Development of an ultra-flexible, wireless and battery free mesh-device for cardiacrhythm monitoring and stimulation

Applicants are invited for an interdisciplinary PhD position at the University of Surrey, offered as part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’ studentship programme for 2022.

Start date
1 October 2022
3.5 years
Application deadline
Funding source
University of Surrey
Funding information

UKRI-aligned stipend (£15,609 pa for 2021-22), approved University of Surrey fees and a research budget.


Enabling the stimulation of human cells, including cardiac and neuronal cells, with a bio‐compatible device, without wires, on ultra‐flexible substrates, is of paramount importance for future bio‐medical devices. This project will explore growth, and direct excitation of cells in vitro, with optically-excited, novel organic semiconductor devices interfaces, by incorporating them onto soft substrates, and specifically looking at cells’ response and excitation transduction when exposed to localised stimuli. Light pulses, with optical wavelengths that have least absorption in human tissues, will serve both as an excitation and power source for the electronic device. Ultra‐ flexible, and also stretchable nature of the electronic part is the key to the future tissue scaffolding for natural cardiac tissue which is exposed to a constant mechanical stress and strain. An advanced bio‐medical device in combination with in vitro cardiovascular model for drug testing will be suggested as the outcome of this project.

This project is part of a wider studentship competition across the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Please note that the project preferences of the strongest applicants will determine which of these projects proceed.

More about the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences studentships

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to undertake fully funded (3.5 year) studentships. The University of Surrey and our collaborative partners provide a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment, with access to state-of-the-art facilities.  We see our postgraduate researchers as an integral part of our research community, collaborating and innovating together with academics at all levels. We want the most talented researchers from diverse backgrounds to join us, bringing new ideas and perspectives. We will help you make the most of your potential, removing barriers where we can and supporting you with dedicated career guidance. We offer generous funding packages, sector-leading researcher development training and mentoring, and dedicated employability support.

Whatever your aspirations, Surrey is where research careers are launched and nurtured.

Related links
School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eligibility criteria

First class undergraduate or masters degree and very strong background in either of the disciplines: veterinary medicine, cardiovascular science, biomedical engineering, materials, bio‐physics excellent practical and analytical skills deep interest and demonstrated excellent aptitude for interdisciplinary research.

This studentship is available for UK and international students.

IELTS requirements: The standard requirement is for a score of 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the online application portal for the Veterinary Medicine PhD programme.

This project is part of the Faculty-funded studentship scheme and you can express interest in one or two of the projects available via this scheme. When completing your application, in place of a research proposal, please provide a 1-page (maximum) document containing the reference numbers(s), project title(s) and supervisor name(s) of the project or two projects you have selected, together with an explanation of your motivations for wanting to study for a PhD and your reasons for selecting the project(s) you have chosen.

For those interested in this project, we strongly encourage informal enquiries to Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam ( at Veterinary Pre‐clinical Sciences, and Dr Maxim Shkunov ( at Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Advanced Technology Institute.

Application deadline

Contact details

Kamalan Jeevaratnam
01 VSM 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 682395
Maxim Shkunov
15 ATI 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686082

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