The studentship covers living cost and tuition fees and provides support for 3 years.
The starting date is June 1st, or as soon as possible after that date by negotiation.
Appropriate qualifications are either an MSc in Mathematics with a substantial statistical component or in Biology or other related fields followed by postgraduate qualification in Statistics.
Applicants should have also sound computing skills.
The successful applicant will register for a PhD degree at the University of Basel.
The main objective of the research project is to develop Bayesian statistical methodology for the analysis of non-stationary, geostatistical data collected over a large number of locations.
This methodology will be applied to a number of schistosomiasis-related datasets from Africa
to determine behavioural, environmental and socio-economic risk factors related to schistosomiasis transmission, and to assess spatio-temporal patterns of the disease.
The successful candidate will be supervised by PD Dr. Penelope Vounatsou (spatial statistics) and Prof. Jürg Utzinger (epidemiology).
The PhD project is part of a bigger programme on schistosomiasis research funded by the European Union co-ordinated by the DBL–Institute for Health Research and Development in Denmark and involving many other partners in Europe and Africa.
Dr Penelope Vounatsou
Swiss Tropical Institute
Tel: +41 61 284-8109
Fax: +41 61 284-8105