Applied Football Research - PhD Studentship

  • Brentford FC
  • Brentford, UK
  • 22 May, 2023
Full time Premier League Research

Job Description

Job Title:  Applied Football Research - PhD Studentship

Department:  Research & Insights

Reporting:  Head of Research & Insights 

Location: Training Ground - Jersey Road

Salary:  £25,000

PLACEMENT TERM: 3 years, full time

Several exciting opportunities have arisen to undertake a fully funded applied PhD
studentship in conjunction with the Cardiff Metropolitan University and Brentford Football
Club. The purpose of these roles is to combine postgraduate research with the development
of practitioner based applied sports science skills through assisting in the delivery of the
performance strategy at Brentford FC. The four positions will be for a 3-year period subject
to the satisfactory progress of the individual in the role. Three placements will conduct
research with the first team squad while one placement will be assigned to the Academy.
As part of the performance team, and as a doctoral student, the key responsibilities of this
role are:
• To plan and complete a program of research suitable for a PhD related to football
• Engage with a program of applied sport science related training associated with the
development of relevant competencies for applied practice within elite football.
• Assist in the delivery of the performance strategy, such as data collection,
management and analysis, development and delivery of on pitch and gym-based
training sessions, regular performance testing, and associated interpretation and
reporting of results. Attendance at selected games and training camps if and when
• To fulfil the academic, professional, and personal requirements associated with the
completion of tasks linked to doctoral level research and the role of a trainee
practitioner in elite football.
The purpose of this PhD is to undertake a series of high-quality studies, which establish a
theoretically informed performance program in elite football, identifying areas to optimise
provision for elite football players. The four research areas will be focussed on the following:
training and match performance demands, strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery.

Job knowledge:
• Sports science, coaching science, and fitness or related experience in elite sport.

Education and Qualifications:
• Essential Bsc in sports science or related field.
• Desirable postgraduate qualification in sport science or related feel.
• Sound knowledge and practical experience of sports science and coaching techniques
in elite sport, preferably football. Experience of engaging with players within an elite
football environment. Ideally within the context of sports science and related
• Demonstrate activity related to accreditation within a professional body relevant to
sport and exercise science. UKSCA accredited or ability to obtain within six months

Personal Attributes:
• Have previous experience of working in a sports nutrition capacity within elite or
professional sport.
• Engaging personality and able person with the ability to adapt to fresh challenges.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to manage
time effectively and efficiently to achieve all aspects of the role.
• Good team player, and the ability to work on own initiative. Flexible. Approach to
working hours is a must.


A Master’s degree (Msc) with evidence of undertaking empirical research as part of your
Experience of conducting applied research in football.
Experience of working within professional football or other elite sports.

Brentford Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages
applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates. Regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, reassignment, religion, or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Candidate must keep up-to-date with new methods and undertake any necessary, internal or external training sessions in accordance with company, policies and procedures.