Funded PhD Studentships (x4) at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London

Summary: NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London invites applications for four NIHR/UCL funded PhD studentships to start from October 2015. The NIHR HPRU in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections offers a unique environment to those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary study and gain exposure to research within an organisation pursuing a highly acclaimed international research agenda. This HPRU is led by UCL in collaboration with Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It aims to improve the health of the population and develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection in this field.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit from expertise across the other NIHR funded HPRUs. The PhD proposals offered fall with the remit of the key research themes of the HPRU (detailed below), are multi-disciplinary and are co-supervised across the partner institutions (with at least one supervisor from UCL). The proposals offered can be viewed via the link (link to project proposals). In addition successful candidates may be able to pursue their own PhD proposal if it falls within the stated criteria.

Applicants should have a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate discipline and a MSc in a relevant subject.

Eligibility: These NIHR/UCL research studentships are for 3 years and due to funding restrictions, applicants must be UK/EU nationals. Applicants must have been a resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to starting a PhD to be eligible. If you do not fulfil this criterion, you are not eligible for this scheme.

Funding: Studentships cover UK home fees and full stipend for three years. The stipend is currently £16,180 pa. Four studentships are available to start in the 2015/16 academic year.

Applications: Applications should include a CV including full details of all University courses and grades to date; an indication of the PhD proposal (indicating the candidate’s suitability) or area of research for which the candidate is applying, and a statement of research experience and interests.

Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please include a contact telephone number and an email address. The covering letter should be no longer than 2 pages. Applications should be emailed to: Pat Withington (p.withington@ucl.ac.uk)  or posted to UCL Royal Free Campus, Research Department of Infection and Population Health, Room 656, Level 1, Rowland Hill Street, London, NW3 2PF.

Application deadline: 5.00pm 7th September 2015

If you wish to discuss possible research topics and opportunities, please contact Dr Greta Rait, Academy Lead (g.rait@ucl.ac.uk) or Professor Caroline Sabin, HPRU Director c.sabin@ucl.ac.uk). 

Interview date: Monday 21st September 2015

Academic references will be taken up for all short-listed candidates and travel costs will be reimbursed up to the equivalent of the most economical train/air fare available within the UK.

Further information regarding potential projects and supervisors can be found within a word document via this link


The National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Blood-Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections:

The National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections is collaboration between UCL, the LSHTM and PHE. Researchers in the HPRU aim to conduct state-of-the art research on sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses to improve the health of the population and to help develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection.  Research in the HPRU is structured around three main themes of risk and risk reduction, under-diagnosis, and the care and management of those diagnosed with infections.  The HPRU team includes researchers in the fields of clinical medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, qualitative science, social science, health economics, mathematical modelling and laboratory science.

UCL, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care:

The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care is part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences within the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (incorporating UCL Medical School)

The Institute comprises of five Research Departments, as follows:

Applied Health Research                            http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dahr/

Epidemiology and Public Health                  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology/

Infection and Population Health                  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iph/

Primary Care and Population Health            http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pcph/

MRC Lifelong Health & Ageing Unit at UCL    http://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk

The Institute has an internationally competitive research programme focused on:

  • Understanding the determinants of health and disease across the life-course in populations and in patients in clinical settings, including the investigation of genetic, biological, behavioural, psychosocial and cultural processes;
  • Evaluating strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health;
  • Monitoring and surveillance of health and health care nationally and internationally;
  • Carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care;
  • Developing and implementing new technologies in teaching and research in population health;
  • Teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.
  • Applied health and health policy research

The staff of the Institute is multidisciplinary, with expertise across the in clinical, public health, and primary care  medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public policy, information technology, genetics, physiology, and improvement science. As an Institute we have strong national and international interdisciplinary collaborations with a large portfolio of international research linked to the UCL Global Health Initiative.

The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC) offers world-class education and training in a wide range of subjects including contributions to all years of the MBBS curriculum and an extensive portfolio of post graduate taught and research programmes.

IEHC holds an Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

The Institute Director is Professor Andrew Steptoe

Further information on IEHC can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/

Partner organisations:

Public Health England: PHE provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally, and enable locally, a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:

LSHTM is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and world-wide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists. The School provides a stimulating environment with state-of-the-art facilities in which to carry out research training.


The NIHR HPRU in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections works closely with the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is a partnership between University of Bristol and Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with University College London, Cambridge Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit and University of the West of England. The NIHR HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions uses a multi-disciplinary research team to undertake applied research on the development and evaluation of interventions, focusing on infection

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