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PhD Studentship: Nutrition for endurance performance: optimising carbohydrate and fluid intake during exercise

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: SSEHS/LJ
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2020
Closing date of advert: 17 October 2019
Interview date: Likely to be 24 October 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Lewis James
Secondary supervisor: Dr Carl Hulston, Dr Stephen Mears

This exciting PhD opportunity offers the opportunity to work on research projects that will have impact from both an academic and industry perspective, facilitating the design of sports nutrition products that optimise athlete performance and health.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been ranked 1st in the world for Sport-related Subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Full Project Detail

This project will use contemporary research methods to investigate the effects of manipulating carbohydrate and fluid intake during endurance exercise, with a particular focus on the structure and composition of food supplements provided. Working in collaboration with the supervisory team and an industry partner (Decathlon SA), the successful candidate will undertake a programme of work investigating how novel manipulations in supplement structure and fluid intake affect carbohydrate / water metabolism, gastrointestinal function and performance during endurance exercise (cycling and running). Studies will aim to understand these responses during acute endurance exercise, as well as during endurance training.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in sport and exercise science, human nutrition, human physiology, biochemistry, food science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the above subjects will be an advantage.

It is also desirable that applicants have the following skills / experiences:
- A passion for understanding the interaction between nutrition and exercise
- Experience of conducting exercise and/or nutrition research studies
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A keen interest for endurance sport (particularly cycling and/or running)
- Willingness to work with industry to enhance the effectiveness of nutrition products aimed at athletes
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team

Contact details

Name: Dr Lewis James
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 226305

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/LJ

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

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