[visionlist] 2 PhD Studentships

Waugh, Sarah Sarah.Waugh at anglia.ac.uk
Sat Nov 13 21:16:28 GMT 2010

Please post the following PhD opportunities.  Thanks.
Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences 

2 PhD Studentships

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Application Deadline: 8th December, 2010

Interview Date: 16th December, 2010.

Start Date: 24th January, 2011.

Our vibrant, modern University has ambitious plans for its future. The
Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences within the Faculty of Science &
Technology houses two research groups and is actively seeking to recruit more
research students.  Along with quality researchers, equipment and
laboratories, the Department also has an active University Eye Clinic.  We
currently have two full-time studentship positions, or Graduate Teaching
Assistantships (GTA), available.  Scholars will have been awarded a first or
upper second class honours degree in Optometry, or other relevant discipline.
The studentship will provide tuition fees (UK and EU) and a maintenance grant
of £15K for the successful applicant, in exchange for up to 6 hours per week
contribution to the Department's teaching requirements. 


Anglia Ruskin University provides high quality, structured research training
and a stimulating research environment in which to work, which includes the
Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) within the Postgraduate Medical
Institute.  One studentship is available for each of our two departmental
research groups to commence in January 2011.


1)      Anglia Vision Research


First Supervisor: Dr Monika A Formankiewicz (Senior Lecturer in Vision

Second Supervisor: Dr Sarah J Waugh (Reader in Vision Science)


Anglia Vision Research is a stimulating, coherent research group.  Consisting
of academic staff with a wealth of international experience in research,
research training and teaching in optometry and vision sciences, the group
continues to be strengthened and invigorated by a growing PhD student base.
We have collaborative links with Addenbrooke's hospital in paediatric eyecare
and the University of Cambridge.  We wish to attract an outstanding graduate
in a science-related discipline (e.g. Optometry, Experimental Psychology,
Physics, Computer Science, Engineering) to undertake a vision science
doctoral research degree.  


The Project: Binocular Rivalry and Plasticity

The project will investigate the characteristics of binocular rivalry for
stimuli designed to probe different neural pathways or loci of the visual
system.  The information provided will be valuable to the understanding of
the underlying processing mechanisms and will have implications for clinical
conditions in which binocular vision is disturbed, e.g. amblyopia.  The
studentship will involve empirical data collection and statistical analysis
of quantitative data. Given the nature of the project, applicants with a
special interest in binocular vision assessment and knowledge of, or a keen
willingness to learn programming in MatLab, will have an advantage.  

For details of this PhD studentship position please contact Dr Monika
Formankiewicz (monika.formankiewicz at anglia.ac.uk).


2. Visual Function and Physiology Research Group

First Supervisor: Dr Sheila Rae (Senior Lecturer in Vision Science) 

Second Supervisor: Dr Peter Allen (Principal Lecturer in Vision Science)


A wide range of clinically oriented research activities take place within the
research group in laboratories housed within the Department and VERU. Current
focus areas include myopia, ocular biometry, low vision, visual stress and
contact lenses. Recent activities include the completion of a longitudinal
clinical trial of a myopia control treatment supported by VisionCRC and
consultancy to the contact lens industry. The successful applicant should
have excellent clinical skills and ideally be registered with the General
Optical Council. 


The Project: Impact of perceptual blur adaptation on accommodation control in

The prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide and the environment is known
to play a role in its development with there being a link between visual
activities, especially close work and the accuracy of the focussing of the
eye. This project will explore the relationship between the perceptual
adaptation of the visual system in response to stimuli content and blur and
the control of the accuracy of accommodation of the eye. This will give a
better understanding of the relationship between the visual environment and
the development of myopia and to the development of effective myopia control

For details of this PhD studentship position please contact Dr Sheila Rae
(sheila.rae at anglia.ac.uk).




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