Chair in Physical Activity and Health

The University of Limerick (UL) with over 13,000 students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity.  We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research.  Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment.

Applications are invited for the following position: 

Faculty of Education & Health Sciences 

Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences

Chair in Physical Activity and Health - Multiannual

Salary scale:  €106,516 - €136,276 p.a.  

Further information for applicants and application material is available online from:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 28th August 2015.

Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.

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Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and committed to selection on merit.

DCU Masters Position

School of Health and Human Performance

MSc Position

Applications are invited for an MSc position on the ‘TechWear’ research programme. 

TechWear- Effect of Wearable Technology on Physical Activity Behaviour

The proposed initiative aims to validate and test several consumer level wrist worn physical activity monitors (such as the Fitbit or Fuelband) with adolescent youth. The project will explore the perceived usability and acceptability of the various wrist worn monitors for adolescents, and will identify an optimised solution based on the needs of the user group. This first phase of the study will also allow the researcher to investigate how wearing such a monitor impacts (if at all) on daily physical activity behaviour. Following up this initial phase of real-life data acquisition, a lab-based experiment will take place to capture and model typical movement patterns associated with adolescent physical activity. This experiment will allow researchers to identify the validity of the monitors when compared with a gold standard PA measure.

School/Research Group:

  •  School of Health and Human Performance
  • Childhood Physical Activity Research Cluster
  • INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics




  • Full fees will be paid for 2 years.
  • A Stipend of €6,000 annually for 2 years.

Contract Type


Closing Date

Applications should be sent preferably before August 24th 2015, but later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Interview date:

To be arranged

Start Date:

1st October 2015

Candidate specification


  • Honours degree with minimum upper second class honour in Sport Sciences,

Physical Education or a cognate area.

  • Experience working with young people.
  • Have excellent IT, analytical, presentational and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.


  • Experience collecting physical activity and/or fundamental movement skill data
  • Experience in analysing data
  • Have a full clean driver’s licence, and full access to a car.


Interested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter to Dr. Sarahjane Belton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Informal enquires to either:

Dr. Sarahjane Belton  - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone: 01 7007393 or

Dr. Johann Issartel - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone: 01 7007461

Masters Degree in PESS

Opportunity for Physical Education teachers to engage in research – Part-time Research Masters in the University of Limerick

Want to get involved in action research?

Want to help create links between schools and universities, develop curriculum etc?

Want to further your own knowledge?

The Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department in the University of Limerick is offering an opportunity for a Physical Education teacher to engage in a 2 year part-time Research Masters. The PESS Dept. will contribute €3000 per year over the 2 years towards the fees.

Possible areas of interest:          

Assessment – investigation assessment practices that provide students and teachers with meaningful worthwhile and relevant physical education experiences (Ann MacPhail and Missy Parker)

Curriculum models – implement and evaluate a curriculum model in your physical education class (Ursula McCarthy and Deborah Tannehill)

Physical activity – providing a school and community support structure that encourages students to be physically active/physically fit (Jaimie McMullen)

Physical literacy/FMS- measuring, implementing and tracking students’ physical literacy/FMS within school physical education (Missy Parker)

Teacher Voice- investigating their perspectives on recent developments in Irish Physical Education (Mary O’Sullivan)

Essential criteria for applicant:

BSc/BEd in Physical Education or cognate discipline

Currently teaching Physical Education in a Post Primary School

How to apply:

Please submit a letter of interest (detailing your interest and what topic you would like to research, why you have chosen this topic and outline brief research you have done on the topic) and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 28th August at 5pm.

Our Mission

To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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