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  • Middlesex University PhD Studentship opportunity in collaboration with UEFA

Middlesex University in collaboration with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are offering an exciting PhD studentship opportunity around profiling performances within elite football. The candidate will explore the use of performance profiling in detecting changes in performance under the direction of academic experts from Middlesex University.

Sponsor: UEFA & Middlesex University

Qualification: MPhil/PhD

Eligibility: UK/EU Students - Overseas students will be considered but the bursary is up to a maximum of the UK tuition fees.

Location: Remote/Middlesex University

Mode of Study: Full-time

Studentship Title: Profiling performances within elite football

Stipend & Fee: £25,000 tax-free bursary & tuition fee sponsorship (up to £6,100) per annum

Supervisory Team: Professor Nic James & Dr Nimai Parmar

Start date: October 2022

End date: October 2026

Application deadline: 14th September 2022, 23:59 GMT

Interviews: W/C 26th September 2022

Applicant requirements

· Inquisitive and willing to investigate objective sport performance data, holding the ability to use statistical methods in order to question subjective opinions and generate insights that aid in the analysis of performance. Good communicator who can translate difficult statistical concepts into simple concrete football examples.

· Undergraduate profile of minimum 2:1 in a Sports Science or Performance Analysis related discipline. Students with degrees from non-sports science related backgrounds may be considered i.e. Computer/Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics or other STEM degree.

· An appropriate Masters degree relevant to the studentship opportunity (i.e. Data/Computer Science, Sports Science, Sports Performance Analysis, Engineering, Mathematics or other STEM) is desirable. Where the applicant has no MSc degree they may be considered if they have a relevant undergraduate degree and have a track record of good quality public work or relevant industry experience.

· Students can be based remote or at Hendon campus. Students must attend and complete PhD supervisory sessions and training as appropriate (may involve travel to Hendon Campus, London, UK and UEFA headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland).

· Experience using Angles or other related performance analysis software (Sportscode, Dartfish etc. is advantageous however training will be provided to those candidates without prior experience.

How to apply for the role

Please submit:

· Up to date Curriculum Vitae

· Cover letter

· A short PhD proposal (max 2 A4 pages) stating how you would profile footballer’s performances, highlighting relevant methodologies that can detect changes in performance., with an emphasis on the detection of deliberate player underperformance

Submit above by 14th September 23:59 GMT to N.Parmar@mdx.ac.uk with the subject header “UEFA & Middlesex University PhD Studentship”.

Queries relating to this PhD studentship can be directed to Dr Nimai Parmar, Senior Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis at Middlesex University at N.Parmar@mdx.ac.uk

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