Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Queensland, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Scienes
App. deadline 31/08/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

Development of Strength and Power in Elite Rugby League

Applications are invited for a PhD position to be offered jointly by the Brisbane Broncos and the University of Queensland (UQ). The successful applicant will work within the High Performance Research Program at the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club, with the position to focus on strength and power training in elite rugby league players. This position provides an exciting opportunity for a graduate with a Class 1 Honours degree or equivalent to carry out high quality applied sports science research in close collaboration with performance staff, coaches and athletes. The successful applicant will be based primarily at the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club and will have supervisors from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Broncos as well as an external specialist in the strength and power field. Preference will be given to applicants who are likely to win an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition fees, a base stipend of $27,0822 per annum (2018 rate),  indexed annually for a period of up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory annual progress, while the Brisbane Broncos will provide an additional $5,000 stipend per annum to the scholarship payment.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the UQ Graduate School to be be eligible.  Applicants who are not made an offer by the Graduate School can not be considered.   The link is

Start date:    January 2018.           

Supervisors:  Jeremy Hickmans, Brisbane Broncos, Dr Vince Kelly, University of Queensland, Prof Mike McGuigan, Auckland University of Technology.

Enquiries:  Dr Vince Kelly – Phone: +61 403 095 776,

Applications: Closing date – 31st August 2017. Applicants will be interviewed between the 1st and 8th September and will need to complete the scholarship application with UQ by the 15th September.

  • Applicants are requested to address the “Job Holder Requirements” listed in the Duty Statement .
  • Please supply the names of two professional referees, a copy of your academic transcript and a brief CV containing contact details.

Submission via email to:  Dr Vince Kelly (


DUTY STATEMENT - PhD Scholar, Development of Strength and Power



  • Obtain a PhD based on research that significantly contributes towards improving the
  1. a) performance of elite athletes by improving strength techniques and
  2. b) performance of elite athletes by improving power and velocity based training methods and
  3. c) understanding the impact of strength and power training load on training and match performance.
  • Become an integral member of the Brisbane Broncos performance staff, assisting in providing sport science support to the NRL squad which could benefit from the directed strength and power research.



Satisfaction of all PhD supervisors with rate of progress in the design and conduct of research.

  • Success completing projects on schedule.
  • Completion and publication of research papers and sport-specific reviews.
  • Level of contribution to the general operation of the Performance Department, including monthly reports on relevant research topics (including current literature, research method designs and practical application of research findings).
  • Demonstration of behaviours and qualities that support the values of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club and the University of Queensland.


An Honours degree (First Class) or a Masters degree in exercise physiology, exercise science or a closely related field. (Preference will be given to applicants who are likely to be awarded a (RTP) PhD Scholarship.)

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and to apply the findings in practical settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Personal attributes as follows:
  1. Love of sport
  2. Enthusiasm, reliability and creativity.
  3. Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  4. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, or independently where necessary.
  5. Willingness to work unconventional hours.

It is desirable for you to have:

  • experience in the research or practice of strength and power training
  • relevant experience working in applied sport science, specifically in strength and power modalities
  • knowledge of statistical analysis including contemporary approaches such as effect size statistics
  • previous experience working in high performance sports (preferably football codes)
  • developing publication record 

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Mr Vincent Kelly
+61 403 095 776