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and improve the health of the public

Vacancies and Placements

University of Sheffield, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

This PhD Studentship is open to all applicants. For UK students the tuition fees are covered by the studentship. Applications from outside the UK will be required to evidence how they will make up the shortfall between the home & overseas fees.
The studentship will be supported for 3.5 years with the student expected to submit their thesis at the end of this funding period. Students will be provided with a full award paying fees and maintenance at the standard Research Council rates (£15,609 for 2021/22) and a Research Training Support Grant.

This PhD studentship is offered as part of the SIPHER (Systems science in Public Health and Health Economics Research) consortium. Preventing ill health related to the “social determinants of health” requires well-coordinated policies across many sectors. SIPHER is a major investment by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, which brings together scientists across six universities, three government partners at local, regional and national level, and ten practice partner organisations. SIPHER will deliver novel evidence of the costs and benefits of the complex, interlinked and long-term consequences of policy decisions.

Please find further information and the application form here.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan (

Applications will close on 25 September 2021 and interviews are expected to be held week commencing the 18 October 2021.

We are happy to discuss potential research visits/placements, hear from prospective PhD students or from researchers with an interest in social determinants and whole-systems policy design.who would like to get involved in SIPHER research.

We are always keen to develop new links with interested research centres, local and national governments, as well as health- and social justice-focused charities and interest groups. We want to ensure our new methods and findings are helpful to everyone who may use them. Please get in touch!

Please contact Consortium Directors
Professor Petra Meier
Corinna Elsenbroich
Julian Cox