PhD studentship (fully funded)

Website South Bank University (LSBU)

Perceptual, physiological and cognitive limits to exercise in hot environment.

Project Description

Applications are invited for a full-time fully funded three-year PhD studentship at London South Bank University (LSBU) to begin in September 2018. The scholarship is co-funded by BodyCap Medical and LSBU and will run in collaboration with the FIFA Centre of Excellence Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Hospital ASPETAR in Qatar. We are seeking an exceptional and enthusiastic person to join the researchers at the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC) at LSBU for a programme of training and research in the area of environmental human cognition and physiology. The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) has placed the sports and exercise sciences research programme at LSBU in the top ten of all UK universities by intensity-weighted research quality; 73% of the research and 90% of the impact submissions by SESRC were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.

Data from various research groups including ours have repeatedly shown that human performance is markedly impaired in hot ambient conditions. However, there is no clear understanding of the specific environmental conditions triggering a decrease in performance. This project will use advanced research techniques with the aim to: (i) characterise the dose-response of self-paced cycling performance (i.e. time-trial) and the associated physiological, cognitive and perceptual responses to a wide range of environmental conditions; (ii) determine the effect of heat acclimation on the dose-response relationship between performance (physical and cognitive) and environmental conditions; (iii) determine the effect of heat acclimation on perceptual responses and their repercussion on performance. This studentship will be directed jointly by a supervisory team of established researchers in environmental physiology, cognitive psychology and sensorimotor control (Dr Katya Mileva and Dr Nadia Gaoua from LSBU; Dr Sebastien Racinais  form ASPETAR, Qatar and Dr. Sébastien Moussay from BodyCap Medical).

The individual will collect and analyse experimental data and write scientific reports for publication. The person will have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research including sport science, human sensorimotor control, and environmental psychophysiology. The candidates must have the ability to work independently and with initiative at a high level of self-motivation. They also must have obtained a relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following: Sports Science, Physiology, Psychophysiology. The studentship will be awarded based on merit for three years of full-time study.

For more information about LSBU, SESRC, this and other studentships available follow the link: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/research-scholarships. In your application, please provide details about your education and a personal statement highlighting motivations for applying for this position as well as your knowledge and experience in human neurophysiology, psychology and performance and other relevant to the project areas.

The closing date for applications is 15th April 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with an invitation to attend a set of interview and presentation activities at LSBU.

Funding notes: The scholarship provides a full bursary, 100% tuition fee at the UK/EU rate and research costs. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply, but non-EU students will be required to pay the gap between home and international tuition fees.

Contact:  For informal enquiries please contact Dr Nadia Gaoua (email: gaouan@lsbu.ac.uk)

How to apply:

Your application must be submitted via email to: gaouan@lsbu.ac.uk and should include the following:

  • Recent Curriculum Vitae providing details of your education (subject, level, institution, date of award) and relevant experience.
  • Academic transcripts and professional qualifications and distinctions other than degrees;
  • A personal statement setting out your motivation for applying for the post and explaining how your skills, experience and academic knowledge will contribute to the each of the criteria and to the project;
  • Names and contact information of two referees.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited to interview. Candidates are requested to respond promptly to such an invitation, indicating their agreement to attend and their availability. The successful candidate will be selected for the award in accordance with the University’s postgraduate admissions requirements and must be eligible under the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997.

Closing date for applications: 15th April 2018

Eligibility

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for three years of full-time study. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply, but non-EU students will be required to pay the gap between home and international tuition fees.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Undergraduate degree with at least 65% as a final grade in a relevant science subject, or in a field related to the subject of the project;
  • Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following: Sports Science, Physiology, Psychophysiology
  • Previous experience in working with and analysing human performance and physiology data;
  • Ability and experience in prioritising activities and tasks to accomplish goals within the set deadlines;
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills for both specialist and non-specialist audiences (proof of proficiency in English will be required);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including clear and concise verbal communication and an ability to negotiate compromises and resolve conflict amicably;
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Windows;
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.

Desirable:

  • Previous experience in collecting and analysing electrophysiological data, e.g. EEG, EMG, ECG etc.
  • Previous experience with techniques relative to thermal physiology and cognitive psychology;
  • Ability and experience in collaborating effectively in teams;
  • Previous experience of processing of experimental data in programming environments (e.g. Spike2, Matlab, Python, LabVIEW etc.);
  • Familiarity with advanced statistics.

Personal attributes:

  • An ability to work independently and with initiative at a high level of self-motivation;
  • Ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project goals and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to problem-solve, innovate or adapt;
  • Ability to apply strong interpersonal skills to the building and maintenance of effective working relationships and to written and verbal communication with partners from a variety of professional backgrounds;
  • High level, across-the-board attentiveness to detail.

Contact:  For informal enquiries please contact Dr Nadia Gaoua (email: gaouan@lsbu.ac.uk; Tel: +44 (0)20 7815 7547).

 

To apply for this job email your details to gaouan@lsbu.ac.uk