georgePhD Scholarship: Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Full time PhD Scholarship offered for Australian residents or citizens
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

Application closing date: 30 September 2018

Sri Lanka and some other developing countries (such as from Central America) have reported significant health issues related to chronic kidney disease of unknown cause (CKDu), following exclusion of known primary and secondary kidney disease; in many cases progressing to kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation, and premature mortality. Such endemic nephropathy shows variation in spatial distribution, and is especially localised in rural agricultural areas. The PhD project, based at UNSW Sydney, will involve conducting epidemiological examination of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka to examine modifiable causes and risk factors

A PhD scholarship is offered for Australian residents or citizens with an annual tax free stipend of $35,000 for the 12 months from September/October 2018-19; with the potential of further funding up to 3 years. The PhD will involve at least a year in detailed field work in Sri Lanka, to assess the relationship of numerous hypotheses concerning chemical and biological exposures to the  occurrence of CKDu, especially at small area, village and household level; also involving integration with data already collected at larger levels of aggregation, and the published literature.

This project would suit a graduate with a background in public health, environmental science, geography, or similar disciplines. The project involves experienced supervisors from clinical nephrology, epidemiology and environmental health, and connections through to organisations capable of complex chemical and biological analyses of specimens, remote environmental sensing and surveillance, and agricultural science.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship at the George Institute and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) UNSW applicants must:

  • Possess a MPH or equivalent including advanced epidemiological and statistical methods
  • Eligible to enrol in a PhD program in SPHCM. Please check eligibility criteria
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical packages; experience in GIS (Stata preferred) analysis an advantage
  • Co-authorship of published articles in scientific journals (especially as first author), a medical, geography, statistical or similar background, and/or experience in medical screening would be an advantage
  • Not be receiving a competitively awarded scholarship (e.g. APA, UIPA, NHMRC) to support their higher degree studies in 2018. Note, however, that previous scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • Be enrolled on a full ┬Étime basis for the duration of the scholarship
  • Be willing to attend and present at the Annual Research Symposium if requested. and must present their research to at least at one Seminar in 2019
  • There will be international travel and residency involved in this role

Your application should include a cover letter, CV and your academic transcripts.

If you would like to discuss, please speak to Dr Nicholas Osborne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

To apply, please click here.

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.