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[Met-jobs] Fully Funded PhD Research Studentship in Climate Change Adaptation

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 10 May 2013 09:41:15 +0000


Topic: Comparative assessment of public health impacts of hot and cold weather 
in the UK and Australia to inform climate change adaptation

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to work on a collaborative 
research project on climate change and health between the London School of 
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Public Health England (PHE), and the 
Australian National University (ANU).  This PhD position is fully funded for 
three years (including a tax-free stipend at a current rate of £15,930 per year 
and university registration fees restricted to UK/EU students) by Public Health 
England. The successful candidate will register for a PhD degree at LSHTM.

The UK currently experiences large annual health burdens from exposure to hot 
and cold weather. Climate change will likely alter such patterns, but details 
as to how remain unclear. Furthermore, evidence shows that the resilience of 
populations to high temperatures is different in other countries with similar 
socioeconomic characteristics, notably in Australia. This PhD research project 
will model current and future temperature-related health burdens in the UK and 
Australia, and will investigate how populations have adapted to living in a 
warmer climate in Australia. This will provide evidence-based advice for health 
protection against current and future climate impacts in the UK.

The successful applicant will demonstrate an aptitude for both methodological 
and applied research and ideally some statistical analysis experience. Good 
written and oral communication skills are a prerequisite.  An MSc, or 
equivalent experience, in epidemiology, biometeorology, statistics, 
mathematical modelling, public health, environmental health, environmental 
sciences or a related discipline is required. Experience of working in a 
multi-disciplinary research environment and a publication record are desirable, 
as well as a willingness to travel. The student will be trained in 
environmental and public health, statistical methods, climate data analysis and 
modelling.

LSHTM http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/ is one of the leading schools of public health 
and tropical medicine in Europe and Britain's national school of public health. 
It is a postgraduate medical school within the University of London. The 
position will be hosted at the Department of Social & Environmental Health 
Research (SEHR), in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy within LSHTM, with 
periods of time spent at the PHE Centre for Radiation, Chemical and 
Environmental Hazards at Chilton (Oxfordshire), and potentially a visit to the 
ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra 
(Australia).

SEHR's internationally based research students work on themes as diverse as 
evaluation of health promotion policies and health impact assessment in complex 
development projects to qualitative studies of lay understanding of public 
health risks and methodological projects in environmental epidemiology and 
statistical modelling.

Public Health England 
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england is an 
executive agency of the Department of Health, established formally from April 
2013. PHE operates a nationwide, integrated public health service, working with 
and alongside others to protect and improve the public’s health and wellbeing 
and reduce inequalities.

The studentship is expected to start in September 2013, or as early as possible 
after this date. Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be 
addressed to Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis 
(sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk<mailto:sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk>) or Dr 
Shakoor Hajat (shakoor.hajat@lshtm.ac.uk<mailto:shakoor.hajat@lshtm.ac.uk>)

To make an application, please send a covering letter stating clearly how you 
fulfill the requirements of the studentship, your research interests and 
include a CV, an academic transcript, and the names and email addresses of two 
academic referees, to 
sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk<mailto:sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk>

Closing Date: 31st May 2013, interviews will be held during June.

Best regards,

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis
Air Pollution & Climate Change Group Leader
Centre for Radiation, Chemical & Environmental Hazards
Public Health England
Chilton, Oxon OX11 0RQ, U.K.
Email: sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk<mailto:sotiris.vardoulakis@phe.gov.uk>



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