PhD Studentship: 3D Optimal Measurement of the Human Body for Sports Applications

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Salary: The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £15,500 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance. Job Description & Person Specification: Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD Studentship to work on research concerned with the development of non-contact, non-invasive optical measurement techniques for sub-surface imaging of a clothed human body. Techniques such as optical coherence tomography that use longer wavelength infrared light to penetrate beneath a surface have proved successful in medical applications and offer considerable potential. Of particular interest for this project is the analysis of athletes whose bodies are deforming during dynamic sporting motions and the implications for apparel and footwear design. Sporting applications provide unique and challenging environments in which to take relevant measurements. The aim is to develop an optical measurement system to examine the interaction between an athlete and their garments during specific sports activities. The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is home to the Optical Engineering Research Group and the Sports Technology Research Group and this project will combine their expertise. The Optical Engineering Research Group received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2001 and has a long track record of developing laboratory-based research techniques and translating these into industrial technologies. The Sports Technology Research Group is one of the world’s leading academic groups of its kind with an international reputation for its work with many of the leading brands in the sporting goods industry. This research project is sponsored by the adidas Future Team and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as within the laboratories of the company in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The work will be supervised by Prof Andy Harland, Dr Jon Roberts and Prof John Tyrer, who have considerable expertise in human body shape measurement and biomechanical analysis, with close engagement of colleagues within the company. The Sports Technology Institute has a long standing relationship with the adidas Future team, through multiple PhD projects that have produced high quality research which has both underpinned future product development at adidas and resulted in publications in leading journals and presentations at international conferences. The successful applicant should have a 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or equivalent) degree in an engineering, science or technology based discipline. An interest in optical measurement techniques is highly desirable but previous experience is not essential. The successful candidate will have strong technical skills, excellent communication skills and thrive in a fast moving high performance environment. They will be an enthusiastic team player capable of working independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The successful applicant should have a 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or equivalent) degree in an engineering, science or technology based discipline. An interest in optical measurement techniques is highly desirable but previous experience is not essential. The successful candidate will have strong technical skills, excellent communication skills and thrive in a fast moving high performance environment. They will be an enthusiastic team player capable of working independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Non UK applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements, details of which are available on the Loughborough University website. Application Details: All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Please quote the reference AH100217 on all correspondence. Please ensure that you select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form. Reference: AH100217 Start date: July 2017 Duration of studentship: 4 years Informal enquires should be made to Prof Andy Harland, a.r.harland@lboro.ac.uk , +44 1509 564802. Closing Deadline: 30th April 2017 Website: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/research/ Additional Details Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%. In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/