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PhD Scholarship- Antibiotics in the first years of life: a risk factor for chronic childhood conditions?

Antibiotics in the first years of life: a risk factor for chronic childhood conditions? – PhD Scholarship

Antibiotics are the most frequently prescribed medication for New Zealand children aged 0-4 years. There is growing concern that excessive antibiotic consumption early in life alters the gut microbiome, which may adversely affect children’s health. This doctoral project will test the hypothesis that ‘the use of antibiotics in early life increases the risk of three common chronic childhood conditions: type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)’. The project will make use of linked administrative data available through Statistic New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

We seek applications for a PhD scholarship with Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) in Wellington. The PhD candidate will conduct data linkage and analyses using IDI data at CPHR, in a rich research environment of world-renowned scientists in the fields of public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and paediatrics. The student is expected to write, as first author (with support from the co-authors), a minimum of three scientific publications in peer reviewed journals as part of the PhD (the PhD will be done by publication rather than by monograph).

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Amount awarded

The scholarship includes a (tax-free) stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years plus university fees.


Students must be prepared to be enrolled at Massey University by 13 July 2019.

Students will have a bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or medicine. A minimum GPA of 7.5 (above an average of A-) is required. The candidate will also be required to reside in Wellington for the duration of the project.


A/Prof Andrea ’t Mannetje

Prof Jeroen Douwes

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to:

A/Prof Andrea ’t Mannetje


Phone: +64 4 979 3373