Phd studentship for studying biomechanics and perception of player-surface interaction

On behalf of the TenCate Grass Group in the Netherlands, Sheffield University is advertising a three-year PhD studentship for a student keen to study the biomechanics and perception of player-surface interaction with new generations synthetic turf.
The studentship covers home/EU tuition fees, stipend of GBP 15,009 per annum, equivalent to full UK Research Council rate, plus a generous travel, subsistence and equipment bench fee of up to GBP 9,768 per annum. International students are expected to cover the tuition fee shortfall (estimated to be GBP 8,200 per year).
SHU and TenCate Grass have identified a significant and industry-wide challenge to the development of artificial turf systems, requiring in-depth understanding of player response (biomechanics and perception) to new generation artificial turf systems.
The student will be based at TenCate Grass in the Netherlands. TenCate Grass is a global leader in the development, production and installation of synthetic turf components and systems, with production facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Recent environmental issues regarding the use of infilled pitches has prompted the need to develop a new generation of artificial turfs. This will include the use of novel materials and production approaches. The impact of these innovations to player response and acceptance – including biomechanics of player-surface interaction and pitch performance perception – of new generation turfs needs to be understood. Such understanding is critical to the successful development and adoption of future artificial turf systems. The PhD project addresses this through the capture and understanding of player movement and perception data in laboratory and field settings. The PhD project is supported by access to world-leading research facilities (SHU’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre), artificial turf research and development teams (TenCate Grass) and access to professional sports facilities and players (PSV Eindhoven). The SHU-TenCate Grass PhD scholarship also provides a substantive financial support to allow extended research periods in the UK and Netherlands (TenCate Grass and PSV Eindhoven), allowing the student to fully engage with industry and elite sport and to embed their research into practice, to maximise the impact.
Successful applicants will:
• Hold a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or first) in a relevant subject (e.g. Sport Science, Sport Engineering, Mechanical Engine Engineering, Biomechanics).
• Hold a Master’s degree in a relevant area or have equivalent professional research or product development experience.
• Have a strong minimum of English proficiency (IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component)
The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in communication. The candidate will have experience in literature searching and reviewing, quantitative analysis and report writing. Desirable attributes would include professional or research experience in sport biomechanics, engineering, data handling and quantitative analysis. A strong commitment to investigating the wider context of player interaction and perception of sports turfs as well as international travel is essential.
Candidates should apply to Sheffield Hallam University via the University’s application form, including a 1500 word research proposal in section 9 demonstrating your background reading on the topic of the PhD and your plans for how you would undertake this programme of research.
Further project information can be found at:
You can access an application form at:
For informal enquiries about the project please contact: Dr Marcus Dunn: or Dr Colin Young:

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