Elite sport PhD opportunity: Deakin University and the Victorian Institute of Sport

An exciting PhD project looking to more accurately and comprehensively understand the unique traits of elite swimmers to individualise preparation has become available.

Closing: 5:00 pm Friday 26th August.

This is a PhD project co-funded through the VIS Research grant scheme and Deakin University, and aligns to the National HP Sport project looking to evolve how we profile athletes across racing sports.

Topic: Physiological profiling in elite swimming

Currently there is no consensus on the preferred methodologies to assess fundamental physiological characteristics in swimmers. Through a practical series of studies, the project aims to establish the validity of critical speed in swimmers, and to determine the reliability, variation, and performance sensitivity of the maximal rate of lactate production.

The student will be based at the Victorian Institute of Sport in Melbourne and a scholarship may be available to a suitable candidate.

Eligibility: Interested candidates should have completed a research project in sport science/ physiology including a thesis which is equivalent to at least 25% of a year’s full-time study OR a master’s degree (Research).

Domestic and international candidates are invited to submit an expression of interest to the lead researchers:

Dr Lachlan Mitchell: lachlan.mitchell@vis.org.au

Dr Samantha Hoffmann: s.hoffmann@deakin.edu.au

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