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The influence of psychological stress on health and physical performance in British Army Recruits

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

PhD Studentship (4 years)

Applications are invited for a four-year, full-time PhD studentship supervised by Prof Neil Walsh and his team in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University.

This 4-year PhD studentship will involve data collection in the field and laboratory setting. The successful candidate will conduct research on the influence of psychological stress, and other lifestyle factors (e.g., sleep), on health (e.g., infection, immune status) and physical performance in British Army Recruits

Candidate Requirements

The successful candidate will normally have a First Class Honours Degree and/or a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline. We are looking for determined, motivated individuals with a strong interest in the subject matter and who enjoy the challenge of working in both the laboratory and field setting. A willingness to travel between research locations within the UK is an essential requirement of the role.

Eligibility

As this studentship will involve working with the UK, MoD, the successful candidate will be required to undergo Security Clearance (SC). For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance

Applicants are required to provide:

A research proposal: Please ensure that this is 500–1000 words. It is preferable that the proposal topic falls within the broad remit of this work programme.

The proposal should include:

• the proposed research title;
• background to the research: outlining the current state of the art and what this study will add;
• the aims of the research;
• how the project will be approached, with particular reference to the methodologies/techniques which might be employed;
• the anticipated outcomes from the project: in terms of impact for the discipline and beyond, where relevant.

A supplementary statement: In addition to the application form and its requirements, applicants are required to provide a supplementary statement (100–500 words) outlining their relevant research skills. This should list all your relevant skills, such as computer skills, relevant prior research experience, the title and a brief description of your graduate study.

Shortlisted candidates who attend for formal interview will also be expected to give a 10-minute presentation. The presentation should include a brief overview of your background and an outline of your research proposal. The proposed date for interviews is 22nd October 2019.

Funding Notes

Applications are accepted from UK/EU and International Scholars (additional fees must be covered by international applicants).

It is anticipated that these studentships will commence by January 2020. The holder of a PhD studentship will receive an annual maintenance grant starting at £15,009 in year 1. Fees for Home/EU students are also covered by the studentship.

References

Informal discussions please contact: Professor Dave Richardson, Director of the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Tel: +44 (0) 151 904 6283, E-mail: [email protected]; or Professor Bill Balzopoulos, Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Tel +44 (0) 151 904 6272 [email protected]

Applicants should email a research proposal, supplementary statement and the contact details of two referees to Professor Dave Richardson, Tel: +44 (0) 151 904 6283, E-mail: [email protected]

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