PhD Scholarship - Hamstring and calf strain injury mechanism: new frontiers

Monash University
February 01, 2023
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PhD Scholarship - Hamstring and calf strain injury mechanism: new


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.

Project partners

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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:

  • Have an exceptional academic record (e.g., Grade point average > 3 out of 4 OR high distinction average)
  • Have a Bachelor's degree PLUS full Honours year OR Research Masters OR at least one publication as first author (Q1 journal preferable).
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency levels required for admission to Monash PhD programs.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with athletes or sports teams (ideal not essential)
  • 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:

  • A cover letter describing your research interests and why you would like to undertake a PhD (maximum one page)
  • A CV including qualifications, academic achievements, list of publications, work history and references
  • A copy of your academic transcript(s)
  • Enquiries

    Please submit your application via email to

    Closing Date

    Wednesday 1 February 2023, 11:55pm AEDT

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