PhD studentship in Integrative Epidemiology

12th Feb 2015

MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering

One 4 Year PhD Studentship in Integrative Epidemiology October 2015 entry

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies and ‘big data’ in health research depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness these technologies in exciting and productive ways. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU) and the Faculty of Engineering are seeking applications for PhD projects within an innovative four-year PhD programme that equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to integrate clinical and population data with engineering and computational approaches to address key research questions about potentially modifiable causes of health-related outcomes.

Applications are welcome from high performing individuals across diverse disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, biostatistics, genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, computational science) who have, or are expected to obtain, a 2.i or higher degree.   

A complete list of project proposals is available at:

The PhD projects on offer highlight collaborative cross-faculty strengths in several areas, including Bioinformatics, Data Mining, Novel Data Capture, Medical Imaging, Multi-Dimensional Data, Biostatistics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Sensing Health Behaviours. Successful applicants will work in a thriving research environment, pursuing translational research.  

All projects will be jointly supervised by at least two research investigators with complementary engineering and population science expertise.  The projects follow a 1 + 3 PhD model, involving a foundation year of in-depth advanced skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking 'mini-projects,' before commencing the 3 year PhD project.   

Full details of how to apply can be found at

Applications must be made using our online application form: 

Before applying, please email for further details about the information we require from you. You are also strongly advised to discuss your PhD proposal with potential supervisors.

Please make an online application for this project at Please select `Faculty of Engineering` and either a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a PhD in Engineering Mathematics (depending on your chosen supervisor) on the Programme Choice page.  Under ‘Funding’, identify 'MRCIEU' as your fee payer and under ‘Research Details’, provide the names of both project supervisors.  Include these details ('MRCIEU' and supervisor names) at the top of your Personal Statement.  A current CV, covering letter, two page research proposal building on the project outlines, certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and two academic references should also be provided.

                  Only applicants from the UK are eligible for this programme.


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