Funded PhD Studentships

University of York - Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences, University of York, is inviting applications for four fully funded PhD studentships, available on a full-time basis to start in January 2018. The successful candidates will be part of the Wellcome Trust Transformative Research on Alcohol industry, Policy and Science TRAPS research programme. They will be supervised by Professor Jim McCambridge and the TRAPS team. The overarching aims of this programme are to make advances in understanding how the alcohol industry influences both science and policy. On the basis of research findings, this work will contribute to strengthening the ability of public health scientists and policy actors to manage alcohol industry influence, and so preserve the integrity of science and policy. The studentships are funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of York. 

Project details

Applicants are encouraged to consider applications under one or more of the following four research areas. 

  1. Alcohol industry influence on sciences 
  2. Alcohol industry influence on policy in the UK and/or Ireland
  3. Corporate social responsibility strategies and practices among alcohol industry actors
  4. Historical relationships between the alcohol industry and the tobacco industry

Research proposal ideas concerning other topic areas that are relevant to developing understanding of how the alcohol industry influences science and policy in line with the aims of the research programme will also be considered. 

The award

Due to funding restrictions the scholarship is open to UK/EU citizens on a full-time basis. The studentship provides a tax free stipend per annum for UK/EU citizens in line with Wellcome Trust standard rates £19,919 in year 1, then increasing up to £23,298 in year 3 for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. 

Essential requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least an upper second class honours 2:1 degree or equivalent in a social sciences, historical or health related subject. 

Applicants are required to submit a short research proposal max 500 words outlining their ideas for studies in one or more of the areas above. They should also indicate which studentship s they would like to apply for. Applicants will not be considered if a proposal or other statement of ideas for study in at least one area is not submitted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor McCambridge to discuss proposal ideas before applying.

For students whose first language is not English there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each component of the test and an overall score of at least 7.

Desirable requirements

A Masters degree in a policy related or other social sciences, historical or health related subject with a strong element of research methodology is highly desirable. Alternatively, research experience in a relevant subject gained in formal employment in a university environment is highly desirable if there is no masters degree.

Process for application

Applications should be received no later than Wednesday, 13 September, before 16:00h UTC. Applications will not be considered for the studentships after this date.

Applications should be made using the Department of Health Sciences online application process

When completing the electronic form, applicants will need to state that they are applying for the advertised studentship and include ref: PhD2017TRAPS under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section, in order to be considered for the scholarship.  

Shortlisting: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and shortlisted applicants will be notified promptly.

Start date: January 2018.

Interviews

Individuals with the strongest academic record, experience, and research proposal ideas will be shortlisted and invited to interview in early October. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or via Skype or similar communication tools, if required.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Jim McCambridge at jim.mccambridge@york.ac.uk.

Department of Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences includes over 280 academics, teachers, researchers and support staff engaged in delivering research, professional development, education and training. Our core aim is excellence in research and teaching, while contributing to improving health and healthcare through the application of our research to policy and practice. We are a multidisciplinary department, involving clinicians from a range of health professions including medicine, nursing and midwifery alongside disciplines such as statistics, health economics, health services research, psychology, sociology and epidemiology. In the most recent assessment of research quality in the UK the 2014 Research Excellence Framework , the Department was ranked equal first nationally for its research environment and all aspects of our research environment was judged to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of vitality and sustainability.  

Our research activity is organised around core themes: mental health and addiction; trials and statistics; public health and society; cancer epidemiology; cardiovascular health; and health services and policy.

Within the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, Prof. Jim McCambridge leads research on alcohol policy, and corporate actors and public health.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of over 200 postgraduate students in our Graduate School, including over 40 PhD students. Our PhD students are embedded in one of our research groups and have the flexibility to tailor their studies to pursue their own research interests, and a bespoke training programme is designed in conjunction with the supervisory team to support the development of essential subject-specific and transferable skills for their future careers.

The University of York

The University of York is one of the foremost Universities in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities. It has an outstanding record of research, teaching, and training across a full range of disciplines. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, The University ranked 10th on the impact of our research and 14th overall. The University has a particular strength in health-related research. 

The main campus is a 200-acre landscaped park, with colleges and academic buildings within walking distance of each other. Proximity to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice and provides a pleasant working environment. Transport connections to York are fast and effective.

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