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Nutrition in Professional Rugby Union

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Gregory Roe
    Prof BJ Jones
    Dr J Gonzalez
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Nutrition is a key determinant of performance in Rugby Union. However, there remains a lack of understanding of the player-specific nutritional requirements across phases of training and match-play in the professional game. This PhD studentship will explore the nutritional requirements and practices of professional Rugby Union players across key time points. There will be an opportunity to develop the measurement of dietary intake, energy expenditure and related aspects of nutrition within a high-performance setting.

Bath Rugby and Leeds Beckett University are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual with a passion for sports nutrition, and a desire to scientifically advance the nutritional practices in professional rugby union. The candidate will have a strong grounding in sports nutrition with applied experience working in a multi-disciplinary team. Additionally, the candidate will have an in-depth understanding of research methods, and how to apply robust scientific methods in practice.

The successful candidate will be located in Bath and will join the research department at Bath Rugby, which consists of a number of practitioners and PhD students working in the areas of sports science, data science and performance. The candidate will work closely with members of the performance department to develop the nutritional practices at the rugby club and support individual players with their nutritional needs. The position will require some flexibility in working hours in line the Bath Rugby schedule, although the PhD programme of research and candidate’s academic development will remain a priority. The start date for the PhD is 1st October, although there is opportunity to start beforehand employed as a research assistant (from the beginning of pre-season, August 2020).

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals and the project with Project Lead Dr. Gregory Roe ([Email Address Removed] / [Email Address Removed]; 07413280008), Nessan Costello ([Email Address Removed]) or Dr. Javi Gonzalez ([Email Address Removed]; 01225 385518).

The closing date for applications is Midnight on 30th March 2020
Following application submission you will be contacted by The Graduate School (Research Admissions)
Interviews will take place week commencing 13th April 2020 and will be done via Skype.

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship will have an enhanced bursary of £17,000-20,000 depending on experience (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU/International Fees paid initially for a period of three years.

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