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Programmable Lab-on-a-chip Exploiting Magnetic MEMS for Medical Diagnostics and Biotechnology


Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Dr Ali Mohammadi , Prof Simon Bending No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Bath United Kingdom Biomedical Engineering Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Nanotechnology Engineering Solid State Physics

About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing in October 2021.

Funding is available to candidates who qualify for ‘Home’ fee status. Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the rules governing fee status have changed and, therefore, candidates from the EU/EEA are advised to check their eligibility before applying. Please see the Funding Eligibility section below for more information.

Informal queries should be directed to Dr Ali Mohammadi ([Email Address Removed])

The project will be supervised by Dr Ali Mohammadi in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Professor Simon Bending in the Department of Physics.

Miniaturisation of transducers in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) has greatly benefitted many modern technologies including smart phones, medical devices and implants, high sensitivity sensors etc. Magnetic microtransducers offer additional highly desirable features including operation in conducting media and conservation of field strength after scaling-down magnet size, which add significant functionality to their applications compared with other transduction mechanisms. Example applications include high throughput microfluidic chips, which drastically speed up single-cell array analysis for cancer diagnostic assays.

We have recently demonstrated proof-of-concept for a novel integrated and localised magnetic annealing process that offers a low-cost reprogramming technique for MEMS transducers. This innovative work exploits the temperature dependence of magnetic domains by combining electrothermal heating and magnetic annealing to selectively tune the anisotropy of individual magnetic elements on the same chip.

The proposed PhD project will build on this advance to deliver a magnetically programmable microfluidic prototype for lab-on-a-chip applications. The PhD student will have access to cutting edge laboratory equipment, microfabrication technologies and CAD tools available in the Centre for Advanced Sensor Technology in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility as well as external microfabrication foundries. The prospective student will travel to national and international conferences to communicate the research results within the Engineering and Physics communities and to end-users in Medical Science and Biotechnology.

Web address: https://people.bath.ac.uk/am3151/

Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Application:

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUEE-FP01&code2=0015

A full application must be submitted by the application deadline, including all supporting documents, to enable review.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

Anticipated start date: 04 October 2021

Funding Eligibility:

In order to be considered for a studentship, you must qualify as a ‘Home’ student. The UK Government has not yet published the relevant Fee Regulations for courses commencing in 2021/22; however, our current understanding is that the main categories of students likely to qualify for ‘Home’ fees are (subject to confirmation by the UK Government):

·        UK nationals (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Irish nationals resident in the UK/Ireland since at least September 2018

·        EU/EEA applicants with settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (meeting residency requirement*)

*Residency requirement: in most cases applicants must have lived in the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

EU/EEA citizens who live outside the UK are unlikely to be eligible for ‘Home’ fees and funding.

Up-to-date information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage and on the UKCISA website


Funding Notes

A studentship includes ‘Home’ tuition fees, a stipend (£15,609 per annum, 2021/22 rate) and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum) for up to 3.5 years.


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