Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Biochemical impact of consecutive days heat-stress

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project in ‘in exercise physiology and biochemistry' between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK). Coventry is the lead institution.

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

A/Prof Ben Lee (Coventry)

Dr Amelia Carr (Deakin)

A/Prof Doug Thake (Coventry)

Sean Notley (Defence Science and Technology / External)

Deakin Faculty

Deakin Institute

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)


Deakin Burwood Campus (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Research topic

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Coventry University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 3.5 years and scheduled to commence in January 2024.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend at least 6 months of the total period of the program at Deakin University, with the remainder of the program based at Coventry University.

After recent deaths of military personnel from heat exposure, there is a need to better understand the consequences of working in the heat and develop mitigation strategies to avoid further preventable deaths. The project can be shaped to suit a student’s interest, but primarily will investigate the impact of consecutive days of working in the heat performing simulated military tasks on circulating biomarkers of kidney function and inflammation. This project is part of a larger program of work and the successful candidate will become part of this research team.

Project aim

This project is part of a larger program of work and the successful candidate will become part of this research team. As well as collecting detailed whole body physiological measurements, the student working on the project(s) will have the opportunity to develop extensive biochemical techniques to explore acute kidney injury and renal function/health, as well as inflammatory, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular health responses to repeated prolonged daily heat exposures.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 25 October 2023


This scholarship is supported by Coventry University, is available over 3.5 years and includes:

  • Stipend of £18,622 per annum
  • A Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Travel Support Package including one return economy airfare to Deakin University to support residency period in Australia
  • Student visa and health insurance costs for period of residency at Deakin University in Australia
  • Deakin University will also provide a full tuition fee waiver for a duration of up to 4 years.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry University, including English language proficiency requirements
  • be enrolling full time
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should contact A/Prof Luana Main to discuss the project before being invited to lodge a formal HDR application to Deakin.


The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the Coventry University application page.

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

A/Prof Luana Main (Deakin)
Email Luana Main
+61 3 9244 5030
Visit Luana's LinkedIn profile

A/Prof Ben Lee (Coventry)
Email Ben Lee
Visit's Ben's University profile