We are seeking a graduate to undertake a PhD within the Great Foundations initiative (https://greatfoundations.org.uk/) and advance our understanding of children’s footwear and foot health. The PhD is based at the University of Salford but administered through the University of Brighton and is part of a five year collaboration between the two institutions. The studentship covers your fees and an UK Doctoral stipend (£14,533) for three years (for home/EU students).
The PhD will be part of the research teams led by Dr Stewart Morrison at Brighton and Professor Chris Nester and Dr Carina Price at Salford.
The PhD will require the successful candidate to design, conduct and manage high quality children’s footwear research, which will:
- define and quantify the functional characteristics of existing popular children’s footwear
- establish consensus on optimum characteristics/features of children’s footwear
- develop parent and professional recommendations for children’s footwear.
The candidate will therefore need to demonstrate an ability to critically appraise academic, industry and other literature in the footwear, foot health and biomechanics sector. The project will involve biomechanical evaluation of footwear plus working with external stakeholders to develop consensus on guidelines.
We seek graduates to complement our multidisciplinary team and data collection techniques, therefore graduates from allied health professions, sport sciences, human movement sciences and engineering should apply. Strong analytical skills, human movement and gait laboratory experience, and an ability to work with infants and children are essential. Through this applied project candidates will have excellent opportunities to build upon pre-existing knowledge of gait and lower limb anatomy and biomechanics.
Upon completion of the PhD the successful candidate will have a wide range of biomechanical knowledge and expertise and have become skilled in the use of data collection and analysis techniques (including plantar pressure and motion capture). They will also have gained knowledge in the area of child development and contributed to several high profile publications and presentations at relevant conferences. Other experience will include working close to industry and health professional partners.