PhD Studentship: Analysis and Design of Short Track Speed Skating Components – A Collaboration with Team GB Short Track Speed Skating

Closing Date
Friday, 27th April 2018

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (4 years) to work within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham in association with Team GB Short Track Speed Skating, the English Institute of Sport and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT).

Project Background

A collaboration has been formed between Team GB Short Track Speed Skating and the University of Nottingham in order to improve the performance of the skate, particularly the blade of the skate, and hence to improve the performance of the skaters in competition. 

It is envisioned that the successful candidate for this PhD position will work with the team in order to understand the current design of the skates/blades and the way in which they perform under race conditions. Part of this will be the assessment of the forces being applied through the blade of the skate and the resulting strain/deformation during race conditions. Work will then be carried out in order to convert the data produced to force/stress on the blade as well as ‘through the ice’. This information will then inform Finite Element Analysis which will be used to further understand the material behaviour of the blade and to provide design improvements/recommendations for a new generation of skate components. Depending on the outcome of these activities, subsequent work may also be done, with Team GB Speed Skaters in order to help in training them to get the most out of the skates and maximise performance, via changes in technique. 

It is hoped that this collaboration will result in an improved performance of the speed skaters and hence lead to an increase in the medals won in competitions such as the Winter Olympics. 

The successful PhD student will work alongside a team of other PhD students and post-doctoral researchers involved in related projects. This project is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) though the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham.


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK and EU candidates.
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or 1st class degree in Engineering or a Physical Sciences related discipline. Applicants with a Mechanical and/or Materials Engineering background are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Candidates will be available to start on 1st October 2018. 

How to apply 

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to referring to the project title. Please note applications without an academic transcript will not be considered. Informal enquiries also to be sent to Dr Christopher Hyde.