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PhD Studentship in Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology

Project Description

Bangor University’s School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES) wishes to appoint a highly motivated PhD candidate to an exciting project, to be undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Sport in Health. The successful candidate will register for a PhD award at Bangor University.

The supervisory team comprises of Dr Jonathan Moore (principal investigator) and Dr Sam Oliver (Bangor University); and, Dr Mike Stembridge and Ms Aimee Drane (Cardiff Metropolitan University). Research training and data collection will take place in Bangor and Cardiff and will benefit from a strong strategic alliance between two institutions (jointly rated 7th in REF2014). In addition, training visits to collaborators in Europe and North America are a possibility. Therefore, the successful applicant can expect to spend extended periods away from Bangor during this PhD.

This project integrates cardiovascular and neurophysiological techniques and will utilize models of environmental and exercise stress to investigate control and regulation of the circulation. The primary aim is to investigate a role played by pressure sensors in the main pulmonary artery, particularly when arterial pressure in the pulmonary circulation is elevated, as is the case in exercise and hypoxia.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Jonathan Moore () informally prior to submitting an application.

How to Apply
Apply online submitting full supporting documentation, including contact details of two referees and a detailed letter of application. After short listing, a subset of applicants will be invited to interview, who may be asked to deliver a 10 min oral presentation. Country-specific and minimum English Language requirements apply for International applicants. Details can be found on the International Education Centre section of our website

Interview Dates: TBC
Start Date: TBC

Candidate Specification and Entry Requirements
Who are we looking for?

A determined, motivated and resourceful individual, with an excellent academic background in human, environmental and exercise physiology; s/he should enjoy long experimental days in a laboratory. The appointee must be able to work as part of a team but equally s/he should be comfortable working independently. In addition, we wish to appoint someone that is “up for a challenge”, open to learning new skills, and able to work across both institutions, as well as further afield as required. Therefore, a willingness to travel and a flexible approach to different research environments are essential. In addition, the successful applicant must demonstrate enthusiasm to contribute to a vibrant research, applied practice and teaching environment.

What can we offer?

Located in North West Wales, the city of Bangor overlooks Afon Menai / Menai Strait, and is ideally located between Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National and Ynys Mon / Anglesey Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Part of the University’s College of Human Sciences, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate education since 1978. Along with research colleagues at Cardiff School of Sport and Health, we are well equipped to undertake this ambitious project and to provide excellent postgraduate research training.

The successful applicant will register for the award of PhD with Bangor University. The period of registration will be three years full-time, plus one year to write-up if required.

The first year of registration will be provisional. Under guidance of the supervisory committee, the PGR trainee will be required to develop knowledge and understanding of integrative physiology, and to develop awareness of research-specific skills in areas such as cardiac and vascular ultrasound and neural control of the circulation. During the first year of registration, the trainee will complete a research proposal (verbal and written). Depending on the academic background and previous experience, the trainee may be required to attend modules from Bangor University’s Graduate Programme.

Progression to full registration in Year Two is subject to satisfactory progress, completion of the Graduate Programme (if required) and the approval of a research proposal by the 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 thesis.


• First class, or Master degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline

Full details:

Funding Notes

The studentship is full-time, fully-funded (jointly with Cardiff Metropolitan University) for three years, and has three elements:

• Annual tax-free stipend at the minimum RCUK rate (currently £15,009 in 2019/20).
• Fee waiver (Home/EU). Applicants from non-EU countries should state how they propose to cover the difference between Bangor University International and Home/EU tuition fees
• Research Training and Support Grant and Conference allowance (both of which must be satisfactorily justified).

How good is research at Bangor University in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?
(joint submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 11.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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