Syndromic surveillance is the near real-time collection, analysis and interpretation of ‘big data’, including healthcare data and other associated sources of health related information e.g. social media. Syndromic surveillance can provide timely information for action to provide early warning of seasonal outbreaks of infectious disease and situational awareness during incidents. This PhD will focus on the utility of an existing suite of syndromic surveillance systems for monitoring the impact of a range of gastrointestinal pathogens in the community. It will determine the sensitivity of these systems to aid the interpretation of both outbreaks and seasonally expected increases of disease e.g. norovirus. Furthermore, the student will explore the use of novel digital sources of information for opportunities to complement PHE’s GI current surveillance programme, exploring (availability and use of) sources of data such as over the counter drug sales, school absenteeism and social media. This project will provide a stimulating environment of syndromic surveillance, public health epidemiology and digital analytics.
We invite applications from candidates who have a 2.1 or 1st class degree in a relevant biological science or quantitative science discipline. A Masters degree in a relevant discipline would be an advantage.
Applicants should send a full CV (including the names and email addresses of at least two academic referees), and personal statement to [email protected]. This should state: • An outline of how this programme of research and training will benefit from their past experience and impact upon their career aspirations.
The position may be based at either, The University of Liverpool, The University of Warwick or PHE (Colindale/ Porton Down), depending on the project. For some projects, students will be required to work at one of the partner Universities’ and spend time at PHE.
Thesis studentships cover research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who meet the residency requirements only.