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 Thursday 01 July 2021
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
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 (email@example.com) or
Prof James Wolffsohn (J.S.W.Wolffsohn@aston.ac.uk)
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 (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”
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
Please include the supervisor name, project title and project reference in
If you require further information about the application process please
contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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