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  Human physiological, biochemical, and cognitive responses to repeated daily occupational heat exposure

   Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences

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About the Project


This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The supervision team will be drawn from Coventry University and Deakin University.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend at least 6 months of the total period of the program at Deakin University with the remainder of the program based at Coventry University.

Project details

With climate change fuelling an increase in the occurrence of hot weather, the risk of exertional heat-related injury and disease is expected to rise dramatically in both prevalence and severity over the next decades. People who work in physically arduous occupations such as those in the uniformed services (fire fighters, critical incident response teams, police and the military) regularly operate and train in thermally challenging environments and are commonly required to work within these environments across consecutive days.

Although the physiological, biochemical, cognitive and health consequences of acute occupational heat exposures are becoming ever more defined, there is an absence of research exploring the effect of consecutive physically demanding workdays in the heat on human health, job-task performance, and cognitive function.

The prospective PhD project/s can be shaped to suit a student’s interest, but primarily will investigate the physiological, biochemical and cognitive impact of consecutive days of working in the heat performing simulated occupational tasks. This project is part of a larger program of work and the successful candidate will become part of this research team.


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.

Candidate specification

  • Applicants should have graduated within the top 15% of their undergraduate cohort. This might include a high 2:1 in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark(80% for Australian graduates) in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average (80% for Australian graduates).
  •  A Masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum Merit level. In addition, the mark for the Masters dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 80%. Please note that where a candidate has a 70-79% and can provide evidence of research experience to meet equivalency to the minimum first – class honours equivalent (80%+) additional evidence can be submitted and may include independently peer – reviewed publications, research – related awards or prizes and/ or professional reports.
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study

Additional requirements

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

Additional requirements

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

All candidates must apply to both Universities.

For the Coventry application, please visit:

For the Deakin application, please visit:

For further details please visit:

Please note that it is essential that applicants confirm that they are able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia).

How to apply

Please contact the Director of Studies, Dr Ben Lee in the first instance along with sending your degree document and CV.

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