PhD Research Studentship Exercise and knee joint health

Dr Jeanette Thom invites applications for a three-year full time PhD Research Studentship in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences commencing October, 2013.

Project Details

This studentship will examine the health of the knee joint as a whole following exercise. The project will include measures of muscle strength/size, tendon properties, cartilage volume and potential biochemical indices of joint damage. Knee joint health will be investigated using different types of exercise training and over time.

The focus will be on healthy knees and exercise in young and elderly populations, with the additional possible involvement of chronic conditions of the knee.


The School is amongst the very best sport related subject departments in Britain. It is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and has some of the world’s leading researchers in Sport and Exercise Science. The School was placed in the top 10 in the UK for Sports Science in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise where 80% of our research activity was judged as international or world-leading. The School is situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Menai Straits and less than half an hour’s drive from the mountains of Snowdonia. The School is well resourced for the scientific study of sport, health and exercise with an extensive range of laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. Our physiology laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. We are committed to the all round academic and professional development of our research students.

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Each holder of a PhD studentship receives an annual maintenance grant of £12,000 plus Home/EU fees. A conference grant of up to £400 per year will also be covered. Successful studentship applicants will be expected to supply around 100 hours per year of teaching/research assistance focused on a supervisor / research team as part of their development as an academic of the future.

Candidate Requirements

Successful applicants will normally have a First Class Honours Degree or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Sports Science). The ability to work independently with support of a supervisor, have the personal and communication skills to engage patients within the research project and the enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating research environment is essential.

Applications are accepted from UK/EU and International Scholars (due to funding restrictions additional fees must be covered by international applicants).


To apply, please complete an on-line University Postgraduate Application Form available by clicking the Apply link below.

The application deadline is

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Jeanette Thom

Tel. 01248 383486

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In addition to the application form and its requirements, applicants are required to provide:

Statement (100-500 words) on your relevant research skills (listing all your relevant skills, such as computer skills, relevant prior experience, the title and a brief description of your graduate study);

Detailed Research Proposal, requested by the on-line application form, please ensure that this is 400-600 words and provide a brief literature review of the most recent research on how exercise effects the knee joint and what should be considered for future research.

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