Applications are invited for two 3-year NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) PhD studentships starting in April 2019, based in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health (CIPH), University of Cambridge. SPHR aims to increase the volume and quality of evidence to underpin cost-effective public health practice at a local level in England. The studentships offer the opportunity for students to explore and develop their own area of research, within the context of the research strategies of SPHR and IPH. Within SPHR there are three research programmes and three cross-cutting themes:
- Children, young people and families
- Places and communities
- Public mental health
- Changing behaviour at population level
- Efficient and equitable public health systems
Please see http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk for information about the NIHR SPHR.
Within CIPH, the following research programmes offer opportunities for PhD study in SPHR:
- Children, young people and families: understanding and changing physical activity behaviour (Esther van Sluijs, Kirsten Corder)
- Evaluation of population interventions in dietary public health (Jean Adams)
- Evaluation of population interventions to promote physical activity in adults (David Ogilvie, Jenna Panter)
- Food systems and public health (Martin White)
- Public Health of ageing (Carol Brayne, Louise Lafortune and Stefanie Buckner)
- Public health modelling (James Woodcock)
Further information about SPHR in Cambridge can be found here: http://www.iph.cam.ac.uk/nihr-sphr/.
Candidates should contact one or more potential supervisors before completing their application to discuss their research ideas and ensure that they fit within both SPHR and CIPH research strategies.
Studentship will commence on or before 1st April 2019. Studentships are for 3 years full time. Candidates must possess a Masters’ degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a first or upper second class undergraduate degree or equivalent.
Applicants who are UK nationals or residents: The NIHR SPHR will fund stipend and fees for three years up to the value of Research Councils UK, plus a limited budget for fieldwork costs. Other European Economic Area (EEA) applicants: only partial funding may be available, covering university fees only. Additional funds may be available through other schemes and we suggest that, in addition to your application to us, you also seek out opportunities for maintenance or bursary funding (see for example: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding). Non-EEA Applicants are not eligible for NIHR SPHR funding.
For further information for non-UK applicants please see: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students
How to apply
To apply, please see: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applicant-portal – You will need the following supporting documentation: A full CV – A statement describing your funding eligibility status. – A description of your proposed PhD research, indicating how this aligns with the NIHR SPHR programmes and cross-cutting themes, and its fit with the strategy of the research group within which you wish to align your PhD in IPH. – Contact details of two academic referees
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Informal enquiries about the process can be made to Dr Louise Lafortune at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be registered with the University of Cambridge and belong to one of its Colleges. The student will be integrated into one of the public health focussed research projects or programmes related to the NIHR SPHR.
Established in April 2012, the NIHR SPHR is a partnership between eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England. The School aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice. The School’s research looks at what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, can be applied across the country and better meets the needs of policymakers, practitioners and the public. The School’s funding runs until March 2022.
The Cambridge Institute of Public Health generates knowledge and evidence to improve global public health, using our research, teaching and analysis to promote well-being, prevent disease and reduce health inequalities. The SPHR@Cam research team includes members of the Public Health of Ageing Research Unit; the Behaviour and Health Research Unit; the MRC Epidemiology Unit, which hosts the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR); as well as public mental health researchers associated with the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute.
Closing date: applications must be received by 12:00pm on Friday, 16th November 2018.
Interviews: Interviews will be held in Cambridge on Friday, 7th December 2018
Please quote reference SY17115 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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