[robotics-worldwide] MicroRobotics PhD projects at the Univeristy of Bath, UK

Pejman Iravani pi204 at bath.ac.uk
Thu Dec 1 05:44:22 PST 2011


Dear all,

PhD applications at the University of Bath (UK) in the area of Microrobots 
for Minimally Invasive Medical Applications are welcome.

This interdisciplinary project will investigate and develop Medical 
Microrobots with integrated power unit, biosensing capabilities and 
actuation on a single microdevice.

Microrobots have a huge potential in Medical applications such as targeted 
drug delivery, in situ sensing and monitoring, material removal (biopsy) 
and neuro-medicine.

The proposed project includes the development and integration of:

(i) Microfluidic fuel cells for power generation
(ii) Micro biosensors
(iii) Micro-actuation (e.g mobility or micro-manipulation)

The project will be conducted within the Robotics and Autonomous Systems 
Lab (http://www.bath.ac.uk/ptmc/robotics/Main.html) and supervised by a 
multidisciplinary team:
	Dr. Pejman Iravani, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
(http://people.bath.ac.uk/pi204/Welcome.html);
	Dr. Mirella Di Lorenzo, Department of Chemical Engineering 
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/chem-eng/people/di-lorenzo/);
	Dr. Pedro Estrela, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering 
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/elec-eng/people/estrela/).

The student will be expected to use state-of-the-art Nano fabrication 
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/physics/facilities/) and Microscopy facilities 
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/mas/) available at the University of Bath.

Prospective students should have a strong engineering background. Expertise 
in any of the following areas will be particularly considered: 
Microrobotics, Microfabrication, Electrochemistry, Biosensors, Microfluidic 
devices and fuel cell engineering.

Prospective students should hold a Master-level First Class UK Honours 
degree, or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Candidates are 
asked to contact any of the project supervisors attaching their CV before 
applying.

Funding:
Excellent students are invited to compete for a University Research 
Studentship (URS) award. URS studentships are highly competitive, 
University-wide awards for UK, EU and international students. They cover 
fees, a generous tax-free allowance of about £13,600 per year and a 
training support grant.

Further information on the application process, fees, etc can be found at 
http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/

Applications from self-funded students with finances secured are also 
welcome.


The University:
The University of Bath is one of the leading universities in the UK and 
named by the Sunday Times as the University of the Year 2011/12 
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2011/university-of-the-year/)

The University of Bath and the Faculty of Engineering & Design provide a 
high quality, stimulating and supportive experience for young researchers, 
and the World Heritage City of Bath and surrounding areas are wonderful 
places to live.  This positive environment is matched by the high standards 
we set for our students.



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