PhD: Physical fitness in child and adolescent obesity

This PhD will explore the measurement and promotion of physical fitness in children and adolescents with obesity through a series of studies.

  • Principal investigator(s) Dr Grace O'Malley
  • Research theme Population Health and Health Services

Project description

Child and adolescent obesity poses a significant challenge for public health and healthcare services. Obesity onset during childhood can herald increased risk of short-term  complications including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, cardiometabolic and psychological impairments.

In addition, early-onset obesity can increase the risk of chronic disease in adulthood. Physical fitness is a key factor for optimising health function and participation throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

Tenure: Four years


The candidate should be a motivated individual who is passionate about child health and equality. The successful candidate will need to have good communication skills and work well with a team.

Minimum requirements:

  • Msc/MCh minimum or equivalent health professional qualification.
  • English teaching language requirements are listed here.

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Clinical experience with children/adolescence
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic review experience

Application process

Please apply with an up-to-date CV, a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and contact details of two referees to

Successful candidates will be able to attend a virtual interview if they wish.

Important dates

  • Closing date for applications is June 2021.
  • Shortlisting will take place in July 2021
  • Interviews take place in August 2021
  • The position will begin in October 2021