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Current ICase PhD Student Vacancies

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD - CURRENT SPONSORED PHD STUDENTSHIP VACANCIES

Fully Funded PhD Opportunity in Building Physics

Farrat Isolevel Ltd. and the University of Salford are fully funding a PhD candidate to work with them on developing a detailed hygrothermal understanding of a structural thermal break product used in buildings. The successful candidate will be expected to explore issues of thermal performance and thermal bridging, undertake modelling and work within the University’s Salford Energy House. The wider findings of the study will be used to communicate with industry as to the impact of thermal break products, as well as informing future product design. We are looking for an individual with strong analytical skills a background in building physics or cognate discipline, a team working ethos and good communication skills.

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • All PhD fees £4260 p.a. fully paid
  • A stipend of £15,823.89 p.a. for 3 years 6 months to cover living expenses
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funding for conference attendance and travel
  • Access to world leading research facility in Salford Energy House

Academic Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitton

Academic Co-Supervisor: Professor Will Swan

Industrial Supervisor: Stephen Blundell

Final date for applications: 26th July 2018

Interviews will be held on: TBC

The candidate must be in a position to register by September 2018

RESEARCH TEAM

This PhD candidature will be undertaken with the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) in the School of the Built Environment and will involve working in the Salford Energy House. This group has undertaken major work in the areas of building fabric, controls and systems, with a specific focus on building physics and energy efficiency.

The candidate will be expected to develop high level research skills and as well as effectively communicate and apply findings in a commercial context.

CANDIDATE

We are a rapidly growing team with a focus on working closely with industry. We are looking for high quality candidates with an expertise in the following areas;

  • Cognate engineering, mathematical, computer sciences or science background
  • Highly numerate with experience of data analysis
  • Experience of a number of different modelling techniques
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and within teams

PROJECT DETAILS

Background

Farrat introduced a simple structural thermal break plate to the market in 2007 as an alternative to mechanical (modular) thermal break systems. The Farrat product has grown in popularity and now leads the UK market for this type of plate solution. It has recently gained British Board of Agrément Certification and is a certified thermal product under BRE’s scheme. Legislation and the drive for sustainability in the UK and indeed other parts of the world have led to an increase in applications for this product. This solution is no longer restricted to balcony applications but associated with many other construction applications within the façade, roof and sub-structure, encompassing both primary and secondary building elements.

Whilst the product is well understood and generally accepted by the industry, the design realm have difficulties in interpretation of the codified requirements of the building regulations and how to determine thermal performance associated with this type of product. Architects are very familiar with the process of specifying the performance of planar elements (façade roof and window) but are generally not comfortable in dealing with point thermal bridging. In our experience there is a lack of awareness and knowledge in this area within the construction industry and research is required in support of designers and our product, which has led to the development of this iCASE opportunity.

Project Aims

The project aims to develop a knowledge base that can be used to inform the industry as to the impact and performance of the thermal break product.

  • Improve the knowledge and understanding of point thermal bridging within the construction industry (Buildings)
  • Provide Farrat with technical know- how in support of the product, and by using this knowledge to facilitate business growth by assisting designers on their projects
  • Correlate the performance of the product by comparing the results using standard industry software  and compare them to physical modelling of the connections
  • Use both software and physical modelling to make improvements to the product and how it is applied within the building envelope construction  
  • To establish best practice (guidance) when using our structural thermal break products
  • To allow Farrat to promote this knowledge by disseminating across a number of platforms (technical helpdesk, web, technical papers, seminars, technical guides, industry journals etc.)

