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The Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra to undertake research on issues that affect athlete health and performance. For more information visit MMIHRFor more information visit Ausport. Applications are currently open for one Ph.D. Scholarship to undertake innovative research on physique, metabolic rate and energy availability in elite athlete populations.About the scholarshipA key issue underpinning performance success at major competitions is the consistency of an athlete’s training – covered by the theme of "Athlete Availability".  Illness and injury represent a major challenge to training consistency, with the recent "Stay Healthy" projects conducted by the AIS identifying nutrition – or more specifically, Low Energy Availability – as a key risk factor for interrupted training.  The assessment and management of Energy Availability requires precise measurement of physique and metabolic rate, with Best Practice Protocols that can be implemented across the Daily Training Environment of Australia’s High Performance System.  A major research theme of the AIS is to develop protocols that will allow precise and valid assessment of Low Energy Availability and to undertake systematic management of problems that are identified.  Professor Louise Burke (Head of Nutrition Strategy at the AIS and Chair of Sports Nutrition, MMIHR) leads an internationally renowned sports nutrition research program, based at the AIS and supported by the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at MMIHR.The successful scholarship recipient will be based at the AIS in Canberra, and will be supervised by Professor Burke, Associate Professor Gary Slater (National Nutrition Lead, Australian Institute of Sport and University of Sunshine Coast; an expert on physique assessment and measurement of metabolic rate) and Dr Mick Drew (Australian Institute of Sport; leader of the Athlete Availability projects of  Applied Technology and Innovation). The recipient’s candidature will also involve interaction with world-class researchers and health professionals in the fields of sports nutrition, exercise metabolism and sports medicine.  They will become an important member of Australia’s HP system in developing Best Practice Protocols  in the capture and interpretation of data relating to physique and metabolic assessment, plus related issues pertaining to energy availability.Scholarship eligibility criteriaAustralian First Class Honours degree or Masters degree by research/coursework in any of the fields of biochemistry, nutrition, physiology and exercise/sports scienceFirst or upper second class Honours degree (U.K.)Dietetic qualifications and eligibility for membership of DAA’s APD program and SDAAcademic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grantsProfessional experience, relevant training and/or research experience in nutrition, sports science, physiology and/or metabolismAcademic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the PhD Scholarship, relative to their career to dateCompletion of the ANZBMS Clinical densitometry Course is desirable and funding will be provided to support this if not already completed by the successful applicantStudy mode and locationFull-time for three years at The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) / MMIHR, ACU Canberra campus, commencing Research Term A 2020Value and durationA tax-free stipend of A$33,092 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study modeA Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a Commonwealth funded place for domestic candidatesA tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Care Policy for international candidatesThe successful candidate may have the opportunity to apply for 0.2 FTE paid position as Manager of DXA and RMR services at the Australian Institute of Sport Bruce Campus.Applications close: Thursday October 17th, 2019How to apply: Step 1: Expression of InterestCandidates must submit a 1 to 2 page cover letter detailing how they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria as listed above to Professor Louise Burke on  Phone: +61 (0) 422 635 869Step 2: Invitation to submit formal applicationCandidates who are successful in their Expression of Interest may be invited to interview and to submit a formal application for the PhD program and this stipend scholarship.Information on how to submit a formal application to the PhD program can be found on the ACU Research Page. Australia - ACT ACT

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