BBSRC Case PhD Studentship


This PhD is funded by an Industrial Case Partnership between the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and GSK, a multinational pharmaceutical company. It offers an exciting opportunity to develop research skills and work with an industry partner whilst addressing some of the key questions that are facing societies across the world. You will be supported to develop your project into improving the health of ageing populations, using data driven approaches. The studentship will suit someone who is keen to develop expertise in core methodological research skills in epidemiology, biostatistics or applied quantitative health research. You will be supported to publish your work in peer reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences. There is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with GSK (consumer healthcare) in a placement to spend a period of time at GSK that will give you insights into the wide range of career pathways that will be open to you after your PhD.

The PhD project will focus on understanding age-related changes in physical function and well-being, and underlying causes including social factors, nutrition and oral health. A particular focus of the research will be on advancing knowledge in neglected aspects of ageing such as oral health, under-nutrition (malnutrition) and their influence on age-related decline in health. The research will primarily use longitudinal studies of ageing in the UK and USA, applying quantitative analytical skills to existing datasets. You will be encouraged and supported to develop advanced analytical skills.

Newcastle University has an international reputation for research in ageing and public health, offering a multi-disciplinary training environment with world leading academics. The project will be embedded in Fuse (Centre for Translational Public Health Research), and teams working on healthy ageing across the Newcastle University Institute of Ageing, with opportunities to link in with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle.

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Closing date: 20 October 2019

Any queries please contact Dr Sheena Ramsay

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