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PhD Studentship: Titanium-Collagen Hybrid Scaffold Innovation for Large Bone Defect Reconstruction - Ref:1867590

Division of Surgical and Interventional Science

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About the Project

Location of position: London
Duration of Studentship: 3.5 years

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to join the UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, Faculty of Medical Science, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Materials Discovery. The student will be registered with UCL and will be based at the Institute of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Science, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) Stanmore, the largest Orthopaedic Hospital in the UK.The studentship is available from September 2020 for 3.5 years with the potential to access training programmes with our clinical partner, the RNOH and a secondment with Jellagen Ltd. The exact stipend will be confirmed at the start of each year. Eligible applications from the UK/EU only.

Studentship Description
University College London has been awarded a major Doctoral Training Partnership programme (£15.6m) by EPSRC. As part of the DTP programme, we are seeking to appoint a PhD student to develop Titanium-Collagen Hybrid Scaffold for Large Bone Defect Reconstruction. In collaboration with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Jellagen Ltd, this project will develop a patient-specific titanium matrix reinforced collagen hybrid composite scaffold; evaluate it's in-vitro performance in terms of biodegradation; a drug-releasing profile and cellular performance of the scaffold; and proof of concept using human bone sarcoma explant model. The student will be working under the supervision of Professor Chaozong Liu, Dr Maryam Tamaddon and Professor Kwang-Leong Choy (UCL Institute of Materials Discovery), in collaboration with Mr Craig Gerrand (RNOH) and Dr Andrew Spragg (Jellagen Ltd).The student is expected to publish the outcome of the project in top journals and disseminate results to the relevant community by attending conferences and taking part in PPI events.

Person Specification
At least an upper second-class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent qualification) in tissue engineering, bioengineering, biomaterials or tissue biology.
Proven experience working in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Knowledge of additive manufacturing, in vitro and in vitro evaluation of biomaterials and medical devices.
Analytical skills: ability to think independently, interpret data, and knowledge of statistics.
Good verbal and written skills in plain English for dialogue and scientific language for communication with team members and academic staff, publications in relevant journals and presentations to conferences.

Knowledge/experience working with cell or tissue biology.
Knowledge of mechanical testing and microstructure examinations and materials chemistry analysis.

The studentship will cover the tuition fees plus a maintenance stipend of £62,000 over 3.5 years. It is open to UK and EU students who have been ordinarily residents for 3 years. Additional fees may be required for students who do not fulfil UCL's criteria to be considered a home student.Please check the UCL website for full criteria at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/fees-and-funding

Application process
To apply for the vacancy please email your CV, full transcript, and covering letter to Professor Chaozong Liu ([Email Address Removed]). Your covering letter should explain your interest in the project, previous research experience (including example of previous project work) and why you would be a suitable candidate for this post. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.If you have any queries about the application process, please contact Kathryn Knapp at [Email Address Removed] quoting job reference no. 1867590.

Contact name: Prof Chaozong Liu & Prof Kwang-Leong Choy
Contact details: [Email Address Removed] & [Email Address Removed]
Closing Date: 30 Jun 2020
Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59
Interview date: TBC
Studentship Start Date: From 1 August 2020 (no later than 30 September 2020)

Funding Notes

Stipend: £17,500 per annum plus UK/EU tuition fees (dependent of the registration date of the student)
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