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Research Studentships in Youth Sports Medicine and Technology

Research Studentships in Youth Sports Medicine and Technology

4-year D.Phil. studentship

Studentships within the Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology

Supervisors: Prof. Jeroen Bergman, Prof. Robin Cleveland, Prof. Constantin Coussios, Prof. Tim Denison, Prof. Mark Thompson, Prof. Amy Zavatsky

Launched in 2021 and based within the University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Department of Engineering Science), the Podium Analytics 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.


These studentships are open to UK students, EU and overseas students (all full award – fees plus stipend). Up to 4 studentships (2 Home and 2 Overseas) are available to start in the 2022-23 academic year. See here for more details about fee status (Home/Overseas).

Award Value

University course fees are covered at the level set for Home fees (£8,620 in 2022-2023 academic year) and Overseas fees (£28,560 in 2022-23 academic year). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) will be c. £17,609 (£15,609 UKRI 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 honoursin 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.

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Prof Constantin Coussios (

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 Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology:

  • Development of testing methods for sport monitoring and protective equipment
  • Modelling, monitoring and prevention of injury in sport, including concussion, cardiac and other catastrophic injuries
  • Use of Big Data to understand and predict youth sport injury
  • The effect of early adulthood development on the impact of sport injuries

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

Please quote 22ENGBI_PA in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Application deadline: 3rd December 2021

Start date: October 2022