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Advanced Wound Care: Working towards standardised test platforms for novel therapies


Funded PhD


3 years

Application deadline:

Monday 19 August 2019

About this project

Wounds that fail to heal are a worldwide unmet clinical need. Current therapies are often ineffective, largely because not enough is known about how wounds normally heal in response to the treatment clinically received.

New developments in negative pressure technologies are rapidly entering the market to address this clinical need. Current standardised test methodologies, while effective for quality assurance, are failing to demonstrate the increased performance of these technologies. Therefore, there is a need for standardised test platforms and protocols that accurately represent clinical practice with the ability to provide additional data acquisition related to wound healing KPIs. 

The University of Hull’s advanced additive manufacturing facility (FabLab) provides the capability to produce such test platforms using FDM, PolyJet, and SLA printing techniques. These technologies allow variation in material properties such as conductivity (i.e. for electronics integration), flexible materials (mimicking anatomical tissues), hydrophobicity/philicity (driving microfluidics), and other features including porosity, anisotropic mechanical properties and complex geometries not achievable through conventional manufacture.

Working as part of the University of Hull’s Advanced Wound Care cluster, in partnership with Smith & Nephew (an industry-leading wound care company), you will join a cohort of PhD students working towards the common goal of applying cutting-edge research techniques to better understand and develop new ways to improve wound repair. The cluster incorporates a pool of experienced supervisors who are experts in wound healing, biomedicine, biomedical engineering and chemistry. All projects also include industry supervisors and provide unique industrial training opportunities.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain the slavery.

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£15,009 in 2019/20) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants for all projects should have a 1st class undergraduate degree (MEng, BEng, or equivalent) in Medical or Mechanical Engineering, or a related subject. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 9 September 2019 at the latest.

Studentships will start on 16 September 2019.