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  Tribological Interaction between Human Skin and Recycled Textiles

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Dr Omid Doustdar, Dr Iestyn Stead, Prof Karl Dearn  Applications accepted all year round  Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Project

Tribology's importance is not limited to mechanical components of engineering systems such as a gearbox. The investigation of friction and wear can be applied to many applications. One of the important fields is skin tribology, particularly for medical and sportswear applications in relative static and dynamic conditions. The friction between skin and textile may lead to blistering, discomfort and serious injuries. Identifying the effect of fabric’s properties on tribology behaviour can help design and produce suitable environmentally friendly recycled fabric materials. This PhD project aims to experimentally and numerically investigate the effects of different textiles and manufacturing (i.e. knitting and weaving structure) processes on the tribological behaviour of the products. The research team will also regularly liaise with other academic and industrial partners associated with this project to shape the transition to a sustainable textile industry. The candidate will be strongly encouraged to present and publish work in national/international conferences and scientific journals. The position will also offer opportunities to engage in teaching activities in the school of engineering.

Person Specification:


• A degree in a relevant discipline (Textile Engineering, Mechanical, Chemistry, Material Sciences)

• To have met the University of Birmingham English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band) by the point of application.


• Good knowledge of tribology and textile materials

• Experience in performing experimental work, collecting data and analysing research findings

• Experience in performing numerical simulations (e.g. GAMBIT, GEODICT)

• Experience in CAD software packages (e.g. in SolidWorks, Fusion 360)

How to apply:

Eligible applicants should first send an expression of interest to Dr Omid Doustdar ([Email Address Removed]), including the following:

• 200 words cover letter on how your research interest aligns with this position

• CV including your academic and work experience with the names of two referees

The applications will be reviewed, and the supervisory team will invite the promising short-listed applicants for interviews. After the interview, the successful candidate will be instructed to apply online via the University of Birmingham website ( 

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Funding Notes

This research project is awaiting funding by the end of 2023, and the best applicant will be awarded the funding. However, self-funded PhD students are encouraged to contact Dr Omid Doustdar ([Email Address Removed]) at the earliest opportunity.

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