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ACADEMY: PhD opportunity with CCFC and Coventry University

10 October 2018


ACADEMY: PhD opportunity with CCFC and Coventry University

10 October 2018

Developing and Monitoring Performance Characteristics in Academy Footballers 

Eligibility: UK/EU students with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full Time - three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 22nd October 2018

Interview dates: W/c 5th November 2018

Start date: January 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Neil Clarke to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Project

Developing and monitoring performance characteristics of players is imperative to the successful development of elite players. However, the efficacy and effectiveness of a number of commonly utilised development and monitoring methods are poorly supported.

Therefore, the aim of this body of work is to establish the efficacy and effectiveness of a selected training intervention with academy footballers. Alternative proposals relating to monitoring performance characteristics will also be considered.

This position will be embedded within Coventry City Football Club academy whereby you will be responsible for assisting with sports science and strength and conditioning services. 

Furthermore, research within the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS) reflects a broad strength of biological and exercise associated sciences to understand life from the level of molecules through to the whole body.

The Centre has considerable expertise, ranging from expertise in cell biology, genomic and molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition and food science, safety pharmacology, physiology, physical activity and sport performance.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry Requirements

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • Experience of working within a sport science or strength and conditioning capacity is essential. In addition, working towards a recognised accreditation (e.g. BASES or UKSCA) is desirable.

For further details see:  Making an Application

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found on our making an application page.



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