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Evaluating pain, fatigue, and physical function: PhD Studentship, GCU, Glasgow UK

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  • Evaluating pain, fatigue, and physical function: PhD Studentship, GCU, Glasgow UK

    Glasgow Caledonian University, located in the city centre of Glasgow Scotland, offers a three-year funded PhD studentship in musculoskeletal health.

    Studentship Project Title: Evaluating the role of pain, fatigue, physical function and physical activity in patients with knee osteoarthritis
    Reference Number: REG2016_SHLS3

    Project Background
    This PhD project will build on prior work in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) to evaluate pain, fatigue, physical function and physical activity in this patient population. As many patients with KOA experience high levels of pain and fatigue that are perceived to lead to reduced physical function and physical activity, the aim of this PhD project is to objectively evaluate the impact and factors associated with pain and fatigue in patients with KOA.


    Open to any nationality (see funding below for further details). Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 or equivalent or have a Master’s degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required.

    Specific requirements of the project
    The prospectus student will have a relevant health-related degree (e.g., Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiology, clinical degree) and experience (e.g., primary data collection via honours project, MSc research, work experience) and a keen interest in developing as a researcher. The candidate should have basic experience in data collection in a human performance laboratory or with patient populations.

    This studentship requires at least foundation level knowledge and experience in numerical data processing and statistical analyses or a willingness to learn. Experience and/or knowledge of the use of patient-reported outcome measures and/or objective activity monitoring either in clinical practice or through research is desirable, as is experience of working with people who have musculoskeletal complaints.

    Supervisory Team
    Dr Jody Riskowski (Director of Studies)
    Dr Sebastien Chastin
    Prof Martijn Steultjens

    For more info and to apply

    Inquiries for application can be sent to

    Interview dates
    Should your application be successful you will be invited to a 2:1 panel interview which will be held in May 2016. Please note that there is no funding provided to support travel or accommodation for face-to-face interviews; however, telephone or Skype interviews will be offered to those unable to attend GCU for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked about your proposed research plan to address the project aim would involve. You may wish to provide a 1-2 page outline of your proposal to your interviewers.

    The studentship is funded at £18,900 per year for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (currently £4,100 for UK/EU students or £11,200 for non-UK/EU students) plus an annual stipend of £14,800 for UK/EU students or £7,700 for non-UK/EU students.