The Physiological Demands of Gymnastics (Ref: RDFC18/SER/HOWATSON)
Applications are invited for a collaborative PhD studentship between British Gymnastics, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Northumbria University. British Gymnastics have ranked highly in the medal table in recent Olympiads, World Championships and European competitions; consequently, resource to maintain and increase competitive advantage through high quality science and medicine provision is vital for future successes.
In comparison to many other Olympic sports, relatively little is known about the physiological demands of gymnastics. In the last Olympic cycle there have been developments in the support provided to gymnasts to maximise training efficacy and also optimise competition performance. In this collaborative doctoral project, we will work closely with colleagues within British Gymnastics and the English Institute of Sport to formulate a course of investigation that can effectively address important physiological-based performance questions posed by coaches and science & medicine practitioners. These might include, but are not limited to, 1) understanding the physiological demands of the sport; 2) understanding the key determinants of performance; and 3) devise and apply intervention(s) to improve the physiological potential of gymnasts.
In this unique project, that is fully funded for 4 years, the successful candidate will be based predominately with British Gymnastics at the National Sport Centre at Lilleshall, Shropshire. There will be some requirements to travel to colleagues in the EIS network and academic supervisors at Northumbria University, Newcastle. This project provides a unique opportunity to conduct high quality doctoral research and gain significant applied experience of working in a world class performance programme with the primary goal of informing practice and the future success of elite British Gymnasts.
We are seeking a high-quality candidate for this 4 year funded post. It is envisaged the successful candidate will have a good undergraduate (at least a 2:1) and/or postgraduate degree in an appropriate discipline relating to the topic (such as Sport and Exercise Science or Sport and Exercise Physiology). Excellent communication skills are essential and experience in applied settings would be an advantage. There is a strong team ethos within the programme, so above all, passion, commitment, and integrity to the successful execution of this doctoral project in support of the team at British Gymnastics is absolutely critical.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 21st October 2018. Following initial selection and subsequent shortlisting, the interviews will be on the 13th November, 2018, which all shortlisted candidate will be expected to attend.
Start Date: January 2019
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers
The studentship is available to Home and EU students with a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa) and full Home/ EU Fees.