Enabling Technologies Impact PhD, Health Sciences

Hawthorn, Australia
$28,579 stipend
13 Apr 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Apr 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Be a part of Swinburne’s exciting new initiative
  • Full time, 3-year Scholarship at our Hawthorn campus
  • $28,579 stipend

About the Job

Swinburne University of Technology has launched MedTechVic, a new initiative focusing on the co-creation, development and delivery of enabling technologies for people who live with disability. As part of this initiative, an Impact PhD scholarship is available within the School of Health Sciences for a student to undertake a PhD.

This project will ensure effective, inclusive and authentic engagement across a range of stakeholders and will focus on long term engagement along the life cycle from idea generation to user consumption to commercialisation.

Considering the barriers and facilitators to peoples’ engagement with health information, health care, and health management activities will be a critical aspect of this person-centred project.

The aim will be to co-develop a digital user-centric framework that assesses needs, makes and implements fit-for-purpose interventions and is sustainable through its applicability and benefit to any user scenario.

The scholarship funding is for 3 years but a 6-month extension may be possible upon application.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA, and of our national and global standing. Our contribution to Technology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the STEM disciplines, and our track record of meaningful industry and community engagement, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by the vision of our founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you

The successful applicant will have a Masters degree in a related area or a combination of study and work experience. Research experience in the workplace will be viewed favourably. We are seeking people who wish to work at the interface between health, technology, society, businesses, and digital literacy and have the aptitude for solution-focused, user- informed research as part of a broader team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake a detailed review of the literature in the field and develop an understanding of the existing literature and opportunities for new research activities.
  • Develop a research plan in collaboration with the supervisory team.
  • Prepare written and oral research reports throughout the program to explain your research activities and outcomes.
  • Work within a wider multidisciplinary research team that will include end users and carers, industry and clinical partners and researchers and collaborators from across the University.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Enjoy 50% study fee reduction
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Private health insurance discounts

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits and refer to ‘Benefits’ section.

How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on apply or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Ranjit Gajendra Nadarajah on rgajendra@swin.edu.au

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au

Diversity and Inclusion

Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Charter of Cultural Diversity
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
  • Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at inclusion@swin.edu.au. For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Orders from Victoria’s Minister for Health require all Swinburne workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the Pandemic COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Specified Workers) 2021 Order (No. 1). All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Applications close at Wednesday 27 April 2022 at 5:00pm

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)