Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC

LFC Academy PhD Studentship


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Posting Date

May 24, 2022

Role description

Job Ref:

Job Title:
LFC Academy PhD Studentship

L33 7ED


Vacancy Description

A unique opportunity has arisen for an exceptional candidate to complete a Doctorate within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Liverpool Football Club related to the science of football. In addition to the completion of the academic requirements for this award the successful candidate will also provide appropriate strength and conditioning training and monitoring as part of the Sports Science and Medicine Programme at Liverpool FC Academy. This position is aimed at providing the successful candidate an opportunity to train to become an applied exercise scientist.

What will you be doing?

The research project is not set however investigations should focus on sport science and athletic development strategies to assist academy players throughout the development pathway. The candidates are expected to have a high level of scientific knowledge around the physical demands of football and what the physical support required throughout different stages of development. They should present their own ideas during the interview process. The successful candidate will work predominantly with the U18`s age groups but will also assist with the athletic development programmes and physical testing of the younger age groups.

Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will hold a postgraduate degree in sports science (or relevant discipline) from a recognised university. Knowledge of the physiological demands of football including approaches to monitoring and evaluating training loads is essential. Additionally, experience coaching youth athletes / players is necessary for this role. The candidate must be an excellent role model with extremely high levels of motivation and a personality that inspires groups of young players. A strength and conditioning qualification (UKSCA) and coaching qualifications are advantageous.

Why should you apply?

This is a full time PhD position, working on a 5 out of 7 days arrangement and is based in Liverpool Football Club Academy Kirkby often working in the evenings and at weekends.

We aspire to be the most inclusive club in world football - providing fair and appropriate opportunities to as many people from different backgrounds as possible, being welcoming and meeting their needs as best we can. We are committed to hiring great people representative of a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, not just because it`s the right thing to do, but because we believe it makes our Club stronger. If you share our enthusiasm and passion for inclusivity, then we want to hear from you.

LFC is committed to equality and diversity and apply this to our recruitment process. We are also committed to the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, meaning safer recruitment methods are applied (inc. DBS disclosures) to all appointments with vulnerable groups. The Club expects all staff to share our commitments.

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