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PhD Studentship: Power Measurement in Cycling

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum for a period of 3 years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th August 2018
Closes: 1st October 2018
Reference: JRWB2018

Start date: 1st January 2019


Primary supervisor: Dr Jon Roberts

Secondary supervisor: Dr Aimee Mears

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Project Detail:

Power has become part of the language of Cycle Sport. It is now the principle method for prescribing and evaluating training, analysing performance and determining fitness, and is increasingly the main variable discussed in scrutinising performance and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a variety of training and performance interventions. The growing interest in power measurement for training prescription, performance evaluation, health and fitness monitoring, scientific research, and on-line virtual cycling is leading to a growing awareness of the importance of instrument accuracy. A range of different products are available that measure force and/or torque at different points along the drive train and manufacturers make powerful claims for the accuracy of their products. However, No accepted international standards for calibration, accuracy and stability of these devices currently exist. The benefits of different approaches for determining power remain to be fully established, as does the efficacy of indoor cycle trainers for replicating actual cycling.

This research project is sponsored by Wattbike, a leading manufacturer of premium bicycle ergometers, and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as within the laboratories of the company. The Sports Technology Institute has a long history of research collaborations with global companies that have produced high quality research which has both underpinned future product development and resulted in publications in leading journals and presentations at international conferences. Loughborough is currently ranked the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the global 2018 QS higher education league table and the activities of the Sports Technology group have contributed to this achievement.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as engineering, mathematics or a physical science. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in a relevant subject would be desirable. The successful candidate will combine a passion for sport with strong technical and experimental skills. They will need to be capable of working independently as well as communicating effectively with collaborators.

Funding information:

This is a funded Wattbike university research project. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum for a period of 3 years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Jon Roberts

Email address:               

Telephone number: +44 1509 564803

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering   

Please quote reference number: JRWB2018

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