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
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 (email@example.com)
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.
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
Details of our full entry requirements can be found here.
Please apply online at: https: // www. aston.ac.uk/study/courses/phd-life-
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
Please include the supervisor name, project title and project reference in
If you require further information about the application process please
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