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2014 James Watt PhD Scholarship available (in Multiscale Tissue Mechanics) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
2014 James Watt PhD Scholarship, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
More details can be found at http://home.eps.hw.ac.uk/~yc273
Tissue Mechanics: Multiscale Structure and Functionality
There is ample evidence that structural and mechanical properties of human and animal tissue greatly depend on their microstructures although few models exist to account for the relationship between the structural features at multiple length scales and the tissue functionality. This project will develop tissue models at a range of length scales (from tissue to cellular/sub-cellular) using both experimental and computational approaches. It is expected that this project would address key scientific issues in understanding the relationship between tissue microarchitecture and its functionality and property, not only in healthy condition, but more importantly in its pathological condition where mechanical property of tissue is closely related to grade of disease thus can be adopted as a key index for clinical diagnostics.
Working closely with our EPSRC-funded project (EP/K036939/1(2013-2016): A Novel Diagnostic Tool: from Structural Health Monitoring to Tissue Quality Prediction), the successful candidate will work with a group of mathematicians, engineers and surgeons from universities and institutions in collaboration.
Value of the Studentship:
This is one of the James Watt Scholarships that were recently announced by school of EPS at HWU. It fully covers tuition fees and also provides a tax-free stipend for 36 months. For home/ EU students: £15k annual stipend plus fees. For international students: £10k annual stipend plus fees).
The ideal candidate should be highly-motivated and have good written and oral communication skills as well as genuine interest in research and publishing your work. In addition, hands-on experimental skills in mechanical/biomedical engineering or prior experience in computer programming/finite element analysis are a plus. A first/master degree in mechanical engineering/mechanics, material science, biomedical engineering or other related fields is desired.
All applications must be received by 28th February 2014. The successful candidate will ideally start in September 2014.
Informal enquiries about project details can also be made to Dr Yuhang Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Formal application should be made through Heriot-Watt on-line application system by 28th/Feb/2014. (https://myhwu.hw.ac.uk/HWSAS8/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon)
When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in “Planned Programme of Study” (Checklist Item 6):
"Planned Programme of Study" presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Mechanical Eng PhD. See subheadings "Leading to a PhD in ...." in the full list of projects. Supervisor provides a free text box. Enter supervisor’s name (Dr. Yuhang Chen)
(b) in “Background Information” (Checklist Item 9):
Proposed Area of Research provides a free text box. Enter Title and Reference number (JWS2014/23). This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.