PhD studentship in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

The main Biomechanics Laboratory

The main Biomechanics Laboratory

28 February 2013

A Ph.D. Studentship in Sport & Exercise Biomechanics is available in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University.  The PhD position will focus on research that fits within the research activities of the Department, which include:

"Biofeedback of muscle activity patterns in low back pain patients"

“Falls prevention in older people”

"The effect of pedalling technique on cycling time trial performance"

These are just three examples of the sort of project that might be examined by this research group. The precise project will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor. This studentship will be allocated specifically to research undertaken in Biomechanics.

A full time Ph.D. Studentship in Sport & Exercise Science is available in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. The department has an extensively equipped Biomechanics laboratory, including motion analysis system, force plates and electromyography. In addition to the research, the successful candidate will be expected to provide an average of one day per week of teaching assistance to academic staff, mainly in the form of supervising laboratory classes and seminars and in assessing some undergraduate work.

You will register for a Ph. D. degree in an area compatible with the interests of current staff, and your fees (to EU / UK level) will be paid. International applicants are also welcome (please note the difference in fees). A stipend (currently £13, 590) will be payable by quarterly instalments. The posts are available from 1 September, 2013 for three years.

Requirements: Applicants should have a 2:1 or first class degree or equivalent in Sport and Exercise Science (with a large component of biomechanics), or a biomechanics related field. An MSc in one of these areas is also desirable (but not essential). Experience of biomechanical testing techniques would also be advantageous.

How to apply: Candidates should apply via a UKPASS application form and include a research proposal that is closely linked with research in the department. Via the Post Graduate website, you will be directed to the UKPASS application form, where you will need to register.   Applications need to include (a) an application form, (b) research proposal, (c) two  references, (d) proof of identity, qualifications, etc, and (e) a personal statement that details what you feel you can offer and gain from this position. Applicants are encouraged to show their potential contribution to the Department's research (for example by extending the current area of research) in their research proposal that is part of the application process.

The application deadline is the 1st of May 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview, which will include a short presentation of their research proposal.

Please make contact with Dr Marco Arkesteijn ( in the first instance before submitting an application.