PhD Studentship in "Interaction of balance control and cognition in older adults"

College of Life and Natural Sciences PhD Studentship – Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science

PhD Studentship in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science (PhD title: Interaction of balance control and cognition in older adults)

Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£15,009 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees


Full Time


Monday 12 August 2019


Thursday 22 August 2019

Start date:

September intake


The College of Life and Natural Sciences has an opportunity for a Full-Time Post Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science (PhD title: Interaction of balance control and cognition in older adults).

Recent findings from our lab suggest that mental fatigue – a psycho-physiological state experienced following prolonged demanding cognitive activity – has a detrimental effect on standing balance control in older adults (Osler & Fletcher, under review). This project aims to investigate the precise mechanisms which underlie this effect. In order to objectively confirm mental fatigue, changes in electrical activity of the brain will be assessed using electroencephalography (EEG). Balance disturbances will then be applied to ascertain the effects of mental fatigue on underlying mechanisms of balance control.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of £15,009 per annum for 3 years. The post also covers Home/EU PhD tuition fees for 3 years. Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.

The intended start date is September 2019, or the next available intake.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their PhD within 3 years on the Traditional Route PhD, contribute to the College REF submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the College.

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team and will be supported and managed by his or her supervisors.

The vacancy details are as follows:

To Apply

For general information on how to apply and required documentation go to

Completed applications should be submitting via our Online Application system at quoting funding reference LNS_Balance_PGTA_0819

For other enquires which are subject–specific please contact: Dr Callum Osler at

Closing dates for applications:   Monday 12 August 2019.

Interviews: Thursday 22 August 2019.

If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.