Sports and Exercise Science Demonstrator PhD Studentships


A range of projects are available, please see below

Project description

We are pleased to announce that 2 SES-PhD Demonstrator studentships are now available for entry in October 2019.

The Faculty of Biological Science is Number 1 in the UK for ‘world-leading’ research in the area of sport and exercise sciences (REF, 2014) and is ranked 3rd in the UK for SES (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; The Guardian University Guide 2018).  This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD in this area whilst also contributing to the outstanding teaching on our undergraduate courses.  Research in our department incorporates both multi- and inter-disciplinary investigations aimed at improving the understanding of the relationship between physical activity, exercise, health and the predisposition to chronic diseases. Our research uses a contemporary systems-integrative perspective to investigate exercise responses, control mechanisms and exercise adherence. Application and translation spans elite athletes, the elderly, and children as well as patients with chronic heart and lung disease, spinal cord injuries, and motor impairments.

We are seeking PhD applicants with the necessary skills and proven enthusiasm to undertake demonstrating with our Sports and Exercise Sciences undergraduate cohorts.  The successful candidate will be expected to undertake 120-250 hours of teaching per year alongside their PhD research. You should hold (or be in the final year of) a strong degree, equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours, in a relevant discipline and should also have an interest in teaching.

The studentship is open to UK or EU candidates and will provide fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,777 for 4 years (subject to progress). The following projects are available and we would encourage candidates to contact supervisors prior to applying.

Stimulation paradigms for recovery of movement after spinal cord injury   - Dr Sarah Astill, Dr Samit Chakrabarty and Dr Manoj Sivan

Relating skeletal muscle oxygenation dynamics to exercise intolerance mechanisms in heart failure: developing a computational model to interpret near infrared spectroscopy measurements - Dr Al Benson and Dr Carrie Ferguson

Women with non obstructive coronary artery disease: targeting progression to cardiac events with exercise. - Prof. Karen Birch, Dr Bryan Taylor and Dr Eylem Levelt

Uncovering the mechanisms of skeletal muscle cellular dysfunction in heart failure patients with diabetes - Dr Scott Bowen, Dt Bryan Taylor and Dr Klaus Witte

Using virtual reality technology to promote physical activity and improve quality of life in palliative care. - Dr Shaunna Burke, Dr Lucy Ziegler and Dr Andrea Utley

Dynamics of motivation in physical activity and health behaviours - Dr Alison Divine and Dr Shaunna Burke

Healthy ageing and diaphragm dysfunction: neuromuscular causes and implications for exercise tolerance. - Dr Bryan Taylor, Dr Carrie Ferguson and Dr Scott Bowen

Entry requirements

Candidates should have, or be expecting, a 2.1 hons at Undergraduate level or above, in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to be admitted onto any of the University's degree programmes: language requirements You should also have a clear interest in teaching

How to apply

Please apply online

Please include supervisor name and project title.  A research proposal is not required.  Please upload a CV and transcripts.

How to apply (email)

How to apply (phone)

+44 (0)113 343 8186