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  • PhD Studentship in Biomechanics at Aberystwyth University, U.K.

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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: 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 or +44
    1970 622282 or Professor David Lavallee at or +44
    1970 621545. The departmental website is The standard application form for
    research programmes should be completed (including two references), and is
    available from the University’s website ( 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


    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