For over three decades, the Health Retirement Study (HRS) and its sister studies in UK, Europe, and other countries/regions have amassed a large amount of longitudinal data on the trajectories of cognitive functioning and health status among middle-aged and older adults. These extremely rich datasets offer unprecedented opportunity for developing next-generation data science tools for early identification and predicting the trajectory of cognitive decline and dementia in large populations. Particularly, this project will utilise not only the original data in HRS and its sister studies but also the survey response behavioural paradata (i.e., data recording how study participants responding to survey questions) derived by the supervisor as part of an ongoing international collaboration.
The prospective student will have the opportunity to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and interact with researchers in health informatics, medical statistics, behavioural science, gerontology, and survey methodology from the UK and US. The student will handle big and complex longitudinal ageing data and develop approaches in advanced statistics and artificial intelligence, including supervised and semi-supervised statistical learning models for early identification and predicting the trajectory of cognitive decline and dementia. The student will learn and practice skills that are necessary for conducting health informatics research with a focus on healthy ageing, which will support the student to pursue a career in academia or industry after graduation.
Supervisors: Dr Haomiao Jin, Dr Jenny Harris
Open to UK and international students starting in January 2023.
You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.
Upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Ideal candidate will have a background on quantitative methods including but not limited to statistics/biostatistics, operations research, engineering, epidemiology, econometrics, or psychometrics, experiences in programming, and strong interests in research about the use of information technology to improve human health and well-being.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted via the Health Sciences PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor. Contact with the supervisor (Haomiao Jin, email@example.com) is strongly recommended in prior to submitting the formal application online.