PhD opportunity to conduct qualitative research into menopause in HIV-positive women in the UK

Improved survival as a result of antiretroviral therapy has led to an increase in the number of HIV-positive women of potentially menopausal age in the UK, with approximately 12,000 women aged 40-56 accessing HIV care in 2012.  The menopause is associated with reduced quality of life and impaired role performance in women in general. However, little is known about the menopause in HIV-positive women, especially those of African ethnicity who comprise the majority of HIV-positive women in the UK.   

The Prime Study (HIV-Positive Women Transitioning Through the Menopause) is a three-year NIHR-funded mixed-methods observational study based at UCL’s Department of Infection and Population Health.  It will be the largest study to date in the UK to address menopause in HIV-positive women and it aims to explore the impact of the menopause on wellbeing and engagement in HIV care in this group.

We have an opportunity for a full-time PhD-student to join our research team.  The successful applicant will conduct qualitative research with HIV-positive women recruited from NHS clinics to explore experiences of the menopause and how they articulate with an HIV-positive status.  The studentship will provide the opportunity to develop skills in systematic review of qualitative literature, recruitment of NHS participants, qualitative interviewing, visual methodologies (such as body mapping) and qualitative data analysis.  The successful candidate will be mentored and supported in their application for funding of their stipend and fees. 

Person specification:  applicants should have a first or upper second class degree and a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline including anthropology, medical sociology and psychology, or be able to demonstrate experience in qualitative research methods. 

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Shema Tariq, Research Department of Infection and Population Health, University College London, Off Capper Street, London WC1E 6JB.  Email: s.tariq@ucl.ac.uk

If you are seeking funding opportunities/scholarships, please look at:

•             http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships  

•             http://www.findaphd.com/ 

•             http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/funds/

Also keep a look out on the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care vacancies page for any new funding opportunities that may arise occasionally: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/vacancies

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