PhD Bursary Opportunity in Sports Biomechanics

School of Sport and Health Sciences
University of Exeter

An opportunity has arisen for a funded PhD position at the University of Exeter, School of Sport and Health Sciences. The proposed project is in the area of player-shoe-surface interaction.

For informal enquires, please contact Dr Vicky Stiles (V.H.Stiles@exeter.acuk). For further information and application details, please see below.

Funded PhD Bursary in Bioenergetics and Human Performance

Three-year bursary: tuition fees (UK/EU rate only), payment for 180 hours of teaching/research support (in excess of £2,700) and £1,500 towards maintenance

Deadline for applications: 5 March 2010

The School of Sport and Health Sciences is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for up to four bursaries with the Bioenergetics and Human Performance research group, worth over £7,000 per annum. The successful candidates will also benefit from the School’s generous conference support package, facilitating attendance at national and international conferences.

Bioenergetics and Human Performance (BHP)
The BHP research group focuses on understanding and enhancing human performance through integrated physiological, psychological and biomechanical lines of enquiry. Human performance transcends all ages of life, and is critical in health and disease and for supreme athletic performance. Through our multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, we aim to understand the factors that limit human performance, and implement strategies (exercise, pharmacological, psychological, and technological) that bring about an improvement in performance across a range of human populations. A particular research focus surrounds muscle energy metabolism, mechanisms of fatigue and respiratory control during exercise. Much of our research is conducted with a sporting context but could have applications in non-sporting contexts where individuals perform under stressful conditions such as in business, education, and medicine.

Applications are particularly welcome to research within the following group themes:
a. Exercise testing and training of young people with cystic fibrosis
b. The effects of supportive relationships on psychological processes underpinning performance
c. Biomechanics of injury and performance: player-shoe-surface interaction
d. The assessment of cold in older and clinical populations, and the effects of physical activity and diet on thermo-regulation.
e. Critical power theory and pacing strategy

Training and support will be provided to enable bursary holders to develop their teaching, research and other professional skills.

For further information on current research in this area and academic staff profiles visit

Application criteria:
Eligibility for these bursaries is limited to new students who register for full-time study on the PhD programme in Sport and Health Sciences, commencing October 2010. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree, or equivalent, and ideally a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline

How to apply:
To apply, visit and complete the online web form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter, details of two academic referees and a research proposal. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

For general enquiries please contact Sophie Beardmore at

Interviews are week commencing 22 March 2010.

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