Life & Natural Sciences - Sport and Exercise Biomechanics - Studentship & Funding opportunities - University of Derby

Life and Natural Sciences Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science, University of Derby, UK


Research area

The Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science department has significant research expertise, experience and interest in a range of topics relating to biomechanics including:

  • Sequencing of body segment motions in open kinetic chain activities
  • Quantification of neuromuscular fatigue using CMJ analysis

The department has access to a range of biomechanical assessment equipment such as a Vicon 3D motion capture system, Kistler force platforms and a Delysy EMG system. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the supervisors to develop a research topic that suits their scientific interests. Informal enquiries to the supervisors are welcome (see contact details below).

The PhD supervisory team is expected to comprise Dr Tom Outram (, Dr Callum Osler and James Keenan. The successful applicant will become a student member of the department of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science (


Principal accountabilities

Graduate Teaching Assistants are expected to complete their study and submit for a PhD award within 3 years, and to contribute to teaching in the relevant Departments for up to 10 hours per week. They must:

  • Undertake research and scholarly activity associated with the PhD study programme;
  • Produce excellent research outputs and high quality publications;
  • Attend appropriate academic conferences and seminars appropriate to the PhD study;
  • Provide a high level of integrity and commitment towards the project;
  • Teach or support teaching on programmes and modules within agreed curricula, particularly within the areas of research applicable to the PhD study.




  1. Good (first or upper second class honours) degree in Sport and Exercise Science or a closely related subject
  2. Quantitative research skills
  3. Familiarity with biomechanics
  4. Knowledge and awareness of research issues in sports biomechanics
  5. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  6. Knowledge and ability to contribute to teaching in higher education


  1. MSc in sports biomechanics or a closely related subject
  2. Experience using 3D motion capture
  3. Experience using force platforms
  4. Knowledge or experience in a computing language (e.g. Matlab)
  5. Some teaching, demonstration or presentation experience


Funding details

The start date is October 2017 or soon after. The studentship covers tuition fees to the Home/EU level plus a stipend for living expenses of £14,553 per annum. If your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees. Funding will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.


For details of how to apply, please see:

Use the Research Proposal part of the application form to identify a suitable research question relating to a topic(s) identified above and provide a suitable rationale (max 300 words).

Complete applications should be forwarded to Stuart Wain at, quoting reference number L&NS_Biomech_PGTA_0917  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tom Outram ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


Deadline for applications: Sunday 10th September

Interviews are expected to be held during the week commencing 25th September. If you have not heard from us by this date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.