Within a research partnership, Montpellier Herault Sport Club and EuroMov Digital Health in Motion are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to a fully funded PhD Studentship.
This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and high-achieving individual looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research environment within senior male professional soccer team.
The PhD studentship will have €23,484 gross annual for a period of three years.
Start date: July 2022 (at the Football Club, internship) then October 2022 (PhD Start Date) The studentships primary research location will be at Montpellier Herault Sport Club Doctoral School: ED Human Movement Science
Host Laboratory: EuroMov Digital Health in Motion (Univ Montpellier, IMT Mines Ales)
Monitoring and predicting the fatigue state in elite soccer players
Elite soccer players complete a large range of physical activities across a congested training and match schedule. Over time, this leads to variable fatigue of players and some risks for injuries occurrence according to the recovery status.
Regular measurement of the activities of players during every training and match has been achievable using wearable devices (e.g.. global positioning systems and accelerometers, heart rate sensors).
The less invasive and time efficient nature of some psychophysiological assessments has increased the practical feasibility to collect regularly fatigue responses during the season.
However, the sensitivity and aggregation of these assessments across the season have not been explored in details.
Therefore, the aim of this project is to exploit multidimensional measures of fatigue for a better understanding of the training process in elite soccer players.
Furthermore, the project aims to predict the recovery process and ultimately match performance. A decision support tool for monitoring fatigue and recovery by targeting injury prevention will be proposed.
Candidate Desirable Applied Skills
- Knowledge and background in exercise physiology and/or biomechanics.
- Skills in programming languages, ideally R, Matlab, Python. Previous experience using athlete monitoring systems during training and matches.
- A strong interest in football, with a sound understanding of the team sport.
- Sound inter-personal skills in order to develop good relationships with both staff and members the multi-disciplinary scientific team.
How to apply?
As part of your application, please provide a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter outlining your research interests and career aspirations, and a short research proposal.
The proposal should align o the above theme and include a very brief and relevant literature review related to this project, with an outline of the studies that you would propose to the answer the aims of the PhD (maximum 3 pages).
Please send all of the following by email to: [email protected]
1 Your CV,
2. Your research proposal,
3. Your cover Letter
4. All copies of your bachelors and master certificates, including detailed record of academic marks and ranking during the Bachelor and Masters Degree
5. A copy of your passport/ID
6. A reference letter
The deadline for applications is on June 20, 2022
For selected candidates, an interview with the multi-disciplinary team will take place from June 27, 2022
Who to contact?
To discuss the project or for question on the PhD Program please contact Prof. Stephane Perrey ([email protected])