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PhD Studentship: Understanding Inner Ear Bio-tribology to Improve the Comfort of Earplug Hearing Protection - 4 Year Fully Funded

University of Sheffield

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,264 academic year 2018/19 (tax free)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th July 2018
Closes: 31st August 2018

Project Description:

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT), in collaboration with academic partner institutions in Canada and France, are offering a unique opportunity to work on this PhD project aimed at developing a comfort index for earplugs.  

The work at Sheffield will involve taking Optical Coherence Tomography measurements of the inner ear, building a realistic, synthetic ear test-bed and measuring the frictional interactions at play when inserting, wearing and removing earplugs designed for hearing protection.  

The PhD researcher will join a cohort of students within the CDT and work along side existing students starting Bio-Tribology projects, so a good support network is available. This exciting project will include international travel to France and Canada to spend time with collaborators and work at partner sites.  

iT-CDT Students also benefit from the enhanced training the Centre offers, this includes advanced science and technology training designed to provide relevant tribology fundamentals to students with engineering and physical sciences background, bespoke professional and personal development programme, to equip students with transferable skills required for careers in both academia and industry and industry exposure through placements and impact projects with Centre sponsors.  


Applicants should hold a minimum of a Honours Degree at 2:1 level in Mechanical/Materials Engineering, Physics, Chemistry Mathematics or related subject. Candidates with other relevant backgrounds may also be considered.

Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, along with a keen interest to engage in industry-focussed research.

This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free enhanced stipend for 4 years (£16,264.00 for 2018/19).

Applicants must have UK Home Fee status, or EU citizenship and been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the project.

For further information or clarifications about this project please contact the supervisor: Dr Matte Carre on

To find out more about the iT-CDT and what we do please visit or contact iT-CDT Centre Manager Kimberley Matthews - Hyde on / 0114 2227811 

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