The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, STPHI, invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships on “Innovative Modelling to Optimise Control of Childhood Anaemia across Africa.” The STPHI is a public institution with the mandate to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations internationally and nationally through excellence in research, services, and teaching and training.
Research Areas

  • Research topics fall within the scope of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant on “Innovative Modelling to Optimise Control of Childhood Anaemia across Africa”.
  • The project will develop Bayesian models for very large, multivariate, non-Gaussian, geostatistical and temporal data arising from disparate sources to address epidemiological questions related to anaemia in Africa.

Worth of Award

  • The studentships provide support for 3 years and cover tuition fees and a doctoral salary at Swiss National Science Foundation scale. The positions are available immediately however a later starting date is possible by negotiation.


  • Appropriate qualifications are either a diploma in Mathematics with a substantial statistical component, or in Biology or other related field followed by postgraduate qualification in Statistics.
  •  Applicants should have sound programming skills in R and preferably Fortran.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English is also essential.
  • The successful applicants will join a multi-disciplinary team that pursues research in advanced statistical modelling and Bayesian computation, applied in the area of malaria, neglected infectious diseases, mortality and cancer epidemiology.
  • Successful applicants will be registered for a PhD degree at the University of Basel.

How to apply

  • Applicants should submit electronically a full curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two referees.
  • If you have questions about applying, contact PD Dr Penelope Vounatsou at [email protected]

Deadline:  Not stated
For details and to apply online, click here.