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/ktp/industrial-case-studentships/vacancies

Funding Eligibility:

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. Please visit: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Richard Fitton by email: r.fitton@salford.ac.uk

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to m.watts@salford.ac.uk

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PhD Title: Creative Methods and Neurodiversity

The studentship is with University of Salford and British Broadcasting Corporation

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Adam Galpin

Industrial Supervisor: Sean Gilroy

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £15,824.p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 6th July 2018

Interviews will be held on: 2nd & 3rd August 2018

The candidate must be in a position to register by 30th September 2018

Description:

BBC CAPE is a creative initiative within BBC UX&D, designed to explore Neurodiversity and its place in the organisation’s employment, environment and communications approaches.  It recognises the needs of Neurodivergent staff (who are, for example, autistic, dyslexic, or have ADHD) for solutions that overcome the barriers and obstacles ‘Neurotypical’ organisations typically put in place. BBC CAPE also advocates the natural strengths and abilities of Neurodivergent individuals to process and interpret information, to perceive and appreciate challenges and subsequently design and deliver solutions. Through this advocacy, an additional question was identified, asking whether the positive traits associated with Neurodivergency offer an advantage to creative problem solving. Some authors suggests that Neurodivergent individuals are often able to contribute novel ideas in creative tasks or show advanced skills in analysing creative problems (e.g. White & Shah, 2006; Lyons & Fitzgerald, 2013; Kapoula et al, 2016). However, there is currently a lack of research on whether existing methods for generating creative ideas, within what is typically known as lean or agile development, are appropriate in facilitating creativity for Neurodivergent thinkers. Such methods incorporate elements that may inhibit creativity for Neurodivergent individuals (e.g. high levels of social interaction or sensory stimulation). This project therefore seeks to understand how environmental and task-related features of different creative methods may facilitate or inhibit the creative input of neurodiverse teams. How might the BBC design and implement new creative methods as part of its developing creative strategy?

The successful candidate will be expected to work with Neurodivergent individuals to identify barriers and facilitators to participation in creative activities and workshops, understand their strengths and areas of challenge with a focus on creative activities, identify ways of evaluating the inclusivity of creative methods, and to explore how the findings can be implemented within the BBC and other organisations within the creative industries.   The candidate will be based at the University of Salford but will also spend significant periods of time at the BBC.

Candidates:

The ideal candidate should have

  • A degree in Psychology or related discipline (2:1 or above) is desirable. Further postgraduate study in Psychology, neuroscience, user-experience design is desirable.
  • An interest in creativity and creative methods is desirable.
  • Personal experience of neurodivergence or direct experience of working with neurodiverse teams is particularly welcomed.

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/ktp/industrial-case-studentships/vacancies

Funding Eligibility:

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. Please visit: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Applications from individuals who may require reasonable adjustment are welcome.  For further discussion please contact by email either Sean Gilroy sean.gilroy@bbc.co.uk or Dr Adam Galpin A.J.Galpin@salford.ac.uk

All other informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Galpin by email: A.J.Galpin@salford.ac.uk

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to m.watts@salford.ac.uk

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PhD Title: Blast noise prediction and management

The studentship is with University of Salford and Spadeadam Testing & Research Centre (STaR), part of the DNV GL Group

Academic Supervisor: Professor David Waddington

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Sabine von Hunerbein

Industrial Supervisor: Paul Cronin

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • An enhanced stipend of £16444 p.a. for three and a half years, plus paid accommodation at Spadeadam for years 2 and 3
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 13th July 2018

The candidate must be in a position to register by 1 October 2018

Description

STaR and the University of Salford are looking for a PhD candidate to work with them on developing methods for explosive noise impact prediction and management. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake experimental trials, model long-range noise propagation prediction, and develop procedures to manage adverse human impact in the near and far field.

Background

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by their purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, they enable their customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. Part of the DNV GL Group, the Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre (STaR) conducts a wide variety of fire, explosion and blast testing, ranging from fundamental research into the hazards of the oil, gas and chemical industries to product testing of protective and mitigation systems.

