Funded PhD Opportunities in Child Health

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Are you interested in being at the forefront of innovative developments in the field of paediatric digital healthcare technology? Apply today for a competitive PhD studentship that is part of a cross-disciplinary programme to develop new digital platforms and technologies to address unmet needs in child health.

As part of a collaboration between Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative, and the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield, applications are now open for two exciting PhD projects in child health.

  1. Developing virtual reality for paediatric rehabilitation:
    Many young people struggle with severe long-term side effects following cancer treatment but current access to paediatric neurorehabilitation in the NHS is very limited. This project aims to develop novel digital therapeutics, such as virtual reality, that can offer a promising alternative to conventional therapies by enabling patients to access engaging neurorehabilitation from home.
  2. Improving oxygen monitoring technology for young children and infants:
    Measuring oxygen levels in young children and infants with respiratory issues outside of a hospital is crucial for monitoring their wellbeing but it can often be challenging. This project aims to develop a novel method of accurately monitoring oxygen levels to improve clinical decision making for vulnerable children at home.

Funding is provided by the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre (GOSH BRC) as part of the National Paediatric Excellence Initiative. This initiative brings together the world-leading expertise in GOSH BRC and children’s hospitals in Birmingham, Sheffield and Liverpool, to transform the health of children through innovation.

The deadline for applications to each project is Monday 12 February 2024.

For more information about the programme, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the links below.