Funding: Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Project code: PHBM4831020

Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Start dates: October 2020

Closing date: 23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2020.

The Project

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health, and will be supervised by Professor Gordon Blunn, Dr Marta Roldo and Dr Gianluca Tozzi.

This PhD studentship is one of six PhD studentships funded by the University of Portsmouth in the area of biomaterials and bioengineering. These studentships will support the University’s strategic plan engaging with clinicians working in Portsmouth Hospital Trust to solve real-life medical problems.

The successful applicants would be part of a cross-faculty research cluster in medical technologies. This programme of research involves several Schools based in the Faculty of Science and Health and the Faculty of Technology.

The vision of the cluster is to train a cohort of PhD students who contribute to the academic environment, some of whom would be expected to develop academic careers in this expanding area whilst others would be employed in the growing international medical technologies industry.

Training would be enhanced by extended visits to other institutions involved in similar research and by visits to hospitals to meet with clinicians involved in the research project.

The work on this project could involve:

  • Investigating the way that cells differentiate, attach and proliferate on different material surfaces that have been engineered to promote soft tissue attachment.
  • Determining the way that muscles and tendons are able to attach implants surfaces and to bone using ex vivo models
  • Measuring the way patients with implants that promote soft tissue attachment, move compared to patients with implants that do not encourage soft tissue attachment.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate) for three years.  Scholarship recipients will also receive up to £3,000 for research project cost/consumables during the duration of the programme.

Entry requirements

General admissions criteria 

You will need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

You should be qualified to degree level in biological, bioengineering or biomaterial related area. Experience in tissue culture is desirable but not necessary but you should be keen to learn new techniques and analytical methods.

Find out more about the project, the Supervisors and how to apply

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Application Deadline:

23 February 2020

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