PhD Scholarship - Urinary incontinence in female athletes

Monash University
February 01, 2023
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PhD Scholarship - Urinary incontinence in female athletes

Job No.: 645818

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.

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  • About the Project

    Urinary incontinence (UI) is highly prevalent in female athletes – one in three women across all sports and up to 80% of high-impact athletes experience symptoms. Symptoms of UI effect the participation and performance of female athletes across all ages and level of competition. Pelvic floor muscle training is a highly effective conservative management for curing/reducing UI in community dwelling women. There is potential to use this training to manage UI in female athletes, but this has not yet been tested. Our team will undertake innovative studies to investigate pelvic floor muscle response to training among female athletes.

    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 pelvic floor physiotherapy and sports medicine. Stakeholders from Collingwood FC and affiliated elite sports organisations will have input into the project and there will be opportunity for data collection and potential 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 physiotherapist with a strong academic record, research experience and keen interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy.

    Successful applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a fully-qualified physiotherapist with AHPRA Registration
  • Be currently residing in Australia
  • Have an exceptional academic record (e.g., Grade point average > 3 out of 4 OR high distinction average)
  • Have research experience including completion of a full Honours year OR at least one publication as a first author in Q1 journal.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency levels required for admission to Monash PhD programs.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills
  • Have a keen and active interest in female athlete/pelvic floor research
  • Qualification/experience in pelvic floor physiotherapy (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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