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“The development of a sophisticated cardiac pacing simulator: a training tool to enhance the management of post cardiac surgical patient care”

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    Prof AW Khir
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  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the Department of Mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences of Brunel University London. This Biomedical Engineering research project is funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and the successful applicant will receive a stipend of approximately £22k/year, plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees, all for for 3 years. Only those eligible for home tuition fees can apply and the project will start as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The Project

The project is in collaboration with our colleagues at Harefield Hospital, a top cardiac centre in the UK. The aim of the project is to develop a training tool for clinicians to enhance the management of patients using temporary cardiac pacing post-surgery. We aim for this training system to provide feedback in the case of an emergency or the temporary pacing not functioning properly. The specific tasks of the project are:
1) To record the main hemodynamic and electrical waveforms of patients.
2) To design a simulator software capable of replicating the ECG, blood pressure, and respiration.
3) To incorporate into the simulation the physiological Impact of temporary pacing
4) To design software that provides automatic feature extraction for hemodynamic waveform classification.
5) To build a feedback system for alerting clinical staff in case of TP malfunction,
6) To evaluate the training system and produce an operating manual for training doctors on selecting the correct timing of temporary pacing.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Ashraf W Khir: [Email Address Removed]

The Candidate

The successful candidate will join a vibrant team that works in the area of Cardiovascular Mechanics. He/She
must have a First at or minimum of 2:1 degree in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. mechanical/electrical/system engineering, mechatronics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. You must also be eligible for home tuition fees.
Essential skills: Demonstrable practical engineering ability through project work is expected. Interpersonal skills. He/she should be highly motivated, be able to work in a team and have good communication skills.
Desirable skills: Basics of Biomedical Engineering, Matlab coding and knowledge of artificial intelligence.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please email the following to [Email Address Removed] AND Professor Ashraf W Khir: [Email Address Removed] by no later than Sunday 5th April 2020.
i. Up-to-date CV that includes Names and contact details for two academic referees.
ii. A single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project and confirming your eligibility for home tuition fees. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your motivation and summarise your suitability for research.
iii. Copies of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) confirming that you have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline;
iv. Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;

Funding Notes

Only those eligible for home tuition fees can apply and the project will start as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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