PhD Project: Haptic Feedback and its Effect on Prosthetic Performance and Feasibility of Neural Connectivity (Smart BioLeg Project)
The University of Leeds wishes to recruit an outstanding engineering or physical sciences graduate who is interested in embarking on a career in Mechatronics and Robtics with medical applications.
You will work in a very active team of researchers in the area of medical robotics in the University of Leeds.
Faced with increased numbers of individuals requiring lower limb prostheses, the challenge is to achieve as natural a gait as possible whilst ensuring user comfort.
This PhD research position will involve a comprehensive study into user intent and haptic feedback in association with the next generation of smart lower limb prostheses.
The research will involve a study of haptic feedback and its effect on prosthetic performance in relation to user intent in a range of different situations. The use of sensors worn on the skin to provide feedback in relation to prosthetic system parameters will also be investigated. In collaboration with neural surgeons at the two Leeds Teaching Hospitals, initial feasibility studies will also be carried out on neural connectivity to determine user intent and feedback.
The research work will be carried out in collaboration with other researchers engaged in a major project for the design and development of a new and novel form of smart lower limb prosthetic device. The major project is funded by an award from EPSRC to the University of Leeds and will be carried out in close collaboration with our industrial partner.
Value: The maximum amount of funding for this studentship is £17,418 (UK/EU fees of £3,828 and an annual stipend of £13,590 (subject to increase in future years). However, overseas students who are in a position to contribute towards the shortfall in academic fees, approximately £12,500 per year for three years are welcome to apply.
This Scholarship will begin from September 2013 and run for 42 months (3.5 years).
Number of awards: 1
Entry requirements: Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) in engineering (Mechatronics/Robotics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering). Interest in sensors, data acquisition and control systems is desirable.
Applicants will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary environment and work closely with industry. The opportunity will be appropriate for graduates wishing to pursue a career in Mechatronics, Robotics or Medical Engineering. In addition, evidence of high levels of communication and team-working skills are highly desirable.
Supervisor: Dr Abbas Dehghani, email@example.com, +44 (0) 113 343 8000 Informal enquiries welcome.
Further information: To discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Abbas Dehghani, t: +44 (0)113 343 6789
How to apply: Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through the University's website. Please state clearly on the funding section of the application form that you wish to be considered for the “Smart BioLeg Project”. In the research information section please use the name Dr. Abbas Dehghani.
For the research degree of study application, please upload all the documents required as soon as possible. Scanned copies are acceptable though you will need to provide originals or certified copies at registration. These will include your degree certificate(s), transcripts of marks achieved in previous degrees, plus evidence of English language qualifications if your first language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an English-speaking country. Please do not provide school certificates, or non-academic certificates. The Faculty will contact your named academic referees directly.
If you have any questions please contact our Graduate School Office.
t: +44 (0)113 343 8000