PhD studentship opportunities in population surveillance, prevention and health impact modelling for non-communicable diseases

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

October 2020 - PhD studentship opportunities

We welcome applications for funded 3.5 year PhD studentships at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London to start in October 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher on the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention, and health impact modelling related to chronic diseases. The PhD research will use multiple traditional and emerging data and apply novel methods to characterise the dynamics and directions of ongoing chronic disease epidemics and research the impact of diverse preventive interventions. The studentship will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers in diverse research disciplines including global health, health services and health policy research effectiveness trials, natural experimental studies and novel modelling studies.

The studentships will be based in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, which was ranked as the UK's joint top programme according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The department houses several world-class units, including the Global Environmental Health Group and MRC Centre for Environment and Health. Our researchers work collaboratively with academic partners in the UK, international public health oagencies like the World Health Organisation and the Ceters for Disease Control and Prevention. The group is highly interdisciplinary and the students will interact regularly with peers that have diverse backgrounds and specialisations to guide decisions in public health. There are also regular interactions with other parts of Imperial (e.g., Clinical Trials Unit, Data Science Institute, Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Engineering) and at other leading global universities.

Specific areas and projects

We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in non-communicable disease in the UK and beyond, and with interest or expertise in any of the following areas of investigation.

  • The direction of the global epidemic of diabetes and chronic diseases
  • Diversifying complications and multimorbidity of cardiometabolic disease
  • Population-level implementation science
  • Refining risk stratification for multi-tiered chronic disease prevention
  • Natural experiments of population-wide prevention approaches
  • Integrating new data for public health decision-making

Applications should have, or expect to receive, a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, economics, engineering, or other related discipline. Studentships will include tuition fees and a minimum stipend of £18,000 per annum for UK and EU nationals.

The closing date for application is 10 March 2020. For more information and instructions on how to apply please contact the MRC Centre's Scientific Manager, Dr Eduardo Seleiro.