The University of Newcastle, Australia

Psychological Aspects of Recovery: Promoting Holistic Recovery to Improve Performance Health in Elite Athletes

Closing Date: 31 January 2020


PhD Scholarship

Optimal recovery involves good sleep quality and hygiene, and strategic planning to prepare and adapt to the demands of being an elite athlete in order to maintain health and perform at one’s best. This PhD Scholarship will review holistic recovery in elite athletes focusing on psychological and behavioral factors, and develop and evaluate an intervention to improve athletes’ recovery and improve health.

The Exercise and Sport Science Research Group at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia, (https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/science/exercise-and-sport-science) is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship for an outstanding student to study psychological aspects of recovery and health in elite athletes. This University of Newcastle Research PhD scholarship is a collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Australian Catholic University (ACU), and data collection will be conducted through the AIS Athlete Availability Program. Optimal recovery involves good sleep quality and hygiene, and strategic planning to prepare and adapt to the demands of being an elite athlete in order to maintain health and perform at one’s best.

The PhD candidate will first conduct a literature review on holistic recovery in elite athletes focusing on psychological and behavioral factors (i.e., sleep, recovery technniques, personal health, and lifestyle management, etc.). The final project with involve the development and evaluation of an intervention to improve athletes’ recovery and improve health. The PhD candidates will work within a cross-disciplinary team comprised of sport psychologists, physiologists, and other exercise scientist-practitioners. The successful candidate will be based at the AIS (Canberra, ACT) working as part of the AIS Athlete Availability team, and include regular visits as required to ACU and UON.

The UON PhD Scholarship will be supervised by Dr Renee Appaneal (AIS), Dr Shona Halson (ACU), Dr Suzi Edwards (UON), and Dr Kotryna Fraser (UON).

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Suzi Edwards

Available to: Domestic students

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Eligibility Criteria

The opportunity is open to only Australian/New Zealand nationals candidates.

In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for admission the successful applicant must also be able to demonstrate a GPA of at least 5.25 out of 7, meet the English Proficiency and be awarded an Honours Class One or equivalent.

Prospective applications should have a background in psychology and/or sport science, and registration by AHPRA as a Psychologist is highly desirable . Applicants should also have a desire to expand their current capabilities as the project demands.

Application Procedure

If you are interested, please first send an email to Dr Suzi Edwards with the items listed below.

  • A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, why you would be a good candidate for this ‘Psychological aspects of recovery’ research project, evidence of experience or interest in psychology and/sport science research together with the names and contact information of two referees.
  • Your CV.
  • Academic transcripts (do not need to be notarized versions).

Applicants will be thoroughly evaluated for merit and suitability. Successful applicants will be notified promptly, after which they will be required to apply directly to The University of Newcastle.

Please send the email expressing interest to suzi.edwards@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 31 January 2020.

Applications Close 31 January 2020


Contact Suzi Edwards
Phone 02 4349 4428
Email suzi.edwards@newcastle.edu.au

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