PhD Studentship: Research into technology for monitoring and improvement of human physical performance
Co-funded by McLaren Applied Technologies and London South Bank University


London South Bank University (LSBU) and McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) are co-funding a 3-year PhD scholarship under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Industrial CASE Award scheme. The scholarship provides a tax-free maintenance allowance and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and research costs.
We are looking for an exceptional young scientist to join researchers at the Human Performance Research Centre at LSBU for a programme of training and research. The team at the LSBU are pleased to be able to develop their collaboration with McLaren in this latest venture. As the newest of the McLaren Group companies, MAT has a mission to deliver breakthroughs in performance through the application of innovative technology and design. For this research, the focus is on use of neuromuscular biofeedback for development of elite sports performance and rehabilitation. Collaboration with researchers in the engineering departments at LSBU is also anticipated. The studentship will be predominantly based at LSBU where the successful applicant will join an experienced and dynamic multidisciplinary team with excellent facilities and funding. There will be scope for secondments at MAT during the project, as appropriate.
Supervisors: Dr Katya Mileva and Dr John Seeley (LSBU), and Dr Caroline Hargrove (MAT)

Project Description: This highly interdisciplinary project will focus on the development of technologies and data analytical approaches for monitoring human movement efficiency in sports, physical activity and rehabilitation. The research will evaluate the current practices and develop novel adaptive solutions for acquisition and handling of large volumes of biofeedback data. The focus is on action outside the controlled lab environment, culminating in a decomposition of data into meaningful, performance-related indices. The research is expected to result in the production of a prototype for validation and evaluation of the concept, based on mathematical simulations and experimental testing. The practical implications of developing the said biofeedback technologies will extend from the elite sporting arena to clinical diagnostic and prescription in rehabilitation.

Eligibility: The person will have an interest in interdisciplinary investigation of human performance issues using combined experimental, mathematical and engineering approaches. Candidates must have obtained BSc Honours (at 2.1 level or above) and MSc/MRes (at Merit or Distinction level) in relevant subjects (e.g. Biomedical Engineering, Physiology, Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics). Eligibility to work in the UK. This funding is preferentially open to UK and EU Nationals.

Contact: For informal enquiries please contact Dr Katya Mileva (email: milevakn@lsbu.ac.uk; Tel: +44 (0)20 7815 6281).

Closing date for applications: 28th June 2013

How to apply: Your application should include the following: Quote Ref: McLaren/LSBU, CV, academic transcripts, two references and a statement setting out your motivation for applying for the post and explaining how your skills, experience and academic knowledge will contribute to the project. For full details and to apply please visit: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/programmes.shtml.