QAS/USC PhD Scholarship in Skill Acquisition/Motor Learning

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QAS/USC PhD Scholarship in Skill Acquisition/Motor Learning


Applications are invited to be submitted to the Office of Research by 4pm on 31/01/2018.

This PhD scholarship is offered as part of a collaboration between the Queensland Academy of Sport and the University of the Sunshine Coast and represents a unique opportunity to work with elite level athletes in the domain of skill acquisition/motor learning.

In conjunction with the Queensland Academy of Sport, the University of the Sunshine Coast is offering a PhD scholarship for a suitable candidate to conduct research into the transfer of decision-making skills in elite level team-sport performers. Utilising a variety of measurement techniques from the domain of skill acquisition/motor learning, this project will investigate the extent to which decision-making skills are transferrable between different team sports, and identify the underpinning features that enable transfer to occur. The project is therefore aligned to several areas of interest in the sporting domain including talent transfer, perceptual-cognitive skill, and expertise. This is a unique opportunity in a highly sought-after domain and so any interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Please ensure that the selection criteria are addressed, and include a cover letter and curriculum vitae as part of your application. For more information, please contact Dr Adam Gorman (

  • Domestic student.
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience.
  • Maintain satisfactory progress.
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for.
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing.
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
Selection criteria:
  • Academic qualifications
  • Alignment of the proposed research to one of USC’s areas of research concentration
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience
  • Experience in sports science, and particularly skill acquisition/motor learning, is desirable.
  • Prior experience working in a high performance sport environment is desirable, but not essential.
  • Candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae as part of their application.
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the RTP rate (2018 rate - A$27,082).
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