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To quantify the energy intake, expenditure and training load across the women’s football pathway: implications for population specific sport nutrition guidelines

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Prof J Morton No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

About the School: This PhD will be based within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) at Liverpool John Moores University. RISES was the top ranking institution in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 with 97% of our research activity rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

About the Project: As part of the innovative Performance Solutions partnership between the FA, LJMU and Science in Sport, you will conduct a scheme of work that aims to optimise nutritional practices for female international soccer players across the performance pathway (u20s,u19s & U17squads). Your time will be spent between the Tom Reilly Building of LJMU and St Georges Park. You will support the delivery of a high performance nutrition service to the pathway squads that may involve national and international travel.

About the Team: The supervisory team will consist of Professor James Morton and co-supervised by Chris Rossimus (FA), Dr James Morehen (FA) and Martin Evans (FA). The supervisory team has a wealth of experience in applied research PhD programmes and the successful candidate will receive a high degree of supervision and mentorship on both academic and applied practice issues.

Entry Requirements: The successful candidate must hold a BSc and MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline (i.e. sport science, sport nutrition, nutrition, dietetics etc). Additionally, the candidate should have applied practical experience of providing nutritional support to athletes and hold graduate or full registration status with a relevant governing body e.g. The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.

Funding Notes

Only UK & EU citizens can apply for this studentship. Funding will consist of full tuition fees for three years and the award of a living stipend at UK Research Council rates. Funding will be subject to satisfactory progress.


Applicants should email the following documents to Professor James Morton:

1: Current CV complete with 2 referees
2: Covering letter outlining your skills and experience related to academic research and applied practice
3: A one page summary document outlining 3 contemporary areas of research that would lead to improved nutrition practice for female athletes.
4: An abstract of no more than 250 words on any research or athlete case-study intervention they have performed to date, as written in the style of Int J Sport Nut and Ex Metab.

Applicants must be available for interview week beginning 7th December with an expected start date of January 2021.

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