* Open for
Multiscale modelling of tissue heterogeneity and nonlinearity: From cell
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 (£15k per
year) for 36 months.
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, prior experience in computer
programming/finite element analysis/multiscale modelling is a plus. A
first/master degree in mechanical engineering/solid mechanics, material
science, biomedical engineering or other related fields is desired.
All applications must be received by 27th March 2015. The successful
candidate must commence studies by 1st Dec 2015 at the very latests.
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 27th/March/2015. (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 (JWS2015/14). This information will greatly assist us
in tracking your application.
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