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PhD Studentship: Modular and Adaptable Myoelectric Prosthetics for Children

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This is a call for applications for a funded PhD studentship, School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, in ‘Modular and Adaptable Myoelectric Prosthetics for Children’. This project is a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Endoenergy ltd. This studentship is fully aligned with the SoE’s research on healthcare technologies. The PhD studentship is crucial to develop new technology of sensor-operated 3D-printed prosthetics for toddlers to an advanced Technology Readiness Level to increase the potential for commercialisation and creating IP at the University of Lincoln.

Aims and Objectives

This healthcare technology PhD project is aimed at developing novel modular and adaptable prosthetics for children with hybrid soft-rigid sockets and soft grasping capabilities to meet the children needs. In addition to basic research in biomechanics, motion capture, system design, modelling/control and muscle signals capturing/analysis, it has strong elements in technology transformation and supports the transition from discovery research to translational development of fully-working prototypes. The main objectives are to:

1. Develop an adaptable hybrid and modular soft-rigid prosthetic socket for a range of age groups.
2. Develop algorithms using surface sEMG and Intramuscular EMG sensors to capture muscle activity signals.
3. Integrate subsystems and assess the feasibility through testing with children.
4. Develop of virtual game-based scenarios for children.

As part of the Studentship you will also be expected to deliver a maximum of six hours per week of teaching support if and when required.

Eligibility criteria

Open to all nationalities without restrictions
For international students only (non-EU): to study at University of Lincoln you must hold a valid visa which entitles you to study at the University.

Academic criteria

Candidates should possess an honours degree (minimum 2.1) or a Master's degree in an appropriate engineering or related discipline, including mechatronics, biomechanics, biorobotics, and intelligent systems. Strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for research are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and cooperatively.

English requirements:
IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 with no part below 5.5.

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV (maximum 2 pages), certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, a personal statement outlining your approach to the project and also explaining how your qualifications and experience meet the requirements (500 words) and contact details of two referees to: quoting the reference: ENGCHP001/2020

The closing date is Friday 10th April 2020. However, applications will be accepted till the position is filled. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place end of April 2020, with a start date in May/June 2020.

Further information: Contact Dr Khaled Goher:

Funding Notes

This 3.5 years PhD studentship will start in May/June 2020 and it is funded by the University of Lincoln. This position is open to UK/EU and overseas students. For UK/EU students, we will fully cover annual UK/EU fees (£4,327/year). Further, you will receive a tax-free maintenance of up to £15,000/year. International students will receive the same level of tax-free maintenance grant for 3.5 years. However, international students should apply only if you have secured alternative sources of funding to cover the difference between the overseas and the UK/EU fees for the duration of your PhD. Please note that the University of Lincoln will not cover this difference in fees for overseas candidates.

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