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Population child health in the urban environment


   School of Public Health

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  Prof Mireille Toledano, Dr Rachel Smith, Dr Audrey de Nazelle  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We invite applications for The Peltz Scholarship, a 3.5-year PhD opportunity in the Mohn Centre for Children’s Health & Wellbeing. 

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a PhD in “Population child health in the urban environment”.

The student will analyse data from the SCAMP cohort study to make novel advances in the understanding of environmental exposures (e.g. air pollution), early life exposures and adolescent development. SCAMP has one of the largest adolescent cognitive datasets in the world, together with rich data on mental and physical health, biomarker data (e.g. puberty), environmental exposures (air pollution, noise, greenspace, digital environment), linkage to routine health and education data, and planned genotyping. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to address important research questions in this field.

There is flexibility on the research questions to be addressed in the available data depending on the interest of the successful student, and when the scholarship commences.

Understanding better the relationship between environmental exposures and children and young people’s healthy development, would indicate where and when interventions can be targeted to ameliorate negative impacts on the life course. However, it is not enough simply to undertake epidemiological research and publish the evidence; that evidence needs to be operationalised, via engagement with stakeholders, and by testing potential interventions in communities, in order to translate the research into policies which will have real-world impact within our complex urban systems to address environmental exposures and improve health.

Key to this PhD project will be the integration of two complementary strands: epidemiology and translation for policy development. The PhD will, therefore, involve mixed methods, both quantitative and qualitative skills.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a strong background in environment and health, health and social sciences, epidemiology, or medical statistics to make a leading contribution to cutting edge research in environmental epidemiology.

Research Environment:

The Mohn Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing, led by Professor Mireille Toledano, has recently been established following a £25M gift from Marit Mohn to establish a new world-leading centre for children’s health and wellbeing in the School of Public Health. The mission of the Mohn Centre for Children’s Health & Wellbeing is to be an international resource and centre of excellence for research and capacity building in the field of children’s mental and physical health in urban environments, and the translation of this knowledge to inform national and international policies to improve life-long health. Working in the Mohn Centre for Children’s Health & Wellbeing, the successful candidate will benefit from a research environment which draws together expertise from across Imperial College London, and which aims to create a new vision for children’s health and wellbeing that will transform urban living for children, particularly those in society’s most deprived communities.

The successful student will be based at the St Mary's Campus, Paddington until summer 2023, after which at Imperial’s new White City Campus.

This project is supervised by Professor Mireille Toledano, Dr Rachel Smith, and Dr Audrey de Nazelle.

Eligibility: For admission to this PhD programme, candidates would normally be expected to hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master's degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject and have strong statistical and computational skills. Candidates are required to meet English language requirements unless exempt.

This scholarship is only available to candidates who are eligible for home tuition fee status. 

The Peltz Scholarship will provide funding for 3.5 years, including home tuition fees (3 years), a tax-free stipend of £18,000 per year for 3.5 years (allowing a funded 6 month write-up period in the 4th year), and support for research expenses and travel to conferences.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact [Email Address Removed] quoting ‘Peltz Scholarship’ in the subject line.

The Mohn Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing is committed to equality of opportunity, eliminating discrimination and creating an inclusive working environment.

The closing date for applications is 23 September 2022. The successful candidate is expected to start their PhD no later than 1st March 2023

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