PhD Scholarships in Sexual Health – Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Job No.: 641644
Location: Melbourne Sexual Health Centre - 580 Swanston Street, Carlton,
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend, at
current value of $30,000 per annum 2022 full-time rate, as per the Monash
Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend www. monash.edu/study/fees-
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The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre at Alfred Hospital and Monash University
offers a fully funded PhD scholarship in Sexual Health. We are looking for
talented students with a strong interest in novel intervention to prevent and
control sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major threat to public health
and result in an extensive global burden of disease, including in Australia.
The World Health Organisation estimates that there are about 1 million new
diagnoses of curable STIs every day. In Australia, gay, bisexual and other men
who have sex with men are disproportionately affected by STIs. This PhD
project will utilise qualitative approach to understand what novel behavioural
strategies can be used to prevent and control STIs among this population. Our
centre is currently developing a wide range of new technology tools which
helps to improve STI diagnoses. As part of this PhD, it will also include
numerous projects on qualitative evaluation and assessments on these tools.
Professor Christopher Fairley, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Dr Jade Bilardi, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Associate Professor Eric Chow, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Associate Professor Jason Ong, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Dr Tiffany Phillips, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Professor Jane Hocking, School of population health, University of Melbourne
About Monash and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, is the largest
faculty at Monash University, and offers the most comprehensive suite of
professional health training in Victoria. We consistently rank in the top 40
universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.
The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) is the leading clinic for the
testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections in Victoria. The
doctors and nurses at MSHC are experienced specialists in all aspects of
sexual health, so clients visiting MSHC can be assured of high quality
professional and non-judgmental care. Melbourne Sexual Health Centre also
provides support to community based health professionals via online resources
and on-site education and training opportunities.
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, within Monash University's Central Clinical
School, has a very active research team working collaboratively with the
clinical team. It is one of the strongest academic sexual health centres in
the world. The team includes the most published STI researchers in the world.
MSHC publishes about 100 research articles each year
(www. monash.edu/medicine/ccs/sexual-health/research/publications) in
journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA.
Research at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is underpinned by good clinical
research practice (GCP) which is an ethical and scientific standard by which
research is designed, implemented and reported, ensuring the data are credible
and the rights, integrity and confidentiality of participants are safeguarded.
Medical research is supported and undertaken with the goal that research
findings maximize clinical practice and policy, improve patient care and
outcomes, service delivery and efficiency. Appropriately trained and qualified
individuals supervise all research.
Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with
relevant backgrounds (medicine, public health, sexual health or equivalent).
Students will be of a high scholarly calibre and will have:
A First-Class Honours degree, Masters degree or equivalent in relevant
Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills
Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently
Applicants with peer-reviewed publications will be highly regarded
Fluency in written and oral English
A good understanding of sexual health and sexual practices of priority
Interested applicants should refer to the entry requirements for Doctoral
Degree (PhD) as per Monash's requirements www. monash.edu/graduate-
How to apply
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Candidates should include the following when submitting the expression of
A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's
A curriculum vitae, including a list of any peer-reviewed publications,
conference presentations and relevant work and/or research experience
Scanned copies of academic transcripts
A brief statement not exceeding 500-words in length that explains why you
are interested in this research project/area
Contact details of two academic referees
Those candidates who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to
submit a full scholarship application before the closing date.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Zoom/Skype if necessary).
The interviews will be conducted in English.
Professor Christopher Fairley, Central Clinical School, email@example.com
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