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PhD studentship: University of Portsmouth, UK (recovery following ACL reconstruction)

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  • PhD studentship: University of Portsmouth, UK (recovery following ACL reconstruction)

    A fully funded PhD studentship is offered starting in October 2016 at the University of Portsmouth (Department of Sport and Exercise Science) investigating recovery from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.

    Details of PhD project:

    Injuries to the ACL can severely impact on mobility, physical activity and quality of life. Furthermore, ACL injuries account for some of the largest amounts of time lost to injury in elite sports people, at a substantial cost to players and their clubs. Treatment following ACL injuries can range from prescribed rest to surgical reconstruction, which can be performed using a number of different methods. Biomechanical indicators can be used to evaluate and select correct approaches to patient treatment and have been shown in other conditions to be sensitive in distinguishing between type of injuries and responsiveness to treatment variations. This project forms part of a national research collaboration between the Universities of Portsmouth, Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin and associated NHS trusts.

    The aim of this PhD research project is to use biomechanical indicators to inform recovery from ACL rupture following reconstruction treatment. The research will involve collection of biomechanical data to provide insight into the effectiveness of ACL treatments. The national collaboration between academic institutions and NHS trusts provides an opportunity for the candidate to gain vast experience of multi-site research and collaboration with the NHS. The PhD project will be used to inform future surgical decisions relating to ACL reconstruction and the studentship will also provide opportunities to present research findings to both academic and clinical audiences.

    Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of 14,057 p.a (for 16/17) for up to 4 years.
    Full Home/EU fees will be paid by the University.
    Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week to support their department.

    The studentship is offered for full-time, Home or EU candidates only.
    A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject is required.
    For students without English as a first language or without a first degree from an English speaking University, an English Language Proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.

    For details of how to apply please visit:

    Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Tim Exell (

    The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd April 2016
    Interviews are expected to take place between 18th April and 29th April 2016
    Last edited by Tim Exell; March 18th, 2016, 09:12 AM.

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    Re: PhD studentship: University of Portsmouth, UK (recovery following ACL reconstruct

    A two week reminder about this post - Applications close on Sunday 3rd April 2016.


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      Re: PhD studentship: University of Portsmouth, UK (recovery following ACL reconstruct

      A final reminder about this studentship. Applications close this coming Sunday (3rd April).