Assessment of impact related brain injury using finite element modeling.

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering within the subject area of Biomechanical Modelling.
Biomechanical Modelling has shown great potential in the understanding of a large number of diseases and injuries in the human body such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, and brain injuries. This can be achieved through understanding the local biomechanics and material properties using both finite element methods and material testing.
With the increased prevalence of impact related brain injuries and the serious links to later life diseases and conditions there is a need to development more understanding. This research focuses on the development and enhancement of modeling approaches to investigate these links.
The project will be carried out at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) and Institute for BioEngineering (IBioE). The student will attain skills in finite element modeling, computer added design, mechanical property testing, and phantom model creation. These skills will be essential for a student perusing industrial careers in the biomechanical and modeling sector.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with an honors degree at 2:1 or above in any of these areas, structural engineering, computational mathematics, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or a related discipline.


Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

Competition funding opportunities available – please enquire.
Open to students from the UK or EU (who have been residents in the UK for 3 years)


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