PhD Studentship - Cerebral Perfusion in Neonates during Intervention for Acute Respiratory Failure

Liverpool John Moores University - Public Health Institute

An internally funded PhD Studentship is available within Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). This is a joint project between the world leading departments of Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, the department of Nursing and Allied Health and the Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery and Intensive Care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The University has world class facilities and a large network of postgraduate students who all receive a programme of ongoing training and development, including completion of LJMU’s accredited 3is teaching programme.

The studentship will be based at LJMU in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. The PhD will focus on examining the impact of different treatments on cerebral perfusion in neonates and infants with acute respiratory failure. Novel, state of the art equipment will be used to monitor changes in cerebral perfusion and cerebrovascular function, along with longitudinal cognitive neurodevelopmental assessments. The study will be undertaken within the clinical setting, in collaboration with clinicians from Alder hey Children’s Hospital.

The supervisory team will consist: Professor Helen Jones (Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology) who has expertise in measurement of cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular function; Dr Robyn Lotto (Senior Lecturer and Inspire Research Fellow) with clinical experience in Cardiovascular and ECMO care, as well as expertise in neonatal and child research; and Mr Attilio Lotto (Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Alder Hey Hospital) who brings a wealth of clinical knowledge and expertise.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Prof Helen Jones or 0151 904 6270

How to apply

  • To apply for the position, please submit your curriculum vitae (including two references) and a letter of application (two-page max). Please indicate your motivation for applying for the post and how your qualifications, skills and experience will contribute to the project.
  • This three year programme will commence in 2017. The closing date for applications is 12th September at 12.00pm with interviews taking place the week commencing 9th October 2017.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Zoe Miveld at the address below.

Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Tom Reilly Building
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

Funding Details

Annual fees: £4,300

Annual stipend: £14,553

Contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year

Contract Type - Please state if Permanent or Contract / Temporary


3 years

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