Open position for
PhD or MD-PhD student in the field of paediatric pulmonology and paediatric epidemiology / biostatistics
The PhD project will focus on the epidemiology of recurrent cough in childhood. Cough is common in children and contributes significantly to burden of disease, reduced quality of life and healthcare use. There is evidence that children with recurrent cough belong to
more than one disease groups or phenotypes, some with life-long consequences leading to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adulthood. Yet, epidemiological data on cough in children are scarce.
The PhD student will study the literature and analyse original data from cohort studies of >10’000 children in Switzerland and the UK (www.leicestercohorts.org) to:
summarise the scientific evidence on the natural history of non-specific cough in childhood in a systematic review;
describe prevalence, risk factors and physiological traits of non-specific cough in children using original data from ongoing cohort studies;
define different phenotypes of cough using various statistical approaches, and validate findings in independent cohorts.
During the PhD program, the student will:
gain a broad understanding of the clinical epidemiology of cough and other respiratory problems in childhood;
learn to use and interpret a variety of statistical techniques;
write up results and get them published in peer-reviewed journals;
communicate results at national and international meetings.
a curious mind, with particular interests in child health, paediatric pulmonology, epidemiology and public health;
finished studies in medicine (diploma or MD) or an MSc in biology, psychology, biostatistics or similar;
interest in biostatistics, familiarity with statistical software welcome;
excellent knowledge of English, additional German or French would be
The position is available from February 2012. The salary is based on the Swiss National Science Foundation scales. Please address your application to Prof. Dr.med. Claudia Kuehni and send it electronically, including curriculum vitae, until 15.01.2012 to Aniña Pescatore: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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