PhD Studentship: Analysis of Cervical Spine Injury Mechanisms in Rugby Activities

We welcome applications for a fully-funded full-time three-year University PhD studentship at University of Bath, fully supported by the RFU Injured Players Foundation ( The successful applicant’s main location will be at the Department for Health alongside the Improving Human Function research theme.

The aim of this project is to profile the cervical spine internal stresses during rugby contact events in order to understand mechanisms of injury and inform changes in technique instruction and training programmes designed for injury prevention. This research will benefit from a multiscale biomechanical framework, which is based on the use of experimental in vivo data to drive computer simulations of rugby contact events. The computer methods used will be based on musculoskeletal modelling and finite element modelling.

Full information is available at
including the link to the online application form via which you must apply.

Funding includes a full stipend, training support grant and UK/EU tuition fees.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 1 December 2016.

Any enquiries regarding the project could be addressed to:
Dr Dario Cazzola (email:
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Biomechanics
Sport, Health & Exercise Science
Department for Health | University of Bath
Applied Biomechanics Suite, 1.306