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Fully-funded PhD studentship opportunity: Cluster randomised trials methodology

Posted on December 2nd 2019

PenARC are pleased to invite, in partnership with The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health, applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The studentship will be based in the Health Statistics Group in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter. The PhD is on statistical aspects of the design, conduct and data analysis of cluster randomised controlled trials in health research.

Cluster randomised trials are studies in which clusters of individuals are allocated to the trial arms and outcomes are measured on participants associated with those clusters. The clusters may be areas (e.g. villages), organisations (e.g. hospitals), institutions (e.g. workplaces) or professionals (e.g. general practitioners). Trials in which clusters rather than individual people are randomised have unique methodological considerations, for example the need to consider the correlation between the responses of participants from the same cluster. The successful candidate will systematically review the characteristics of recent cluster randomised controlled trials, identify current methodological challenges in the area and develop and compare statistical approaches for addressing these.

Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from the wider Health Statistics Group and advisors in the wider ARC team, including experts in evidence synthesis and complex interventions research methods.

Find more details, including how to apply, here.

Deadline for applications is midnight on 17th January 2020

Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus in the week commencing 27th January 2020.