UNSW newA PhD is available for a suitably qualified individual to undertake research studies related to novel food retail interventions and nutrition science to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases to be completed at UNSW Sydney. 

The primary of the PhD project will be to work on a large randomized controlled trial at The George Institute for Global Health, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund. The aim of the trial is to investigate the effectiveness of an online grocery shopping tool to avoid hypertensive patients reduce their salt intake and blood pressure. The PhD student will work closely with the lead investigators of the study on all aspects of the study from design, participants recruitment, intervention, delivery, follow-up and outcome assessments. The research will involve significant quantitative and qualitative elements. The research will provide evidence for a novel-approach to delivering salt reduction interventions that will be relevant for hundreds of thousands Australians. 

In addition, the student will have the opportunity to participate in other research initiatives as part of the broader Food Policy team at The George Institute for Global Health, such as studies related to monitoring and improving the Australian food supply. The student will gain valuable training and have opportunity to interact with a diverse research team with expertise in nutrition science, food policy, epidemiology, clinical trials, and population-based modelling. 

Eligibility: 

Applicants should:

  1. Be Australian citizens or permanent residents. 
  2. Have a Master degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Biostatistics, or other related fields or equivalent experiences. 

Candidates are recommended to highlight in their application

  1. Prior research experience.
  2. Evidence of scientific writing skills
  3. Experiences working on or managing clinical trials. 
  4. Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  5. Ability to work as part of a team
  6. Other applicable indicators of excellence

Terms of award: 

These scholarships are full-time students for a period of up to 3 years, although successful candidates will be encouraged and will be provided support to apply for external competitive peer reviewed fuding. The scholarship stipend will be $30,000 per annum. 

Applications: 

Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, copy of academic transcripts, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and the names and contact details of at least two referees. 

To apply for the scholarship, please click on the following link: https://www.georgeinstitute.org.au/careers/phd-scholarship-opportunity-food-policy

Application close date: 24/09/2017