PhD Opportunity Available Now – August 2021

 

Evaluating a systems approach to integrated workplace health and wellbeing

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to pursue a PhD with leading policy makers?

A PhD Opportunity with the National Centre of Implementation Science hosted in collaboration and Wellbeing SA is available now!

WHAT DOES THE PHD FOCUS ON?

South Australia is leading an integrated systems approach, together with the Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia. This cross sectoral approach presents an exciting opportunity to measure system and workplace level change towards protecting and promoting worker health and wellbeing. The research outcomes will feed directly into policy decisions for the South Australian government.

The PhD candidate will contribute to the development of evaluation designs, undertake implementation and data analyses, and lead research manuscripts commensurate with the requirements of a thesis by publication.

ABOUT WELLBEING SA

Wellbeing SA was established in 2020 as a new government agency to deliver a renewed focus and action on prevention to support improved physical, mental and social wellbeing for all South Australians. Using a population health approach, one of Wellbeing SA’s priority focus areas is the prevention of chronic disease through a range of settings, including workplaces. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers workplaces as one of the best buy options for the prevention and control of chronic disease.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We encourage applicants with a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate degree with an interest in population health to apply. Relevant degrees may include but are not restricted to; psychology, teaching, dietetics, nursing, health sciences, physiotherapy, sports science, medicine, allied health, public health or economics. Whilst graduates who have completed an Honours project is advantageous it is not essential. Students in their final year of study are eligible to apply.

OUR RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

The student will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team at the NCOIS where there will be opportunity to work alongside and engage with world leading Australian and international researchers. Researchers in our centre supervise approximately 20 PhD students in a range of community and health care settings.

If the applicant is based in Adelaide, they will be embedded within the Health Promotion Branch at Wellbeing SA and have the opportunity to work alongside and engage with leading public health experts, epidemiologists and health promotion practitioners.

The student will have access to training and development opportunities and be able to access to funding to support travel, statistical analyses and open access publication.

WHERE WILL THE STUDENT BE BASED?

It is preferred that the student is based in Adelaide, South Australia and work closely with the Wellbeing SA Healthy Workplaces Team. However, interstate applications may be considered. Students will have the opportunity to spend time at Hunter New England Population Health in Wallsend, NSW which is the location of the NCOIS. Additionally, the student will be expected to work closely with the policy leads in Wellbeing SA, which may involve spending time in Adelaide, South Australia.

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

The position is for one PhD student commencing December 1st 2021. Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria for minimum academic requirements. In addition the successful applicant must be able to meet the following criteria:  

  • a strong academic/research track record with; an undergraduate grade point average equal to or greater than 5.25; OR a first or 2A class honours degree (or equivalent); OR a Masters degree with 25% research training minimum;
  • excellent organisational, time management, written and verbal communication skills;
  • demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • demonstrated ability to write reports or peer-reviewed manuscripts.

 HOW DO I APPLY?

Interested applicants should e-mail:

  • a one page letter outlining how they meet the above eligibility criteria
  • a brief (2 page) CV
  • copies of academic transcripts

to the NCOIS Research Centre Manager, Dr Meghan Finch at meghan.finch@health.nsw.gov.au

Following this, applicants may be invited to discuss their application further at interview.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

COB Monday the 4th of October 2021

Details  are also listed on the University of Newcastle scholarships website.