PhD Opportunities

The University of Calgary now has PhD positions available. 

PhD position in exercise physiology

Menstrual Cycle Phase Monitoring in Elite Sport

If you have a research-based master's degree in exercise physiology, and you are interested in doing PhD training in hormonal analytics, artificial intelligence, and female athlete performance, please contact Patricia Doyle-Baker, Dr.PH, PhD, in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. The application deadline June 15, 2021. See the details below.


About the research

Sport analytics

This proposed project is unique as it is a collaboration between advanced technology with an artificial intelligence partnership; My Normative app (private sector small business) and the Doyle-Baker Lab at the University of Calgary. Also included is an internship with the Canadian Sport Institute.

The My Normative app has been developed to predict different female hormonal physiological phases and provide insights as to the impact of these different states on health and subsequently performance. Most early algorithms and mobile apps have been grounded in the outdated assumptions of the “classic 28-day cycle” and those algorithms cannot be extrapolated to a variety of cycle lengths.

The My Normative app was in beta testing for a year, before being launched as a publicly available IOS application this past March. The predictive capacity of My Normative app is based on a priority data set of healthy women in the general population. To calibrate and improve the machine learning models to an athletic population, we will include athletes who experience a more atypical menstrual cycle.


How to apply

Please send send a CV, Letter of Intent and two references to by June 15, 2021.

Learn more about Dr. Doyle-Baker by visiting her profile page

Start date

September 1, 2021 (extended to June 15, 2021). 



  • Applicants must have a research-based master's degree related to exercise physiology.
  • Must be a Canadian resident or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Those who have experience working with data and athletes will be given preference.



Fully funded for two years. 

PhD position evaluating online concussion course

Join the University of Calgary for a PhD position to evaluate the massive open online course (MOOC) on concussion. Learn more about the course here. The successful student will have completed a research based Masters degree in a related field of either education, community health sciences or a health related discipline. The student will be supervised by Kathryn Schneider, PhD, (Faculty of Kinesiology) and co-supervised by Dr. Jennifer Lock (Werklund School of Education). 

Start dates

Students must begin their program in 2021 and must be registered as full time students during the tenure of their award. 



The following criteria are must-haves: 

  • Completed a research-based Masters degree in a related field of either education, community health sciences or a health related discipline (an entry level health care professional degree will not meet the requirements - a research based Masters is required).
  • Be competitive for national or international scholarships.
  • Have an entering GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent in their last two years of study. 
  • The funded student is required to apply for major provincial, national or international scholarships for which they are eligible.


The University of Calgary will fund one student for up to three years ($23,000/year). The annual funding is renewable up to a maximum of three years based on progress as reported in the Faculty of Graduate Studies annual progress report. 


Research and coursework

The research focus will be on the evaluation of the MOOC in concussion and will include both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Required coursework will include: 

• Health research methods 

• Qualitative analysis 

• Quantitative statistics/biostatistics