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Postdoc in respiratory epidemiology

  • Application Deadline
    17 October 2017
    (application date has expired)
  • Contact Name
    Professor Seif Shaheen

Professor Seif Shaheen, Clinical Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London (http://www.blizard.qmul.ac.uk/staff/51-centre-for-primary-care-and-public-health/282-shaheen-seif.html), is looking to recruit a bright postdoctoral student with strong statistical skills who is interested in respiratory epidemiology and the life course determinants (genetic and environmental) of respiratory health and disease, including asthma and COPD.

Potential 2-year projects would involve the analysis of existing datasets and include:
• Investigating early life risk factors for childhood asthma using linked Swedish health registers (in collaboration with colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm)
• Investigating the link between analgesic use, pain and asthma using data from the Tromsø studies in Norway (in collaboration with colleagues at the Institute of Public Health in Oslo)
• Investigating the relation between diet in early childhood and subsequent asthma (including gene-diet interactions) in the UK ALSPAC birth cohort
• Investigating the influence of diet, genes and DNA methylation on adult lung function decline in two UK cohorts (NSHD and EPIC Norfolk)

If a suitable candidate is identified Prof Shaheen would apply for European funding for a two year Fellowship from the following sources:
• ERS Long-term Fellowship scheme(https://www.ersnet.org/professional-development/fellowships/long-term-research-fellowships). The 2018 call will be launched in November 2017; deadline 14th January 2018. Prof Shaheen’s current postdoc has been funded through this scheme.
• RESPIRE3 scheme https://www.ersnet.org/professional-development/fellowships/marie-curie-post-doctoral-research-fellowships-(respire-3). Prof Shaheen’s Centre is a recognised host centre for this scheme (https://erscongress.org/respire/item/translational-research-unit-centre-for-primary-care-and-public-health-and-asthma-uk-centre-for-applied-research-blizard-institute-barts-and-the-london-school-of-medicine-queen-mary-university-of-london-uk.html?category_id=260). The 2nd call for this scheme has been launched; deadline December 1st 2017.

Interested candidates should contact Prof Shaheen by email ([email protected]) and attach an up to date CV, clarifying their statistical skills and the date of their PhD award.

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