Myovolt-AUT PhD Scholarship

Closing date: Closes 31 May 2021 17:00 NZ time
Value of Award: Stipend $26,000 per annumplus domestic fees
No. of awards: One
Tenure: The tenure is for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).


This PhD scholarship has been funded by Callaghan Innovation and seeks to investigate how a wearable vibration garment, developed by Myovolt Ltd., influences muscle recovery and training adaptation in runners. The PhD candidate will undertake their academic research at AUT and contribute to research and development at Myovolt.

Myovolt wearable technology targets focal vibration directly onto the body, stimulating blood flow to aid recovery following exercise. Reducing post-exercise muscle soreness, damage and inflammation can be favourable for accelerating the acute recovery of muscle function and performance in subsequent training sessions. However, the implications of reducing muscle soreness, damage and inflammation for physiological adaptation to exercise training is yet to be fully understood. In this funded PhD programme, the successful candidate will assess the effectiveness of using a wearable focal vibration garment post-exercise for stimulating intramuscular and performance adaptations to training in runners.

Selection criteria:

  • 1) Applicants must have completed a Bachelors (Honours) or Masters degree in a health or science related discipline. 2) Knowledge and experience in exercise and sports physiology is desirable. 3) The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm and have an outstanding academic record and be prepared to conduct the doctoral study at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) based at AUT Millennium Precinct in Albany, in Auckland, New Zealand. 4) Applicants must be NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents or international students currently onshore in New Zealand. 5) Applying for a scholarship and admission into AUT are separate processes at AUT. Applicants must fulfil all conditions for admission to the Doctoral Programme in AUT. These can be found on the AUT website 6) Good communication skills in written and spoken English is essential. 7) Requirements for the Doctoral programme include having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry and meeting the requirements for English language proficiency. Minimum English language requirement for international applicants – IELTS scores of 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher. A high proficiency in English is essential.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applicants must apply by email to Dr. Ed Maunder ( attaching: 1) A cover letter highlighting your research interests and experience. 2) A brief (no more than 2 pages) curriculum vitae. 3) Academic transcripts and certificates for any previous tertiary study completed at a university other than AUT. 4) Details (including phone and email) of two academic referees.

Decision makers
Selection will be based on demonstrated strength in the following: - the applicant’s academic record - past research experience and publication record (if appropriate) relevant to this project - the referees’ statements

How and when do students learn of the decision?
The Selection panel’s decision will be final; if suitable applicants are not available the panel will not award the scholarship. The position may then be re-advertised.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The anticipated start date is July 2021 but will depend on the completion of AUT enrolment. The scholarship must be taken up within two months of the offer of scholarship.

Additional information
The anticipated start date is July 2021.

Who else has information about this award?
Contact: Dr. Ed Maunder (

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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