Applications are now invited for two new funded PhD Fellowships for the BMERM Programme, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees (EU Rate), to commence in autumn 2013 at NUI Galway.

The theme of these two fellowships will be an interdisciplinary interaction between the domains of biomechanics and bioelectronics.

PhD Project 1: A novel electro-mechanical computational model of the beating heart: application to the analysis and development of minimally invasive surgical and implant-based treatments for heart disease ( click here for more details).

PhD Project 2: A novel hybrid imaging and therapeutic system for the treatment of breast cancer ( click here for more details).

These two projects will be supported by exceptionally experienced academic supervisory teams and research teams working in the areas of computational mechanics, biomechanics, mechanobiology, bioelectronics and microwave imaging.

Applicants should have a primary degree in a relevant area of engineering (e.g. biomedical, mechanical, electrical or electronic), or physical or mathematical science, at a minimum level of a H2.1 bachelors degree or equivalent. Applications must include:

  1. A statement (max 1 page) summarising your interest in and suitability for the programme, and indicating which project (Project 1 or Project 2, or both) you wish to apply for.
  2. A detailed CV that includes education and research experience and achievements, indication of EU/non-EU citizenship and the names and contact details of three referees.

Completed applications must be sent by email to the BMERM Programme Director, Professor Peter McHugh, by the closing date of August 15th, 2013, with the email subject line “BMERM PhD Application”.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Galway University Foundation for these fellowships.

Previous Fellowship Opportunities


The Structured PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BMERM) is an innovative multi-disciplinary, multi-partner PhD programme, combining world-class research (leading to the thesis) and a comprehensive didactic and experiential learning component.

Research is performed in one of the following themes: Functional Biomaterials; Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; Bioelectronics and Rehabilitation Engineering; Regenerative Therapeutics (Orthobiologics, Neurotherapeutics, Cardiovascular Therapeutics). More details on the programme can be found in the programme prospectus. 

This is a 4-year structured programme, which is delivered by a core partnership of institutions: National University of Ireland Galway (Administrative Coordinator), University of Limerick and University College Cork, linked with a wider consortium of partner institutions nationally and internationally, including: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Duke University, USA, Rice University, USA, Mayo Clinic, USA, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Georgia Tech Ireland, and the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA).

Annual BMERM Summer School


The 2016 BMERM summer school will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway from 31st August to 2nd September. This summer school will incorporate a workshop on advanced topics in computational solid mechanics that underpin its use in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and across the broader engineering and applied science domains. The lectures will cover model generation from imaging data, multiscale modelling, user subroutines for Abaqus, scripting, experimental data fitting, etc. In addition, the summer school will showcase outputs of BMERM PhD graduate/students projects and present an industry perspective of the future of engineering in medical technology. See 2016 programme for more details.


The 2013 BMERM summer school will take place in NUI Galway from September 3rd to 5th inclusive. Leaders from the biomedical engineering research community and from industry will present seminar material over this 3-day period. In addition, each of the BMERM students will present a summary of their PhD work to date. It promises to be a stimulating and informative event, see 2013 Summer School for provisional programme and more details.


The first BMERM summer school was hosted by the University of Limerick and took place from 3rd to 7thSeptember. The focus of the summer school was medical imaging and international experts including Prof. John Oshinski, Prof. Peter Hoskins and Dr. Thomas Flohr delivered excellent seminars throughout the week. See 2012 programme for more details.

BMERM is funded under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5 and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).