PhD student in Spatial Statistics/Epidemiology
|Employer||Universität Bern, Institut für Sozial- und Präventivmedizin|
|Workplace||Bern, Bern region, Switzerland|
Physics / Materials Science
|Position||Junior Researcher / PhD Position|
|Duration||Fixed-term contract for 3 years|
|Start||Start January 2018 (negotiable)|
The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at University of Bern performs research in a range of disciplines relevant to public health (?url=www.ispm.ch&module=jobs&id=37766" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ispm.ch). Groups cut across divisions, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to research in the fields of clinical epidemiology, social and behavioral health, biostatistics, and international and environmental health.
Environmental & Spatial Epidemiology Research Group conducts population-based and clinical studies in child health, focusing on cancer and environmental exposures.
It is known that medium to high doses of ionising radiation can cause cancer in children but direct evidence of effects of low dose exposure is still scarce. For a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the research group Environment & Spatial Epidemiology at the ISPM Bern is seeking two PhD students. The aim of the project is to assess the effects of low dose ionising radiation on cancer risks in children. This PhD project (Spatial Statistics/Epidemiology) will focus on modelling exposure to background radiation in Switzerland. You will use multivariate geostatistical models in a Bayesian framework to predict exposure to terrestrial gamma radiation, cosmic radiation, and radon at all residential locations Switzerland. The model will be based on a large number of measurements made throughout the country. You will also conduct a field survey on radiation exposure and participate in national and multi-national studies of childhood cancer risks and background ionising radiation. The PhD will allow you to gain a broad understanding of spatial statistics and environmental epidemiology, to apply your skills to a research question that has public health relevance and to learn to effectively communicate your results.
During your PhD you will:
For further information on the position advertised, please contact PD Dr Ben Spycher ( ben.spycherispm.unibe.ch ). Please send your application to hrispm.unibe.ch . Applications must be in English and include a curriculum vitae and motivation letter as PDF documents.
In your application, please refer to myScience.ch
and reference JobID 37766.
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