PhD Studentship: Sleep Loss in Children and Adults

Nottingham Trent University

Proposed Director of Studies: Professor John A Groeger

Expected REF Unit of Assessment: A04

Summary of project:

Applications are invited for one of four areas in which the studentship will be held.

Susceptibility to sleep loss impairment. Various studies suggest that some individuals may cope less well with the effects of sleep loss than do others, and that some types of performance are more sensitive to sleep loss than others. The doctoral research pursued should aim to consolidate our understanding of the sources of these individual differences, with a view to empirical investigation of participant- and/or task- based sources of these individual differences in susceptibility.

Sleep in challenged families. The on-going sleep disruption of one family member may have effects on the sleep, wellbeing and performance of other family members. The doctoral research pursued should aim to quantify these effects, and might also explore what interventions might enhance family well-being.

Biological age as a source of individual differences in sleep loss and/or sleep quality. Sleep varies in both quantity and quality with age, and with biological change (e.g. puberty, menstruation, menopause). The doctoral research pursued should aim separate the effects of chronological and biological aging on sleep.

Sleep in groups with long term health challenges. Studies suggest than people with long term illness (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic pain, Chronic Kidney Disease) sleep less well, and some suggest that improving sleep can relieve the intensity of the illness symptoms experienced. The doctoral research pursued will consider both inter- and intra-illness/disease effects on sleep, with a view to empirical investigation of the effects on immune system functioning of extended sleep loss.

Specific qualifications/subject areas required of the applicants for this project (e.g. First degree in specific subject area):

It is anticipated that, as a minimum, candidates will have first or excellent second class degrees, in Psychology or other relevant discipline. As part of their under, or post-, graduate experience, candidates should have experience of handling large data sets, a familiarity with main sleep loss methodologies, competence in multivariate statistical methods, and ideally experience of, or determination to acquire, advanced research skills which might support the chosen research (e.g. meta-analysis, programming, physiological measurement, electrophysiology).

Application deadline: 5pm (UK time) on 26th May 2017

Funding notes

This studentship competition is open to applicants who wish to study for a PhD on a full-time basis only. The studentship will pay UK/EU fees (currently set at £4,195 for 2017/18 and are revised annually) and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (this is revised annually and is currently £14,553 for academic year 2017/18) for up to three years*. The studentships will be expected to commence in 2017.

*Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but a successful non-EU candidate would be responsible for paying the difference between non-EU and UK/EU fees. (Fees for 2017/18 are £12,900 for non-EU students and £4,195 for UK/EU students)

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