NDARC Tobacco Research PhD Scholarship

Randwick, Australia
20 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

NDARC Tobacco Research PhD Scholarships commencing Semester 1, 2018

Stipend of $35,000 per annum over 3 years

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Tobacco Research group is offering two PhD scholarships to carry out innovative research on one of two tobacco cessation related clinical trials.  NDARC provides a highly supportive study environment, with excellent facilities, regular training opportunities, and statistical support. The scholarships will be coupled with the opportunity for an additional day per week of paid employment. There will also be opportunities to apply for funding to attend academic conferences.

Research Area

The projects are CONSORT-adherent, randomised clinical trials aimed at:

  1. Determining the cost-effectiveness of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) compared to oral forms of nicotine replacement therapy for tobacco smoking cessation in low socioeconomic status smokers, led by Professor Richard Mattick. This research will examine e-cigarette use, safety and effects on users in a clinical trial, to inform policy by determining whether e-cigarettes are:
  • an effective smoking cessation aid for low-SES smokers who want to quit; and  
  • comparable in short-term safety to existing pharmacotherapies. 

2. Determining the cost-effectiveness of cytisine compared to varenicline to inform Australian and international health agencies. Cytisine may offer an efficacious, affordable and cost-effective smoking cessation treatment, led by Dr Ryan Courtney. The research conducted has two primary aims, to determine:

  • abstinence rates in two groups of smokers receiving either varenicline and cytisine
  • the cost-effectiveness of cytisine compared with varenicline


Our research is of the highest quality: NDARC PhD candidates and staff publish in both general medical and health journals, such as The Lancet and the Medical Journal of Australia, and the most influential specialist drug and alcohol journals. Our research is often multi-disciplinary in nature, overlapping with related disciplines, including mental health, criminal justice, and socio-economically disadvantaged and minority groups. NDARC PhD graduates have many career opportunities in a range of organisations, including Australian and international universities, the WHO/UN and in the delivery of clinical services.

Applicants should have a strong honours degree in one of the behavioural sciences (psychology, public health or a related discipline), experience within the drug and alcohol, health, medicine or other related fields.

Please visit https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/news/applications-open-ndarc-tobacco-research-phd-scholarships for further information about the scholarships and projects.

Contact: Alexandra Aiken: a.aiken@unsw.edu.au

Applications close 18th November 2017