PhD Studentship at University of Wolverhampton

Research on Statistical Shape Analysis of the Human Back

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A PhD studentship is available in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Wolverhampton University.

This is an opportunity to conduct research on statistical shape analysis of the human back which will be beneficial to patients with spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

The Department of Engineering and Technology in conjunction with the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham have undertaken research into back shape over the last five years.

A prototype system has already been developed and is in regular use in the clinic.

It calculates the three-dimensional shape of the back using Fourier transform profilometry and reports clinical data based on angles and lengths.

A change to shape analysis of the three-dimensional form will make the clinical results independent of rotation and scale effects; this should improve the reliability and sensitivity of the assessment of deformity.

The 3-year PhD studentship will provide Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend starting at £13,500.

Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU and overseas fees (£4,810). The successful candidate will commence in September.

Students should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class degree in computer science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, physical sciences or a related discipline; excellent computer programming and mathematical skills are required.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Fiona Berryman: f.berryman[at]

Applications, with a detailed CV, transcripts of all degree results and the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to;
Dr Fiona Berryman
Department of Engineering and Technology
University of Wolverhampton
Telford Campus, Priorslee
Telford, TF2 9NT.

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