Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)
Duration: Full-Time (42 months)
Application deadline: 30th October 2020
Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: January 2021
For further details contact Dr Sarah Davey
Personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by health care workers (HCWs) in response to the COVID-2019 pandemic increases insulation and impedes evaporation, limiting the ability to dissipate heat. Therefore, even in cool environments HCWs can often experience heat stress (i.e. increased skin and core temperatures). Heat stress increases the risk of thermal injury and is often, but not always associated with impaired cognitive functioning, particularly in complex cognitive tasks. Combining these factors with the reduction of dexterity found to occur when wearing PPE jeopardises the well-being, safety and performance of HCWs.
This studentship offers an exciting opportunity to evaluate the level of heat stress experienced by HCWs when wearing PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic and how any level of heat stress may affect the physical, cognitive and task-specific performance of HCWs. The project will also involve assessing the efficacy of certain interventions (such as cooling interventions) or operational procedures designed to alleviate selected negative effects of wearing PPE in health care settings. The project will involve a series of laboratory and field based studies working in collaboration with local NHS trusts.
This is a fully-funded PhD studentship, including:
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant area to the project. This includes human physiology, exercise physiology, human biology or sport science. Applicants with laboratory experience and excellent interpersonal skills for working with human volunteers are preferred but not essential. A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification or other evidence of research skills and experience is preferred but not essential.
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
To find out more about the project please contact Dr Sarah DaveyMehr
|Titel||The impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) worn during the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers performance and risk of heat stress|
|Job location||Priory Street Coventry, CV15FB|
|Veröffentlicht||Juli 20, 2020|
|Bewerbungsschluss||Oktober 30, 2020|
|Jobart||PhD/ Doktorand/in  |
|Fachbereiche||Physiologie,   Sportmedizin und Trainingsphysiologie,   Anatomie,   Humanbiologie  |