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Research Studentship in Youth Sports Medicine and Technology

Research Studentship in Youth Sports Medicine and Technology

Studentship within the Podium Institute for Sports Medicine and Technology

4-year DPhil studentship 

Potential Supervisors: Prof. Jeroen Bergman, Prof. David Clifton, Prof. Constantin Coussios, Prof. Robin Cleveland, Prof. Tim Denison, Prof. Antoine Jerusalem, ‪Prof Liang He, Prof João Henriques, Dr Christian Rupprecht, Prof. Mark Thompson, Prof. Mauricio Villarroel, Prof. Amy Zavatsky ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Launched in 2021 and based within the University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Department of Engineering Science), the Podium Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford shifts the traditional emphasis of research into sports injury - which is predominantly adult-centric and based upon treatment – by concentrating on younger athletes, 11-18 years old, and focuses on prevention rather than cure. The Institute develops new technologies to monitor and analyse the individual factors that currently lead to youth sports injuries and offers practical solutions for safer sports practices, focusing on safety for lifelong health, rather than performance. A hallmark of the Institute is the development and validation of new technologies for sport injury detection and prevention and for lifelong health. Where appropriate, projects can be co-supervised by academics in the Medical Sciences Division with appropriate expertise in the specific application area of the research.


This studentship is open to both UK students (full award – fees plus stipend) and Overseas students (full award – fees plus stipend).

Award Value

University course fees are covered at the level set for UK students (£9,500 in 2024-25 academic year) and Overseas students (£31,480 in 2024-25 academic year). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) will be c. £20,622 (£18,622 EPSRC stipend level plus £2,000 top up) for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in an engineering, physical sciences or medical sciences discipline relevant to the proposed area of research;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills;
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm for the field of sport medicine and technology.

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience of experimental or computational research in the field of sports medicine and technology, as demonstrated by a publication at an international conference, journal or first-class final year project report;
  • Ability to program in MATLAB or Python.

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Katherine Baysan (

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on the course page of the University website.

As part of the graduate application, candidates are expected to submit a research proposal which should ideally relate to one or more of the following priority areas within the Podium Institute for Sports Medicine and Technology:

  • Modelling, monitoring and prevention of injury in sport, including concussion, cardiac and other catastrophic injuries
  • The development of novel computer-vision-based techniques for contactless detection, quantification, and prevention of sport injury
  • Development of testing methods for sport monitoring and protective equipment
  • Use of Big Data to understand and predict youth sport injury
  • Technologies for monitoring mental health and wellbeing, and their likely impact on the incidence and severity of sport injuries

Proposals in additional research areas are welcome but should clearly fall within the overall scope of the Podium Institute for Sports Medicine and Technology.

Please quote 23ENGBI_CC in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Application deadline: Friday 1 December 2023.

Start date: October 2024