PhD Studentship: Human tolerance and adaptation to physical and environmental stressors

United Kingdom
Jan 10, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

I am an integrative physiologist interested in the limits of human functional capacity in climatic extremes. I am particularly interested in translating exercise and environmental physiology to clinical medicine and public health spheres.

My research efforts to date have focused on human tolerance and adaptation to physical and environmental stressors, with a particular focus on thermal vascular physiology. My aim is to gain a deeper mechanistic and integrative understanding of human physiology, and to contribute to the body of evidence regarding physical activity, exercise and good health. My research focuses on populations and occupational settings vulnerable to climatic extremes, methods of mitigating adverse extreme environments affects, as well as the therapeutic potential of exercise and environmental stress.

To study these areas I utilise a range of experimental approaches that enable detailed assessment of cerebrovascular, cardiovascular and thermoregulatory responses to exercise and environmental stress. This includes exercise testing, physical conditioning or workplace interventions, as well as cerebrovascular vascular and thermoregulatory measurement techniques in both lab and field settings.

If you are interested in the research focus described above, please consult the Funding Notes and feel free to contact me to discuss opportunities further. Dr. R.A.I. Lucas Tel: 0121 414 6977 email:

Applicants should have a strong background in human physiology, excellent practical laboratory skills and excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with healthy volunteers and patients.

To find out more about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, including full details of the research undertaken in each school, the funding opportunities for each subject, and guidance on making your application, you can now order your copy of the new Doctoral Research Prospectus, at:


Funding Notes

Applications from Home/EU and overseas students are welcomed.

Students are also welcome to apply with their own funding for this project, either through their own person funds or by securing a scholarship.

Eligibility requirements: An Undergraduate Honours degree with a minimum classification of a 2.1 or equivalent and an English Language qualification for international students.

The University of Birmingham offers a number of competitive scholarships for students of the highest calibre. Further details are available at : View Website.

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