PhD Scholarship “The individual optimisation of endurance training.”


School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chatham Maritime
Closing date: 
01 March 2017
Dr James Hopker

Achievement of an optimal improvement in exercise performance requires the athlete to maximally adapt to the most favourable physiological and psychology stressors associated with training. This necessitates the training prescription be individualised to the athlete’s current athletic status, rather than applying generic training methodologies. The project will aim to investigate how an athlete’s physiological and psychological status interact with training volume and intensity in order to determine the acute exercise response. Further, the project will aim to establish how these interactions influence an athlete’s post-exercise recovery dynamics.


The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic credentials and skills to be able cope with PhD level study. Whilst there will be strong leadership from the supervisory team, it is essential that the candidate can use their own initiative to further develop the project. The successful scholarship candidate will be proficient in the laboratory environment, and have a keen interest in exercise physiology and training. It is essential that applicants demonstrate some post-GCSE mathematics experience. 

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence of the candidate and research proposal. Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.  Appropriate subjects are considered to be Sport and Exercise Science with a clear specialisation in exercise physiology (indicated by dissertation title and transcript of modules taken). A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable. More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. James Hopker ( 

Funding Details

The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences is offering one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University. As such the GTA may be expected to do some teaching on undergraduate Sport & Exercise Science related modules. The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils £14,296 in 2016-17. The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, and extended to a maximum of three years in total subject to satisfactory academic performance at the end of the first year.

How to Apply

Applications to the University of Kent should be completed on-line at Along with their application, candidates must supply a research proposal (based around the scholarship theme outlined above) of no more than 1500 words (excluding bibliography), as well as a sample of their written work (not exceeding 4,000 words – longer texts will not be read). Finally, applicants should also send a CV and covering letter to: Ruth Brown, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG.  A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or an electronic copy can be sent to

The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2017 with interviews to be held week commencing 20th March.

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