The effect of mild traumatic brain injuries on visual and vestibular functions

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Health Studies (and select the entry point of October 2022), then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

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Director of Studies: Dr Gunnar Schmidtmann

2nd Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Marsden

3rd Supervisor: Dr Ellie Edlmann

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022.

Project description

Patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) frequently suffer from a variety of visual and vestibular problems. TBI-associated visual symptoms include blurred vision, double vision, reading problems, and eye strain. In addition, many patients show vestibular symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, and impaired balance. TBI can also affect the interactions between the visual and vestibular system that preserve gaze stabilisation during self and imposed body motion resulting in visual induced dizziness. The aim of this 3-year PhD project is to systematically investigate visual and vestibular functions in TBI patients.

The PhD scholar will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of experts in vision (Dr Gunnar Schmidtmann), clinical neurology (Dr Ellie Edlmann) and neurorehabilitation (Professor Jonathan Marsden).

The successful candidate will be part of the Eye and Vision Research Group and The Motor Control Laboratory at the Brain and Imaging Research Centre (BRIC) at the University of Plymouth.


Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant masters qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,062 per annum (2022/23 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,670 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Gunnar Schmidtmann.

Please see a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30 May 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on Friday 17 June 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.