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  • PhD in Optimisation of Load Carriage Strategy, Univerisity of Exeter, UK

    PhD: Optimisation of load carr​iage strategy for body-worn load in military, sports and leisure applications, University ofExeter, UK

    About the Award
    The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, inpartnership with Police Resource International and Karrimor Special ForcesGlobal ltd, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship tocommence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus and annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Sport & Health Sciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the StLuke’s Campus in Exeter, with regular research meetings at Police Resources International, based 4 miles from Exeter.

    Academic Supervisors:
    Dr SharonDixon, Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter
    ProfessorAndy Jones, Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter

    Project Description:
    This PhD project provides an exciting opportunity to workin partnership with the UK leading provider of military rucksacks to influencethe design of load carriage products (i.e. backpacks, weighted vests). The focus will be on developing an improvedunderstanding of the specific design characteristics influential on biomechanical and physiological measures associated with injury risk, performance and comfort. This will beachieved through a series of studies where critical design features are systematically varied.

    The overall aim will be to develop new designs for load carriage products that optimise the carriage of load in terms of injury prevention and performance. Project objectives will include:

    1. Quantification of the injury patterns currently experienced in military personnel that are associated with load carriage;
    2. Identification of design characteristics of load carriage systems that are influential on human movement, loading and energy cost during typical military tasks;
    3. Optimisation of designs through the systematic variation of these influential design characteristics;
    4. Development and testing of prototype load carriage systems.

    This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees infull, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.
    The studentship will be awarded on the basis ofmerit for 4 years of full-time study to commence in September 2019.

    Entry requirements:
    Applicants forthis studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or UpperSecond Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of biomechanics, sport and health sciences or similar.
    If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS andno less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

    How to apply
    Please see link for details:

    The closing date for applications is midnight on 12thJuly 2019.
    If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email phone +44 (0)1392 725150/723706. Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor, Dr Sharon Dixon(