[PhD Studentship, Bristol] UWE vacancy, Public Health, Science and Communication, clos 23 April #scicomm jobs

A brief version of the PhD Studentship advert from the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres first, then the full length version from the UWE page below.

Science Communication Unit, UWE, Bristol
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, The University of the West of England, Bristol
PhD Studentship: Public Health, Science and Communication (PhD/PHSC)
http://sciencecentres.org.uk/jobs/

Applications are invited from motivated natural science/social science/science communication graduates to undertake research leading to a PhD. The studentship is offered on a full time basis and will start before the end of July 2010. Candidates should propose an area for PhD study that falls within one of the topics below:

  • Social networking and public health
  • Science communication eg. Health podcasts

For proposals in both of the two areas above study could focus on a specific health topic (e.g. mental health, healthy eating etc.)

Further information can be found at the link indicated below.

Web: http://info.uwe.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/job_details.asp
?ref=PhD/PHSC

E-mail: emma.weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk

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PhD: Public Health, Science and Communication (PhD/PHSC)

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

http://info.uwe.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/job_details.asp?ref=PhD/PHSC

Applications are invited from motivated natural science/social science/science communication graduates to undertake research leading to a PhD. The studentship is offered on a full time basis and will start before the end of July 2010.

Candidates should propose an area for PhD study that falls within one of the topics below:

??? Social networking and public health

Proposals in this area might explore how social networks contribute to positive health and wellbeing, or how new social networks are being used to develop expertise What types of health behaviours or other benefits result from social relationships? How are social networks disseminating information or being used to communicate about health related topics? How are individuals and/or organisations using them in public health settings?

??? Science communication eg. Health podcasts

Proposals in this area might explore how scientific communication about health is disseminated, processed and understood, and whether or not it is acted upon. For example, what health podcasts currently exist? Who listens to health podcasts? Who produces them and determines the contributors? How are health podcasts used, what credibility do they have, and what relationship do they play in the media dissemination of public health messages?

For proposals in both of the two areas above study could focus on a specific health topic (e.g. mental health, healthy eating etc.)

The studentship is funded by the UWE Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and will involve collaboration between the Science Communication Unit (SCU http://scu.uwe.ac.uk/) and The Centre for Public Health Research (http://hsc.uwe.ac.uk/net/research/ Default.aspx?pageid=24). The UWE SCU has over ten years of international experience in engaging and researching public interaction with science and technology in interesting and innovative formats, while the Centre for Public Health Research seeks to encourage national improvements in public health by adding to the body of evidence underpinning such advances.

The successful applicant will work with a supervisory team to develop a project grounded in the field of science communication or public engagement with a focus on public health. The project may involve the creation of a science communication or public engagement activity which is used as a platform for investigation (e.g. using new media tools), or it might use a research methodology (e.g. surveys or interviews) to explore theoretical perspectives about engaging with or communicating research in any of the above fields.

The ideal candidate will be open to new ideas, have a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary work and be an excellent communicator. We are seeking candidates who have a good honours undergraduate degree i.e. upper second or first, and preferably a masters degree in natural science, social science or communication. Knowledge and experience of science communication or social science methods is desirable but is not essential.

If you would like to apply, please submit a hard copy of the RD0 application form, available at: http://hls.uwe.ac.uk/research/how-to-apply.aspx, and contact details of two referees. The application form requires a brief outline of the proposed research project (between 1,000 and 3,000 words) including a short overview of the proposed research, its aims, objectives or research questions and methodology. Please do not send any documentation other than the application form.

Applications should be sent to Carolyn Morgan/Jodie McTear, Research Office, University of the West of England, Room 1K22, Glenside, Bristol, BS16 1DD by Friday 23rd April 2010.


Please contact Carolyn (tel: 0117 328 8568, carolyn2.morgan@uwe.ac.uk) or Jodie (tel: 0117 328 3462, jodie.mctear@uwe.ac.uk) if you have any queries regarding the application process.

You are encouraged to contact the SCU staff below with general enquiries about the PhD, but you must develop the project outline individually.

Emma Weitkamp: Emma.Weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk

Clare Wilkinson: Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd April 2010. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 11th May 2010 (subject to confirmation).

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