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Biomarkers of Subjective Vitality

Background

Subjective Vitality, “a state of feeling alive and alert” (Ryan & Deci, 2001) is an important aspect of eudaimonic well-being. However, its precise contribution to psychological and physical health and well-being is not well understood. The aim of the current project is to examine how subjective vitality might be implicated in these outcomes, with a particular focus on identifying biomarkers of vitality. Using existing data from large-scale longitudinal studies (i.e., secondary data analysis), this project will examine the (bi-)directional relationship(s) between subjective vitality, biomarkers measured in the blood (e.g., C-reactive protein) and various psychological and physical health well-being indicators (e.g., emotionality, lung function).

Find out more about Dr Janelle Jones and Dr Michael Pluess.

Requirements

Given the focus on secondary data analysis, this PhD project requires advanced skills in data management, computer based data analysis, and pronounced ability and motivation to acquire new data analysis skills. Furthermore, this project requires excellent scientific writing skills and the ability to work independently.

Applicants must send a cover letter to Dr Jones outlining their suitability for the project. Applicants should also include a statement of motivation and CV, which should include the contact details of at least two academic referees, before submitting an application.

Contact/query instructions: Dr Janelle Jones; Dr Michael Pluess

Funding through China Scholarship Council

  • Eligibility

Applicants should be Chinese nationals and are required to have at least an upper second class degree and a masters degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Science or related discipline from a top university anywhere in the world.

International students must provide evidence of proficient English language skills, see our entry requirements page for further information.

  • Applying

Potential candidates should contact Dr Janelle Jones and submit their CV (including details of two referees) and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.

If you are successful we will give you an offer on the condition that you are given a funding award from the China Scholarship Council. When you have received a conditional offer, apply directly to the China Scholarship Council.

Funding through CONACYT

  • Eligibility

We welcome enquiries from excellent students with a degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Science or related discipline.

Applicant requirements are listed on the CONACYT foreign scholarship pages.

International students must provide evidence of proficient English language skills, see our entry requirements page for further information.

  • Applying

Potential candidates should contact Dr Janelle Jones and submit their CV (including details of two referees) and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.

Applications to Queen Mary are accepted all year round but we encourage you to contact Dr Jones as soon as possible. If she agrees to take your application further you will be required to submit an online application.

If you are successful we will give you an offer on the condition that you are given a funding award from CONACYT.

When you have received a conditional offer from us, you should apply directly to CONACYT.

Funding through Ciência sem Fronteiras

  • Eligibility

Applicants must be Brazilian nationals and are required to have at least an upper second class degree and a masters degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Science or related discipline from a top university anywhere in the world.

International students must provide evidence of proficient English language skills, see our entry requirements page for further information.

  • Applying

Potential candidates should contact Dr Janelle Jones and submit their CV (including details of two referees) and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.

Applications to Queen Mary and Ciência sem Fronteiras are accepted all year round but we encourage you to contact Dr Jones as soon as possible.

If you are successful we will give you an offer on the condition that you are given a funding award from Ciência sem Fronteiras. When you have received a conditional offer, apply directly to Ciência sem Fronteiras.

Self-funding

If you are interested in self-funding please contact Dr Janelle Jones to discuss your eligibility for this project.

 

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