About the Project
Cutting-edge medical implants for bone fracture repair are manufactured from biodegradable polymers because, unlike permanent devices, they are fully absorbed by the body over several months and do not need surgical removal after healing. Future advances in 3D-printing technology will soon enable such implants to be 3D-printed to match the unique bone-shape of individual patients.
This project will develop new ground-breaking tools to predict the 3D microscale geometry and mechanical properties of 3D-printed biodegradable implants; this is critically important because there are currently frequent geometric faults in 3D-printed products that can lead to product failure or poor biological performance. Depending on the interests of the candidate, experimental and/or computer modelling studies will be undertaken to develop the new predictive tools. This may involve finite element analysis simulations of anatomical geometries and mechanical testing of 3D-printed specimens. The research will give you the foundation to become a world-leader in 3D-printing of precise medical products.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the primary supervisor Andy Gleadall ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss how the project may be tailored to their specific skills and interests.
Start date: 01 April, 01 July and 01 October 2020.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, design, computer science or another appropriate subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: computer simulation; 3D-printing; interest in programming; biomaterials; mechanical characterisation of materials.
How to apply:
All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.
This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.
Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).