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PhD studentship in Smart Footwear with Embedded Wireless Sensors for Healthcare Applications

Department:
Mechanical Engineering
Location:
London
Duration:
4 years
Stipend:
£17,285 per annum
Contact name:
Professor Manish Tiwari
Contact details:
m.tiwari@ucl.ac.uk

Studentship Description

This is a 4-year studentship as part of an EPSRC DTP programme on Global Health. The project will build on our existing expertise. This includes topics like high-resolution 3D printing and miniature sensors (Prof. Tiwari), healthcare and surgical technologies (Prof. Homer), augmented reality (Prof. Loureiro), embedded electronics and machine learning (Prof. Paul), microelectronics (Dr. Chen) and advanced materials (Dr. Bagchi). Our emphasis is on making a meaningful impact on global health through innovate design and manufacture of smart footwear. As part of the studentship, the candidate will have a chance to travel to IIT Delhi and work closely with Prof. Paul’s team where s/he will learn new aspects of embedded electronics for biosensors and machine learning techniques. Our emphasis is on making a meaningful impact on global health through innovate design and manufacture of smart footwear. In addition, we also have plans to accommodate commencement of the project within the current pandemic situation by starting the PhD work with finite element simulations looking at the loading of footwear. As part of the studentship, the candidate will have a chance to travel to IIT Delhi and work closely with Prof. Paul’s team where s/he will learn new aspects of embedded electronics for biosensors and machine learning techniques.

Person Specification

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student from any field. Hard work, excellent communication skills and engagement in global health research are required. The student should preferably have an MEng/MSc or equivalent degree, to join this project. Although not mandatory, we encourage applicants who can demonstrate:Taking initiatives and showing ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.Strong interest in the field of manufacturing and sensing for healthcare.Strong analytical skills, creativity and an aptitude for experimental work.Some experience or interest in learning programming (e.g. Matlab, python, programming microcontrollers etc.) Good written and oral communication skills. Being well-organised, having attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Eligibility

The studentship is open to UK and EU students who have been ordinarily residents for 3 years (https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility). Additional fees may be required for students who do not fulfil UCL’s criteria to be considered a home student. Please DO NOT enquire about this studentship if you are ineligible.

We actively encourage female applicants for this position.

Eligible applicants should contact Prof Manish K. Tiwari (m.tiwari@ucl.ac.uk) quoting the job reference number. Please include a CV (including at least two referees), a cover letter and a transcript of results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks). The supervisory team will arrange interviews for short-listed candidates. After interview, the successful candidate will be required to formally apply online via the UCL website. For further information, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/graduate/research/application.

Further application details can be found here. 

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