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Research Fellow in Sports Sciences

Coventry University – Centre for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Contract: Full Time, Fixed Term until October 2025   

Our Mission

Coventry University is a global Education Group that empowers students and communities to transform their lives and society through teaching, learning, research, and enterprise. An ambitious and innovative university, our research is designed to have real-world impact on society and tackle global challenges through our 16 challenge-led, interdisciplinary research centres. We enable high performing research teams and future research leaders to thrive and make an impact locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

The Role

As Research Fellow within the Centre for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Sciences you will undertake and play a lead role in the development of impactful research and consultancy activity.  Developing and identifying new research objectives, proposals, and impact activities for your own or joint research, while contributing to REF impact rated nationally/internationally excellent.

You will apply innovative research methods and extend the research portfolio including the publication of your research results and outcomes. Building internal and external networks for the exchange of information and future collaboration, sharing information, and identifying potential sources of funds will play a key part of this role.

Contributing to teaching, learning and development programmes as appropriate, you will use research findings to inform curriculum development while assisting in the development of student research skills.

We are a transdisciplinary, international collaboration focused on youth movement behaviour and links to holistic development. We use innovative techniques and cutting-edge approaches to solve the population issues around inadequate motor skill development and poor levels of physical activity.

Led by Prof Mike Duncan (Coventry University and Prof Lisa Barnett (Deakin University) our multidisciplinary team includes staff from health, arts and education, sport, engineering, and information technology. We have a mix of senior, mid-career and early career researchers and those from quantitative and qualitative paradigms.

Qualifications Required

PhD (or equivalent) or professional experience equivalent to a PhD demonstrating an ability to carry-out independent research with a 1st Class/2.1 Degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Strength and Conditioning, Physical Education or a related subject.

Our Successful Candidate

A highly motivated and experienced Research Fellow with demonstrable expert knowledge and understanding of Sport, Exercise, Physical Education, or related subjects, including experience contributing to the innovation and development of the field.  An Advanced knowledge of research methods and techniques with demonstrable adherence to all regulations, you will have the ability to develop research objectives, projects, and proposals for own and joint research.

Research sufficient to write up research and produce excellent, high-quality publications in high profile peer reviewed journals and present at national/international events, you will be committed to working collaboratively on research development, delivery and dissemination including interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary research, public engagement, and knowledge exchange.

We are recruiting a Research Fellow based in Coventry to help grow and strengthen our consortium. Our research interests include:

  • analysing big data to answer important questions in the field of motor development for physical activity
  • objective automated novel technologies for motor skill measurement that can be used by the end user (e.g., teachers, coaches)
  • developing instrumentation around physical literacy that can be used by the end user (e.g., teachers, coaches)
  • complex system science intervention frameworks/evaluations in motor skill development
  • novel ways to increase children’s physical literacy

The Benefits

As a staff member of Coventry University, you will have access to a wide range of industry leading rewards and benefits which includes:

  • Excellent Employers Pension Contribution
  • 30 days Annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • New Holiday Purchase Scheme up to 5 additional days
  • BUPA Cash Plan
  • 50% off Tuition Fee’s for staff dependants
  • CU Reward Scheme – Discounts across a range of High Street/ Online Retailers
  • New Electric Car Scheme
  • Cycle To Work scheme

Our Culture

As a global Education Group, equality, diversity, and inclusion are embedded within the fabric of our organisation and are a key focus of our core values. We harness the power and potential of the diverse cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences of our students, colleagues, and partners to create opportunities for all.

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd June 2024

DBS Required: Yes

Location: Coventry
Salary: £37,099 to £40,521
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 1993
   
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