PhD Opportunity, Nutrition and Population Health

Perth, Australia
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Would you like to be part of solving real world problems in the field of nutrition and vascular health?

About the PhD

The Nutrition, Lifestyle and Clinical Trials Research Group is looking for outstanding applicants who are interested in pursuing a PhD in the area of nutrition and human health. Applicants may have a background in nutrition, biological sciences, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, health services or medicine. The research will investigate the importance of plant foods and their components for vascular health.

Increasing the intake of plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables remains the foundation of dietary approaches to prevent vascular disease. However, surprisingly little is known about the components of these foods that contribute to vascular health, or the mechanisms involved. Identifying these specific components and mechanisms will improve targeted dietary approaches to enhance vascular, musculoskeletal and cognitive health.

The Nutrition, Lifestyle and Clinical Trials Research Group includes internationally recognised medical and scientific researchers investigating how diet and lifestyle prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other outcomes related to vascular health. The research is led by Edith Cowan University, in collaboration with other Australian and leading international Universities.

The projects available are supported by grants from the Heart Foundation, Medical Research Future Fund, National Health and Medical Research Council and industry.

For more information about this PhD opportunity, please contact Dr Catherine Bondonno on


Applicants will be expected to apply for scholarships offered through Edith Cowan University. You can find out more about ECU scholarships, such as the ECU Higher Degree by Research Scholarship, at

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including an honours degree or equivalent. Ideally, applicants would have published one or more papers in peer-reviewed journals. The degree could be in a range of relevant fields, such as nutrition, biological sciences, epidemiology, public health, health sciences or medicine. Applicants should also have a strong interest in human nutrition.

Please note, applications are open to both Australian and International candidates. However, due to COVID-19 travel bans, preference will be given to candidates who are currently in Australia and can commence in late 2020 or early 2021.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are welcome to send their expression of interest to Dr Catherine Bondonno on

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the field;
  • An up to date CV containing your contact details;
  • Academic transcript(s); and
  • Relevant supporting documents of prior research (e.g. copy of your best publication)

Closing Date

Scholarship applications close on Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 11.30 pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address under representation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.