PhD position – Injury Epidemiology

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Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group (IEP), Turku Brain Injury Center, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, FINLAND


Turku , Finland

Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group (IEP), Turku Brain Injury Center, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, FINLAND

Organization Description: A newly created research group in injury epidemiology within the Turku Brain Injury Center, seeks an enthusiastic and organized PhD student who is interested developing one of several projects within the field of injury and violence prevention. The Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (IEP) Research Group is an international multi-disciplinary research team committed to understanding the intersection between injury, mental health and violence. Particular emphasis is placed on research which informs population-based interventions, the use of technological innovations for injury control and advocacy. Sub-fields of interest include: traumatic brain injury (esp. pediatric TBI), falls, burns, poisoning, suicide, gender-based violence, traffic injury, workplace injuries, maxillofacial trauma, drowning, bullying, elder abuse and self-harm.

Main Tasks and Duties:

  • Apply for research grants and develop a thesis/dissertation on one of the central issues addressed in the group’s projects.
  • Support the PI and co-investigators in the daily functioning of global research projects (Europe, Africa, South America, North America).
  • Coordinate daily activities (data collection and follow-up).
  • Facilitate communication and coordination among investigators in different parts of the world including the study group(s).
  • Manage data and conduct statistical (or qualitative) analyses.
  • Prepare research manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals and related tasks.
  • Manage agenda and scheduling of meetings and submission deadlines.
  • Assist in other activities related to research.
  • Prospective candidates with their own well-written research proposals in an area relevant to injury epidemiology (max of 5 pages) are also encouraged to apply.

Desired qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health, global health or related field (including engineering or social sciences), OR clinical professionals with a clinical doctorate (MBBS/MD, BDS/DDS etc.) with at least 2 years of research exposure.
  • Training in quantitative or qualitative research methods.
  • Ability to effectively work both as a team member and independently across time zones. * Excellent ICT skills: MS Office / LibreOffice / GDocs or equivalent plus relevant statistical packages (knowledge of R strongly preferred).
  • Excellent English proficiency is required. Other languages are highly desirable. Must have excellent written English skills; shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide examples of original writing in English.
  • Familiarity with the conventions for reporting original research in scientific publications (e.g., the appropriate structure for the introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusions sections).
  • Ability to accurately describe other researchers’ findings and to cite the information using standard referencing conventions, as well as to manage citations in an article and format references correctly with Zotero or similar reference managers.
  • Ability to use PubMed/Medline and other major databases to conduct literature searches.
  • A publishing track record is highly desirable.

How to Apply:

Prospective applicants may send a CV and a short statement of research interests to: Michael L. Wilson at [email protected], with the subject heading PROSPECTIVE-IEP.
The CV should include the names and emails of two referees who could be contacted if shortlisted.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
A confirmation of receipt of application will be sent, however, queries can only be answered after the closing date and only for shortlisted candidates.

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