PhD Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and St Brendan's College Partnership

Central Queensland University and the prestigious Queensland-based secondary school, St Brendan’s College, have partnered to offer an exciting PhD scholarship for a suitable doctoral candidate. The successful candidate will be embedded at St Brendan’s College and work closely with academic supervisors as well as the Director of Sport and Director of Rugby League at St Brendan’s College. The candidate will undertake a series of applied research projects examining senior schoolboy rugby league athletes. These projects will involve novel, impactful research exploring training and competition demands, health and fitness indicators, and links to academic performance in a large sample of trained, schoolboy athletes.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 18 August 2020

Closing Date: 31 January 2021

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
Study RegionRockhampton Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the successful applicant must:

  • have been awarded a Masters degree either by research or with a substantial element of research from an approved institution; or hold an undergraduate degree with first- or second-class honours conferred by an approved institution. The applicant’s degree should be in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport science or a related field;
  • hold a current Queensland Blue Card, or eligibility and willingness to obtain a Queensland Blue Card;
  • hold a minimum Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 qualification, with Level 2 qualification preferred (and/or UKSCA/NSCA equivalent);
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or eligible for a student visa for temporary residence and already be living in Australia at time of application due to travel restrictions that are currently in place in Australia due to COVID-19;
  • be approved for admission and enrol as in internal, full-time student in the Doctor of Philosophy program in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity; the candidate must be based at the Rockhampton North campus.

Applications are invited from candidates who have:

  • a demonstrated ability to review and critique literature extensively and systematically;
  • a demonstrated ability to undertake highly-controlled research, including handling, processing, and interpreting data, and the application of relevant statistical analysis;
  • strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines;
  • excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders;
  • experience with adolescent athletes and/or team-sport athletes in a strength and conditioning role is highly desired.

There is currently limited research quantifying the training and competition demands encountered by Australian schoolboy rugby league athletes across a competitive season; the proposed series of studies will provide foundation evidence on this topic. Furthermore, schoolboy athletes may compete and train with their school, club, and representative teams, while also experiencing various academic and life stressors that are not readily encountered in other athlete populations. Consequently, a novel multidimensional approach will be taken to understand the impact of training and competition demands, personal attributes and life stressors on the health, athletic and academic performance of senior schoolboy rugby league athletes.

The findings from these projects will have important implications for rugby league coaching and high-performance staff working with adolescent athletes, young athletes with aspirations of pursuing professional sporting pathways, and secondary school education systems. Specifically, knowledge of the interrelationships between training and competition demands, personal attributes, stress, wellness, athletic performance and academic performance will potentially inform training prescription, competition scheduling, and lifestyle strategies to attain sporting and academic success, as well as optimise mental and physical health in schoolboy athletes.

St Brendan’s College is a Catholic Year 7 to 12 day and boarding school for boys located on a beautiful 300-acre campus on the Capricorn Coast. The College is the leading choice for boys in Central Queensland, with teaching methods and practices focused specifically on a single sex education.

The successful candidate will be embedded at St Brendan’s College. During the school term, the successful candidate will undertake daily gym supervision of various schoolboy athletes, working closely with the respective sports coaches. Therefore, industry-based experience, and willingness to refine a skill set in strength and conditioning/sports science will be advantageous.

Please attach certified copies of all relevant qualifications (academic/industry) to your application. Please also attach copies of any scientific writing to evidence your research ability (e.g., published articles, thesis, etc.).

This doctoral course will be supervised by Dr Thomas Doering and Dr Aaron Scanlan of Central Queensland University. Applications should be submitted by email to Dr Thomas Doering no later than close of business (5 pm AEST) on the 31st January 2021. The successful candidate will commence their studies in February 2020. Please contact Thomas Doering for any questions regarding this scholarship. Please include in the application:

  • a 1-page letter outlining your relevant experience and motivation for the position;
  • your curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting your contact details, education, research activity/publications, industry experience/skills, and complete contact details of two referees;
  • evidence that you meet all required eligibility and selection criteria;
  • all supporting documentation as outlined (relevant qualifications, example/s of scientific writing and copies of academic transcripts).
Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available. Selected candidates will be invited to complete an interveirw process with academic supervisors and relevant staff at St Brendan’s College.
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