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Hot water immersion as an adjunct to exercise training

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Cullen
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a (fully-funded) PhD studentship

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Research within the Centre for Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences (CSELS) reflects a broad range of sport, exercise and biological associated sciences to understand life from the level of molecules through to the whole body. The Centre has considerable expertise, ranging from microbiology, cell biology, genomic and molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition and food science, safety pharmacology, physiology, physical activity and sport performance.

A number of recent studies have shown that passive heating can mimic some of the beneficial effects of exercise. Given that many of the cellular mechanisms which lead to beneficial adaptations following exercise are shared by those which are controlled by temperature, it is highly plausible that post-exercise heating may further enhancing the molecular signalling events that are seen in response to exercise. Indeed, there is initial evidence in mice, that post exercise heating may have an additive effect on mitochondrial adaptations to exercise, however, similar work is yet to be conducted in humans. The research project could have wide application to those seeking to enhance exercise performance or improve health and wellbeing.

The project will investigate acute and chronic responses to post-exercise heating, with a view to assessing the potential for long term improvements in health and performance in a range of populations. These studies will include advanced research techniques in applied physiology and biochemistry.


• The Centre has a vibrant post graduate student community and has accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) for the training it gives to its science PhD students.
• You will benefit from access to a world-class, Olympic-grade fitness and sports science facilities and life sciences laboratory environment with industry standard research and teaching facilities. You will become a part of a multi-professional team of renowned academics, researchers and clinicians.
• The new Science and Health Building is home to the first education-based Super laboratory (Lab+) for biomedical, pharmacological and analytical sciences.
• The Universities research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
• Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
• Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision.
• Generous financial allowance for consumables, external training and conference attendance.

Candidate specification

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)
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• Knowledge of thermoregulation during physical activity
• Experience of conducting research in applied physiology would be an advantage
• The ability to think work, think and learn independently

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Tom Cullen Email- [Email Address Removed]

To apply on line please visit:

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

Enquiries to:

Dr Tom Cullen [Email Address Removed] Director of Studies

Funding Notes

Full studentship, which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years.
Stipend rates are set by UKRI and will rise annually with a projected average increase of 1.25% per year
For 2018-19 this was £14,777.

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