Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sport & Physical Activity (Fixed-Term)

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Management

Starting salary from £28,936 - £33,518 per annum with further progression opportunities to £36,613.

At BU our vision is to create a stimulating, challenging and rewarding University experience, through sharing a unique fusion of education, research and professional practice and inspiring our students and staff to enrich the world. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences to build our global learning community.

The Faculty of Management is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to undertake a significant role in alarger collaborative partnership between BU and a multi-agency collective/collaboration  that is focused on improving children’s mental health and wellbeing through movement, sport and physical activity and equipping young people with sustainable, transferable skills and coping strategies to survive within the chaotic and complex demands of growth into adult life in the 21st Century.

You will plan, develop and engage in this project by embedding your research expertise into the life of the collaboration. You will spend time both at BU and with the multi-agency collective, including teachers, schools and activity providers, mental health support services, pupils, parents, carers and the wider community. You will ensure the project develops practice based evidence that can provide important data on the types of movement, activities, spaces, models, pedagogies and approaches that could make a meaningful impact on mental health and psychological wellness in young people’s lives. You will be expected to deliver to and engage with the end-users of these data including policy makers, educationalists, schools, and health professionals to provide an understanding of practices, interventions, and whole school and wider community based approaches that can shape future mental health initiatives. You will be expected to identify opportunities for academic publishing, the dissemination of research findings, and seek future research funding.

We will review applications from relevant academic disciplines, and you will have demonstrable research experience in one, or more, of the following: mental health; well-being; physical activity and young people; teaching, coaching and pedagogy; digital cultures/literacies; visual, qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies. You will need to be self-motivated and able to work using your own initiative as well as in a team and require highly developed communication skills and be able to work under pressure.

For further information and discussion, please contact Professor Michael Silk, email:

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form.  Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961133 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the appropriate reference.

The post is available on a fixed term basis for 36 months.

BU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce. We provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can fulfil their potential. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in inspirational learning, world-class research and the latest thinking.  We provide a powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience. 

Closing date: (Midnight) Sunday 10 June 2018.

Interview date: TBC.

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