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PhD Student On Macroeconomic Conditions, Distribution of Wealth and Adolescent Health

University of Ghent has an opening PhD position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to October 08, 2018.

We are seeking a highly motivated fulltime PhD student on the topic of "macroeconomic conditions, distribution of wealth and adolescent health". We offer you a two-year appointment, which may renewed, depending on future research grants (with a maximum term of four years). The project will be performed within the context of the international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey (http://www.hbsc.org/). The PhD will be based at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Supervisors of the PhD are dr. Bart De Clercq and prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche.

The aim of this research project is to examine the link between macroeconomic conditions, wealth inequality and adolescent health in Europe. This involves the following main tasks:
- Refining the existing theoretical framework (i.e. identifying the transmission channels between macroeconomic conditions, wealth inequality and adolescent health).
- Performing statistical analysis using several existing databases (i.e. ECB HFCS, OECD, Eurostat & WHO HBSC).
- Presenting the results on international conferences and within the international HBSC network.
- A strong motivation to perform scientific research and to obtain a PhD based on scientific papers as result of the research project.
- Excellent analytical skills. This entails a strong theoretical background in general statistics (OLS regression) and econometrics (time series analysis and panel models), and practical experience with statistical software (e.g. STATA, R or Eviews).
- Well-developed social skills towards working in an interdisciplinary team and towards collaboration with various colleagues.
- Good project planning skills and the ability to work independently.
- Very good to excellent English language skills (verbally and written).

Informal enquiries and applications must be addressed to b.declercq@ugent.be.


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