The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
4-Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Disease - Imperial College London, 2020
Deadline for applications: 3 Jan 2020
Infectious diseases remain a major contributor to the global burden of disease, with HIV, malaria, measles, diarrhoeal disease and respiratory infections responsible for over 50% of premature deaths worldwide. However, the availability of resources for interventions is limited in comparison with the scale of the challenges faced. Over the last decade there has been increasing recognition of the value of epidemiological analysis and mathematical modelling in aiding the design and interpretation of clinical trials from a population perspective and, downstream, to guide implementation, monitoring and evaluation of intervention effectiveness. This 1 + 3 year PhD training programme (previously funded by the Wellcome Trust) will provide a unique inter-disciplinary training in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution, and computational methods.
The programme is based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the Faculty of Medicine's School of Public Health. You are provided the opportunity to learn in a supportive and stimulating environment from leaders in the field who are actively engaged in research and advise leading public health professionals, policymakers, governments, international organisations and pharmaceutical companies. Both national and internationally focussed, their work includes a range of diseases such as pandemic influenza, HIV, TB, malaria, polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject*. Candidates with a veterinary science first degree are eligible to apply. Please note that these are non-clinical studentships, but clinically-qualified candidates are eligible to apply.
These 4-year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases studentships provide generous support, including a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses currently £17,009 in the first year (UKRI rates), rising to £18,000 for the next 3 years.
In 2020/21, four studentships will be made available by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (MRC GIDA). Tuition fees at the rate applicable to Home (EU) students are provided. Suitably qualified non-EU students are welcome to apply and we particularly welcome applications from low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Non-EU students will be liable for paying the difference between the home and overseas fee rates. Up to one non-EU studentship could be made available to an exceptional candidate from a LMIC.