To start: February 2020

Award(s): The Department for Biostatistics and Health Informatics at King’s College London is offering fully funded 3-year PhD studentship(s)

The following titles are available to choose from:

  1. Modern Knowledge Representation and Inference Applied to Electronic Health Records to aid Personalised Causal Knowledge Discovery to aid clinical decision making in Psychiatry.
  2. Multimorbidity patterns in Severe Mental Illness: the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLAM BRC) Case Register
  3. A unified approach for the statistical analysis of post-randomisation variables in clinical trials
  4. Precision medicine and mechanism: How and for whom do psychological treatments work?
  5. Transdiagnostic mechanisms in cognitive behavioural interventions for patients with Persistent Physical Symptoms: How do transdiagnostic psychological therapies work?
  6. Modelling Development and the Evolution of Morbidity
  7. Predicting diabetes in people with psychoses

We are seeking outstanding applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including: computer science; data science; mathematics; statistics; health informatics; applied and health statistics; machine and deep learning; natural language processing; text analytics; neuroscience; biological science; physical science; epidemiology, econometricians to work at the cutting edge of mental health research.

The Biostatistics and Health Informatics Department is a critical element within the Institute’s strategy to enhance the methodological quality of research and to secure its world class standing in the fields of Biostatistics and Health Informatics with application to psychological medicine, psychiatry and neuroscience. Currently the department is led by Professor Richard Dobson and has 55 full-time staff and fellows. We undertake methodological and collaborative research relevant to the complete span of the Institute’s interdisciplinary programme of research but particularly, through our UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Unit, in treatment evaluation and through our two BRC Themes in the capture, processing and analysis of patient data of all kinds. We also provide methodological training for clinical and non-clinical postgraduate staff and students.  In addition, through our extensive programme of events and networks we facilitate collaboration and discussion among the diversity of statisticians, health informaticians, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, image analysts, econometricians and trialists that are spread across the Institute and King’s College.

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For further information please contact Liam Morton.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the admissions portal by midnight (23:59 GMT) 31st August 2019.

On the ‘Choosing a programme’ page, please select the ‘Biostatistics and Computing Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)’ programme.

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application
  • Details of your qualifications (you will need to attach copies)
  • Details of previous employment
  • A personal statement describing your interests and why you wish to apply for this project. Please include this as an attachment rather than using the text box.
  • Academic References – all admissions applications require two supporting references. If the applicant is relying on his/her referees to submit references directly to the College after he/she has submitted his/her admissions application, then the applicant must ensure that their chosen referees are made aware of the funding deadline.

In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include one of the following references that corresponds with your chosen research title:

  • 01-BIO-2020
  • 02-BIO-2020
  • 03-BIO-2020
  • 04-BIO-2020
  • 05-BIO-2020
  • 06-BIO-2020
  • 07-BIO-2020

Please note there is no need to complete the Research Proposal section in your application as the project has already been set.

Closing date: 31st August 2019 (23:59 GMT)

Interviews: Mid-September 2019 (day to be confirmed)

Entry Requirements

Standard PhD entry requirements: Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or Overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from non-EU / international candidates.

Funding Notes

Award types and eligibility: Funding is available for 3-year studentships.  The award covers academic fees (Home/EU); a stipend and contribution towards training, conference attendance and research costs.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from non-EU / international candidates.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

31st August 2019

Please see our website for how to apply:
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