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02-16-2011, 07:16 AM

PhD Research Studentship: Developing computer simulation models to accurately reproduce forces in the human body during high impact activities.

Applications are invited for the above studentship in the highly acclaimed School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences. Loughborough University is recognised as the UK’s leading University for sport, receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in this area in 2002. The School is a world leader in its field with a 5* research grade, excellent teaching ratings, and a strong supportive environment.

Excessive internal loading within the human body has been identified as a cause of both acute and chronic injury to joints and soft tissue. Alternatively a lack of internal loading of body structures can lead to diseases such as osteoporosis. Loading may therefore be used as a preventative measure for such conditions. Currently there are no non-invasive methods of accurately assessing internal forces within the human body. Attempts have been made to calculate forces using whole body computer simulation models of human movement. Such models have often used rigid segments and pin joints which lead to incorrect estimates of ground contact forces and consequently also internal forces. The purpose of the research project will be to develop inverse and forward dynamics multibody computer simulation models of the human body which accurately reproduce these internal forces by simulating compliance in the human body that has not previously been represented. These models will be evaluated against experimental data. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make use of the university’s high performance computing system, and biomechanical data collection equipment including a Vicon motion analysis system, wireless EMG system, isovelocity dynamometer, and force platforms.

Applicants should have a good first degree in Sports Science (with a large component of Biomechanics), Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing or other related discipline. An MSc in one of these areas is also highly desirable. In addition, applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as competence in research methods.

The studentship provides a stipend of £13,590 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Sam Allen (S.J.Allen@lboro.ac.uk).

Information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and details about the application process can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/postgraduate/studentships.html

The closing date for applications is Monday 7 March 2011.