PhD Studentship in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Applications are invited for a three-year, full-time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. The successful candidate will be supervised by Jamie Macdonald PhD and Aamer Sandoo PhD from the Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing Centre (Canalfon PAWB Centre).

The successful candidate will use cross-sectional and interventional study designs to investigate the role of vessel health in vascular access and disease progression. The project will build on existing collaborations with the Ysbyty Gwynedd Renal Unit, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (Consultant Clinicians Drs. Jibani, Alejmi and Shrikanth), and Kings College London (Consultant Physiotherapist Sharlene Greenwood PhD).

The studentship will cover UK/EU registration fees plus maintenance stipend of £12,000 per annum paid quarterly and £2,000 per annum paid monthly in return for a contribution to School activities of 100 hours per annum.

Scope of Project

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a determined, motivated individual with a strong interest in clinical exercise physiology who enjoys working with clinical populations. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work as part of a team but equally be comfortable working independently. The successful candidate will be expected to work professionally and with good inter-personal skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team and directly with patients. 

Successful applicants will normally have a Masters degree or a First Class Honours Degree in sport science, physiology or a health-related science subject. Applicants must also show an ability to work independently with support from a supervisor, and demonstrate enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating research, applied practice and teaching environment.

Why study at Bangor?

Part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate degrees since 1978. Our research was ranked 7th in UK according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published in 2014 (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014).

The department has well-equipped physiology laboratories including the new PAWB Centre. The School is ideally situated to local amenities, Snowdonia National Park, and overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits. 

Structure of the Programme

The period of registration for a PhD is normally three-years full-time.  During the first year of study, students will normally take our MSc Advanced Research Skills module and take courses from Bangor University’s Graduate Programme.

The first year of registration will be provisional.  Under guidance by the supervisory committee, the student will be required to develop knowledge and understanding of renal and exercise physiology literature. The student will also be taught advanced techniques for examining vascular function using high-resolution ultrasound and will be familiarised with processes related to healthcare research in the NHS. Progression to full registration in Year Two is subject to satisfactory progress, completion of the Graduate Programme and the approval of a research proposal by their Thesis Committee and the School's Board of Studies. For the remaining two years of the studentship, the student will be required to develop the initial proposal into a completed PhD project.


Eligibility depends on your ability to register as a home/EU student (students from other countries may apply but must be prepared to pay Bangor University international student fees).


Please contact Dr Aamer Sandoo if you have any queries:

School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University,
Tel: (+44) 01248 383486

For further details on PhD programs and research training in the School, look at our Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Research Training.

How to apply

If you meet the criteria outlined above, and you wish to apply for the studentship, you should send a cover letter, CV and include two completed references to Dr Sandoo. The cover letter should include a clear statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this scholarship.

The closing date for formal applications will be Monday 4th June, 2018.

Interview Process

Short-listed applicants will be required to complete the University’s online application form:

Short-listed applicants will then be required to attend interview on Thursday 14th June, 2018. At interview you will be asked to complete a 15 min presentation on the PhD topic and answer further questions.

Selection Criteria



  • Masters degree or a First Class Honours Degree in sport science, physiology or a health-related science subject


  • British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Accreditation
  • BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner or BASES Accredited
  • Good clinical practice training
  • Immediate Life Support course
  • Knowledge of non-invasive assessments of blood vessel function



  • Experience of conducting relevant research projects;


  • Experience of working with clinical populations
  • Proven track record of disseminating findings to both scientific and lay audiences;
  • Research background in relevant area;
  • Experience of developing research protocols and completing ethics proposals (particularly NHS ethics)



  • Able to work flexibly;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines;
  • Good verbal and written skills;
  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office, PowerPoint, and statistical analysis packages;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • Proven project management skills;
  • Good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately;
  • Any other skills/abilities relevant to the duties and responsibilities.



  • Driving licence or willingness to use public transport to travel between research sites;
  • Able to undertake manual handling tasks.


  • Awareness of confidentiality and data protection issues;
  • Welsh language is desirable but not essential for the post.