PhD Scholar - Disability and Mental Health Outcomes

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jun 11, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0056178
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term for 3.5 years
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
PhD stipend - $31,200 p.a.

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences has an enviable research record and is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate (including research higher degree) students and the conduct of basic and applied research. The Faculty’s 2013 gross revenue was in excess of $550M. Approximately 40% of this income relates to research activities.

About the Role

The Disability and Health Unit aims to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development and knowledge exchange to improve the health of people with disability. We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated PhD student whose PhD project will be integrated into a programme of research funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council Synergy scheme titled: Interventions for better life-time mental health outcomes for young Australians with disability. You will join a team of academics from multiple disciplines and young people with disability to identify how mental health outcomes can be improved for young people with disability. This position is suitable for a quantitative researcher with excellent data analysis skills and a strong commitment to equity in health.

The PhD project will be designed to match the interests of the preferred candidate. The project would suit someone with a strong research background in epidemiology, biostatistics or public health with skills and experience in quantitative research methods and statistics. The scholarship would commence in December 2022 for 3.5 years and offers a living allowance of $31,200 per annum (indexed). People with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

About You

Scholarship applicants must meet the entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy – Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, including meeting English language requirement, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Further information on entry requirements is available here: Interested applicants are encouraged to check eligibility prior to applying by contacting Ms Myra Malcolm (Graduate Research Officer, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health:

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Applications from people living with disability are strongly encouraged. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
To submit an expression of interest, please provide the following to Zoe Aitken (

1. A cover letter that outlines areas of interest and sets our why your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position (no more than two pages)

2. A letter that addresses each of the selection criteria

3. A curriculum vitae

4. Academic transcripts

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The successful candidate will need to also go through the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences PhD application process

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.