Uk: Phd at Cranfield University - Ultra precision and micro-manufacturing for bio-medical devices

Cranfield University

Academic Supervisor: Dr Silvia Marson and Professor Paul Shore
Duration: 3 years
Closing Date: 1 February 2010
Supported by UPS2 Integrated Knowledge Centre and McKeown foundation a studentship of up to £17,000 p.a. for 3 years plus fees* is available
Cranfield University has an exciting opportunity for a motivated graduate to undertake research that investigates new processes and technologies in precision engineering for the fabrication of bio-medical devices (lab-on-a-chip devices and bio-impedance probes).
This PhD aims to investigate the use of microreplication technologies for the fabrication of challenging bio-medical polymer products/parts. The project will involve conceptual design, design for manufacture and metrology, moulds manufacturing using state of the art ultra precision and micro fabrication facilities, polymer parts manufacturing using micro-injection moulding facilities. Additional tasks may include modelling and simulation.
The successful candidate will be required to become familiar with the relevant regulatory issues covering the bio-medical devices under development. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will be provided with any required training.
Cranfield University is world-renowned for its research in ultra precision technologies. It manages the UK’s Integrated Knowledge Centre in Ultra Precision and Structured Surfaces (UPS2), which is recognised as the leading Centre of Excellence for the development of value adding surface technologies, components and high value products and conducts commercial work alongside research.
This research can also be undertaken as a 1-2 year MRes/MPhil.
Start date: March 2010
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in an engineering, physics or related discipline, with a special interest in engineering applied to bio-medical devices. Applicants should be enthusiastic and motivated with the ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary and challenging environment and feel at ease interacting with scientists in different disciplines.
*Supported by UPS2 Integrated Knowledge Centre and McKeown foundation research grant, this studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Non UK/EU students will have to pay the remainder of their tuition fees up front before commencing their studies. Applicants are also eligible for a bursary of up to £17,000 p.a. for three years dependent upon qualifications and experience.
How to apply
In addition to your CV, please complete the application form at:
Alternatively, for more information and an application form please contact:
School of Applied Sciences
T: 44 (0)1234 754086

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