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Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship investigating running performance, Cardiff Met, UK

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  • Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship investigating running performance, Cardiff Met, UK

    Funded PhD studentship: An interdisciplinary mechanistic evaluation of altered perceptual effort and running performance with changes in attentional focus

    This three year PhD will commence in September 2016. The PhD bursary consists of the standard tuition fee for a “home” student and a stipend linked to the minimum amount set annually by Research Councils UK (currently £14,296 pa).

    Endurance exercise, such as running, has multiple physical and mental health benefits for clinical, low physical activity and athletic populations. Whilst undoubtedly such populations have different exercise goals (i.e. health benefits and/or performance enhancement), achievement of these relies on engagement with, and the intensity of, the training programme, which is in-turn regulated by perceptual effort. Although altering focus of attention when exercising lowers perceptual effort and improves performance, a reliance on mono/dual-disciplinary research means there is scope to further understand the mechanisms behind such effects. The aim of this project, therefore, is to provide an interdisciplinary mechanistic understanding of the biomechanical (e.g. lower limb movements), neuromuscular (e.g. muscle firing patterns) and physiological (e.g. oxygen consumption) mechanisms underpinning perceptual effort and performance during different attentional focus strategies.

    Project Team
    Director of Studies: Dr Isabel Moore (Biomechanics, Cardiff Metropolitan University)
    Supervisors: Dr Kelly Ashford (Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University) & Professor Andrew Jones, (Physiology, University of Exeter)
    Advisors: Professor Richard Mullen (University of South Wales) & Professor Peter Weyand (South Methodist University, USA)

    Entry Requirements
    Applicants should hold a good honours degree (i.e., minimum 2:1) in Sport and Exercise Science (including biomechanics, psychology and physiology components) or related discipline. Ideally the applicant would have or be working towards, a distinction in a Masters degree in a relevant subject area. A strong background in quantitative research methods, experience in human performer testing, good organisation and, written and verbal communication skills are essential. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research.

    Please use the following link to download the application form:
    Completed applications should be returned to Susie Powell.

    Closing date: 5pm on Friday 22nd July 2016

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in the week commencing 15th August 2016.
    The successful candidate will be expected to be start September

    Please direct informal enquiries for this studentship to Dr Isabel Moore,