STEAM Scholarships

Health, Education and Life Sciences

PhD researcher

The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) is centred on our City South Campus. The Faculty has a strong focus on the training of health and education professionals with a rapidly growing life sciences portfolio.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Thursday 22 March 2018.

HELS is making major investments in growing the quality and volume of research across its three constituent Schools (The Schools of Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery) through investments in academic staff and researchers, doctoral students and new labs and equipment. Excellence in Nursing, Health Sciences and Education is essential for the development of new solutions to major societal challenges including the Ageing Population; Sustainability and Health and is driven by the faculties two research Centres: The Centre for Studies in Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) and the Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (CSCHaRR).

HELS is seeking recruit a new cohort of scholars to undertake Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (GRTA) posts in a number of key areas.

The GRTA payments consist of two elements:
  1. 0.75 GRTA DTG - tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current (2017/18) value of £10,915 per annum. The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.
  2. 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary for 2017-18 will be £7,213 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a Home fees waiver (£4,195 for 2017-18) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

Projects

Education

Project title: Higher Education - policy and practice (HELS - FFP2) - GRTA

Contact: Tony Armstrong

Project summary: The successful candidate will be concerned with researching into the field of Higher Education (HE) policy and practice vis-à-vis Brexit. The research will involve the exploration and analysis of current and future transformations of policy and practice in HE and will be positioned within the HE policy and political studies literature. More particularly in this study, the successful candidate will focus on and investigate the trajectory and development of post-92 universities and the experiences and responses of university leaders, academics and students who feel impacted by HE policy changes related to Brexit.

The research will also draw broadly on the philosophical and methodological notion of event as a means of exploring the lived Brexit experience as it relates to HE policy and practice. Therefore the research may include, for example, the impact of the transformations associated with Brexit on both the participants sense of belonging to the UK in a potentially unwelcoming learning space and as a consequence their problematic framing and re-framing of UK and EU identity, academic citizenship and obligation. If you need further information please contact Dr Tony Armstrong .

How to apply

To apply, please complete the project proposal form and then complete your online application where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement. 

Health

Project title: Determining the epigenetic and neurophysiological predictors of pain tolerance (HELS - FFP4) 

Contacts: Loukia Tsaprouni Jon Raphael Martin Vreugdenhil

Project summary:

Pain is a natural process and essentially ubiquitous part of tissue damage or surgical intervention. For poorly-understood reasons a proportion of patients experience prolonged or “chronic” pain after tissue damage or surgery. Pain tolerance varies largely across the population and is high amongst athletes. It is not clear whether this is due to genetic differences or due to genetic, cellular, neuronal network and behavioural adaptations. By studying the epigenetic and neurophysiological hallmarks of tolerance in professional athletes and normal matched controls, we aim to determine the epigenetic and neurophysiological predictors of pain tolerance and clues for development of more effective pain therapy. 

The successful candidate will analyze gene methylation, pain-associated electroencephalogram changes and psychological assessments, in relation to the pain tolerance. 

The studentship will be embedded in a translational research programme investigating the causes of chronic pain and developing novel approaches to therapy.

We are looking for a dedicated student with a strong academic background (2:1 or higher) in biomedical sciences, molecular biology, neuroscience or a related discipline.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Health Sciences. In the Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant role, they will be expected to be able contribute to teaching and related activity for courses based in the School, which include Biomedical Sciences and Sport Science and Biomedical Engineering.

Please note if you wish to apply for this project you are also required to upload with your online application and research proposal a detailed CV and a personal statement outlining your relevant experience. If you need further information please contact Dr Loukia Tsaprouni, Dr Jon Raphael or Dr Martin Vreugdenhil.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the project proposal form and then complete your online application where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement.