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Postgraduate Research Assistants: Equestrian Performance Research Centre and Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre


Postgraduate studentships

Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

About the Programme

With over 1800 students studying degrees at foundation, honours and postgraduate level, Hartpury presents a unique environment designed to support an outstanding student experience. We offer industry relevant provision and outstanding research opportunities. This is underpinned by access to specialist facilities which we fully utilise to enhance delivery and support the employability of our graduates.

As an institution, Hartpury is developing a growing reputation for research and knowledge exchange in Equestrian Performance, Sport and Exercise Science and Animal and Agriculture. We are looking to recruit two Postgraduate Research Assistants to support the Equestrian Performance and Sport and Exercise Science Research Arenas. You will be working alongside staff and students, providing practical support for research projects, coordinating research seminars and events, and providing technical support for research equipment, as well as representing the Research Centres in marketing and careers events. Our unique environment offers outstanding opportunities to the successful candidate to develop their own research skills and to be part of a dynamic portfolio of research and industry engagement, alongside achieving a Masters qualification and completing your own research project. Candidates must be accepted upon a two year Postgraduate taught programme at Hartpury University to be eligible to apply for these positions.

Equestrian Performance

The Equestrian Performance Research Assistant will assist with the production of research within the Equestrian Performance Centre and will be largely based within the Equine Therapy Centre and the Margaret Giffen Rider Performance Centre using equipment such as 3D motion capture, inertial motion sensors and state of the art riding simulators. Previously, Research Assistants have supported twice yearly Equine Research Seminars, staff research projects, student research projects (from undergraduate to Postgraduate); delivery of Knowledge Exchange activities such as ‘Little Leg Up' for British Dressage, assisting with visits from researchers from other institutions, demonstrating and testing equine specific kit, monitoring of Equine Academy riders, as well as having the opportunity to be a co-author on Equestrian Performance Centre projects. It is a hugely varied and interesting role. Applicants should be proficient in Excel as minimum.

Sport and Exercise Science

The Sport and Exercise Research Assistant will assist with the design, production and dissemination of focused research projects within this area. Hartpury has invested considerably into state of the art laboratory facilities and the successful candidate will be need to operate effectively in the laboratory and field environments to collect data of the highest quality. This role also requires excellent communication skills to liaise between the Department, Research Centre, Sports Academy and with the participants of the research projects. This will be an exciting and varied role and would be excellent experience for anyone considering a future role or higher qualification in research or applied sport and exercise sciences.

We offer excellent benefits including a comprehensive continuous professional development programme, onsite fitness facilities, free onsite parking and lots more.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Please email for an application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1st June 2020.
Interviews will be held on 17th June 2020.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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