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PhD Studentship: Power measurement in cycling

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: WATT19
Start date: 1 July 2019
Closing date: 22 April 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Jon Roberts
Secondary supervisor: Dr Aimee Mears

Loughborough University

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%.

Project Detail

Power has become part of the language of Cycle Sport. It is now the principle method for prescribing and evaluating training, analysing performance and determining fitness, and is increasingly the main variable discussed in scrutinising performance and the effectiveness of a variety of training and performance interventions. The growing interest in power measurement for training prescription, performance evaluation, health and fitness monitoring, scientific research, and on-line virtual cycling are leading to a growing awareness of the importance of instrument accuracy. A range of different products are available that measure force and/or torque at different points along the drive train and manufacturers make powerful claims for the accuracy of their products. However, no accepted international standards for calibration, accuracy and stability of these devices currently exist. The benefits of different approaches for determining power remain to be fully established, as does the efficacy of indoor cycle trainers for replicating actual cycling.

This research project is sponsored by Wattbike, a leading manufacturer of premium bicycle ergometers, and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as within the laboratories of the company. The Sports Technology Institute has a long history of research collaborations with global companies that have produced high quality research which has both underpinned future product development and resulted in publications in leading journals and presentations at international conferences. Loughborough is currently ranked the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the global 2018 QS higher education league table and the activities of the Sports Technology group have contributed to this achievement.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as engineering, mathematics or a physical science. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in a relevant subject would be desirable. The successful candidate will combine a passion for sport with strong technical and experimental skills.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Jon Roberts
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 564803

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: WATT19

Funding Notes

For UK/EU applicants, the studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,786 per annum plus tuition fees for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee. International students will therefore need to financially support themselves or be able to secure alternative funding to cover the cost of living in the UK and details of support funding should be clearly explained in the application.

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