PhD Scholarship on Tackling Vaccine-Preventable Infectious Diseases in Central Queensland, Australia – Aged Care Facility Surveillance Study

Optimising prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in susceptible groups of population (e.g. elderly population) is a major challenge for public health institutions in Australia. Key issues behind the challenge are: (i) infection-related mortality/morbidity in a growing elderly population and (ii) Vaccine-preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal and varicella infections are among leading causes of morbidity and mortality among older adults. Central Queensland Public Health Unit aims to tackle this challenges in its catchment region by conducting a research project entitled ‘Tackling vaccine-preventable infectious diseases among vulnerable populations in regional Queensland through public health unit to provide a best practice model”. The project will be implemented at the Central Queensland Public Health Unit (CQPHU) under the direct supervision of Prof Gulam Khandaker, Director, CQPHU. The successful candidate will be primarily affiliated with the CQUniversity and based at the CQPHU, Rockhampton.

Scholarship Value: $27, 596 p/year ($82,788 total)

Length of Scholarship: 3 Years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 14 November 2019

Closing Date: 05 December 2019

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; International
Study RegionRockhampton
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Have completed a bachelor’s degree in Medicine (e.g. MBBS) or a qualification regarded as equivalent by CQUniversity, or Master’s in Public Health/Epidemiology/ Statistics/ One Health/ any other relevant field.
  2. Be approved for admission and enrolling in, a Doctor of Philosophy in Health at CQUniversity, and
  3. Enroll full-time and be an internal candidate at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus

Applications are invited from candidates who have or can demonstrate:

  1. Strong research skill; sound track record of working in infectious diseases surveillance and the research for prevention and control of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.
  2. Abilities to review and critique literature extensively and systematically and skills for good academic writing
  3. Well-developed computer skills, including experience with Microsoft office and statistical software.

Previous experience of performing statistical analysis, including longitudinal analysis, would be essential. Preferably, the candidate should have a master’s degree in Public health/Epidemiology/Statistics/Infectious Diseases/One health.

If available, examples of academic writing (e.g. published academic articles, research reports, thesis)

Your application should be submitted via email to Professor Gulam Khandaker (Email: no later than 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on 05/12/2019. In your application, please include:

  1. A covering letter, highlighting your motivation for undertaking research in the area of Infectious Diseases Surveillance and your research experience in this area,
  2. Your current resume and, if available, a list of your publications and research projects you have contributed to,
  3. A list of two referees and their contact information,
  4. If available, examples of academic writing (e.g. published academic articles, research reports, thesis)
Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available.
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