|Location:||Loughborough University, Loughborough|
|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||The studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.|
|Placed On:||3rd October 2023|
|Closes:||6th November 2023|
Military and Policing personnel encounter a range of potentially life-threatening dangers, with body armour and associated apparel pivotal in protecting these individuals by reducing the possibility of sustaining life-threatening injuries.
This is a 3.5-year PhD studentship that is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) - an executive agency of the UK Ministry of Defence.
As part of this research, the appointee will actively engage with the funder. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating and designing future body armour, associated apparel, and apparatus. Various digital design manufacturing technologies, such as CAD, 3D scanning, and 3D printing, will likely be employed, alongside a user-centred design methodology. This approach will support the development of generation-after-next body armour and personal protection systems with enhanced fit, comfort, user wellbeing, and protection in mind.
Applications are encouraged from individuals with experiences across a wide range of potentially advantageous disciplines, including (but not exclusive to) fashion, textiles, product/industrial design, 3D printing, 3D scanning, psychology, and health and wellbeing. Please contact Dr Andrew Johnson to discuss expressions of interest.
Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.
Due to funding restrictions, this PhD is only open to UK applicants.
Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a high 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject. A master's degree and/or relevant research experience will be an advantage.
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
The studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
The successful candidate will be expected to commence the PhD on 1st January 2024.
All applications should be made online. Under the programme name, select ‘Design’ and quote the advert reference number: SDCA-AJ-2024.
Please submit the minimum supporting documents and a CV to avoid delays in processing your application. If you have a design portfolio (or similar), please upload it as additional documentation.
Please note that currently interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 21st November 2023.
All queries should be directed to Dr Andrew Johnson.
Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the studentship assessment criteria.
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