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Research Assistant

Swansea University - School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Location: Swansea
Salary: £29,515 per annum, together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th October 2018
Closes: 4th November 2018
Job Ref: AC03091

Contract Type: Fixed term for 6 months

Main Purpose of the Post

Physical inactivity is well-accepted as a major cause of morbidity and mortality, but less is known regarding the influence of sedentary behaviour (sitting) on adverse health outcomes. Sitting is now identified as a novel risk factor for poor cardiometabolic health and premature mortality. For many adults, sitting is inherent to the occupational setting, with office workers spending two thirds of their working hours sedentary. Importantly, even in those who regularly exercise, such activity does not offset all of the deleterious consequences of long sedentary periods. New evidence from our Australian CO-PIs shows significant benefits from by breaking up periods of sustained sitting with intermittent movement.

Wearable activity trackers and health apps are one of the most rapidly growing market sectors, highlighting the potential for technology in addressing this global health challenge. However, these apps tend to attract people who are already active; and more attention is needed on those who are highly sedentary, many of whom are unaware that they are, in order to break up their sedentary behaviours sufficiently for health gain. Preliminary evidence suggests that self-monitoring and real-time feedback via an activity tracker and mobile app developed in house, with set-up support only, can elicit short-term improvements in daily movement, sitting time, and sitting accumulation patterns. This project will seek to ascertain the individual and environmental factors that moderate the feasibility of this app to break up prolonged sitting in office workers with a view to developing a subsequent full-scale efficacy trial. Funding has been secured for this project through the EPSRC-funded GetAMoveOn Network.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, or equivalent and will be responsible for conducting and evaluating a short-term work-place intervention.

Further information, including the main duties and person specification can be found by clicking on the attached link:-

Informal enquiries to Kelly Mackintosh, Email:-

Shortlisting Date: asap after advert closing

Interview Date: asap after shortlisting

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