[visionlist] PhD Studentship Opportunity

Taylor, Deanna Deanna.Taylor at city.ac.uk
Thu Aug 9 10:35:58 -05 2018

** Please see below for a current PhD opportunity **

A study on mobility in people with visual problems

Glaucoma is an eye condition that affects a large proportion of the elderly population. Surprisingly little is known about the problems patients with glaucoma have in different lighting conditions. It may be that these problems emerge before measurable vision loss occurs in standard clinical tests. A better understanding of these functional difficulties might highlight the need for earlier and sustained treatment.
First, we will undergo a systematic review of the literature on the problems of everyday lighting and darkness that impacts on people with glaucoma. Next, we will assess impact of lighting conditions on performance of everyday mobility tasks in a lab-based study. These experiments will take advantage of an instrument that examines the recovery of vision when going from daylight to darkness. The study will also examine the relationship between clinical tests of vision, patient reported measures and mobility tasks in a kitchen or living environment. The latter will take advantage of a state-of-the-art research facility at City, University of London.

City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.
City attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.
In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.
Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.
The Crabb Lab at City, University of London provides a lively research environment with a unique mixture of vision scientists, optometrists, psychologists and computer scientists. For more information: www.staff.city.ac.uk/crabblab<http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/crabblab>

The studentship
Training in experimental psychology, optometry or human based performance (at MSc level), would be ideal, but we seek an inventive, able scientist/researcher who can demonstrate real enthusiasm for this exciting and worthwhile project. Detailed knowledge about vision or eyes will not be required, but a desire to work hard on a patient based study is essential.

Additional Information
Results from this PhD are likely to generate considerable interest and will lead to presentations at conferences in the US and Europe; extensive travel funding is available. The 3-year studentship is worth £17K pa (tax-free), with all fees for PhD registration paid. (Non-EU students would have to subsidise the relevant fees).
Applications (CV, including names of two referees and a statement of interest about the project) should be submitted by email to:
Professor David Crabb.
School of Health Sciences,
City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0191
Email: david.crabb.1 at city.ac.uk<mailto:david.crabb.1 at city.ac.uk>
Informal enquires are strongly encouraged.
Closing date: 14th August 2018
City, University of London is committed to equality and diversity.

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