PhD Studentship in Exercise Physiology

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • 23rd July 2024


Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, TCD

Contract type

Full time

Contract duration

Fixed term

Bursary (if applicable)

Free tuition fees at the EU rate

Full description

NOTE: Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be

eligible for EU fees (or be an EEA or CH or UK citizen).

Post Summary

The Department of Physiology is seeking to appoint a PhD candidate in Exercise Physiology. The

successful candidate will work primarily on a research project to examine the cerebrovascular dynamic

responses subsequent to high-intensity interval vs moderate-intensity continuous training in men and

women with type 2 diabetes.


People with type 2 diabetes (T2D) have an increased risk for the development of cardiovascular disease,

dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than people without T2D. While exercise training is an effective

strategy to prevent cardiovascular and brain related disorders, the optimal exercise prescription for a

healthy brain in T2D is unknown. Moreover, the benefits of exercise training on the cerebrovasculature in

T2D are not well understood. This is highly relevant given that raising cerebrovascular blood flow by

exercise is associated with cardiorespiratory fitness, brain beta amyloid load and executive function in

healthy older individuals. Accordingly, the present research project will examine the effectiveness of

different intensity-specific aerobic exercise training protocols on brain circulation (measured by middle

cerebral artery blood flow) and cognitive function in men and women T2D.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

• To participate in the recruitment and screening of hospital outpatients with type 2 diabetes, and

perform laboratory testing. Key laboratory measurements include oxygen uptake, muscle oxygenation

deoxygenation, blood pressure and middle-cerebral artery blood flow.

• Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship.

• Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required.

• Support if required, the development of proposals for research funding.

• Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged.

• Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities.

• Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research projects of undergraduate and

MSc students in your group and School.

• Carry out administrative and management work associated with your programme of research.

Person Specification


• The appointee must have a recent Bachelor’s degree (upper class) in Exercise Science,

Physiology, Biological Science or other closely related fields (Essential)

Knowledge & Experience

• Experience measuring and analysing cardiorespiratory, metabolic and/or vascular responses

during exercise in healthy and/or clinical populations (Desirable)

Skills & Competencies

• Proficient in scientific writing and spoken (in English) skills.

• Good interpersonal communication skills.

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative and meet deadlines.

• Flexible, committed and problem-solving attitude.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees

(including email addresses), to:- Dr. Mikel Egaña (

Ensure to use EPPhD and your name in the email “Subject” box.

Informal enquiries to:

Vacancy email address


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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