PhD Studentship - “Cystic Fibrosis in an Ageing Population”

Imperial College London

3-year PhD funded through the Cystic Fibrosis Trust - starting between Oct 2017- Dec 2017

Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Epidemiology or Medical Statistics or a related discipline, for a 3 year PhD studentship to investigate the changing nature of health care utilisation in the aging CF adult population.

This project will use data from the UK cystic fibrosis registry linked to hospital episode data from the Office of National Statistics. People with CF in the UK are surviving longer with increasing co-morbidities such as cancer, CF- related diabetes and osteoporosis. Understanding the pattern of disease progression within this aging population and the resource utilisation associated with these co-morbidities is limited and this studentship will be used to explore health care utilisation data (including GP attendances and hospital admissions) in the aging CF population.

The studentship will be funded for 3 years with a tax free bursary of £22,278 per annum. Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will also be paid.

The studentship has been made possible by a Strategic Research Centre (SRC) grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CF-EpiNet; Harnessing Data to Improve Lives) and is collaboration between epidemiologists, statisticians, economists and clinicians working across 6 universities. The studentship will be based within the group of Professors Deborah Jarvis and Paul Cullinan at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, at the Royal Brompton Campus. Work will be co-supervised by Prof D Jarvis, Dr Andrew Fogarty, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham University and Dr Nick Simmonds, adult CF consultant at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust.

The National Heart and Lung Institute provides an exciting environment, with state of the art facilities and excellent opportunities for PhD student training including research seminars and journal clubs. In addition, the institute provides extensive collaborative opportunities with other research groups.

All students will belong to Imperial’s Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Professional Skills Programme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree or UK equivalent, along with a Masters, both in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. To apply please send a CV, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to Deborah Jarvis by email on note that candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria.

Application deadline: 1 November 2017


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