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Integrity of the bone-implant interface based on the evaluation using vibrational techniques

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Award Details: No award (Self-funded) 

Duration: Full Time - 3 years 6 months fixed term; Part Time - 5 years fixed term

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified- early application is therefore advised. Standard University research application closing dates apply.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. Bartosz Nowak to discuss this opportunity.

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The Project

A bone-implant interface constitutes a connection between living tissue and the surface of a medical device. According to the review of contemporary literature, it is usually the weakest and the most critical component of the implanted bone from the longevity point of view. 

Therefore, testing and estimating the integrity of the bone-implant interface should be of utmost importance in order to both design optimised surfaces of medical devices and detect loosening at the interface.

Efforts should be there undertaken to develop a non-destructive bone-implant interface testing procedure with the use of biomechanical testing materials and based on vibrational techniques. 

The aim of the project is to investigate and validate vibrational methods of bone-implant interface testing and their application to development of novel interface devices.

About The Centre/Department

The Centre for Mobility and Transport is a new research centre in Coventry University. We take a fresh approach to the challenges facing society by bringing together world-class experts from art and design, engineering and computer systems into one focused Centre. 

We have multi-disciplinary teams working at the leading edge of fundamental research in vehicle dynamics, low carbon technologies, cyber security and autonomous systems, future vehicle design and human systems integration. The Centre works across all our faculties and strongly places us in the arena of inclusive, sustainable and safe transport by integrating the strongest research elements in design and engineering.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall minimum mark at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


  • knowledge and/or experience in the subject of interface medical devices e.g. spinal implants or hip prosthesis
  • a good knowledge of dynamics i.e. measuring of vibrations, signal processing and data analysis
  • experience of (or a willingness to learn) about application of FEA to Dynamic modelling

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.