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PhD Studentship in Canoeing Performance

Applications are invited from outstanding, highly-motivated students for a studentship focusing on the biomechanical analysis of on-water paddling performance in Canoe Sprint Racing. The project is a collaboration between the University of Lincoln, the English Institute of Sport and British Canoeing. The successful candidate will normally be based at the High Performance Centre, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and will work alongside the British Canoe Sprint Team. He or she will also be expected to be actively engaged with the research community at the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Science, with occasional travel to Lincoln. The appointment will be funded for four years, subject to satisfactory annual performance.

The student will employ kinematic and kinetic analytical techniques to explore the relationship between equipment, paddle and body movements, and on-water performance. The student will be expected to integrate relevant research findings relating to the biomechanics, physiology, and physics of the sport of Canoe Sprint Racing, with the goal of delivering coherent evidence-based recommendations for improving elite level paddling performance.

Details of the studentship and the application process can be found in the following document:

PhD Studentship (Canoeing Performance)

For more information, please contact Dr Sandy Willmott at swillmott@lincoln.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th October.

New Funded PhD Openings in the School of Sport & Exercise Science

The University of Lincoln is investing over half a million pounds in new strategic research opportunities, including fully-funded PhD studentships to start in September 2014. Twenty fully-funded candidates will be entitled to full UK/EU fees and a stipend of £15,000 a year for a maximum of three and a half years.

Applications are invited for a number of projects, including the following that include academics from the School of Sport & Exercise Science in their supervisory teams:

Entry requirements and details of how to apply can be found on the individual Studentship links above.

Applications should be made by 5pm on 18th April 2014. Candidates will be notified w/c 5th May of the outcome of the process. Interviews are anticipated to take place w/c 26th May.




Research Update: Cognitive Load & Endurance Exercise Performance

James McCarron, a PhD student from the Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport Performance Research Group was the latest speaker in the Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in the School of Sport & Exercise Science. James’ research explores the relationship between pacing strategies in endurance exercise and the competing demands on brain processing from other cognitive loads. Participants in his studies were asked to complete endurance tasks under three conditions: no additional cognitive task, an ‘easy’ cognitive task, and a ‘complicated’ task (the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task). James presented his provisional findings – showing clear detrimental effects of a cognitive task on exercise performance, and vice versa – to an audience of staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Cognitive woodway

One of the School’s first PhD students, James is well placed to reflect on the rapid increase in research activity:

“Since beginning my PhD in January 2011 I have seen substantial growth within the postgraduate research community in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. With the acquisition of new technology over the years in a number of the sub-disciplines within Sport Science, exciting research is emerging. There are now specific groups that aim to produce top-class research across wide-ranging areas. This is definitely a stimulating and optimistic place to be for the aspiring sports scientist.”

Postgraduate research students joining the School this academic year are Rachel Williams and Alice Carter (Health Advancement Research Team), Jodie Levick and Franky Mulloy (Biofeedback in Sport), Lizzie Stamp (Mental Toughness) and Paul Harsley (Psychophysiology of Exercise and Sport Performance).

More information on all of the School’s research groups can be found here.