Research Associate – Wheeled Sports and Technology

Job referenceREQ220557

Date posted13/05/2022

Application closing date12/06/2022

Location Loughborough

Package Specialist and Supporting Academic, Grade 6, £31,406 to £34,304 per annum, subject to an annual pay award.

Job description

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Full-time; Fixed-term to 30 September 2024

A post-doctoral researcher is sought to join a thriving team within the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport.  The successful candidate will be required to work on the development of sensor technologies within wheelchair sports, whilst at the same time contribute to biomechanical-based research projects of sports wheelchair propulsion/handcycling.  You will collaborate in research initiatives within our Para sport networks, both in the UK and internationally, which will involve overseas travel.  Applicants must have knowledge of the Lode wheelchair ergometer and sensor technologies, and a PhD in a relevant subject.

This full-time post is offered on a fixed-term contract for 2-years (1 October 2022 to 30 September 2024).

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, via email to or by telephone on 01509 226386.

Loughborough University is committed to allowing its employees to work dynamically with a combination of working on campus and remotely, where possible.  This has been identified as a role that could work dynamically and, if successful, your line manager will discuss these informal arrangements with you.  Please note that there is a general expectation that the successful candidate will spend the majority of time working on the Loughborough campus (further information is available here).

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Job Description

Job Family & Grade: Specialist & Supporting Academic (Research) Grade 6

Job Purpose:

  1. To support the development and translation of using sensor technologies within wheeled sports.
  2. To work with members of the PHC on topics related to the wheelchair propulsion/ handcycling in persons with disability that may inform interventions to support training and rehabilitation.
  3. To engage in on-going research activities with the aim to improve health and performance in populations with disability. This includes activities such as primary data collection, analysis, write up, publication and dissemination to both research outlets as well as to end-users.

Job Duties:

• To be responsible for the technological and biomechanical based research projects within the PHC, including:
i. New sensor technologies for exploring manual wheelchair propulsion (sports and every-day);
ii. Ergonomics of sports wheelchair propulsion/ handcycling (over-ground and using the Lode ergometer);
iii. Classification issues in Paralympic sport.
• Assist in developing new lines of research and write research proposals and submit at least one grant proposal within an 18-month period.
• Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the discipline to develop research ideas and progress research activity in line with the objectives of the PHC.
• Assist with laboratory operations and laboratory management and where necessary support research projects at UG, PG and PhD level.
• Write up research papers in high quality academic journals.
• Present research findings and educational resources at seminars and conferences and other forums as required.
• Engage in training programmes in the University (or elsewhere) that are consistent with the needs and aspirations of the project and those of the Department.
• To collaborate in research initiatives with colleagues from other UK and PHC international networks and other relevant Para sports bodies.
• Undertake other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade
of the post.