School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Applications are invited for a three year, full time PhD studentship supervised by Professor Neil Walsh in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research on non-invasive biomarkers of health and performance in those under heavy training. The research is relevant for those in athletic and military scenarios and will build on recent work published by Professor Walsh’s team.
The studentship will cover UK/EU registration fees plus maintenance stipend of £13,000 per annum.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for a determined, motivated individual with a strong interest in exercise physiology and exercise immunology and who enjoys working in laboratory and field settings. In addition, the student must be able to work as part of a team but equally be comfortable working independently. The student must be aware of the challenges of conducting research in both laboratory and field settings.
Successful applicants will normally have a Masters degree, or in exceptional cases a First Class Honours Degree, in a sport, exercise or health-related science subject. Successful applicants will also demonstrate the ability to work independently with support from a supervisor, and the enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating research environment in the Extremes Research Group.
Why study at Bangor?
Part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate degrees since 1978. Our research was ranked 7th in UK according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published in 2014 (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014). The School is ideally situated to local amenities and overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits.
Structure of the Programme
The period of registration for a PhD is normally three years full-time. During the first year of study, students will normally take our MSc Research Skills module (20 credits).
The first year of registration will be provisional. Under guidance by the supervisory committee, the student will be required to develop knowledge and understanding of non-invasive biomarkers of human health and performance for athletic and occupational settings. During the first year of registration, the student will complete a review of the literature, present a research proposal and be expected to perform data collection. Progression to full registration in Year Two is subject to satisfactory progress, completion of the Graduate Programme and the approval of a research proposal by their Thesis Committee and the School's Board of Studies. For the remaining two years of the studentship, the student will be required to develop the initial proposal into a completed PhD project.
Eligibility depends on your ability to register as a home/EU student.
Please contact Professor Neil Walsh if you have any queries and to request further particulars:
School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, Tel: (+44) 01248 383480, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the Extremes Research Group, visit our website at: http://extremes.bangor.ac.uk
For further details on research training in the School please read our Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Research Training:
How to apply
If you meet the criteria outlined above, and you wish to apply for the studentship, you should send a covering letter, CV, research proposal (see below) and two references to Professor Neil Walsh at the address above.
The cover letter should include a clear statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this PhD studentship.
In addition to the above, applicants are required to provide a detailed research proposal (1000 words maximum). The research proposal should include:
- the proposed research title
- background to the research
- the aims of the research
- how the project will be approached, with particular reference to the methodologies/techniques which might be employed and the sources that might be consulted
- the anticipated outcomes from the project
The closing date for formal applications will be Friday, 22 January, 2016 and short-listed applicants will be required to attend interview on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016.
The successful applicants will then be required to complete the University’s online application form:
Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.