A study on lesion index guided ventricular tachycardia ablation: LIVID study

A study on lesion index guided ventricular tachycardia ablation: LIVID study

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Tuition fees plus stipend

Duration: Full-time – three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 14th August 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

For queries contact Professor Helen Maddock.

Project details

A disturbance of rhythm to the heart called ventricular tachycardia (VT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Recent advances in high density mapping used in clinical practice has provided a greater mechanistic insight into the mechanisms of scar arrhythmogenicity associated with VT. However, the outcomes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation remain unsatisfactory with a recurrence rate of arrhythmias at one-year follow-up post-ablation ranging between 25 and 35%.

This PhD project aims to build on the development of mapping systems and technology to improve the determination of ablation metrics to ensure ventricular lesions delivered during ablation are effective.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a dynamic and interdisciplinary research topic that intertwines engineering, biomedical science, and healthcare technology.


Fully funded tuition fees and stipend.


Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average PLUS
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

A background in the following is desirable

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Analytical skills
  • IT and data management

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Professor Helen Maddock.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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