The surveillance role of Public Health England generates large epidemiological and pathogen genome datasets to support disease monitoring and control. Extensive geographically indexed data are increasingly publicly accessible, such as global databases of pathogen genomes, national geographical data describing weather, animal densities, the local physical environment, and social data for populations from ethnicity to household type. This studentship explore the potential of these data and address a specific set of questions on the capacity of joint analysis to predict human infection and give information to support prevention. This will include detailed time-series and spatial analysis of infections and factors associated with them, analysis of the age and gender pattern of infection to identify evidence for person-to person spread informed by models derived from published data on pathogen characteristics. The supervision team and first supervisor will match the finalised project and selected student but will include input from PHE (Claire Jenkins), the University of Liverpool (Kate Baker), and University of Warwick (Noel McCarthy and a mathematical/statistical supervisor).
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.