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EPSRC DTP Studentship - Tissue Biomechanics

Location: Cambridge
Company: University of Cambridge
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Soft tissues are found in all animals, and their mechanical properties play a central role in development, physiology, and disease. Hence, many of the problems that lead to pain and morbidity, and indeed bring patients to the GP's office, result from changes in soft tissue structure or mechanics. To underpin the physical basis of diseases, and develop effective healthcare technologies, one must assess the mechanical properties of soft tissues under various loading conditions.

The goal of this project is to develop a technique that can perform multiscale measurements of tissue growth and rearrangement under loading. The project is mostly experimental, multidisciplinary, and will employ various engineering approaches, from instrumentation, sensors and control, to biomechanics and bioengineering. The development of computational models of tissue growth will also be envisaged at a later stage of the research.

For further information, contact Dr Thierry Savin at

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a first class or a high 2:1, honours degree (preferably at Master's degree level) in a relevant science or engineering subject. A strong interest in biophysics or bioengineering is essential, and some knowledge in instrumentation would be beneficial.

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. International (including EU) students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the DTP.

Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at:

To apply for this studentship, please send your two page CV to Thierry Savin ( to arrive no later than 15 March 2021.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £70 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: The funding is conditional on submitting this application before 31 March 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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