This full time 3-year PhD project offers an exciting opportunity for outstanding graduates to undertake research into health across the life course.
2020/21 rates: to be confirmed.
Current rate for Inside London 2019/20 is £17,009
Closes: 3rd January 2020 5pm
Location: London, Bloomsbury
A first class or 2:1 UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject. Preference will be given to candidates holding a recognised Master’s degree with a merit or distinction award, or with equivalent research experience.
Please check the MRC website for eligibility requirements.
The mission of the LHA is to identify biological and social factors that affect lifelong health, ageing and the development of chronic disease, and to use findings to design and test interventions that enhance healthy ageing. The MRC LHA is an interdisciplinary unit and our research combines rich biological, social and psychological data from across the life course, with molecular, genetic and imaging measures to help us lead on discoveries into life course determinants of physical and mental function in older age, as well as ways to maintain of independence in older age.
LHA is offering a 3 year PhD project for an outstanding student in the specific research area detailed below. During the PhD the student will be encouraged to take part in taught methods and statistics courses, seminar series and present their findings at national and international conferences.
Project: Investigating cross-cohort stability in the associations between mental health, weight and health related behaviours and their impact on healthy ageing
Supervisors: Praveetha Patalay, Alun Hughes and Richard Silverwood
This PhD project aims to use data from a series of national birth cohort studies (the 1946, 1958 and 1970 birth cohorts) to investigate: 1) whether the associations between mental health, BMI and health related behaviours (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) across the life course is changing across cohorts, 2) whether the changes in the age of onset and extent of co-occurrence of these health outcomes is associated with health, especially co-occurring conditions (multimorbidity) and quality of life at older ages.
Who might be interested in this PhD: someone interested in population health and how trends in different population health indicators are relevant for understanding health and disease in ageing. A background in epidemiology, statistics, psychology, demography, or any other relevant discipline would be desirable. This is a quantitative project using existing birth cohort study data, an interest/aptitude in data analysis and advanced quantitative skills will be expected.
Please submit applications to [email protected] along with the relevant documents (detailed below and in the application form guidance notes). It may not be possible to acknowledge all of the applications received.