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  • PhD project on biomechanics of cycling accidents in UniversityCollege Dublin, Ireland

    Applications are invited for this PhD vacancy:

    Analysis and reconstruction of cycling accidents involving head injury

    This project will undertake an in-depth study of head injury accidents
    involving cyclists, who are among the most vulnerable cohort of road
    users. Computer reconstructions of real world accident data will
    quantify the severity of head impact (both linear and angular)
    sustained during accidents and will relate this to actual injury
    outcomes. These analyses will quantify the benefits of helmet use over
    that of non-use from an impact biomechanics perspective. This
    information and the results of these analyses will subsequently be
    used to support future RSA education campaigns related to bicycle
    helmet use. The scientific results of these analyses will help to
    quantify threshold levels of head impact associated with severe and
    fatal injuries. This information will, in turn, be disseminated
    internationally to helmet manufacturers and helmet standards

    Funding for this 3-year scholarship has been generously provided by
    the Road Safety Authority of Ireland. This covers all tuition fees, a
    generous tax-free stipend and all project costs. The anticipated
    start date for this project is January 1st 2011.

    Interested applicants, in possession of at least an honours primary
    degree (2H1 minimum) in mechanical engineering or a cognate
    discipline, are invited to send a full curriculum vitae and contact
    details for two referees to:

    Professor Michael Gilchrist

    Mechanical Engineering

    University College Dublin

    Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland