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  • PhD studentship - Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention

    Location University of Limerick, Ireland
    Deadline 17.00 Irish time (GMT+1) Friday 27th April 2018
    Interview date 24th May 2018
    Start date September 2018
    Duration Four years full-time (structured PhD)

    Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Irish Rugby Football Union to start September 2018. The project will be based in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Tom Comyns and Dr. Ian Kenny and Dr. Mark Campbell from the University of Limerick, in collaboration with the Irish Rugby Football Union Medical Services team. The aims of the PhD will be:
    • Support the research programme team to maintain implementation of their injury surveillance system (IRISweb) for various levels of the domestic Rugby Union game in Ireland which allows for the collection, tracking and trend analysis of injury patterns (incidence, nature and severity), to identify possible injury casual factors and prevention strategies.
    • Expand the injury surveillance system (IRISweb) to include the schools’ game.
    • To enhance the health and welfare of Rugby Union players across the domestic game in Ireland by providing information on injury patterns that can impact on IRFU policy regarding injury prevention measures.

    The research will involve conducting an analysis of the current injury monitoring and recording practices within the school level. It will involve working with clubs, schools and medics to survey and measure the incidence, nature, severity and prevention of injury within the domestic game, and conduct on-going monitoring of injury trends. The research will implement injury prevention interventions at the club and school level based on findings from ongoing monitoring.

    The University of Limerick (UL) with close to 12,000 students, including 2,000 international students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity. The reference to UL as ‘Ireland’s Sporting Campus’ is very much as a consequence of the University’s strategy to create a world class sporting infrastructure. The building infrastructure is complimented by leading research facilities and staff from all aspects of sport and exercise sciences, and clinicians from UL’s Health Research Institute (HRI).

    • Students will normally need to hold at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Sports Science/Physiotherapy or a related discipline. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage. Proven research experience and involvement in the Rugby industry will be an advantage.
    • The PhD candidate will be required to travel independently to Rugby clubs and schools both locally and country-wide.
    • The candidate must possess excellent written, verbal and presentation skills for both specialist and non-specialist audiences; excellent interpersonal skills; ability and experience in collaborating effectively in teams; familiarity with advanced statistics; an ability to work independently and with initiative at a high level of self-motivation; high level attentiveness to detail.
    • This position is subject to Garda vetting and foreign police clearance.

    For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr. Tom Comyns or Dr. Ian Kenny .

    To apply, please send applications directly to the following e-mail address:
    The application must comprise two documents:
    1.Cover letter briefly outlining applicant suitability and motivation for the PhD research topic, and education, employment and research experience.
    2.Curriculum Vitae (CV) including names and contact details of at least two referees.

    General information about the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences and the University of Limerick can be found at and .

    Tax free stipend of euro€18,000 per annum plus tuition fees at the EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply but will need to self-finance the balance of the non-EU fees. Funded by the Irish Rugby Football Union.