PhD - Youth Players

Chichester, United Kingdom
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Salary  The bursary amount will be £12,500 per annum
Job category/type  Research/Bursaries

Job description

Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences: Research Studentships

October 2017 - September 2020

PhD Title: Towards compilation of practical guidelines for soccer heading in youth players: Biomechanical loading and coaching implications

This bursary offer students the opportunity to undertake a programme of doctoral research whilst also, potentially, developing their experience of learning and teaching in higher education in a supportive and supervised environment.

The studentship carry a tax-free stipend of GBP 12,500 and a full-time home-fees waiver. Students accepting the bursary may also undertake teaching duties up to a maximum of 6 hours per week (120 hours per annum), subject to availability. Such duties will be remunerated (currently at GBP 25.83 per hour). The bursary is funded for 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual review.

The preference is for students to undertake full-time research starting on the 1st October 2017.  Part-time research is possible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences has a strong research environment and has achieved excellent results in the most recent Research Evaluation Framework (with 97% of our research deemed to be internationally recognised and over 50% deemed to be internationally excellent). We have 28 full-time members of staff researching various topics within sport and exercise sciences (with particular research strengths and interests in Occupational Performance, Developing Coaches and Athletes, Health and Well-Being and Nutritional Supplementation). We currently have a cohort of 22 MPhil/PhD students.

The Application Process

Applicants should hold a minimum of good upper second class honours degree and a Masters degree in relevant subject areas.  We welcome applicants with relevant industry experience who do not possess a masters level qualification.

Non UK/EU students are eligible to apply however the usual processes for applying to study in the UK will be required (please see International Student pages:  Students will also be expected to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and Overseas Fees and appropriate visa, if required.

Each applicant will apply through the normal HR recruitment process i.e. online application, or hard copy of the online form.  In addition to asking for personal details, education history, 'other information' and references, the application requests detailed information about the research proposal.  Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the relevant individual(s) in the subject area to discuss the research proposal.

Application deadline: 20th August 2017

Interview dates: w/c 4th September 2017

PhD Title: Towards compilation of practical guidelines for soccer heading in youth players: Biomechanical loading and coaching implications

In recent years the medical consequences of concussion, particularly the risk of brain injury have gained widespread media attention. In response, in 2015 US Soccer created rules to ban heading of a soccer ball in players under 10 years old.  Further, they have placed limits on the amount of 'heading' that can be performed by players under the age of 14 years old.  The proposed programme of study will record cranial accelerations during training and competition, in partnership with EPL academies. A range of differing interventions will also be performed in an attempt to reduce loading through a technique coaching programme, and also modification of existing technology in an effort to provide guidelines for safe learning of this fundamental skill in young players.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr Neal Smith (Field Leader in Biomechanics and Research Methods, tel: 01243 816295, email: and Professor Mike Lauder (Head of Department)