Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship: Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R535
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Key Studentship Information
This is a Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship, part of a new £4M investment to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2007) as Cardiff’s new President. All of the University Schools and Research Centres offering opportunities under the programme have demonstrated the real potential of the Scholarships to contribute to research excellence through significant, challenging and original PhD research projects and excellent PhD supervision and support. Other attractive features of the Scholarships include the presence of multiple President’s Scholars in each of the research areas and the guaranteed exposure of President’s Scholars to innovative technologies, theories, methodological approaches, and debates. More information on the President's Research Scholarships scheme is available here: www.cardiff.ac.uk/presidents
There are eight million sufferers of osteoarthritis in the UK alone and one percent of adults are affected by rheumatoid arthritis. The major burden to these patients is the pain, swelling and stiffness that occurs in their joints.
Cardiff University has been awarded £2.5M by the Arthritis Research UK to establish a Centre of Excellence in Biomechanics and Bioengineering. This is part of a £10M investment over the next decade to drive forward interdisciplinary research at Cardiff University to improve the treatment of patients with arthritis. Research labs are equipped with the most up-to-date facilities to address key questions of basic and clinical aspects of arthritis.
The President’s Research Scholars within the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre will use cutting edge experience in biomechanics, engineering, bioscience, genetics and MRI to investigate how interactions between load, pain and inflammation contribute to arthritis. The Scholarships programme will involve close collaboration between academics in different Schools including biologists, physicists, engineers and healthcare specialists who are international leaders in their respective fields with substantial financial support won in peer-reviewed competitions.
The over-arching purpose of the President’s Scholarship programme is to produce the next generation non-clinical scientists armed with the necessary interdisciplinary skills to become world leaders in arthritis research. The PhD students will contribute to the aim of the Centre to make a step change in the treatment of arthritis patients over the next 5 years.
The award includes full UK/EU tuition fees plus a doctoral stipend. The total stipend will be £13,590 per annum (for 2010/11).
Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.
Academic Criteria: Upper Second Class Honours Degree or above, in an appropriate subject.
How to Apply
Apply online to Prof Vic Duance, School of Biosciences:
www.cardiff.ac.uk/apply - stating in the 'funding' section that you wish to be considered for the President's Research Scholarship.
This project is now closed
Informal Enquiries can be made to: Professor Daniel Aeschlimann +44 78 14009681.
Discipline Hopping: Opportunities exist to work across academic disciplines such as Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and in Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology settings.