Network of three linked funded PhD studentships: Novel aspects of integration between respiratory function, human performance and health.

Published: Tuesday 14 June 2016

The Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Brunel University London is offering three linked PhD funded studentships to work on three interconnected and interdisciplinary projects, to conduct research into novel aspects of integration between respiratory function, human performance and health. 
Based in the College of Health and Life Sciences, all three studentships will be funded by Brunel University London. Each studentship will offer an annual London rate stipend of £16,296 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months. Start date is 1st October 2016. 

Overview

The projects will draw upon research expertise within the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER), which includes researchers from the Dept. of Clinical Sciences and the Dept. of Life Sciences working in the areas of physiology and biomechanics. The programmes of research will contribute to the College’s growing reputation in these fields.

The aims of the three projects are:

Funded PhD Studentship 1: To develop a novel method of evaluating the contractile properties of the human diaphragm and to determine the role these properties may play in the loss of muscle function with fatigue in young and older adults.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Lee Romer in the Dept. of Life Sciences and Dr Mandy Jones in the Dept. of Clinical Sciences. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Lee Romer at (lee.romer@brunel.ac.uk).

Funded PhD Studentship 2: To explore the maladaptation of the respiratory system in response to heat stress and dehydration in young and older adults.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Pascale Kippelen and Dr Oliver Gibson in the Dept. of Life Sciences. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Lee Romer at (lee.romer@brunel.ac.uk).

Funded PhD Studentship 3: To investigate respiratory-related alterations in the control of posture and gait in young and older adults.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Thomas Korff in the Dept. of Life Sciences and Dr Sian Macrae in the Dept. of Clinical Sciences. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Lee Romer at (lee.romer@brunel.ac.uk).

The successful candidates will gain experience in state-of-the-art methodologies to measure respiratory mechanics and ventilatory constraint (intrathoracic pressures), neural respiratory drive (electromyography), respiratory muscle kinetics (Doppler ultrasound), respiratory muscle fatigue (magnetic nerve stimulation), pulmonary function (spirometry, plethysmography, flow oscillometry), postural stability (posturography), and/or various exercise testing and training methodologies. The projects will provide a unique opportunity for highly motivated candidates to learn new techniques and undertake impactful research. 

Applicants with prior experience in respiratory physiology, integrative human physiology, exercise physiology and/or biomechanics are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second) in health/clinical/life sciences, sport and exercise sciences, human physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy or a related science discipline. A postgraduate masters degree is not essential, but is desirable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on 8th July 2016:

· An up-to-date CV;

· A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of one of the three projects above and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);

· A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support;

· Names and contact details for two academic referees;

· A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;

· A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions. 

For further information about how to apply please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk

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