Revolutionizing sports monitoring and rehabilitation with smart textiles and wearable electronics

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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About the Project

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University is one of the largest engineering schools in the UK. Our vision is to provide world-leading engineering solutions to today’s global challenges.

We are Top 100 in the world for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (QS 2023) and ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects (QS, 2017-2023).

We provide £500 for PhD students each year to attend conferences and buy consumables. Our Sports Technology Institute is a multi-disciplinary team and internationally renowned for its work with global brands and sports federations, including Adidas, PING, Head, FIFA, Wattbike, England & Wales Cricket Board, New Balance, Nike, UK Sport, Reebok, Speedo, and others, in the design, simulation, testing, and manufacturing of sporting goods. 

Embrace the future of sports monitoring and rehabilitation with our groundbreaking PhD opportunity in Smart Textiles and Wearable Electronics. Be part of a cutting-edge research endeavour that fuses wearable technology, advanced materials, and textiles to safeguard lives, enhance independence, and push the boundaries of comfort, all while making a difference in the lives of disabled and elderly individuals.

Within this research framework, the successful candidate undertakes the design and fabrication of sensors and actuators tailored to support elderly and disabled individuals in their rehabilitation and exercise routines. This multifaceted task involves the utilization of advanced functional materials, exploration of fundamental structures, characterization of materials and devices, systematic data collection, and rigorous data analysis.

We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches that involve smart materials, flexible electronics, electromechanical systems, machine learning, electronics, and micro-/nanotechnologies.

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF, 2021).


Primary supervisor: Lulu Xu

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should hold a good undergraduate degree, equivalent to a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

We encourage applications from candidates with diverse engineering backgrounds, including materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, electronics, and textiles engineering or related fields. Students with knowledge and experience in nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, and wearable electronics would be beneficial. A master's degree and/or relevant research experience will be viewed favourably.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering. Please quote the advertised reference number: FP-LX-2023 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents (Research Proposal, Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae and Degree).

The following selection criteria will be used by academic schools to help them make a decision on your application.

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Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus university tuition fees.

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