Assessment of modular stability footwear for Children
Applications are invited for the following PhD studentship at Staffordshire University starting in September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
There is a paucity of research on the effects of children’s stability footwear on gait. Commercially available stability footwear come in a variety of designs. However, the common element is that they terminate above the ankle, they have extended medial and lateral stiffeners and a stiffened sole unit. This type of footwear is commonly prescribed to children for a variety of pathologies including flat feet, toe walking, ataxic gait, gross motor developmental delay, instability, painful ankles, contracted gastrocnemius. As it stands, there is no clear consensus on when this type of footwear should be prescribed and for which conditions. There is no available research which demonstrates the effects of children’s footwear on normal or pathological gait. The primary aim of the proposed research is to determine the kinematic and kinetic effects of stability footwear when compared to high street footwear on gait. This will help to examine the potential effects of stability footwear on children with pathologies. The project also aims to examine the current procedures for paediatric footwear prescription and ways to improve it.
Queries about the project can be directed to the principal supervisor, Professor Nachi Chockalingam ([Email Address Removed])
Applicant Criteria Applicants will normally be expected have a strong Masters degree in a relevant subject area. We expect the potential candidate to have some experience with paediatric foot conditions and/or footwear biomechanics. Applications from candidates with either engineering/science or clinical background are welcomed.
Application Information To apply please send a cover letter and CV to the Graduate School at [Email Address Removed] by 4th August 2017.
In your cover letter please explain why you are interested in the specific project and what you will bring to it, your suggested focus and why you are confident that you will be able to complete the PhD successfully (note - this is in place of a Research Proposal). Applications that do not state which specific project they relate to will not be considered.
Closing Date for applications: Friday 4th August 2017
For information Interviews will be held in late August/ early September 2017
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The Studentships will run for 3 years and include a fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate and a Tax-free stipend of £14,553 p.a. for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
In addition to PhD studies successful applicants will also deliver up to six hours per week of light teaching or teaching related support.