The topic of the PhD project is:
"On a scientific basis for a novel bone-conduction hearing implant system".
The project will explore options for innovative bone conducting hearing implants in terms of design, material, bone and soft tissue response, as well as exploring anti-microbial strategies. The research activities are highly multidisciplinary, bringing together expertise from the life sciences (immunology, histology, microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology), the physical sciences (mechanical engineering, materials science, bioengineering) and clinical sciences.
This industrial PhD project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, and the Research & Technology department at Oticon Medical AB based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The PhD student will be fully embedded in both these departments. The University will provide scientific supervision and provide the methodological toolbox of techniques to study the bone and soft tissue surrounding the implants and abutments. Oticon Medical will provide supervision, access to health professionals networks and expertise in hearing science, device design, engineering, and manufacturing.
This is 4-year research position in the frame of a 4-year doctoral program (resulting in a PhD degree in Medical Science awarded by University of Gothenburg), funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the William Demant Foundation.
Research field: Biomaterials and bone conduction hearing implant
Supervision: Anders Palmquist, PhD, Associated Professor, University of Gothenburg and Martin Johansson, PhD, MSc, Senior Translational Research manager, Oticon Medical.
Scientific department: Research & Technology Department, Oticon Medical (PhD employment) and the Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Sciences at University of Gothenburg (academic enrolment)
Envisioned start and duration: The doctorate will start in Q2 2021 and be funded for 4 full years thereafter.