Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Functional Food Centre, Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Three Year Full Time PhD Research Studentship
Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)
Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants require a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent).
EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 or UK undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK university within the last two years. IELTS test certificate must be issued since the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre please see following web site
Start date: 4th April 2016
Bursary: £14057 pa (pro rata as start date April) for academic year 2015/16 & fees
Closing date: 5th February 2016
Interviews likely to be held on the 22nd February 2016
According to the World Health Organisation, obesity has nearly doubled worldwide since 1980 and obesity rates in both men and women have increased by over 10% in the UK alone since 1993. Obesity can develop into a major health problem increasing the risk of developing numerous diseases, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. With individuals and governments searching for different solutions to weight loss and fat reduction, the use of dietary supplements has increased significantly in recent years.
Weight loss can either occur through decreasing energy intake from food or beverages or by increasing energy expenditure or both. Although lipids are known to be more energy dense and less satiating than the other macronutrients, specific lipids have been shown to increase satiety, reduce energy intake and promote energy expenditure and thus potentially aid weight loss. Such lipids include medium chain triglycerides, conjugated linoleic acid and short chain fatty acids amongst others. However, how different lipids compare in terms of their ability to increase satiety is less well known. This PhD will aim to compare the effects of such lipids on 1) food intake and satiety, 2) postprandial thermogenesis and 3) weight loss, as well as evaluate the literature on this topic.
For further information about the Functional Food Centre: http://www.shs.brookes.ac.uk/research/functional-food
As part of their Studentship, students will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration.
Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport - - https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
Further information on the project please e-mail
Dr Miriam Clegg e-mail - [email protected]
How to apply
Please complete the Application Form, which you can download from
With your application you should enclose a CV, plus copy of your degree certificate and transcript plus if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic test score certificate from an approved test centre.
Please carefully note that applications will only be accepted by e-mail to the following address: [email protected]
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