The situations faced by elite military personnel can be uncertain and require fast, accurate decision-making, alongside skilled movement and coordinated action. In collaboration with a unit Human Performance Team, a performance psychology programme has been developed to support the training and development of personnel engaged in their various roles.
The programme draws on psychological strategies that have empirical support for enhancing skilled performance in demanding environments and wellbeing. The research project will explore the psychological demands faced by elite military personnel and will evaluate the performance psychology programme that has been developed.
The post is for three years and while the successful applicant will be a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, the position is based in Hereford full-time.
Example of possible day-to-day duties could include (but are not limited to): • One-to-one individual development planning for elite military technical skill training as well as lifestyle management • Consultancy on the design of group training and development programmes • Development and facilitation of bespoke workshops and psych-evaluation programmes • Identify, develop and deliver performance interventions across the group
• Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject area • Highly motivated, with excellent interpersonal, presentation and organisational skills • Experience working within a Human Performance Team or other multi-disciplinary teams • Professional Accreditation • Due to the unique nature of this role, security clearances is also likely be required
• An MSc in a related discipline • Experience of conducting research • Writing up research to publication standard
The programme draws on psychological strategies that have empirical support for enhancing skilled performance in demanding environments (e.g., imagery, relaxation and activation techniques, self-talk). The key aims of the research project are:
• Aim 1: To specify the psychological demands of the unit. • Aim 2: To identify psychological strategies that operatives could use to maintain performance, health and well-being. • Aim 3: To evaluate the current performance psychology programme. • Aim 4: To propose refinements to the current performance psychology programme if required.
This opportunity is open to UK and EU applicants - please note that due to the unique nature of this role, Security Clearances are also likely be required.