The Spatial Determinants of Health Lab, Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University is recruiting one doctoral (PhD) student for entry in September of 2019. We are seeking a highly qualified student with experience in environmental modelling and spatial analysis in the health sciences or health geography. Candidates should have taken courses in advanced statistics and/or spatial analysis as well as be knowledgeable with environmental epidemiology. This project will be conducted in partnership with the Schachar & Crosbie Labs ( at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) examines gene by environment interactions using the first round of the Spit for Science dataset developed at Sick Kids in Toronto. The overall goal of the study is to identify genetic variants that interact with environmental factors associated with living in urban environments to increase/decrease the risk of ADHD and OCD. The project will be situated within the Spit for Science study, a study that recruited 17,000+ children and teens (aged 6-18) from the Ontario Science Centre in 2008-2009. Individual level linkage (using postal codes) with Canadian Urban Environmental (CANUE) network provides the information needed on urban environmental factors (e.g. neighbourhood social disadvantage measures, greenness, NO2, and PM2.5). In final years of the PhD, the student will have access to the new and expanded Spit for Science II data which can form the basis of their independent research.

Additional Research Assistantship (RA) funding above that normally offered through Carleton University will be provided for the first two years. Applicants with high GPAs will be eligible for additional scholarships and funding where available.

For information please contact by March 29thwith your CV and unofficial transcript:
Dr Paul Peters, Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Carleton University

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