School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Job Family and Grade: Specialist and Supporting Academic (SSA) Grade 5

Fixed-term for five years, or until completion of a PhD, whichever is sooner.

Combining a teaching role with postgraduate research, PGTA positions are an exciting opportunity to complete a PhD under the supervision of Loughborough University's expert staff while gaining invaluable experience in the delivery of learning and teaching.

The School is currently recruiting for PGTAs to support discipline led teaching in the following areas:

  • Biomechanics
  • Coaching & Pedagogy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Strength & Conditioning

Teaching roles will include supporting:

  • Demonstrating/Seminars/Tutorials
  • Supervision
  • Mentoring/tutoring
  • Highly moderated marking 
  • Answering student enquiries on behalf of the module leader, and escalating these to the module leader, where necessary.

Applicants will have a strong academic background in the relevant academic area, combined with experience of undertaking a research project and the ability to pursue a substantial independent research project over a sustained period.

Studentship tuition fees will be paid by the University, but as the post will attract a full-time SSA Grade 5 salary (£25,217 - £30,046 per annum), no additional studentship stipend will be paid. Progression opportunities exist within the post as there is the potential to progress to SSA Grade 6 on gaining Associate Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (or other such body) plus meeting additional criteria after no less than two years of employment.

Only individuals with existing rights to work and study in the UK can be considered, as the role does not meet the requirements for visa sponsorship under UK immigration regulations.

Application and Interview:

The closing date for receipt of PGTA employment applications is: Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Interviews will be held on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday 1 December PGTA (Exercise Physiology: Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Monday 7 December PGTA (Biomechanics) 
  • Tuesday 8 December PGTA (Coaching & Pedagogy) 
  • Wednesday 9 December PGTA (Exercise Physiology) 


  1. Only those candidates who are invited to attend for interview will be required to complete an application form for PhD study, therefore applications should only be submitted by the invited candidates, when asked.
  2. Within the ‘Supporting Statement’ of their application for employment, applicants should indicate their interest in a maximum of three PhD projects, in order of preference (see list below)

PhD Projects:


  • Modelling of musculoskeletal function during maximal velocity sprinting: Read more
  • Investigating the contributions of components of modern running shoe design to running performance using computer simulation: Read more
  • The development of a subject-specific musculoskeletal forward dynamics model to accurately determine muscle loads to analyse maximal effort performance: Read more
  • The effect of pole length and pole stiffness on performance and technique in pole vault: Read more
  • The importance of sensory and motor errors in the control of human balance: Read more
  • To determine the underlying control strategy employed in human locomotion: Read more
  • Computer simulation modelling: Applications to optimal technique and motor learning: Read more
  • Optimal control of long-term feedback during periodic and continuous movements: Read more
  • Soft tissue deformation: fundamental properties and applications to breathing mechanics and running economy: Read more

Coaching & Pedagogy

  • Same, Same, Different: Coach- and teacher-educators uses of pedagogical models: Read more
  • Investigating assessment processes and practices in National Governing Body coaching qualifications: Read more
  • An investigation of different coaching approaches and their impact on player development: Read more
  • What works, for whom and why? Developing the Coach Developer: Read more

Exercise Physiology

  • Upping the anti: Exercise as an anti-inflammatory treatment in Axial Spondyloarthritis: Read more
  • Hydration and nutrition interventions to optimise performance in and adaptation to exercise in the heat: Read more
  • Elevating body temperature to improve inflammatory status, glycaemic control and energy balance: Read more
  • Optimising carbohydrate intake for performance and health in endurance athletes: Read more
  • Interactions between beet juice, the menstrual cycle, and vascular function: considerations for performance in the female athlete: Read more
  • Electrophysiological and molecular determinants of exercise-induced synaptic remodelling of the human neuromuscular junction: Read more
  • Acquirement and decay of haematological (H) and non-haematological (NH) terrestrial hypoxia [(e.g. Live-High Train-Low (LHTL) and/or Live-High TrainHigh (LHTH)] derived physiological, biological and performance adaptations in elite endurance athletes: how best to promote retention of H and NH adaptations using normobaric hypoxia and integrate heat training upon return to sea-level: Read more
  • Manipulating dietary carbohydrates and fibre to biochemically improve exercise performance and recovery: Read more

Exercise Physiology: Strength & Conditioning

  • The influence of sex and maximal strength on the power-duration model: Read more
  • Biological mechanisms underpinning adaptations to low-load resistance training with blood flow restriction: determining the optimal parameters of BFR exercise therapy: Read more
  • Improving our understanding of human explosive performance: Moving beyond explosive strength to explosive power: Read more
  • The origin of synaptic input changes following resistance training: Read more
  • Plant-based dietary supplements and recovery from exercise induced muscle damage in male and female athletes: Read more
  • Effect of dehydration on muscle recovery and adaptations: Read more