(Loughborough University, UK and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
A PhD studentship is available for a high calibre candidate to join a vibrant sports surfaces research team within the ISR. Â Sport surface systems are typically comprised of multi-components and their interactions can be relatively complex under compression, tension, shear, and with regard profiled footwear and studded boots. Â Many of the materials utilised in surface construction exhibit behaviour that is anisotropic, non-linear, viscoelastic and temperature dependent. Â At present there are no usable numerical models to describe sport surface system behaviour. Â Several models exist for describing biomechanical movements that include simple parameters to describe a surface, but these have been focussed primarily on running. Â A working model describing element behaviour and system response would be a major step forward in helping predict player-surface (and ball-surface) interactions, and also in optimising surface designs in a virtual environment, prior to physical changes in production or construction.Â The principal aim of this PhD is to develop a numerical model to describe the behaviour of multi-component sports surface systems.
The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained, a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline and/or Masterâs level training. Â Knowledge and experience in any of the following areas would be desirable: finite element modelling, computer programming, mechanics, polymer science, sports surfaces and biomechanics.Â Suitable candidates must be able to work as part of a large multidisciplinary team, have highly effective verbal and written communication skills and, if possible, be conversant with research methods.
The three-year studentship has a stipend of Â£12,500 rising to Â£15,500 per annum tax free and the successful candidate would not be required to pay tuition fees. Â Both international students and EU students are welcome to apply.Â After the closing date the most suitable candidates will be invited to demonstrate their communication skills by giving a short 10 minute presentation (web based or in person) on a given topic followed by a short interview.
This PhD studentship is funded through the ISR, a joint initiative between NTU in Singapore and Loughborough University in the UK.Â The successful candidate will initially be based at Loughborough University but will spend 12-18 months of their studentship at NTU.
Please apply through theÂ Apply link below.Â Applicants seeking additional information about this studentship are invited to contact Dr Steph Forrester (e-mail [email protected]) or Dr Paul Fleming (e-mail [email protected]).
It is very important to quote the reference SF110613 on all correspondence and especially on the application form.
The closing date for applications for this post is Friday 19th July 2013.