PhD Scholarship in Exercise Science

Low-intensity exercise with blood flow restriction: A novel training strategy to improve fitness and function in older people.

This exciting opportunity is for a graduate from an exercise/sport science or similar allied health degree, with a strong academic background and a passion for research with older people.

The successful applicant will be based at Murdoch University and aligned with Murdoch’s Centre for Healthy Ageing. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program funded through an NHMRC Investigator Grant held by Dr Brendan Scott. The research will be focused on understanding how best to prescribe exercise with blood flow restriction for older people, with an aim to enhance their functional performance and health. A PhD scholarship stipend of $30,000 pa will be provided as part of this award, for 3.5 years.

Study levelPhD
Funding bodyStrategic PhD Scholarship from Murdoch University to work on research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
ValuePhD scholarship stipend of $30,000 pa, for 3.5 years.
Duration and start date3.5 years commencing June 2021.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong knowledge and research skills in the fields of exercise science, and/or exercise physiology, be highly motivated, and demonstrate the drive to work both independently and within a team towards timely completion of research.
  • Familiarity with exercise for older people is favourable, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Applicants must meet the requirements of Murdoch University’s Graduate Research Office to be eligible (1st class Honours degree, Masters degree by research, or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be able to commence no later than mid-2021.
Apply by1 April 2021 5pm (AWST)
To apply

Please email the following documentation to Dr Brendan Scott:

  • 1-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the position
  • Copy of your complete academic transcript
  • Up-to-date academic CV
  • Names and contact details of two professional/academic referees

Please note: Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed between 12th-16th April 2021, and the position will commence in June 2021.


For more information about the project contact Dr Brendan Scott (

For information about the application process contact the graduate research office at Murdoch University.