Funded PhD: Converge: Centre for Chronic Disease and Population Health Research

Researchers in this new centre will work with a national and international team of partners and collaborators to deliver outputs and impact to policy makers worldwide, with essential data to prioritise specific interventions to specific populations to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

  • Principal investigator(s) Prof. Edward Gregg
  • Research theme Population Health and Health Services

The RCSI School of Population Health is looking to transform the way that population-level data and research platforms are deployed in Ireland to make key decisions for prevention and reduction of chronic disease burden.

To this end, we are establishing a new research centre Converge: Centre for Chronic Disease and Population Health Research which will attract, inspire and shape the careers of a new generation of leaders, scientists and practitioners engaged in the development of new integrated, population-level models, methodologies and interventions for complex, multimorbidity conditions.

The centre is led by Professor Edward Gregg as part of a Science Foundation Ireland-funded Research Professorship Grant and promises to be a significant and exciting development in population health research. 

Converge: Centre for Chronic Disease and Population Health Research will serve as the coordinating hub for three integrated streams of SFI-funded research:

  • An epidemiology and disease burden stream that will develop a novel data ecosystem and execute a series of epidemiologic studies to prioritise the current emerging, and future health priorities in chronic disease and morbidity in Ireland and globally;
  • A population implementation and effectiveness stream will develop and use new population registries and integrated data sources to quantify the impact of care and prevention in the real world, taking both an Irish and global perspective;
  • A health impact and economic modelling platform will develop novel disease progression models and health impact models to prioritise intervention and risk stratification options.

Three PhD candidates will be recruited to carry out projects to support each of the three thematic research strands (one PhD candidates/strand). A fourth PhD candidate will advance a programme of research combining all three strands. All four PhD candidates will be based in RCSI Dublin.

These posts will collaborate closely with other world-class institutions and researchers, including Imperial College London, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the WHO, the Health Services Executive and other universities within and beyond Ireland.

Successful candidates will enrol on the SPHeRE Programme which will provide a valuable peer-to-peer learning and support structure.

In addition, the SFI-funded scholarships will provide:

  • Additional skills training & dissemination allowance (up to €1,500 per year) 
  • Annual stipend of €18,500 (four years)
  • Laptop computer and fees (four years)

Tenure: Four years


Candidates are sought with experience in diverse areas of population health research, including:

  • Observational and clinical epidemiology
  • Chronic disease prevention and effectiveness research
  • Design and analysis of natural experiments and real-world health interventions
  • Health services and policy research
  • Biostatistics, machine learning and data science
  • Health impact and cost-effectiveness modelling

Application process

Applicants should apply through the SPHeRE website with a CV and cover letter.

Applications deadline: 9 June 2023

More information

Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Elaine Healy, Research Manager, School of Population Health, RCSI.