Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Model-based parameter estimation in biological tissues to aid the development of medical devices for thermal ablation

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 25 June 2018

\This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
KESS II PhD  Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Engineering  
Thermal ablation is a technique that uses high radio frequency waves to remove, cut or kill biological tissues during surgery. Although the general pathways of ablation techniques are known, there is still a lack in fundamental understanding of the mechanistic pathways, which would allow for a quantification of relevant tissue properties throughout the ablation process. This lack of knowledge currently limits an optimal design of surgical devices such as developed by Olympus.
This project aims to develop computational models that are capable of describing the many physical processes that occur during the ablation process and to use these models to estimate the dependency of real and imaginary permittivity on temperature and moisture content in both time and space. The tissues of interest will be lung, liver and kidney.
The project will consist of an experimental part and a computational part that will be closely linked. The student will seek to estimate model parameters by solving inverse problems for a set of boundary conditions.
Throughout the duration of the project the model complexity will be increased to ensure more reliable relations that can then be used for device optimisation models.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in engineering or physics or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees. 
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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of ÂŁ14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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