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08-10-2010, 01:58 AM
PhD Studentship in Player Perceptions of Tennis Playing Surfaces and Relationships with Performance and Injury

A collaboration between Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter and the International Tennis Federation

Sport and Health Sciences (SHS), College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter are seeking applications for a PhD studentship funded by the SHS and the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Sport and Health Sciences at Exeter maintains an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research with an exceptional track record for student satisfaction. The studentship will be located in the Biomechanics Research Team within the Bioenergetics and Human Performance Research Group, one of two research groups within SHS.

The project will consider player perceptions of different tennis court surfaces, and relationships with performance/injury risk. This will involve the mechanical characterisation of different surfaces, collection of movement and in-shoe pressure data and looking at relationships between these measures and human perception of the surfaces. These data will be used to develop models of player response to surface variation. The overall aims will be to establish relationships between player perceptions and objective tests to identify the most suitable tests for characterising tennis surfaces, and to develop predictive models of player response to court surface variation.

Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree or a master's degree in a relevant discipline. Research students initially register for an MPhil and convert to a PhD after one year of full-time study. As part of the studentship, a contribution to teaching in the School will be expected (180 hours per academic year).

This studentship covers tuition fees (UK/EU) and provides in addition an annual grant of around 10,000 (annual stipend plus payment for 180 hours of teaching).

The student will work under the supervision of Dr Sharon Dixon (SHS) and Dr Stuart Miller (ITF).

To apply, visit www.exeter.ac.uk/2010studentships/application and complete the online web form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. Closing date for applications: August 18th 2010. Start date: 1st October 2010.

For further information please contact Dr Sharon Dixon (s.j.dixon@exeter.acuk).