The University of Newcastle Research PhD scholarship opens for applications for international students. This is a fully funded PhD scholarship available for students of all nationalities to investigate Patellar Tendon Pathology, its Development and Relationship with Pain in Elite Athletes.  The scholarship will be supervised by Dr Suzi Edwards (UON), Professor Darin Padua (UNC) and Dr Ebonie Rio (La Trobe).
This University of Newcastle Research PhD scholarship is part of a research project supported by the National Basketball Association and GE Healthcare that will be conducted through the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Patellar tendinopathy is prevalent in young jumping athletes.
Project Details

  • The Exercise and Sport Science Research Group at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and La Trobe University, are pleased to offer a fully funded PhD scholarship for an outstanding student to study the biomechanical factors associated with patellar tendinopathy in basketball players.
  • This University of Newcastle Research PhD scholarship is part of a research project supported by the National Basketball Association and GE Healthcare that will be conducted through the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Patellar tendinopathy is prevalent in young jumping athletes. The reason why some are severely compromised by patellar tendinopathy while others play with no pain despite substantial pathology and yet others have completely normal tendons is not understood.
  • Extrinsic factors related to the loads placed on the tendon when playing may determine risk for tendon pathology and pain. This research project will investigate jump-landing biomechanics associated with patellar tendinopathy and the effect of fatigue in jump-landing biomechanics. This UON PhD Scholarship will be supervised by Dr Suzi Edwards (UON), Professor Darin Padua (UNC) and Dr Ebonie Rio (La Trobe). The successful candidate will be based at The University of Newcastle (Ourimbah campus, 1 hour north of Sydney, Australia) fulltime as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

Eligible Course Level: Scholarship is awarded for pursuing PhD programme.
Eligible Study Subject: Scholarship is available to study the biomechanical factors associated with patellar tendinopathy in basketball players.
Worth of Award
UNRSC50:50: 50% from Graduate School, 25% from School of Environment and Life Sciences, and 25% from Faculty of Science & Information Technology.
Eligibility
A strong background in biomechanics from any of the following fields: exercise science (kinesiology), bio/mechanical engineering, rehabilitation sciences (physiotherapy, podiatry).
How to Apply
The mode of applying is online.
Interested applicants are advised to send an email expressing their interest.
Contact: Dr Suzi Edwards
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 (02) 4929 4428
Deadline: The application deadline is 15th August 2016.
Click here for more details and to apply

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