NIHR HPRU in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections PhD Studentship

We are currently advertising an NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections PhD Studentship, on

Investigation of populations and activities at risk of seasonal cryptosporidiosis in the UK

PhD Supervisors: Dr Roberto Vivancos, Dr Rob Christley, Professor Sarah O'Brien, Dr Russell Gorton, Professor Paul Hunter

Application Deadline: Friday 22 January 2016

Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Cryptosporidia are an important cause of illness in the UK, where cases exhibit a highly seasonal pattern with spring and autumn peaks of infection. The aim of this project is to better understand the populations at greatest risk of cryptosporidiosis, and the activities that contribute to this increased risk, with the ultimate goal of informing prevention strategies and improving targeting of health promotion messages.

The project will analyse data routinely collected by Public Health England from cases of cryptosporidiosis during both seasonal peaks of this infection. This, together with evidence from studies published in the literature, will be used to generate hypothesis about likely populations and activities that might be associated with increased risk of acquiring this parasitic infection. These hypotheses will be further investigated using appropriate prospective studies.

The student will gain expertise in a range of key skills throughout the project through both formal and informal training. Training will include generic career and research skills as well as specific scientific skills, particularly focused on health epidemiology.

This PhD studentship would be suitable for a UK or EU graduate with a degree in a relevant health, biological or social science; some research experience and an interest in epidemiology is beneficial.

The studentship includes all fees and research costs and a stipend of £14,057 per annum.

To apply please visit here.

Posted on: 14/12/2015