The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.
This is an exciting opportunity for a fully-funded PhD position in data science, collective behaviour and infectious disease dynamics, not tied to any specific project. This PhD will use ideas from complexity and network theory to develop novel methods that address real-world problems.
An example project: The complex network of interactions between co-circulating infections: Bacteria and viruses often interact with each other in the host competing for resources and space and have been shown to modify the ability of the other to transmit. Nevertheless, most studies consider considering pathogen species in isolation. Some disease-causing respiratory tract infections are poly-microbial, resulting from synergistic and antagonistic interactions between pathogens. Few of these interactions are well understood, due to the complexity of the system. Moving beyond this requires taking a dynamic, complex systems approach, inspired by analysis of available data. This project aims to develop a data-driven theoretical framework for understanding the ecology of co-circulating infections in human populations. This is a fundamentally inter-disciplinary project that would suit an ambitious student with interests in epidemiology and disease ecology.
The PhD studentship will be awarded to the best candidate and would suit a highly-motivated student who could take the opportunity to shape the topic and direction of the work.
This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in September 2019.