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Non-optimum temperature-related mortality burden in Suzhou, China: its spatial pattern, associated risk factors and potential effect modifiers.

   Urban Planning and Design

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  Dr Jinglu Song, Prof Thomas Fischer, Dr B Li, Dr HC Chung  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Due to climate change, extreme temperatures occur much more frequently at present and tend to aggravate health burden globally. A better understanding of the non-optimum temperature-related mortality is therefore critical components of health interventions and climate action plans but the details of its spatial pattern, associated risk factors and potential effect modifiers are still understudied, especially in cities of China. To fill the knowledge gap, this project plans to conduct a series of case studies in Suzhou. Taking advantage of multiple data sources and technologies (GIS, RS, machine learning, etc.), advanced statistical models (i.e. spatio-temporal models, epidemiological models, etc.), this study aims to provide a scientific basis for health interventions and climate adaptation strategies.

For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit:

Essential Qualifications:

  • A first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • Majored in public health, geo-information science, remote sensing, statistics, urban planning, environmental science or relevant disciplines.
  • Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English.
  • This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.

Other Preferred Experiences:

  • Familiar with quantitative analysis, programming (R or Python), GIS or RS applications.
  • Familiar with conditions in China or having conducted empirical studies in China.


The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are advised to email [Email Address Removed] (XJTLU principal supervisor’s email address) the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line). The required materials (Your name_unversity/ for initial contact could be attached to an email or be uploaded to the campus cloud storage.

  • CV (claim the date of graduation if you have not got the degree) (required for initial contact)
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position (required for initial contact)
  • PDF copy of a writing sample: most recent publication, your Master Degree dissertation and examiners reports if available, research proposal, coursework, etc.) (required for initial contact)
  • Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
  • Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
  • Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Jinglu Song ([Email Address Removed]), whose personal profile is linked below,

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 5,000 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year.
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