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PhD Studentship, Population Health

Posted: 10/2/2018 (Employment)

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.5-year St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship in Population Health. The PhD studentship is funded by the University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). The PhD student will be working on population health using register and survey data and applying advanced quantitative methods. The project is expected to be part of International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS). The PhD student will be supervised by the following team: Prof. Hill Kulu (St Andrews), Prof. Mikko Myrskylä (MPIDR) and Dr. Jo Mhairi Hale (St Andrews).

In the first two years (more precisely 1.75), the successful applicant will be working at the University of St Andrews. S/he will become a member of the Population and Health Research Group at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development (SGSD), which combines expertise in advanced techniques of demographic, longitudinal and spatial analysis.

In the third and fourth year, s/he will be working in the Laboratory of Population Health at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, one of the leading centres for demographic research in the world.

During the period in the UK, the St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship will cover:

1) A maintenance grant of £14,777 per year (in the 2018/19 academic year, subject to increase annually according to the ESRC rules and regulations);
2) A research training support grant (RTSG) of £750 per year; and
3) Tuition fee to the amount of a standard fee for UK/EU students (£4,260 in the 2018/19 academic year).

During the period in Germany, the PhD student will be paid according to the MPIDR rules and regulations. This includes:

1) A contract amounting to a gross salary of about €22,000 per year; and
2) Financial support for travel, research training, and data acquisition.

Students with an excellent master’s degree (first class or upper secondary in the UK) or the equivalent national qualification in any area of social sciences including statistics and applied mathematics who are interested in this opportunity must submit an application to Mrs Helen Olaez in the SGSD Postgraduate Office ( by 31st October 2018 for consideration. Please include ‘St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship’ in the subject line of your email.

The full application consists of:

1) A brief research proposal on population health in one or several countries (max two pages), which outlines the rationale and context for the proposed study, and data and methods to be used;
2) An academic CV (max two pages) including details of two referees; and
3) Copies of transcripts of undergraduate and master’s degrees.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in early November. The University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Society strive for equal opportunities. Applications of any background are welcome.

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to work in an international team of researchers on an important social science topic applying advanced quantitative methodology and statistical modelling. The student is expected to use the opportunity of preparing a PhD thesis as a collection of research articles according to the PGR regulations of the University of St Andrews. The studentship is available from 1st December 2018 or thereafter.

For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Hill Kulu ( and Prof. Mikko Myrskylä ( Please include ‘St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship’ in the subject line of your email.

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Deadline: 10/31/2018

Location: University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research