PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

We are pleased to invite applications for three year PhD studentships in the Medical Research Council  Centre  for  Environment and  Health (MRC-CEH)  and  two  National  Institute  for  Health Research  funded  Health  Protection  Research  Units  (HPRU)  in  Environmental  Exposures  and Health and in  Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.

The studentships will be based with one of the partners within the following units:

•   Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS) at Imperial College London

•   Environmental Research Group (ERG) at Imperial College London

•   Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) at Public Health England

•   Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology at King’s College London

•   School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King’s College London

Our researchers are uniquely placed to lead collaborative projects nationally and internationally, producing high quality research in selected areas (see below) and working in collaboration with academic partners (e.g. MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge), health and environmental agencies (e.g. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, the Environment Agency, Transport for London) and industry (e.g. Bosch, Dyson Ltd, JCB) to translate this knowledge into policy and improve population health.

A key focus of our mission and strategy is to train and develop the next generation of academic and policy leaders in the field of environment and health research. Successful PhD candidates will be supported by a leading bespoke training programme to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience to become first class researchers.

Research areas

We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in environment and health research and with experience in at least one of the following areas:

•   Environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology (including air pollution, noise, ionising and non-ionising radiation, waste management, water, climate change and health)

•   Molecular signatures of exposures and disease pathways (including biomarkers, metabolic profiling, exposome, multi-‘omics’ analyses and modelling)

•   Urban environments and health (including social, economic, behavioural and technological processes, inequalities)

•   Biostatistics, data science and computational biology (including spatial epidemiology and small area studies, artificial intelligence, Bayesian nonparametric modelling)

•   Cohorts and data resources (including cohorts of children and adolescents, e.g.  CHILL,

SCAMP,  CLUE,  NFBC; occupational cohorts, e.g.  AIRWAVE; cohorts of mobile phone users, e.g.

COSMOS; other large cohorts, e.g.  ALEC,  INTERMAP,  LIFEPATH

For more information on our research programmes, examples of potential projects and instructions on how to  apply,  please  visit  the  website  of  the  MRC  Centre  for  Environment and  Health or  the  HPRUs in  Environmental Exposures and Health and in  Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.

The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.

The closing date for applications is 22 January 2021.

Successful candidates are expected to start their studentships no later than 1 October 2021.