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Improving Training Efficiency Through Exploitation of the Ventilatory Systems Responses to Torso Borne Load Carriage in Humans

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Lomax
    Dr G Milligan
    Prof M Tipton
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3 year PhD to commence in June 2020.

The project will be based in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science and will be supervised by Dr Mitch Lomax, Dr Gemma Milligan and Professor Mike Tipton.

The three year project is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), an executive agency of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Funding for this PhD project is currently subject to confirmation of contract. The successful applicant will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years, an annual stipend (£15,285 pa UKRI 2020/21 rate), and funds to cover required travel and laboratory research expenses. The PhD position is also subject to security clearance.


The work on this project will:
-Examine pulmonary and ventilatory function in response to torso borne load carriage in military and civilian populations
-Assess how repeated bouts of load carriage exercise impact pulmonary and ventilatory function, and military task performance
-Evaluate the impact of respiratory muscle training and torso borne load carriage training on pulmonary and ventilatory function, and military task performance
Evaluate the reversibility of training on pulmonary and ventilatory function, and military task performance

Overview
Torso borne load carriage causes a restrictive ventilatory impairment and increases the ventilatory requirements of a given task. The consequences of this are varied and may include an altered breathing pattern, respiratory muscle fatigue and reduced soldier task performance. This work will examine the pulmonary and ventilatory constraints of torso borne load carriage and its impact on soldier performance. It will also investigate the efficacy of both load carriage and respiratory muscle training in ameliorating any observed constraints, and the reversibility of training induced adaptations.
The research work will primarily take place in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. Some work and additional analyses may also take place at other academic and non-academic institutions within the UK.


General admissions criteria
You will need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. You will have to be a UK national to be eligible to apply. You will also need to apply for and receive relevant security clearance.

Specific candidate requirements
An interest in pulmonary physiology and experience of laboratory work with civilian or military volunteers is desirable.

How to Apply
We’d encourage you to contact Dr Mitch Lomax ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form and select ‘Sports Science’ as the subject area. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.

If you want to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code SHES5430620 when applying.

Closing Date for Applications: 2nd April 2020, 17:00

Funding Notes

Funding for this PhD project is currently subject to confirmation of contract. The successful applicant will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years, an annual stipend (£15,285 pa UKRI 2020/21 rate), and funds to cover required travel and laboratory research expenses. The PhD position is also subject to security clearance.



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