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PhD student in the field of paediatric cancer epidemiology / biostatistics

ID: 5097
Kategorie: Wissenschaft
Funktion: PhD student in the field of paediatric cancer epidemiology / biostatistics
Institution: Institut für Sozial- und Präventivmedizin
Aufgaben:
The childhood cancer research group conducts epidemiological research on risk factors and outcomes of cancer in children. We collaborate closely with clinicians and research groups in Switzerland and abroad.
The PhD project will examine the risk of childhood cancer in relation to place of living and environmental exposures. The main research question will be whether population mixing, i.e. the rapid population influx into a rural area, is associated with an increased risk of leukaemia in children living in that area. Other exposures, such as background ionising radiation might also be studied. During your PhD you will combine and analyse data from the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry (www.childhoodcancerregistry.ch) and the Swiss National Cohort (www.swissnationalcohort.ch), write up and publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present results at national and international meetings. The PhD will allow you to gain a broad understanding of epidemiological methods, to learn and apply a variety of statistical techniques, and to effectively communicate your results. You will be working closely with epidemiologists, clinicians, statisticians and other PhD students.

Anforderungen:
Applicants should have a university degree (MSc or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. statistics, biology, medicine, geography, demography, social sciences or similar) and an interest in epidemiology and public health. Knowledge and experience in statistical methods, geographic information systems or demographic methods are welcome. You should be fluent in English, both written and oral; knowledge of German or French is an advantage.
Wir bieten:
The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern (www.ispm.ch) performs research and teaching in a range of disciplines relevant to public health. 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.

The position is available from May 2012 and the PhD salary rates of the Swiss National Science Foundation apply. If you are looking for an exciting PhD position in a highly motivated team, please send your CV with motivation letter to Dr. Ben Spycher and Prof. Claudia Kuehni, Institute of Social & Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11, CH-3012 Bern, or electronically to bspycher@ispm.unibe.ch and kuehni@ispm.unibe.ch. For further information please contact us by e-mail. The deadline for applications is 20th April 2012.
Pensum: 100 
Stellenantritt: May 2012 
Bewerbungsfrist: 20th April 2012 
Kontaktadresse: Dr. Ben Spycher and Prof. Claudia Kuehni, Institute of Social & Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11, CH-3012 Bern
Kontaktperson: Prof. Claudia Kühni und Dr. Ben Spycher
eMail: bspycher@ispm.unibe.ch and kuehni@ispm.unibe.ch
Homepage: http://www.ispm.ch
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