PhD Studentship

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    University College Cork
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    05/01/2018 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork




This project will involve the design and development of novel 3D self-deployed and self-assembled devices for applications in minimally invasive surgery. The project is a key enabler to replace large incisions by percutaneous needle and natural orifice access to the target organ. This requires the development of intelligent, self-assembling technology, deployed via small ports (e.g., needle or miniature trocar) which self-assemble into a larger device. Magneto-mechanical solutions combining self-assembly (north/south attraction and repulsion) with mechanical mechanisms have shown great potential in this area (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21183179 for additional background). This project seeks to extend prior 2D self-assembly to 3D self-assembly through theoretical and numerical design methods (e.g., magnetic potential energy analysis) followed by hardware design and prototyping. The project will demonstrate delivery and assembly of discrete self-assembled devices which can be magnetically coupled for clinical applications such as anastomotic repair. Finally, the project will seek to develop models for disassembly by investigation of biodegradable scaffolds and compliant elements. The project deliverables will include numerical simulation models, pre-clinical prototypes, and validation in the live pre-clinical model with specific application to magnetic anchoring of laparoscopic instruments and organs using 3D self-assembly for needle deployment.


The Biomedical Design laboratory at University College Cork and Tyndall National Institute is seeking outstanding engineering or physics graduates for a fully-funded 1-year research masters project in electrical engineering, followed by progression to a fully-funded 3-year doctoral position in electrical engineering. Exceptional candidates will be considered for direct entry to the doctoral programme. The successful candidate will be based at UCC/Tyndall National Institute and will report to Dr. Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/padraig-cantillon-murphy-22215a14/). The successful candidate is expected to begin the programme in 2018 and will receive an annual tax-free stipend of €18,000 as well as reimbursement of tuition fees over the course of studies. The project is part of an international collaboration between UCC Tyndall National Institute, IHU Strasbourg and Hadasseh Medical Centre in Jerusalem. The successful candidate should be willing to travel to and spend time with international partner organisations in the development and testing of new technology solutions. UCC ranks in the top 2% of global universities and is consistently ranked top Irish university for electrical engineering across ranking agencies.

For full particulars on this studentship please refer to: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-832682-en.html

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Prospective applicants should provide a letter of application and a CV via email to p.cantillonmurphy@ucc.ie on or before the closing date 5th January 2018.

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The successful candidate will have, or will soon have, a first class honours degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, physics, material science or a closely related field with particular expertise in magnetics, finite element analysis (Matlab or similar), and soft materials. The successful candidate will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team environment and will be required to collaborate closely with our international collaborators. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and be fluent in both written and spoken English. He or she will be interested in solving real clinical problems although a background in medical technology or biological sciences is not required.

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