A PhD studentship is available in the Physical Activity Epidemiology Programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. The studentship will focus on exploring time-series data collected during free-living in order to estimate sleep patterns. A number of potential projects under this heading are possible and the successful candidate will work with the supervisors to determine which combination of these is most appropriate. Potential projects include using both existing labelled data and new data. Knowledge of time-series analysis, including signal feature extraction and inference, is essential, as is experience in programming.
The studentship is co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Industrial Case Studentship and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), with supervisors based in MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge and GSK. The successful candidate will be expected to capitalise on the opportunities offered by both funders, including access to data on various clinical and nonclinical populations.
The student will be registered with the University of Cambridge and belong to one of its Colleges. The student will be integrated into the Physical Activity Epidemiology Programme within the MRC Epidemiology Unit, which investigates the causes and prevention of diabetes and obesity.
The studentship will commence in October 2017. This is a 4-year position for those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training, in an appropriate scientific discipline. We provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research and for transferable academic and generic skills. The academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent.
In most cases, UK National and UK Resident Applicants are eligible for full funding of university fees and a stipend; applicants from other European Economic Area (EEA) are eligible for partial funding of university fees only; and non-EEA applicants are not eligible for EPSRC funding. Further details are available here: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information–Advice/Fees-and-Money/GovernmentStudent-Support#layer-6193 To receive RCUK funding, EU applicants must demonstrate a relevant connection to the UK through ordinary residence. Studentships do not carry visas so all applicants must have a valid, independent reason for staying in the UK for the duration of the project.
To apply, please send a full CV; a covering letter describing your funding eligibility status, and your interest in and suitability for this studentship; and contact details for two academic referees to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications missing any of the above components will not be considered.
Closing date: Tuesday 22 August 2017; Interviews: Monday 4 September 2017