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PhD Studentship (3 Years) Development of new methods of controlling myopia and returning the epidemic using a human prediction model.

School of Optometry

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 12 July 2021
Reference:  R210204
Release Date:  Thursday 10 June 2021

Applications are invited from talented and ambitious candidates to develop a series of projects investigating the mechanisms underlying myopia development and progression. This project will use a novel human model of future myopic eye growth to test the impact of innovative optical and luminance interventions as well as to compare existing treatments for myopia management, to develop prediction algorithms for myopic growth. The aim being to allow individualised optimal management of myopia and a better understanding of the mechanism driving eye growth. 

You will use OCT and ocular biometry measurements to objectively assess the impact of changing visual environment on ocular parameters in young adults/adolescents with myopia. Data analyses will involve some basic programming, but experience of programming is not required for the post.

Aston University was ranked 5th out of 94 UK Higher Education Institutions for research in Allied Health Professions (REF 2014) and was ranked 1st for research environment.  Additional information about the College can be found at College of Health and Life Sciences | Aston University

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof James Wolffsohn (J.S.W.Wolffsohn@aston.ac.uk) or Prof Nicola Logan (n.s.logan@aston.ac.uk)

Financial Support:

The studentship is open to UK students and comprises of a tax-free stipend at the 2021/22 UKRI rate of £15,609 per annum and a fee bursary to cover payment of Home tuition fees. The studentship is available for three years, subject to satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, with an expected registration of 1 October 2021. 

Application Requirements: 

  • UK national
  • Bachelor (Hons.) Degree of either 1st Class/ 2.1, MSc/MRes with a 60% or higher weighted average (or equivalent) in Optometry.
  • Clinical qualifications in Optometry are desirable. 
  • Registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) is desirable.
  • Interest in research, and strong interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential.
  • Details of our full entry requirements can be found here.

Please apply online at: https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/phd-life-and-health-sciences

As part of the application, you will need to supply:

  • A copy of your current CV
  • Copies of your academic qualifications for your Bachelor degree, and Masters degree (if studied); this should include both certificates and transcripts, and must be translated in to English.
  • A statement of your knowledge and experience that will benefit the project, submitted under the “research proposal statement” option
  • Two academic references

Please select “Research Health Sciences (including Optometry, Pharmacy and Psychology Research Areas) (Full time Oct 2021)” from the application form options.

Please include the supervisor name, project title and project reference in your application.

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at pgr_admisssions@aston.ac.uk 

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Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via recruitment@aston.ac.uk


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