Strength and Conditioning PhD Studentships

Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby

Carnegie School of Sport Strength and Conditioning PhD Studentships in collaboration with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club

Studentship details (Reference CARRSC01)

In collaboration with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club we are pleased to invite applications for three full-time Studentships to study for a Doctor of Philosophy for a period of three years. If you are an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to study in a vibrant research environment while being involved in applied practice, then join us by applying for a full time bursary available within the Carnegie School of Sport.

The quality of Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism).

The Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure delivers international research excellence through its five University Research Centres one of which has a focus on Sports Performance. Staff within the Centre for Sports Performance have been working within rugby and athlete development for several years exploring ways to optimise performance and talent development.

The research projects will sit in the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, which currently funds seventeen postgraduate research studentships and four post-doctoral researchers. The research projects will involve working alongside staff at Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club, providing strength and conditioning/sports science support alongside their chosen area of research to rugby players. Candidates should have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for applied sports performance, translational research, applied practice and working with youth athletes within a professional club. Candidates should also have/or be working towards UKSCA accreditation.

The posts will require flexible working hours, including regular evening and occasional weekend work. Candidates should have a good research background and experience of delivering strength and conditioning/sports science support to professional/academy athletes, relevant to their area of research. The proposed specific project titles are;

  1. Training and match demands of youth rugby players
  2. Fatigue and recovery profiles of youth rugby players
  3. Performance and development characteristics of university rugby players

We also invite other projects to be proposed, although this should be discussed with the project lead Dr Ben Jones ( prior to application.

Please note, the closing date for applications is midnight 15th May 2017. All projects are subject to external funding.

Candidates should complete the online application form including a research proposal – Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal in writing to one of the projects listed above or provide your own project following a discussion with Dr Ben Jones.

  • Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings below as a guide.
  • The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  • Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.
  • Applicants should use the research project reference (CARRSC01) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship.

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD/MPhil
  2. Experience of providing strength and conditioning/sports science support to youth athletes
  3. Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry;
  4. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in your chosen area of research
  5. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD/MPhil will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature
  6. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the three-year studentship

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application further by contacting the following project leads: Dr Ben Jones

Each studentship will have: A stipend of £14,553 paid monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance
A tuition fee waiver

Length of Studentship
The MPhil studentship is for a period of 2 years full-time study. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress. A third year of funding and conversion to PhD will be offered following a transfer panel if satisfactory progress is made.

Start date and Induction
The start date of the studentship is October 2017. The successful candidate will attend a compulsory induction at the beginning of October at Leeds Beckett University.

Part of the Research Culture
We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.

Overseas’ Applicants
Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £4,121 and overseas’ fees of £11,800. The fee difference must be paid prior to starting.

Overseas applicants must refer to the UKBA regulations on studying in the UK and contact – telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

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