05 April 2017

The Donald Heath PhD in pulmonary hypertension research at Sheffield

Applications are now being invited for a three-year Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) leading to a PhD starting from February 2018, and three-year Basic Science PhD Studentship starting in October 2017. The successful candidates will join an established training programme incorporating researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

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Applicants are expected to make contact with their proposed supervisors to discuss projects prior to application and to complete a project application form (available upon request) in addition to the standard University of Sheffield application. The CRTF position offers an intensive clinical and research experience at a busy pulmonary hypertension specialist referral centre.  The successful CRTF will provide two clinical sessions per week to support the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit in the evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary vascular hypertension. PhD candidates are expected to have obtained at least an upper class Second at undergraduate level but are expected to have also completed a Masters Degree in relevant subject areas. This PhD Fellowship scheme is designed to attract the very best candidates and enhanced stipend will be awarded.

All applications will be considered but priority project areas are:

  • Assessment of Magnetic Resonance Imaging during exercise and vasodilator challenge in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
    For further details contact Dr Andy Swift (a.j.swift@sheffield.ac.uk)
  • Determining the vascular cell source of SMURF1 in pre-clinical models of pulmonary vascular remodelling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
    For further details contact Dr Alex Rothman (a.rothman@sheffield.ac.uk)
  • Identifying biomarkers to stratify patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension who may benefit from treatment with SMURF1 inhibitors (PAH).
    For further details contact Dr Alex Rothman (a.rothman@sheffield.ac.uk)
  • Comparing activity data from wearable technology to routine clinic exercise tests to assess pulmonary arterial hypertension.
    For further details contact Dr Allan Lawrie (a.lawrie@sheffield.ac.uk)
  • Undergraduate physicist / engineer for a PhD in MRI methods development for quantitative cardio-pulmonary imaging of pulmonary hypertension.
    For further details contact Prof Jim Wild (j.m.wild@sheffield.ac.uk)

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