PhD Studentship - Chilton, UK

Chilton, UK
£16,296 pa
Oct 13, 2016
Nov 10, 2016
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

PhD Studentship
Development of a Disaster Recovery Tool – PhD Studentship
UK, EU International
Duration of award: 3 years
Start Date: Jan 2017
Ref: 919-JM-21874959


Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner – Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chains

Dr Stacey Wyke – Group Leader Chemicals and Poisons Department (Chilton), Public Health England

Sponsored by Public Health England. This studentship will provide a bursary of £16,296 pa (tax free) plus fees* for three years

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally, and enable locally, a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

An exciting PhD opportunity has arisen in the Chemicals and Poisons Department that is based at Chilton (near Didcot in Oxfordshire). This PhD will support work within the Department, and may also provide support to the wider Centre (Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE)). The PhD is registered with Cranfield University.

The PhD studentship will involve developing a Disaster Recovery Tool (DRT) to support community based recovery and remediation of the environment following both natural or manmade disasters and crises. The purpose of the tool is to build upon and link with technical recovery guidance already published (e.g. UK Recovery Handbooks for Chemical, Biological and Radiation Incidents) and is intended to support efforts to remediate the environment when there is an overwhelming demand on local services.

The purpose of the PhD project is to deliver an interactive web based tool to guide decision makers and responders into making appropriate decontamination decisions (using technical guidance already published). It is envisaged that the tool will also help with the provision of appropriate advice to those undertaking the clean-up, ensuring that this can also be used by the community locally.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team that will result in the development of a novel tool to ensure there is a record to make evidence based scientific decisions that will ultimately reduce the impact of an incident, minimise exposure of the public and improve resilience in dealing with these types of incidents.

It will also enable the rapid implementation of decontamination options by responders after an incident and provide guidance on the relative cost of various decontamination options. A key component of the PhD project will be to engage with stakeholders and end-users in workshops and exercises to help test and evaluate the developing tool to ensure it is appropriate and robust.

This post represents an excellent opportunity to work within a successful research and development environment, alongside other dedicated and innovative individuals in the field of health protection. It will be essential that the post holder builds close working relationships with other departments in

PHE to deliver national and international projects. You will also be working closely with national and international universities and institutions, the European Union, the World Health organization (WHO) and other members of the international community.

You must have experience of software application development and suitable experience of using Microsoft Excel and Access. We are looking for an excellent communicator with a sound background in IT and software application development and the ability to work effectively as part of a group.

As a part of working in this industrially sponsored project the student will be based at Cranfield University Shrivenham and PHE at Chilton, Oxfordshire. He/she will need to present their research findings regularly to the project team.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have a first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. The ideal candidate should have some knowledge and experience of statistical, analytical and numerical techniques, problem solving and high numeracy. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.


* To be eligible for this funding; applicants must be a UK/EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

How to apply: To apply for this vacancy, please contact: Dr Julieanna Powell-Turner by clicking on the 'Apply' button or call + 44 1793 785755.

For further information contact us today:

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Closing date: 14 November 2016.

Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with Cranfield’s Thematic Doctoral Training Centres which provides a focal point for engagement and academic discussion for all students involved in research at Cranfield. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.

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