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DCU Sport in conjunction with MedEx are offering a PhD studentship


Applied Research Postgraduate Studentship in MedEx, DCU Sport and the School of Health and Human Performance

DCU Sport in conjunction with the School of Health and Human Performance are combining to offer a unique teaching and research opportunity to a suitably qualified candidate. MedEx, a chronic illness rehabilitation programme caters for individuals with established cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and pulmonary disorders. Over 25 structured exercise classes run per week, and our long term aim is to develop research activity alongside each programme. This process is well underway and a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects are in train, studying questions on exercise adherence, health promotion and physiological / clinical responses to different exercise protocols. The successful candidate will become part of this dynamic teaching and multi-disciplinary research team.

If you are the successful candidate you will, from a teaching perspective, spend 60% of your time in DCU Sport. In this role you will be expected to immerse yourself in the MedEx team and contribute to the design and delivery of structured exercise classes as required. You will assist the MedEx team in caring for the needs of class participants, and in identifying and supporting the growth and development of these programmes. As part of the MedEx team, you would become one of a small, highly qualified group of experts in the applied area of exercise and special populations. You will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of DCU Sport.

From a research perspective, 40% of your time will be spent on researching a topic aligned to one of the MedEx programmes. The exact nature of your research question will be driven by your personal research interest combined with staff expertise from the School of Health and Human Performance. Areas available for study include exercise psychology, clinical exercise physiology, health promotion, programme efficacy etc. The expectation would be that you would complete a postgraduate research qualification (either an M.Sc. or a Ph.D.) on a part-time basis and within an acceptable timeframe. You will become part of the MedEx research cluster and will have the full support and access to the School of Health and Human Performance resources and postgraduate laboratories.

Both DCU Sport and the School of Health and Human Performance are committed to the all round academic and professional development of our research assistants. Funding will be based on the Research Assistant Scale (approximately €28,569-€30,309 per annum) commensurate with experience at 60% pro-rate (for teaching element). Research fees would also be covered by the studentship.

Successful applicants will normally have a postgraduate qualification or an upper second class honours degree in physical education, sport science and health or a cognate area. Additional professional qualifications, such as an industry standard in health and fitness instruction (REPS or equivalent) would be welcome. Experience of teaching group fitness instruction is essential, and evidence of project management and report writing would be an advantage. You would need to be able to demonstrate your ability to work independently with support of a teaching or research supervisor and the enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating teaching and research environment. Informal enquiries (email only) and applications (full curriculum vitae with referee details and personal statement) should be directed in the first instance to:

Dr. Catherine Woods, School of Health and Human Performance, School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland. Tel: 00353-1-7008008; Email: or Dr. Noel McCaffrey, MedEx Director, DCU, Tel: 00353-1-7007387; Email:

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Please send a CV with a personal statement outlining your aims, objectives and indicating why you would like to pursue this opportunity, and what research area is of most interest to you to Dr. Catherine Woods (via email to address above). Closing date for receipt of application is 19th December 2014. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in DCU (January 8th– 9th, 2015).

11th November, 2014