PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Quantitative Nutrition and Food Research
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A PhD scholarship is now available for a suitably qualified individual to undertake quantitative research studies related to improving the healthiness and environmental sustainability of the food system, to be completed at UNSW Sydney and based in the George Institute office.
The PhD opportunity is situated within a new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) on ‘Healthy Food, Healthy Planet, Healthy People.’ The CRE brings together investigators from 12 organisations, four Australian states, and four countries to advance food and beverage nutrient profiling algorithms. The PhD candidate will work closely with lead investigators on this exciting new program of work to support novel research assessing the performance of existing and modified nutrient profiling algorithms. A primary goal is to use large population-based studies to assess associations between nutrient profiling algorithm-defined ‘healthy diets’ and major health outcomes including obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The work will be highly quantitative, but outputs will be both scientific and policy orientated.
The PhD student will be under the academic supervision of Professor Jason Wu and Dr Eden Barrett with secondary supervision from Professors Peter Scarborough and Mike Rayner at Oxford University, UK. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to participate in other research initiatives as part of the broader Food Policy team and the Healthier Societies Strategic Pillar at The George Institute for Global Health. This could include involvement in our new strategic programs of research and advocacy in Planetary Health and the Commercial Determinants of Health.
The student will gain valuable training and have opportunity to interact with a diverse research team with expertise in nutrition science, food policy, public health law, epidemiology, clinical trials, and population-based modelling. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other nutrition and public health researchers in Australia and globally. The impact of their work will also be supported by The George Institute’s communications and government relations teams.
Professor Jason Wu and Dr Eden Barrett
Secondary supervision from Professors Peter Scarborough and Mike Rayner at Oxford University, UK.
Candidates must hold a First Class Honours or Masters degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology or other related field or have equivalent experience.
Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are eligible to apply.
The PhD Scholarship is at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) for three years subject to satisfactory progress.
Applications must include:
- A cover letter
- Current resume
- Copy of academic transcripts
- Proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and
- The names and contact details of at least two referees.
Candidates are recommended to highlight in their application:
- Prior research experience
- Experience in quantitative data interpretation, analysis and/or statistical skills
- Experience using statistical packages (e.g. STATA, SAS, R)
- Evidence of scientific writing skills
- Strong problem solving, analytical skills and strategic thinking
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Organisational and time management skills
Closing Date is 30th April, 2023