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Location Western Sydney University, School of Science and Health
App. deadline 05/11/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

PhD Scholarship - Supporting Athletic Development in a Talented Football Program

School of Science and Health

The Sport and Exercise Science program at Western Sydney University is inviting applications for a Master of Research scholarship position based at Bossley Park High School,(opens in new window) a Sydney FC Football School. The successful candidate will work with Bossley Park High School's Talented Football Program (TFP), assisting with physical testing, athletic development and monitoring of workloads and wellness of young student athletes. The candidate will also use this data to undertake a Masters research project.

About the project

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the School's TFP staff, and Dr Ric Lovell and Dr Jason Siegler of Western Sydney University. The candidate will also work collaboratively with coaches, providing sports science support and athletic development programs within the sport of football (soccer).

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Assist in physical and physiological testing, performed both at Bossley Park High School and Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus;
  • Collect data and generate reports regarding the monitoring of athletes workloads, including GPS, perceptual ratings and heart rate monitoring;
  • Assist the Bossley Park High School TFP coaching staff in gym floor supervision duties and instruction; and
  • Undertake the Master of Research program in a full-time capacity (2 years), which includes on-campus units, coursework requirements and the submission of a final thesis.

The candidate will be required to work at Bossley Park High School for two days per week during term (8.30am to 3.00pm), and to attend scheduled lectures, seminars and supervisory meetings at Western Sydney University as required by the Master of Research. Specific hours and work days may be subject to change according to School and University requirements.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic students will receive $5,000 per annum for up to two years ($10,000 in total) as a top-up award in addition to the Master of Research scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

The successful candidate must:

  • be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident;
  • demonstrate an excellent academic record;
  • be prepared to provide a satisfactory criminal record check, National Police Certificate and a Working with Children Check; and
  • be (or willing to become) an ESSA exercise scientist.

Experience in administering fitness assessments, using monitoring tools and gym floor supervision is desirable.

How to apply

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SSH: Supporting Athletic Development in a Talented Football Program

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