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Training load, injury and performance in professional football

Project Description

This PhD research-industry scholarship represents a unique opportunity to combine research with industry practice. This combination will allow the successful individual to gain valuable experience in applied research while embedded full-time at the Arsenal FC training centre operating within the Performance and Research Team. The topic of the PhD will focus on training load, injury and performance in professional football - specifically gaining insights from training load and the link (or not) with injury in addition to optimisation of the training process for enhanced performance.

This PhD research project will be a collaboration between Arsenal Football Club and Edinburgh Napier University. There will also be an external supervisor, Professor Franco Impellizzeri from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia involved with this studentship.

We anticipate holding interviews on 13th May 2019 in Edinburgh. Reasonable expenses can be claimed
from entry into the UK.


- A completed application form
- CV
- Two academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (You will find this on the application process page)
- A personal research statement. (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction. If you are not responding to an advertised project, then your personal research statement will need to include an outline of the project you are proposing)
- Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)

Academic qualifications:
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in sport science or a related discipline with a good fundamental knowledge of the research process, statistical analysis and epidemiology.

English language requirement:
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
• Experience of fundamental research and statistical analysis methods
• Competent in working in a high performance environment
• Knowledge of training load and injury within high level sport
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Desirable attributes:
A Masters degree in a related subject would be preferred.

Funding Notes

A £20,000 stipend and UK/EU fees will be paid for a period of 3 years from 1st October 2019.

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