Funded PhD Studentship in Physical Activity for Health in Rare Genetic Diseases (Fabry disease).
The Centre for Physical Activity, Health and Disease at Brunel University London is offering a fully funded PhD studentship to investigate increasing physical activity and limiting sedentary behaviour in individuals living with Fabry disease. This rare genetic condition affects 1 in 10,000 people and common symptoms include pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, heart problems, stroke and difficulty doing exercise. This leads to multiple medical conditions, physical disabilities, mental health problems and lower quality of life. This research position will involve creating a new intervention to increase physical activity and limit sedentary behaviour to enhance their mental health and quality of life.
Based in the College of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, and co-funded by the MPS Society and the College; the studentship offers a full-time annual London rate stipend of £18602 (including London weighting) plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.
The start date will be 1 October 2022.
The PhD studentship will involve measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults with Fabry disease and working with them and their families/carers to co-design a physical activity and sedentary behaviour intervention tailored to their needs. This will lead to testing the intervention to evaluate how it may affect mental health and quality of life.
The successful candidate will be supervised by an expert interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians who will provide full training for the research:
- Dr Daniel Bailey (Principal Supervisor), Co-Director Centre for Physical Activity, Health and Disease, Brunel University London
- Dr Cherry Kilbride (Second Supervisor), Reader in Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation, Brunel University London
- Professor Derralynn Hughes (Clinical Advisor), Research Lead LSD Unit, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
- Professor Louise Mansfield (Research Development Advisor), Director Centre for Health and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse, Brunel University London
For informal discussions, please contact Dr Daniel Bailey (email@example.com).
Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in physiotherapy, sport and exercise sciences, biosciences or a related field. A Masters qualification in a relevant area would be desirable. Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research in areas relating to physical activity, physiotherapy and/or clinical populations is essential. Desirable criteria include HCPC registration, REPs Level 3 or 4 and/or experience working with similar groups. Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in any section).
How to apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 June 2022.
- An up-to-date CV.
- A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement describing why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
- One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from a dissertation).
- 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 Medicine and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on email@example.com.