UCL Institute of Health Informatics


GOSH-IHI 3-year PhD studentship - applications open now!

23 August 2022

We are looking to sponsor a PhD Studentship for a talented, dynamic individual keen to contribute to the creation of a unique research resource, the Human Phenome Atlas.

Great Ormond Street Hospital view of a wide open space - the colour is in an orange tone.

Working alongside a team of Data Engineers and Data Scientists from the NHS, Academia, and Industry, through the Clinical Informatics Research Programme, you will be based in the UCL Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) and will work within the GOSH DRIVE Unit (https://www.goshdrive.com/).

This 3-year PhD Studentship, funded by Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity, will commence in early 2023 under the supervision of Profs Denaxas, Sebire and Hemingway.

The student will receive a starting stipend of £18,152 per annum (including London weighting) as well as the cost of tuition fees based on UK fee status. The studentship also includes a generous allowance for research costs (for consumables, conferences, travel, equipment, etc.). 

Project title: Clinical informatics: data-driven child health phenomics and disease characterisation

Phenomics represents the standardised and reproducible specification of a disease based on objective data elements, ideally structured and computable. The UCL IHI, with HDRUK, is undertaking work in this area to develop a resource which has the potential to significantly improve future research and clinical studies, the human phenome atlas. Most work to date in this area has focused on relatively common adult diseases. Children represent around 20% of the UK population, and 10-15% of healthcare spending, but to date, there is no focused research relating to systematic phenomics in child health, this PhD studentship project has been devised to address this inequity.

The PhD student will work with clinical and computer science academic supervisors across UCL IHI and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), to explore the current landscape of child health phenomics, and particularly to use the Electronic Health Records (EHR) data available from GOSH and UCLH to understand and develop optimal methods of computable phenotyping for a range of child health conditions.

Personal specification

Applicants should have a good first degree (UK 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree or equivalent) and a Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a relevant discipline by the time of registration.


This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees based on the UK (Home) rate. Non-UK students can apply but will have to personally fund the difference between the UK (Home) rate and the overseas rate where they are not eligible for UK fee status.

NB: You will be asked about your likely fee status at the interview so we would advise you to contact the UCL Graduate Admissions Office for advice should you be unsure whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria for Home fee status.  Further information on Brexit and the definitions for fee status assessment can be found on the UCL website and also the UKCISA website (Higher Education: Definitions for fee status assessment).


To apply, please send a current CV including the contact details of two professional referees as well as a cover letter to Drive.Research@gosh.nhs.uk. Enquiries regarding the post can be made to Prof Spiros Denaxas (s.denaxas@ucl.ac.uk).

Deadline for receipt of applications: Friday 14th October 2022

Interview date: Late October 2022 TBC

Apply now