DNV GL strategic aim is to make its Spadeadam Testing & Research Centre (STaR) a world leading test facility serving industries including, oil and gas, security, chemical and explosives.  STaR intends to grow its turnover from £7m at present to £20m over the next 10 years. To achieve this, it is necessary to ensure that the existing work is not put at risk from adverse reactions to noise nuisance in the surrounding areas.  Also improved far field noise prediction should allow:

  • Improved scheduling of trials, hopefully reducing costs from potential delays.
  • Larger explosion trials to be conducted without generating significant noise disruption.
  • Extending the trials season increasing the number of available trial slots

Currently the whole industry relies on an expensive and inaccurate commercial system for noise predictions. Having a test facility in the North of England puts STaR within one of the most diverse and unpredictable weather systems in the world. This requirement to predict blast noise propagation through complex meteorology means that the new and more accurate system to make predictions for the STaR site will need to be the first of its kind in the world.

STaR is likewise interested in researching new ways to reduce risk to hearing from short duration, high-level explosive noise to allow them to best protect their employees, visitors and clients. Optimising the management of explosive noise exposure will allow STaR to confidently maximise the number of test opportunities while minimising impulsive noise risks to hearing.

Candidates

We are looking for high quality candidates with an expertise in the following areas;

  • Cognate acoustics, mathematical, physics, engineering, meteorology or computer sciences background
  • Good computer programming skills
  • Experience of experimental measurement, preferable environmental noise
  • Highly numerate with experience of data analysis
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/ktp/industrial-case-studentships/vacancies

Funding Eligibility:

To be eligible for the full maintenance grant, students must be a UK/EU National or be able to demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK, usually through being ordinarily resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application for an award. Member states of NATO will also be considered

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Professor David Waddington by email: d.c.waddington@salford.ac.uk

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to m.watts@salford.ac.uk

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PhD Title: Micro-Dosing Training in Elite Soccer

The studentship is with University of Salford and The Football Association

Academic Supervisor: Dr Paul Comfort

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr John McMahon

Industrial Supervisor: Martin Evans

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £15,824 p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 29th June 2018

Interviews will be held on: 23rd July 2018

The candidate must be in a position to register by 24th September 2018

Description: There is a large body of evidence indicating that increasing force generating capacity of lower limb muscles, not only reduces the risk of injury, but also enhances performance in athletic tasks, in team sport athletes, including soccer. Unfortunately, such training practices are poorly adopted within semi-professional and professional soccer teams, which may contribute to high rates of non-contact injuries, such as hamstring strain injury (HSI) and sub-optimal performance in athletic tasks. Additionally, time available for structured resistance training is limited within soccer team training schedules, therefore, the use of novel methods of training to ensure an adequate training stimulus are required. As such, micro-dosing (dividing the ‘traditional’ training methods into shorter but more frequent training sessions) may be an appropriate and effective training modality in a sporting environment, although research is required to support the potential effectiveness of this approach.  The aims of this PhD are:

  • To compare the effects of traditional and micro-dosing training on hamstring strain injury risk factors
  • To compare the effects of traditional and micro-dosing training on isometric and dynamic force production and performance in athletic tasks

Candidates: You will be required to undertake ~80 days per year of strength and conditioning / sports science support at St Georges Park, or at alternative venues during tournaments and training camps. As such, the successful student will not only develop their applied research skills, but also enhance their applied practice.

Applicants will be expected to hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in sports science or a related area; demonstrate excellent communication skills through a variety of modes of communications, with a diverse range of individuals. Experience working in a sports science or strength and conditioning capacity within team sports is essential. In addition, a related Master’s degree, a recognised strength and conditioning qualification (e.g. UKSCA or NSCA) and completion of an empirical research project as part of their previous studies is desirable.

As part of your application please provide a CV, covering letter and research proposal. The proposal should include a brief literature review related to this project, with an outline of the studies that you would propose to answer the aims of the PhD. The proposal should be no more than 5 pages, single line spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman.

For full details of student requirements and specification please visit: http://www.salford.ac.uk/ktp/industrial-case-studentships/vacancies

Funding Eligibility:

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility.  Please visit: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Paul Comfort by email: p.comfort@salford.ac.uk

Curriculum vitae, research proposal and cover letter (supporting statement) explaining their interest should be sent to m.watts@salford.ac.uk