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01-06-2009, 01:58 AM
PhD studentship in the biomechanics of vehicle safety for older children

Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey

Starting date: Negotiable, but ideally by the end of March 2009.

This PhD studentship forms a part of a European Union funded study (EPOCh - Enabling Protection for Older Children) directed at the improvement of safety for older children travelling in vehicles. The project will extend the protocols, test procedures and measurement tools that are used in the impact tests for restraint systems designed to protect older and larger children in vehicle collisions. The project involves partners in the UK, Spain and Holland.

The PhD student will focus on the management and mitigation of abdominal injury. In particular, the assessment of whole body kinematics and injury mechanisms associated with 'submarining' and injury will be investigated in depth to enable a better assessment of the events, within the vehicle and the child restraint, that lead to abdominal loading and hence abdominal injury. With a more in-depth understanding of these events, new analysis techniques of protection levels of booster type systems can be developed. The student will work closely with the partners in the project, particularly the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL Limited).

Candidates should have a strong engineering background, with excellent research and communication skills, and demonstrable knowledge in biomechanics and ideally movement analysis techniques. Applicants should hold at least an upper second class Honours degree, although a Masters level qualification in a relevant area would be preferable.

A 3 year studentship will be made available to the successful applicant. The studentship includes fees, research costs, a bursary of approximately 13,500 per annum, and travel/conference support. For funding reasons only UK or EU individuals are eligible for the full studentship.

The Centre for Biomedical Engineering is an established activity in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences with interests covering a broad range of research and teaching programmes. Currently, these bring together over 30 members of staff and research students. An extensive network of clinical links also supports the work of the Centre ( www.bmesurrey.org).

For further information on the project please contact Dr David Ewins at d.ewins@surrey.ac.uk

Interested candidates should send a CV to Mrs Nadia Wooldridge at n.wooldridge@surrey.ac.uk

Closing date: 31st January 2009.


Dr David Ewins

Reader in Biomedical Engineering

Centre for Biomedical Engineering

University of Surrey

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