International Centre For Lifecourse Studies In Society and Health


Studentships 2014

PhD Studentship in Lifecourse Epidemiology, - UCL Ref:1384073

Closing Date Friday 31 Jan 2014
Interview date Wednesday 26th February 2014 (afternoon)
Start Date October 2014
Duration 3 years
Stipend ESRC Studentships cover home fees and full stipend (currently £15,726 pa). Students using advanced quantitative methods may qualify for an additional stipend of up to £3,000 per annum
Vacancy Information

Applications are sought for three 3-year Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD studentships in the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS). Students will be based at UCL in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Studentship Description

Studentships are invited on any topic that fits within ICLS’ four substantive areas (see below). Guidelines for studentship proposals.

Alternatively, three specific studentships are available on (1) Speech therapy and adult outcomes; (2) Life course development of resilience; (3) Social interactions and their influences on diurnal cortisol patterns.

About ICLS & ICLS studentships

ICLS was set up in 2008 to conduct original research that integrates social and biological knowledge in four substantive areas (a) Well-being in childhood and adolescence; (b) Work, health and well-being; (c) Social influences on successful ageing; (d) The social-biological interface and to make scientific contributions in two cross-cutting areas of research: (a) Longitudinal methodology; (b) International comparative research.

Students in ICLS apply social epidemiological perspectives to the study of relationships between social, psychological and biological factors as they develop over the life course and how they contribute to health, disease and wellbeing. Students will use quantitative techniques to conduct secondary analysis of longitudinal birth cohort and panel studies.

Department of Epidemiology & Public Health

ICLS is located in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, much of whose work focuses on health inequalities and the social determinants of health, with world-leading research across a variety of disciplines. Its 180 members of staff work in eleven research groups.There is also a cross-cutting medical and social statistics network. The department has a vibrant, expanding graduate student environment, with currently over 95 PhD students and three taught MSc programmes.

The departmental PhD programme includes: taught methods and statistics courses; weekly student run seminar series; annual residential away weekend and workshop; annual student poster competition; student run journal club; customised panels of 2-4 supervisors to provide multi-disciplinary expertise. The ICLS programme additionally includes: weekly ICLS seminar series; quarterly ICLS scientific workshops; ad-hoc training seminars/workshops.

To apply

Applications should consist of a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, the contact details of two academic referees, and either a PhD proposal or an indication of which specific studentship is of interest. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please include a contact telephone number and an email address.

Applications should be addressed to: Ms Floriana Bortolotti, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT (f.bortolotti@ucl.ac.uk). If you wish to discuss these opportunities, please contact Professor Amanda Sacker, ICLS Director (020 7679 1711, a.sacker@ucl.ac.uk). Travel costs for interviewees will be reimbursed up to the equivalent of the most economical train/air fare available within the UK.

Person Specification  Applicants are expected to hold a first degree at a first or upper second class level in a social science discipline such as sociology, psychology, demography, statistics or a biomedical discipline, and a Masters degree of a suitable standard in a relevant topic or equivalent research experience.

For a full award (stipend and fees), applicants must have: settled status in the UK; been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant; not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK and EU nationals). To be eligible for a fees only award, applicants must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Contact name: Professor Amanda Sacker.  a.sacker@ucl.ac.uk


Information about ICLS and ICLS studentships will be available from the

UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health PhD Open Day on 9 January 2014