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PhD Scholarship - Population Health

Employer: Burnet Institute
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Alcohol & Other Drugs, GLBTI & Sexual Health, Health Promotion, International Aid & Development, Medical Research, Policy & Research, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 09 January, 2017.
Applications close: 17 February, 2017. (Expired)

The Burnet Institute's Centre for Population Health implements novel, multidisciplinary scientific programs that use cutting-edge epidemiology, high quality laboratory science, excellent clinical and social research, and strong public health principles to address major health problems in Australia, in Asia and the Pacific, with a particular focus on highly vulnerable populations.

The Centre is offering a full-time 3-year PhD scholarship with an anticipated start date in early 2017. The scholarship provides an opportunity to undertake a PhD working with a dynamic, interdisciplinary team working at the forefront of population health research.

The successful candidate will receive support and mentoring to enrol in a PhD at an eligible university. They will have access to appropriate coursework, in addition to opportunities to attend conferences and a range of professional development activities.

The PhD position will be tailored to meet the skills, experience, interests, and goals of the successful applicant.

Research topics may include:

  • Alcohol consumption and behaviour
  • Injecting drug use
  • HIV and hepatitis C co-infection
  • Testing and treatment of Hepatitis C in people who inject drugs
  • Justice health
  • Epidemiology of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections
  • Global health modelling
  • Health systems modelling
  • Understanding health service utilisation in key populations

Research methods may include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical trials
  • Prospective cohort studies
  • Record linkage
  • Cascade of care studies
  • Infectious disease surveillance
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) research
  • Applied biostatistics
  • Mathematical modelling

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

Selection Criteria:


  • An Honours bachelor’s degree (First Class), medical degree (MBBS or MD) or a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or a related discipline
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills


  • Evidence of research experience and in preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Prior experience working in public health or epidemiology

International students (i.e. students who are not Australian/New Zealand citizens or permanent residents) are welcome to apply, but would be required to successfully apply for a Monash University tuition fee scholarship to cover annual tuition fees.


AUD $26,289 (equivalent to the NHMRC stipend) per annum for living expenses, tax exempt, for three years, and exempt from tuition fees. Medical/dental applicants may be eligible for a higher stipend rate. The successful applicant will be expected to apply for national competitive PhD scholarships, including NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships for funding in 2018. Remuneration level will be increased if the applicant is successful in receiving additional University or NHMRC scholarships.

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