on Healthcare Engineering and 10+ hospitals. UCL has world-class support for researchers and has been voted the best place for postdoctoral researchers to work for consecutive years by The Scientist magazine. The main campus of UCL is located in central London, close to British Museum, West-End and Thames River.
The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL was established by Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming in 1885 and has a very strong research culture, state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities, and a very rich history of many fundamental research achievements in electronic and electrical engineering. The department has received top ratings in every UK research evaluation carried out to date.
Further information regarding UCL may be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/
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