PhD Scholarship and Summer Research Internship

Gold Coast, Australia
10 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice is currently offering the opportunity to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) positions within our team. Applicants will have a degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with honours). 

NHMRC-funded PhD scholarships - Antibiotic Resistance  

As part of a NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community (CRE-MARC) within the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, we are offering two PhD scholarships. CRE-MARC is led by Professor Chris Del Mar and focussed on reducing antibiotic resistance by improving the appropriateness of antibiotic use in primary care. The exact topic of the PhD projects will be negotiated with applicants.

Expression of Interest for PhD projects requiring a scholarship application

For the following four projects, scholarship funding is contingent on a successful scholarship application to Bond University. Potential applicants will be invited to co-draft a scholarship application with the relevant supervisors. There is also the potential to apply for a summer research internship ($300/week for 4-8 weeks) to help develop proposals.

  • Implementing automation tools for systematic reviews (Supervisors: Prof Paul Glasziou, Dr Alexandra Bennard-Brown)

Several tools to automate steps in a systematic review are available, including machine learning software, and tools that eliminate repetitive tasks. We would like to evaluate their real-world usefulness. This PhD would combine areas of information technology, review efficiency, and workload measurement, and medical research.  

  • Exploring how helping health professionals think about treatment effectiveness (Supervisor: Prof Tammy Hoffmann)

Health professionals often do not have accurate expectations about the benefits and harms of treatments, which means that some patients do not receive accurate information or make informed decisions. One possible explanation is that some clinicians approach treatment effectiveness by thinking about pathophysiological mechanisms (that is, why a treatment should work), rather than trial-based research evidence (that is, does a treatment actually work). This PhD would use a mixture of research methods to explore this idea, with implications for clinical thinking, shared decision making, and evidence-based practice.

  • De-implementation of low-value health care (Supervisors: Assoc Prof Rae Thomas, Dr Louise Craig)

The de-implementation of ineffective and inefficient healthcare practices to improve patient health and safeguard appropriate resource allocation is a fast-evolving field of study. There is a pressing need to understand more about the use of appropriate and potentially unique approaches to tackle low-value care in clinical practice.

This PhD offers an exciting opportunity for the scholar to identify the barriers and facilitators for the de-implementing of specific low-value practices, and to advance the development and piloting of de-implementation interventions. There will be a focus on patient-mediated/led de-implementation strategies. Projects will be both quantitative and qualitative and incorporate the public and healthcare professional perspective.

  • Engaging communities in health policy decision making (Supervisors: Assoc Prof Rae Thomas, Dr Anna Mae Scott)

Engaging community members in health policy decisions enhances the legitimacy and acceptability of those decisions to the public. However, methodology in this area is under-developed. This PhD will investigate existing practices for community engagement methods in health policy and guideline development, develop and test quality frameworks for community engagement, and implement community engagement initiatives.

These projects will involve a mix of qualitative and quantitative research designs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from University of Wollongong on related topics.

Why study with the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP)?

CREBP is a multidisciplinary, internationally recognised, research team focussed on the processes and implementation of evidence-based practice. CREBP consists of four main groups of researchers: in overdiagnosis and overtreatment, evidence uptake and shared decision making for patients and clinicians, automation of research processes and better research reporting, and antibiotic resistance in primary care. Our mission is to intelligently and efficiently close the gap between best available evidence and current clinical practice.

CREBP does not conduct laboratory or basic science research and applicants from such backgrounds or wanting to do this type of research need not apply.

About the person:

The successful PhD candidate will have:

  • A degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with honours).
  • Excellent analysis and writing skills, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Capacity to work with a range of disciplines
  • Evidence of project management and organisation ability, including the ability to fulfil goals and deliver outcomes within a specified time period
  • Capacity to seek scholarship funds (for projects requiring an additional application), with support from supervisors

Application and submission details:

Your Expression of Interest should include:

  • Your CV and copy of academic transcript
  • Brief statement of support from an academic referee
  • Sample of written work, ideally appropriate for an academic audience (e.g. honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, essay written during coursework study or similar)
  • "Statement of Purpose" describing your interests, reasons for pursuing this opportunity and longer-term goals (max. 1-2 pages)

Submit your application via email by 19th October 2018, to:

Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Attention:
Assistant Professor Chrissy Erueti