PhD Studentship in Integrative Epidemiology

University of Bristol - MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering

The project:

MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering

One 3.5 Year PhD Studentship in Integrative Epidemiology October 2017 entry.

Only applicants from the UK are eligible for this programme.

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies and ‘big data’ in health research depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness these technologies in exciting and productive ways. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU) and the Faculty of Engineering are seeking applications for PhD projects within an innovative 3.5 year PhD programme that equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to integrate clinical and population data with engineering and computational approaches to address key research questions about potentially modifiable causes of health-related outcomes.

A complete list of project proposals is available here.

The PhD projects on offer highlight collaborative cross-faculty strengths in several areas, including Bioinformatics, Data Mining, Novel Data Capture, Medical Imaging, Multi-Dimensional Data, Biostatistics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Sensing Health Behaviours. Successful applicants will work in a thriving research environment, pursuing translational research.

All projects will be jointly supervised by at least two research investigators with complementary engineering and population science expertise. The projects follow a 1 + 3 PhD model, involving a foundation year of in-depth advanced skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking 'mini-projects,' before commencing the 3 year PhD project.

Full details of how to apply can be found at

How to apply: Please make an online application for this project at Please select Faculty of Engineering and either a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a PhD in Engineering Mathematics (depending on your chosen supervisor) on the Programme Choice page. Under ‘Funding’, identify 'MRCIEU' as your fee payer and under ‘Research Details’, provide the names of both project supervisors. Include these details ('MRCIEU' and supervisor names) at the top of your personal statement/covering letter. A current CV, personal statement/covering letter, two page research proposal building on the project outlines, certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and two academic references should also be provided.

Candidate requirements: Applications are welcome from highly motivated individuals across diverse disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, biostatistics, genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, computational science) who have, or are expected to obtain, a 2.i or higher degree.

Contacts: Before applying, please email for further details about the information we require from you. You are also strongly advised to discuss your PhD proposal with potential supervisors.

The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students.

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