Are you interested in completing a PhD in biomechanics based running related injuries?

Research Centre: Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Ireland)
Post title: PhD (understanding biomechanical based running related injuries)
Post duration: 3 or 4 years (depending on background)
The Project:
The rate of running related injuries is very high. Unfortunately, our understanding of the causes of these injuries is relatively low because the vast majority of studies to date are retrospective in nature. This is due to challenges associated with biomechanically assessing running technique and loading. This research project will undertake a large-scale prospective study using small wearable sensors (inertial sensors) to address this. In parallel, we will develop a running re-education centre that will use state of the art technologies (both inertial sensors and motion analysis systems) to provide real-time feedback to runners to help them utilise a safer running technique.

This is a unique opportunity to bring the areas of injury biomechanics and wearable sensor technology together.

This research is being coordinated by Dr Kieran Moran (www.linkedin.com/in/kieranmorandcu) in a collaboration between the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the School for Health and Human Performance, DCU.

The Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics (www.Insight-centre.org) is a joint initiative between researchers at University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. It brings together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland's leading ICT centres to develop a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application areas, including musculoskeletal research. With more than 30 partner companies and €85m in funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Insight researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.

The School for Health and Human Performance (www.dcu.ie/shhp/index.shtml) was established in 1999 and has over 20 full-time staff and 40 postgraduate researchers. It offers four undergraduate degrees, two of which are in Athletic Therapy & Training (BSc Hons) and Sport Science and Health (BSc Hons). The School has significant expertise in a number of areas, including movement biomechanics and musculoskeletal injuries.

Applicants should have a strong undergraduate or Masters degree in Athletic Therapy & Training, Physiotherapy or related degree, and/or a Masters in Biomechanics.
Application Procedure:
Each application should only consist of (i) a full CV, and (ii) a letter of introduction. In the letter, applicants should include the following details:

  1. An explanation of your interest in the research we plan to conduct and why you believe they are suitable for the position.
  2. Details of your final year undergraduate project (if applicable)
  3. Details of your MSc project (if applicable).
  4. Details of any relevant modules previously taken, at undergraduate and/or Masters level.
  5. Details of any relevant work experience (if applicable).

Applications should be submitted by email to Kieran.moran@dcu.ie with the subject line “Insight PhD 2017” by 25th August 2017.
Stipend: €18,000 per annum, tax free, plus university fees

Closing date:
25th August 2017
Informal enquiries to:
E-mail: Kieran.moran@dcu.ie
Phone: +353 1 700 8011
For all e-mail enquiries please include “Insight PhD 2017” in the subject line