We welcome applications for a full-time PhD studentship in ourÂ Department for Health.
The successful candidate will undertake an interdisciplinary programme of research that spans the domains of sport and performance psychology (guided byÂ Dr Rachel Arnold) and behavioural immunology (guided byÂ Dr James Turner). The research will be conducted in the context of elite sport in close collaboration withÂ Dr Kate HaysÂ (Head of Psychology at the English Institute of Sport).
Background and the project
Organisational stressors, immune function, and performance in elite sport.
Organisational stressors, defined as the environmental demands associated with the organisation within which an individual is operating, are prevalent and problematic in competitive sport (cf. Arnold & Fletcher, 2012).
The appointed candidate will undertake a systematic programme of research that will examine the effects of organisational stressors on elite sport performance, aspects of athletesâ€™ immune function, and other outcomes of interest. To achieve this, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies which incorporate robust psychological, physiological, biochemical, and immunological measurements will be conducted.
The proposed PhD will also advance the management of organisational stressors with the design, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative, evidence-based intervention in elite sport.
The successful candidate should:
- fulfil the entrance requirements for aÂ Department for Health PhD
- have at least a strong understanding of sport and performance psychology and associated research methods (including quantitative/qualitative methodologies)
- have an interest in, and some understanding of, biosocial research, demonstrating aptitude for making physiological and immunological measurements (including willingness to take blood samples)
- be willing to commence their research from Monday 3 October 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Funding lasts for three years and includes:
- Â£14,057 (2015/16 rate) yearly stipend
- Home/EU tuition fees
- annual Training Support Grant
This award will be funded by a one ofÂ several studentships with their own terms and conditions.
How to apply
1.Â Apply onlineÂ to study for a full-time PhD in the Department for Health
- you must quote the project title in section 3.2 of your application:Â Organisational stressors, immune function, and performance in elite sport
- youÂ do not need to upload a formal research proposalÂ asÂ this studentship is for a specific project
The closing date for the receipt of applications isÂ 12.00 noon (GMT), Thursday 4 February 2016.
For application procedure enquiries email:Â [email protected]Â or tel. 01225 38 5233.