Job No.: 645817
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment
Location: Clayton campus
Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend, at the current value of $33,000 per annum 2023 full-time rate, as per the Monash Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend. There will also be an opportunity for the suitable student to receive an enhanced income of approximately $7,000 per annum.
About the Project
Hamstring and calf strain injury are leading causes of time away from competition and training in most football codes. Injury commonly occurs when the muscle actively lengthens or at least is in a lengthened position. Even though the muscle is often considered to be “stretched” in this position, whole muscle-tendon unit homogeneous ‘strain' beyond a safety factor is unlikely to explain injury occurrence. A more advanced model of injury is that it results from differential amounts (or rates) of stretch between regions within a muscle or between muscles. Improving knowledge of hamstring and calf strain injury may lead to new and more effective treatment and preventative strategies. Our team will undertake a series of studies to investigate whether inhomogeneous mechanical behaviours (fascicle strain, intra-tendinous strain) exist within the hamstring and calf muscles and whether these behaviours are altered by a past history of injury or hamstring muscle fatigue.
This PhD opportunity has been created via a collaboration with Collingwood Football Club and Monash University. The successful applicant will be supervised by an academic team (from Monash University and beyond) with expertise in muscle strain injury (David Opar, Ryan Timmins), muscle and tendon biomechanics (Anthony Blazevich) and physiotherapy research (Peter Malliaras). Stakeholders from Collingwood FC and affiliated elite sports organisations will have input into the project and there will be opportunity for data collection and a research internship within an elite sports organisation.
Candidates will need to fulfil the Monash University minimum requirements for admission to a PhD detailed here:
We are looking to recruit a talented and driven sports scientist, exercise physiologist or physiotherapist with a strong academic record and research experience. Australian and international candidates are welcome to apply.
Successful applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
The project is based in Melbourne, Australia. The candidate can commence in the first quarter of 2023.
How to Apply
To express your interest in this scholarship and PhD research opportunity, we request candidates provide:
Please submit your application via email to Peter.Malliaras@monash.edu
Wednesday 1 February 2023, 11:55pm AEDT
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