PhD Studentship at Open University

Open University, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position. The initial contract for this position is 3 years. Candidates are welcome before November 28, 2018.

Inclusive Health: Use of Breath Diagnostics for cancer detection in Rural & Urban India

Cancer is the second most common cause of death worldwide [1] and stomach cancer the third leading cause of cancer deaths [2]. Nearly 2/3rds of these deaths occur in developing countries like India. Helicobacter pylori (HP) bacteria is a major cause of stomach cancer and is easily curable with early detection. However, existing diagnostic tests in developing countries are invasive and costly. Further, infrastructural challenges in developing countries make access to detection and prevention impossible for most.

The Open University developed a novel diagnostic breath analysis tool with Oxford Micromedical Ltd, to non-invasively test for HP and in partnership with Tech Mahindra, this tool will be rolled out in India in 2020. This studentship will support doctoral research to study challenges, opportunities and potential solutions associated with adoption of breath analyser tool in the healthcare system of developing countries. It will further contribute to development of a model for inclusive health through engagement with all the stakeholders involved, ranging from patients, health workers, clinicians, funders and policymakers.

The full time studentship is funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Applicants are encouraged to apply from a low or lower-middle income country; applications from India are particularly welcome. You will be co-supervised by Dr Dinar Kale, Dr Aravinda Guntupalli, and Dr Geraint Morgan at the Open University.

An Indian co-supervisor, Dr Janak Nabar, will enable and support the student to investigate the scope for improving access to low cost diagnostics for gastric cancer through Indian expertise and collaboration.

For pre-submission enquiries, prospective applicants may write to

The studentship is for 3 years full-time (fully funded). Applicants should have a Masters-level qualification or equivalent in a relevant topic, which may include clinical, biomedical, engineering, technological, social or business disciplines. The student will be one of a cohort of seven doctoral students ideally from low and middle income countries, linked to GCRF-funded Open University research projects. The studentships provide for fees; a student stipend; a research support training grant of 2,500 per annum; and fieldwork research costs of 5000. The successful applicant for this studentship will work closely with a research team, based at the Open University UK, working on a project funded by the GCRF Inclusive Societies Initiative, entitled "How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa"

You will have a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or the overseas' equivalent and ideally a relevant Master's degree. Unless from a majority English-speaking country, non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2-years. All applications are assessed as to their quality, the fit with The Open University research priorities.

Closing date: 12 Noon, 28 November 2018. Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 10 December 2018.

Application forms are available from

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter explaining your interest and suitability to undertake the advertised project and reasons for applying, must be sent to


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