Opportunity: ESRC PhD Studentship, King's College, London

Full-time ESRC Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) Research Consortium on the Impact of Extending Paid Work in Later Life on Health and Wellbeing PhD Studentship

The Institute of Gerontology in the Department for Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College London invites applications for a fully funded three-year full-time ESRC PhD studentship, commencing September 2014.

The PhD student will be involved in an exciting new interdisciplinary consortium bringing together a team of researchers from the Institute of Gerontology in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, the University of Toronto, University College London and the Pensions Policy Institute. The research programme focuses on a crucial question for ageing societies: How inequalities across the life course relate to paid work in later life in the UK. Within this programme the PhD student will investigate an important related question, that is, the consequences of working until or beyond SPA for social roles such as the likelihood of maintaining, relinquishing or taking on a caring role (for parents, partners, or grandchildren), or participating in volunteer work. This is important because informal family care and volunteer work are two socially and economically important roles often undertaken by older adults, either independently from, or in combination with, paid work. To address this issue the student will work be working with large scale national panel datasets such as the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). The student will also be extensively involved with researchers on the larger project.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will have a first degree at first class or 2:1 level or the equivalent standard from a European or Overseas University, and a Masters Degree with Distinction or a High Merit. Previous applicants need not apply. The successful candidate must show a demonstrable interest in quantitative research and the aptitude to develop advanced quantitative skills in social science research. Candidates may come from any disciplinary background, preferably with an interest in lifecourse, family, care, policy or ageing studies.

This PhD will be supervised by Dr. Karen Glaser and Dr. Debora Price (Institute of Gerontology).

The Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King's College London, is a leading multi-disciplinary Institute for research and teaching in the study of ageing. More information about the Institute of Gerontology and its strands of research can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/geront/index.aspx.

The studentship is funded full-time for 3 years.  In the first year the student will receive a maintenance grant plus training support allowances of around £15,063 and full fees; the award only covers Home/EU fees. Subject to satisfactory progress, for each year of the PhD after that the student will receive the same maintenance grant and full fees for the PhD.

Full ESRC studentship support is normally available only to students who (a) have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for the previous three years; (b) other than citizens of European Union countries, whose residence during that period has not been wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education; and (c) who have permission to reside permanently in the United Kingdom. Potential applicants who are uncertain as to their eligibility should contact Jennie Eldridge, jennie.eldridge@kcl.ac.uk

All applicants for the studentship must complete the following forms by the deadline of 14 March 2014 by 1700. Informal enquiries by email are welcome, contact karen.glaser@kcl.ac.uk or debora.price@kcl.ac.uk.

For more details and an application form please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/news/llhwstudentship2014.aspx.