Volleyball practice at the University of Windsor

PhD with a focus on Applied Sport Science

The Centre for Human Performance and Health (CHPH) and the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor are seeking three highly motivated student sport scientists. These students will be expected to fully engage with varsity programs within the Division of Athletics and Recreational Services to conduct applied sport science research and provide strength & conditioning services. These funded Ph.D. positions within the department of Kinesiology will conduct applied research within the daily training environment of our Windsor Lancer varsity programs. Specific research areas will be aligned with the needs and objectives of the varsity programs and CHPH and will be developed in collaboration with varsity coaching staff, CHPH staff, the student, and graduate supervisor(s). These positions were developed to provide outstanding students the opportunity to conduct applied research and to support the physical and mental health and success of student athletes competing in Canadian university sport. In addition to sport science research, students will receive academic and sport mentorship and they will be provided with sport science leadership opportunities working in the daily training environment of varsity programs.

Available Ph.D. Sport Science Positions with Lancer Varsity Programs

Volleyball (Men’s & Women’s)
Soccer (Men’s & Women's)

Ph.D. program in Kinesiology Overview

The foundation of our Ph.D. program in Kinesiology is a community-based focus recognizing the wellbeing of both individuals and the collective at the local, national, and international levels. Graduates will be prepared to provide the resources necessary to sustain the community and will be able to supply current, novel ideas, and knowledge. This community-based focus in a Kinesiology program is not represented in any other existing program in Canada. Students will be required to complete four courses, one of which is a community-based internship. The internship will encourage the integration of our students into ongoing community initiatives, enhance responsibility for meeting the needs of others while improving overall well-being of Canadians, and encourage students to utilize previously acquired skills, while gaining new skills, appropriate to their internship setting.

Mission: To identify, train, and develop outstanding junior Canadian sport scientists into world class researchers and practitioners.

Qualifications & Experience:


  •  A Master’s degree in Kinesiology, Sport Science, or related field.
  •  2+ years experience as an exercise physiologist or strength & conditioning coach
  •  Successful completion of a criminal records check.
  •  Possession or intention to acquire certification(s) with either the NSCA (CSCS)  or CSEP (CEP-HPS) or ACSM (CES) and CPR-C & First Aid.

Desirable Skills and Abilities:

Familiarity with sport performance equipment (ex. force plates ‘or’ velocity-based training equipment ‘or’ heart rate/GPS monitors).
Completion of a research thesis or project-based MSc.
Experience leading and/or working as part of an Integrated Support Team (IST) in a high performance, interdisciplinary sport environment.

Familiarity with operations in a sport performance laboratory.Olympic Weightlifting coaching certification (NCCP or an international equivalent).High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and/or databases

Academic Expectations:

Candidates will be expected to fulfill all admission requirements when applying for a Ph.D. through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Department of Kinesiology. Once admitted into the Kinesiology Ph.D. program, students will be expected to complete all requirements to obtain their degree as governed by the Department of Kinesiology and Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants are encouraged to review the policies and procedures for admissions and requirements for graduation as provided in the below links.

Department of Kinesiology

Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Steps

Department of Kinesiology Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Supervision:

Dr. Andrew Perrotta and Dr. Kevin Milne will jointly supervise candidates within the Ph.D. program. Students will also work under the Windsor Lancer’s Athletics Head of Strength and Conditioning (Joe Garland) and the Director of the CHPH (Chad Sutherland). As a member of the Applied Sport Science Research Team, successful candidates will conduct meaningful and applied high impact research that can support athletes and coaches within Canadian U-Sport.

Closing date: January 1st, 2023 at 17:00 (EST).

Applicants are asked to specify the varsity program they desire to work with. A detailed two-page cover letter discussing your student experience within kinesiology as well as experience as a practitioner within sport. Attention towards discussing your experience in the specific sport selected is beneficial.A complete CV highlighting both academic and sporting experience.

To Apply: Please submit the components above as ONE PDF document to Dr. Andrew Perrotta and Professor Chad Sutherland.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.