We currently have a PhD scholarship available to support a brilliant PhD candidate, with a background in mechanical engineering or bioengineering, who will be part of the Integrative Musculo-Skeletal Biomechanics (IMSB) group at the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine, in Sheffield (UK).
Within Insigneo, the IMSB group conducts applied and fundamental research in neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics and tissue engineering, with a specific interest in biological processes that to be properly explained require integration of multiple mechanisms observable at radically different space-time scales. Our long-term vision is to develop integrative computational models of the neuromusculoskeletal system that span from the cell to the whole body, and can be individualised for each patient, in order to make clinically relevant predictions, or for representative populations, to support the design and the pre-clinical assessment of new biomedical products. To the purpose, we also develop in vitro and in vivo experiments, used to verify the predictive accuracy of such computer models.
The project will last three years and will be conducted at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. According to the specific interests and skills of the student, we would be able to offer a project under the supervision of one of the following academics:
- Dr. Claudia Mazzà – Biomechanics of human movement (Organism scale)
- Dr. Xinshan Li – Muscle and bone biomechanics (Organ scale)
- Prof. Damien Lacroix – Mechanobiology (Cell and tissue-scale biomechanics)
- Prof. Marco Viceconti – Joint and bone biomechanics (Organism and organ scale)
This PhD opportunity has been promoted by the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund (www.shunhinggroup.com) via a donation to the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine to support an excellent Chinese national graduate student. Thanks to this donation, we will be able to cover three years of stipend (at a rate of £14,300 per year) and provide a contribution of £13,000 per year toward the international fees.
Information for applicants
An overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each component or equivalent is required. If interested in applying, please contact Dr Claudia Mazzà: email@example.com.