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PhD Research Project

Funded PhD Studentship – Infection and Population Health

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Prof L Sherr
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Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Candidates are sought for a three year post linked to a PhD registration at University College London and Theatre for a Change ( with a funded field project in Malawi. The PhD would be directly linked to the evaluation of the education programme which provides an innovative methodology utilising participatory approaches to gender empowerment and HIV prevention in a high HIV endemic country, Malawi. The project is well established teacher training colleges and primary schools in Malawi with funding for the programme as well as a project team and project premises in country. The PhD will be supervised by a team headed by Professor Lorraine Sherr based in the Research Department of Infection and Population Health at University College London.

The Person specification is set out below. The successful candidate will be enrolled for a PhD at UCL and will conduct the field evaluation (with local support in Malawi). Their study will encompass background evaluation, research design, implementation and analysis. They will be eligible for an annual stipend and accommodation in Malawi where the study will be based and the majority of their time will be focussed. They will need to meet the UCL requirements for attendance in London and one return air fare (economy class) will be provided in order to attend both venues. The post will commence in June 2013.

Person Specification
Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject and an MSc in a relevant subject (psychology, epidemiology or related discipline). Excellent skills and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodology, statistical methods, analysis of large and complex datasets, data management, and the use of statistical software are all essential. Applicants should also have a strong interest in epidemiology and HIV, a commitment to gender equality, and rights based and participatory approaches Experience of education/ HIV and AIDS/ Sexual and Reproductive Health. Excellent English language oral and written communication skills are required. Applicants should be committed to publishing and disseminating research findings on an annual basis, and should have a commitment to joining the team in Malawi, and building their capacity in research.
• Openness to creative and rigorous approaches to data collection such as observation of behaviour or video
• Experience of working and living in Africa and working in development contexts

Please submit a CV including full details of all University courses and grades to date; contact details of two academic or professional referees and a personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for the project, what you hope to achieve from the PhD. and your research experience to date. Candidates should be available for the pre-set interview which will take place at UCL (Royal Free Campus) Hampstead London on 19th March, 2013.
Any enquiries relating to the project and/or suitability please write to Patrick Young:
Please submit your application to Natasha Croome :
Closing date: 8th March 2013

Funding Notes:

Unless self-funded and able to pay overseas student fees, applicants will be UK/EU nationals and will have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to starting a PhD.


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