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A study on Lesion Index guided VentrIcular tachycarDia ablation: LIVID study

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences at Coventry University is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to explore a translational cardiovascular modelling research project.

A disturbance of rhythm to the heart called ventricular tachycardia (VT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Recent advances in high density mapping used in clinical practice has provided a greater mechanistic insight into the mechanisms of scar arrhythmogenicity associated with VT. However, the outcomes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation remain unsatisfactory with a recurrence rate of arrhythmias at one-year follow-up post-ablation ranging between 25 and 35%.

This PhD project aims to build on the development of mapping systems and technology to improve the determination of ablation metrics to ensure ventricular lesions delivered during ablation are effective.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a dynamic and interdisciplinary research topic that intertwines engineering, biomedical science, and healthcare technology.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

A background in the following is desirable
• Biomedical Engineering
• Instrumentation Engineering
• Analytical skills
• IT and data management

To find out more about the project please contact Professor Helen Maddock

To apply online please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Interview dates will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)

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