PhD’s in Sports Technology

Posted 4 years ago

Job Description & Person Specification:
The Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University is one of the leading sports engineering research centres in the world, with strong connections to many leading brands and International Sports Federations. It is a great place to apply your expertise and undertake research that can affect new sports products, rules and standards. Loughborough University is currently rated #1 in the world for sport and the STI is a significant part of this.

Over the next 4-6 months we will be looking to recruit a range of research students for PhD projects in the field of sports technology. Project areas that we will be seeking applications for include:

Measurement and Analysis of the Golf Swing: the ability to relate golf equipment design, club kinematics and performance outcomes to the biomechanics of a golfer’s swing will enable manufacturers to better customise equipment for the individual golfer. Projects in this area will focus on the development of a measurement system for golf swing analysis.

Indoor cycle trainers: projects in this area will focus on the accuracy and validity of power measurements, simulation of real world riding, the incorporation of new measurement technologies and data analytics.

Tennis Rackets: projects in tennis will be looking to focus on player’s perceptions of different rackets and how this relates to the design and physical properties of the racket.

Sports Surfaces: the use of artificial surfaces has become increasingly prevalent in sports such as hockey and football. Projects in this area will typically aim to understand the requirements of athletes, characterise surface behaviour and study athlete-surface interactions.

Head Injury: Many sports require research to understand how to reduce the risk and treat head and brain injury in sport. PhD projects will look to work with partners in a number of sports to address concussion and longer term brain injury issues.

Most projects will involve close collaboration with a leading industrial partner or governing body and involve time spent on placement with the collaborator. Funding is expected to be provided that will cover a basic stipend (~£14.5k/year), EU/UK fees and necessary project expenses (travel, consumables, kit etc.). Projects could be from 3 to 4 years in duration starting on the 1st October 2018.

Application Details:
Expressions of interest are invited for the above projects. Please send a CV and covering letter to Jon Roberts ( identifying the project(s) of interest. Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as (but not limited to) engineering, computer science, maths, sport and exercise science or a physical science.

Closing Deadline: None