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Biomechanics and sensory ecology of surface vibration sensing in arthropods

Project Description

This DPhil studentship is part of a new interdisciplinary project investigating how various arthropods detect and use vibrations that move along surfaces using sensors embedded in their legs. The ideal candidate would be capable of using both experimental (laser vibrometry, force measurements, synchrotron micro-CT) and modelling (spring-mass-damper mathematical models) techniques as part of their project, supported by their supervisors (Dr Beth Mortimer and Prof. Graham Taylor) and the interdisciplinary project team. The student would contribute to the wider project and have the opportunity to explore their own interests within the scope of the project, for example relating to sensory, behavioural or physical ecology, animal behaviour, bioinspired technologies, or robotics. As part of the project, the student will have the opportunity to collaborate with industrial partners and collaborators at the Oxford Robotics Institute, Oxford’s Engineering Science Department and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The project would be suited to a candidate with either a biological or engineering/physical sciences background, with a keen interest in the biology/engineering interface, some research experience, and demonstrable quantitative and mathematical skills. No previous experience in the specific experimental or modelling techniques is required, but technical competence and a background in mathematics to A-level or equivalent is essential.

Funding Notes

Start date is likely to be January 2020, with 3.75 years of funding, but the option may be available for an October 2019 start with 4 years funding. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview during the week commencing 26th August or soon after. For any queries relating to the studentship, please email .

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