PhD Studentship: Combined effects of exercise training and nutrition on cardiometabolic risk factors

Loughborough University

Reference number: SSEHS/OM

Start date: 1 April 2017

Closing date: 10 Jan 2017

Interview date: TBC

Primary supervisor: Dr Oonagh Markey

Secondary supervisor: Dr Richard Ferguson

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by Loughborough University to start April 2017. The project will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a major public health concern worldwide. It is crucial to consider lifestyle interventions that have the potential to reduce the burden associated with CVD. There is a lack of research exploring the synergies between physical activity and diet on cardiometabolic health outcomes. This PhD will primarily focus on conducting well-controlled human studies to examine the effects of a combination of exercise training and dietary supplementation or energy balance dynamics on biomarkers of cardiometabolic health in previously inactive adults.

Research at Loughborough University is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, and the School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences will provide an excellent environment in which to develop your research career. Research will be carried out in a world-class research facility, the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), where our aim is to translate novel and timely lifestyle interventions into improvements of the health and wellbeing of the nation. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and will receive training in non-invasive techniques which examine cardiovascular function including ultrasound assessment of endothelial-dependent flow-mediated vasodilation of the brachial artery.

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General information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at:

Entry requirements:

Candidates will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in disciplines related to: physiology, nutrition, biomedical science or exercise science. A relevant Master’s degree in the aforementioned areas will be an advantage along with hands-on experience with human clinical research.

Funding information:

The preferred start date is April 2017 but there may be some flexibility for the right candidate. The studentship is for three years, and is valued at £14,296 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Informal enquires about the research project should be addressed to Dr Oonagh Markey, email:

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please include a personal statement (one page maximum) detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate.  Please quote reference number: SSEHS/OM 

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