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A Ph.D. Studentship in Biomechanics is available in the Department of Sport
and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. Funding for tuition fees (to
EU/UK level) for a PhD degree, and a stipend (currently £12,600 p.a.) to
cover living expenses, will be paid in return for an average of six hours
per week of technical and teaching assistance to academic staff, mainly in
the form of programming, supervising laboratory work and grading

The successful applicant will contribute to the developing research
programme in rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders such as stroke and
spinal cord injury. The programme focuses on the development of
rehabilitation interventions, such as functional electrical stimulation, and
the use of musculoskeletal modelling for the analysis of human movement, and
is part of the Physical Activity in Ageing, Rehabilitation and Health
research theme within the department.

The post is available for 3 years. Start date is flexible but should be no
later than 1st October 2010.

The following are essential:
- B.Eng. or B.Sc. degree with first or upper second class honours, or
Bachelors degree with equivalent GPA, in Engineering, Sport and Exercise
Science, Human Movement Science, or other subject related to biomechanics
- ‘A’ level or equivalent qualification in mathematics
- Experience in computer programming (e.g. Matlab or Labview)
- Good organisational and time management skills
- Good spoken English (An IELTS test is not required (International
English Language Testing System), but evidence of ability at IELTS Level 7
(Page 4: http://www.ielts.org/pdf/IELTS_Handbook_2007.pdf) or above in
spoken English should be demonstrated if the applicant is not a native
English speaker)

The following are desirable:
- Masters degree in science or engineering
- Previous experience of teaching or presenting to groups
- Interest in neuromuscular or rehabilitation research
- Experience of research with human subjects

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Ed Chadwick at ekc@aber.ac.uk or +44
1970 622282 or Professor David Lavallee at david.lavallee@aber.ac.uk or +44
1970 621545. The departmental website is
http://www.aber.ac.uk/sportexercise/. The standard application form for
research programmes should be completed (including two references), and is
available from the University’s website (
http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm). Please do not attach a research
proposal to the application form, instead submit a CV and personal statement
explaining why you would be suitable for the post and outlining any
experience you have relevant to research and teaching.

The closing date for applications is 10th June 2010. It is anticipated that
interviews will be held on 18th June 2010.

Completed application forms, CVs, and personal statements should be returned

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Student Welcome Centre
Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1970 622270
Fax: +44 (0) 1970 622921

E-mail: pg-admissions@aber.ac.uk
Website: www.aber.ac.uk/pga/

Information about the Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Following recent expansion of the department, Sport and Exercise Science at
Aberystwyth now offers state of the art facilities for biomechanics
research. The main biomechanics laboratory houses a Motion Analysis
Corporation 3D camera system with 8 cameras, two moveable AMTI force plates,
and an overhead harness system. In addition, the coming neuromuscular
control laboratory will contain a 3D haptics robot (Haptic Master), wireless
EMG, and CODA motion capture system.

An active programme of research seminars within the department and an Annual
Lecture underline the department’s commitment to the creation of an
intellectually stimulating and collaborative research environment. Members
of academic staff have an established record of publications in high-quality
peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as contributing to book chapters,
popular magazine articles and television and radio broadcasts on issues
related to their research work.

Edward K.J. Chadwick PhD.
Lecturer in Biomechanics
Department of Sport and Exercise Science
Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
SY23 3FD

Tel: (01970) 622282