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New sensor technology for sports performance monitoring and injuries management


   College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

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About the Project

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project “New sensor technology for sports performance monitoring and injuries management” starting 1 October 2021 or 1 January 2022. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). 

The majority of studentships are available to applicants who are eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but a limited number are available to overseas and EU nationals who meet the academic entry criteria.

The Project

 You will join the internationally recognised researchers in the School of Design. The project aims to explore the novel sensor design for sports application and ways to address sports performances and monitor injuries in a systematic manner to a greater depth. Candidate will have opportunity to work with advanced materials, like graphene or quantum dots for improved sensing accuracy and robustness; Human centred approach is also a key in this project and hence researcher will interact with users and experts in the field of chosen sports.

Please contact Dr Nadarajah Manivannan at [Email Address Removed] to arrange an informal discussion about the project.

Skills and Experience

Applicants are required to demonstrate skills and experience in computer modelling, of performing laboratory experiments and of conducting user-centric research. You should also be able to develop and apply engineering theories and algorithms and should have a good understanding in design methodologies, e.g.: sensor technologies, design methods, biomechanics, advanced materials (e.g.: graphene and quantum dots), printed electronics. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team and be able to communicate effectively.

Academic Entry Criteria

Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Electronics/Mechanical Engineering, Design or a similar discipline.  A Postgraduate Master’s degree is not required but may be an advantage.  If applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification of or equivalent to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections).

How to Apply

Please submit the documents below) to [Email Address Removed] by Noon on Friday 4 June 2021.  Interviews will take place in June/July 2021.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification, if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.