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Understanding the metabolic fate of omega -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in humans

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

International

Level

Postgraduate (research)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

1

Value of awards

3 year full-time funded

Your country/region

All nationalities

The University of Stirling, in partnership with Nutricia Research, is inviting applications for a three year full-time funded PhD studentship to commence in November/December 2019.  The studentship will include the opportunity of a six month internship working within the Muscle Centre of Excellence team at Nutricia Research in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The overarching aim of this unique studentship is to comprehensively examine the metabolic fate of ingested omega (ω) -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in blood, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.

Background information

The University of Stirling, in partnership with Nutricia Research, is inviting applications for a three year full-time funded PhD studentship to commence in November/December 2019.  The studentship will include the opportunity of a six month internship working within the Muscle Centre of Excellence team at Nutricia Research in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The overarching aim of this unique studentship is to comprehensively examine the metabolic fate of ingested omega (ω) -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in blood, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.

Award Details

This scholarship covers payment of full-time course fees (home/EU level) and stipend at current RCUK rate. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, however will only receive funding equivalent to UK/EU fees and will be required to pay the difference between the international tuition fee and UK/EU fees.

See further information relating to fees and funding.

Project description

The clinical role of n-3PUFA in health is widely recognised. However, no studies have systematically examined the metabolic fate of n-3PUFA across multiple tissues when ingested using different dosing regimens. We will conduct a human intervention trial to characterise of n-3PUFA incorporation into blood, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. The project will provide expertise in a range of specialised laboratory techniques including human physiological testing, tissue sampling, biochemical measurements and analytical techniques.

The supervisors of the project are:

  • Dr Stuart Galloway, Associate Professor, University of Stirling
  • Dr Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez, Lecturer, University of Stirling
  • Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
  • Dr Matthew Furber, R&I Lead - Nutrition & Muscle, Nutricia Danone Research

Candidates are welcome to make informal enquiries about the project to Dr Stuart Galloway (s.d.r.galloway@stir.ac.uk) or Dr Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez (nidia.rodriguezsanchez@stir.ac.uk)

Eligibility and availability

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant area to the project e.g. human biology, physiology, biochemistry, sport and exercise science or nutrition science.

Candidates also will have excellent practical laboratory skills and excellent interpersonal skills for working with human volunteers.

A Master’s degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification or other evidence of advanced research skills and experience is preferred.

How do I apply?

Applicants are asked to send in all the documentation listed below in a single email, to fhss.pg.cpd.team@stir.ac.uk using the subject header “Metabolic fate of omega – 3 in humans – Reference”. The deadline for application is Monday 28 October 2019.

Documents to attach include:

  • Two-page CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Cover letter and ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches the applicant’s skills and experience.
  • Two references (academic) 

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the supervisory team and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in November. The successful candidate will be based in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport in the Cottrell Building, University of Stirling. It is anticipated that the candidate will start at some point in November/December 2019.

Contact us

Candidates are welcome to make informal enquiries about the project to Dr Stuart Galloway or Dr Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez.

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