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PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

We invite applications for 3-year PhD studentships in the MRC Centre for Environment and Health and two NIHR Health Protection Research Units in Environmental Exposures and Health and Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards

Our researchers are uniquely placed produce high quality research, working with partners to translate knowledge into policy and improve population health, supported by a bespoke training programme to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience.

We are seeking outstanding candidates in the following areas:

  • Health impacts of exposure to residential air pollutants: Studies have identified (semi) volatile organic compounds ((S)VOCs) as being of public health concern. This project will develop a microenvironmental exposure model to predict indoor concentrations of SVOCs and other pollutants in the home. The student will extend an existing exposure model, carry out fieldwork to evaluate performance and investigate links between residential exposure and health outcomes.
  • Disentangling effects of NO2 and PM2.5 in time-series analysis: Separating short-term health effects of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is important for policy. The student will study whether (i) the relative risk for NO2 in time-series analysis reduces as the NO2/PM2.5 ratio increases; (ii) controlling the NO2 effect for PM2.5 controls more for secondary than primary PM, and (iii) causal inference methods can provide further insight.
  • Air Pollution and infertility: Epidemiological evidence linking air pollution with fertility disorders in women and men is inconsistent. The student will address this by using UK COSMOS, an ongoing cohort study incorporating information on many potential confounding variables. The student will use modelling methods to evaluate associations between exposure to ambient air pollutants and reduced fecundity.
  • Assessing human health impacts from exposures to perfluorinated chemical compounds: Perfluorinated chemicals include synthetic compounds that are bioaccumulative and persistent in the environment and human body. Despite their common use, risks to human health are poorly understood. This multi-disciplinary project will involve a range of techniques from reviewing current evidence, to epidemiological analysis at population level.
  • Exposures and health effects near brownfield sites: To respond to the growing need brownfield sites are increasingly being targeted for housing redevelopment. Ex-brownfield sites might pose risks to the health of residents living on, or near, redeveloped sites. This project will identify brownfield sites in the UK, develop an exposure assessment of affected populations and conduct epidemiological analysis on adverse health effects.
  • Metallic aerosols in the environment: Exposure to metals via inhalation of aerosols is an important area of research given the potential for neurological effects within an ageing population. This project will combine advances in measurement of airborne metals with detailed population exposure modelling, providing insight into individual exposure, assess policies for exposure reduction and provide data for ongoing health research.
PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

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The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, eliminating discrimination and creating an inclusive working environment.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2021. Studentships will commence by 1st October 2021.

PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health