This is a new 4-year Structured PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, which will be delivered by a core partnership of institutions: National University of Ireland Galway (Administrative Coordinator), University of Limerick and University College Cork, linked with a wider consortium of partner institutions nationally and internationally, including: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Duke University, USA, Rice University, USA, Mayo Clinic, USA, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Georgia Tech Ireland, and the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA). BMERM combines a PhD research project with a unique didactic and experiential learning programme, resulting in an unparalleled learning experience for the student in terms of its combination of world-class research and focused clinical and industrial interaction, the latter facilitated by the direct involvement of IMDA with its membership of over 100 medical technology companies in Ireland.
At the core of the 4-year programme is the PhD research project, performed in collaboration with internationally renowned investigators, in one of the following five areas: Functional Biomaterials; Mechanics of Biological Cells, Tissues and Systems; Bioelectronics and Rehabilitation Engineering; Regenerative Orthobiologics and Neurotherapeutics; Regenerative Cardiovascular Therapeutics.
The BMERM didactic and experiential learning programme involves the following elements: Student Placement, Annual Summer School, Medical Sciences and Clinical Attachment module, unique “BioInnovate” modules for medical technology innovation, design and entrepreneurship training, Generic Skills modules, and a range of advanced discipline-specific modules aligned with the five research areas.
For 2011, 15 PhD fellowships will be available: 9 at NUI Galway, 5 at UL and 1 at UCC (the UCC fellowship will be in the area of Regenerative Cardiovascular Therapeutics). Applicants should have a primary degree in a relevant area of engineering or science, at a minimum level of a H2.1 bachelors degree or equivalent. Applications must include:
1. A statement (max 1 page) summarising your interest in and suitability for the BMERM Programme, indicating your preferred research areas from the five listed above, and your preferred host institution (where you will be registered and based: NUI Galway, UL or UCC).
2. A detailed CV that includes education and research experience and achievements, indication of EU/non-EU citizenship and the names and contact details of three referees.
Completed applications must be sent to BMERMnuigalway.ie, by the closing date of June 3 rd, 2011, at 5pm.
Further details can be found in the programme Prospectus.
For further information please contact:
Professor Peter McHugh
Discipline of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering and Informatics, and
National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science
National University of Ireland Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 493152
Fax: +353 (0)91 563991
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