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PhD Studentship (3 Years) Evidence-based dry eye practice.

School of Optometry

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 01 August 2021
Reference:  R210205
Release Date:  Thursday 10 June 2021

Applications are invited from talented and ambitious candidates to develop a series of projects investigating the most appropriate methods of managing dry eye disease of different severities and subtypes. This will allow guidelines to be developed for the more effective and efficient treatment of dry eye to improve patient’s quality of life. The student will become an expert in dry eye management and evidence-based practice. 

You will use the latest clinical instrumentation to assess the symptoms and signs of dry eye, along with advanced tear film analysis to better link the mechanism causing the dry eye disease to the most effective treatment strategy. The research will include a few sub-studies to investigate the biochemistry of ocular lipids, repeatability of corneal observations, tear components, and ocular microbiology. You will be joining a multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, engineers and biologists to grow your expertise and career opportunities. The supervisory team is highly experienced with PhD supervision and have extensive international collaborations to support the PhD candidate.

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 School can be found at College of Health and Life Sciences | Aston University

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Debarun Dutta ( or Prof James Wolffsohn (

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:

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

  • A copy of your current CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Copies of your academic qualifications for your Bachelor degree, and Masters degree (if studied); 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 (maximum 1 page), submitted under the “research proposal statement” option
  • Two academic references

Please be advised shortlisted applicants will be asked for a 5 – 10 minutes presentation on the topic during an interview. 

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 

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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



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