PhD Research Studentship – Sport Biomechanics


Start date: September 2013

Package: Three-year bursary of £13,726 per annum (2013/2014) plus tuition fees (at EU/UK rate)

Supervisory Team: Dr Ian Bezodis (Director of Studies) and Prof Gareth Irwin


Successful performance in sprinting is determined by biomechanical variables, yet there is still debate in the academic literature as to the relative importance of these variables. This project would combine the dual roles of gathering long-term, repeatable, training support data that can be used to answer research questions that are important to furthering the understanding of the biomechanics of sprinting with the provision of information that is meaningful to coaches and athletes, with the ultimate goal to make training more effective and efficient.

The aim of this research project is to develop understanding of the athlete-specific biomechanics of sprinting in elite athletes. The overall purpose of the research is to gain an insight into the key biomechanical indicators that may be used to develop athlete-centred training programmes in order to improve performance in elite sprinters.

Partner Organisations:  Sport Wales – the partner organization (grant funded), is a nationwide network of support centres designed to foster the talents of our elite athletes to increase the potential for medal winning success. Working hand-in-hand with elite performers, coaches and performance directors, their sports science and sports medicine specialists offer cutting-edge assistance to help our athletes gain the extra edge.

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Welsh Athletics – the governing body for the sport of Athletics in Wales is committed to ensuring success at Commonwealth Games level. As part of this commitment, we are constantly looking to improve our provision to the highest performing athletes and their coaching and support teams.  The links between ourselves and partner organisations who can facilitate improvements to the provision we can offer, are an essential part of our pursuit for excellence.

Host Organization: The Sports Biomechanics Research Group is based in the National Indoor Athletics Centre, within the Cardiff School of Sport. Currently there are 13 members of the group, including academic and research staff, research students and a specialist technician. Our research focuses on understanding and improving sports performance and reducing injury within a sporting context.

Application: Applicants should have either a good honours (at least a 2:1 classification) undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science or a related area, and potentially an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (with a specialism in biomechanics). The applicant should be able to demonstrate the necessary experience or potential to successfully complete a higher degree by research. Prior experience within the sport of athletics is desirable.

As a part of this studentship, the candidate will gain experience of working alongside applied practitioners in elite sport, and will spend allocated time at the Welsh National Sports Centres.

An application forms is available from the Apply link below.

The application form should include a statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this scholarship.

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Please send completed application form and CV to: Jane Barnett

Business Support Manager, Cardiff School of Sport

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Ian Bezodis 029 2041 7245

Prof Gareth Irwin 029 2041 7274

Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff, CF23 6XD

Closing Date: 11th July 2013
Interview Date: 25th July 2013

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