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  To examine how physical behaviour is associated with perceived job satisfaction, happiness, and wellbeing, in both blue- and white-collar workers.


   School of Health and Society

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Over recent years, the Centre for Human Movement and Rehabilitation (CHMR) has received extensive investment allowing us to develop world-class research facilities for PhD study. These include three human performance laboratories, a prosthetics and orthotics workshop, markerless motion capture, cutting-edge ultrasound equipment, and access to the new North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC). CHMR has a strong community of postgraduate research students and is home to the £5.5 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics. The measurement of free-living physical behaviour theme has a PhD project available: To examine how physical behaviour is associated with perceived job satisfaction, happiness, and wellbeing, in both blue- and white-collar workers.

The combination of physical activity and sedentary time has an influence on our health, with recent studies showing that high levels of physical activity eliminate the risks of mortality using self-reported measures of physical behaviour. Intriguingly, occupational physical activity leads to an increased risk in long-term sickness absence in blue-collar workers, while leisure-time physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of long terms sickness – a phenomenon known as the ‘physical activity paradox’. Furthermore, research has identified associations between leisure-time sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic markers, but not for occupational sitting time and cardiometabolic markers. This distinction suggests differential effects between leisure time and occupation sedentary behaviour: the sedentary time we accrue in the workplace may not be as relevant to our health markers compared to the physical behaviours in our leisure time. We are looking for a candidate who could investigate the public health impact of this, and model the reciprocity between sedentary behaviour and physical activity both in and outside the workplace.

We are seeking PhD applicants with a minimum of a 2.1 degree. We encourage candidates from various background to apply, including, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists, orthotists, engineers, physicists, computer scientists, sports scientists, occupational therapists, exercise and health scientists, psychologists, data scientists, rheumatologists, epidemiologists and health economists.

All students who study for a PhD at Salford benefit from our strong PGR community through peer-to-peer support, alongside dedicated PGR training and seminars. Core training and induction is mandatory for all three years and covers topics such as ethics, IT essentials, communications skills and EDI and wellbeing. The cohort structure encourages peer support and increases PGRs to network with one another to a build community of researchers that can engage with activities that are accessible and inclusive. Details of our student journey and how to apply can be found from our Doctoral School here.

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