Studentships - AHPD

 

Three Year Competitive Full Time PhD Research Studentship

Project Title: The association between micronutrient status and quality of life during and post-treatment for pelvic cancer survivors

 

Co-Director of Studies: Prof Eila Watson / Dr Helen Lightowler

Second Supervisor: Dr Shelly Coe

 

Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

 

Closing Date: 11th July 2016

Start date: 19th September 2016

 

Value pa: Bursary of £14,296 for academic year 2016/17 & fees

 

Requirements:

Good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) and educated to BSc or MSc degree level equivalent to a UK degree or equivalent in the health sciences, such as nursing, nutrition, dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physiology or psychology.

Experience of working with clinical adult populations is preferable. The PhD would involve venepuncture and will also include some laboratory analysis; some laboratory experience would be desirable.

EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic 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 Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) approved test centre please see following web site: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

 

Project description

Pelvic cancers are commonly treated with either surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or a combination of these.  Side effects during treatment and long term and late effects are relatively common and can impact quality of life. Lifestyle factors such as nutrition may not only play a role in the development of cancer; they may also affect symptoms experienced during and beyond treatment. Poor micronutrient status has been linked to an increase in cancer risk; however, research into the role of micronutrient status post diagnosis is lacking. In particular, the exploration of low micronutrient status in cancer survivors in relation to symptoms such as fatigue, bowel/ bladder problems and nausea is required.

The aim of this PhD is to explore the effect of micronutrient status (including bioavailability, intake and plasma levels) on symptoms such as fatigue and bowel/bladder dysfunction in pelvic cancer survivors. In addition, the knowledge and concerns of patients in relation to nutrition will be assessed with a view to information provision in the future and understanding how these concerns and unmet needs may be addressed.

The successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish. The student will work with, and build on previous work conducted by, both the Functional Food Centre and the Supportive Cancer Care Research Group. The studentship will require a minimum of a BSc in a discipline related to the project outlined above. In addition they should be comfortable in a multidisciplinary environment, working with a range of populations, including clinical groups. Appropriate training will be provided.

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 Helen Lightowler This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

How to apply

Please complete the Application Form, which you can download from http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

With your application you should enclose a CV, plus if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic test score certificate from an approved test centre and scanned copies of your degree certificate/s and transcript/s and two academic references.

Applications will only be accepted by e-mail to the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Interviews will be held on the 15th August 2016

Department of Applied Health & Professional Development  - competitive full time three year funded studentship

 

Project title: The Effectiveness of Guided Imagery on Gait to Aid and Prolong Independent Living in the Elderly

 

Supervisors: Professor Helen Dawes, Dr Sarah L.F. Owen

Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only ---- (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

Closing date: 11th July 2016

 

Start Date: 19th September 2016

Value p.a.: Bursary of £14296 for academic year 2016/17 & fees

Requirements: (Please see each description for eligibility criteria)

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in a health-related topic eg nursing, psychology, health studies, public health.  A Masters degree would be desirable and/or prior research experience.

EU Applicants additional requirement for English language

A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre or relevant undergraduate degree awarded by UK University within the last two years.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

 

Project description

 

Applications are invited to carry out a PhD project within the Department of Applied Health and Professional Development, in collaboration with the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at Oxford Brookes University on the effect of Guided Imagery on gait in the elderly to aid and prolong independent living.

 

Most daily tasks involve the coordination of motor activity with memory and attention. As we age we see impairment in the ability to perform these multiple tasks at the same time. As issues with gait increase, they lead to normal daily activities, such as shopping and cooking, being affected, as well as increase in limb and back pain. This can lead eventually for the need for home help or nursing home admission, and can be instrumental in injuries or death. Gait issues can affect the person on a physical and psychological level, affect the person’s family and have a financial impact on the state.

The project would test the effectiveness of using the latest technology for remote guided imagery on gait issues people face as they age, and would involve the development and use of a software application coupled with gait analysis techniques to determine how well both mentally and physically participants think they are coping with the normal gait transitions due to ageing. and will also aim to identify measures that can keep the elderly independent for longer.

 

Application Information

Please complete the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences PhD Research Studentship Application Form, which you can download from

http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

 

Additionally, with your Application Form you should enclose a CV and a short Research Proposal (max 2000 words) outlining your thoughts on how you would approach the topic, plus scanned copy of degree certificates and transcripts and two academic references, plus if appropriate a scanned copy of a valid IELTS test score certificate.

 

Please refer to guidance notes that accompany the downloadable application form.

Applications will only be accepted by email to the Research Administrator at the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Final selection interview will be held on Monday 15th August, 2016.

Please note that 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 plus other original documentation to enable a search to be undertaken. Costs involved in undertaking the DBS check will be covered by the University. Find more information on DBS

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