PhD Scholarship in Intellectual Disability

Boroondara, Australia
22 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Full-time, Scholarship engagement, Hawthorn location

About the scholarship 

The Iverson Health Innovation Institute at Swinburne was established in 2017 to produce high quality and high impact research focused on delivering innovative technology-assisted outcomes to minimise the impact of chronic disease on patients, the health care system and society. The institute aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes, enhance quality of life and develop health care efficiencies. The focus is broad and includes investigations in mental health, acute and chronic disease, developmental and degenerative conditions, ageing and disability.

A PhD scholarship (3-year duration) is available to support research into the burden of disease in adults living with an intellectual disability. This scholarship is supported by our partner Yooralla, an organization that provides support to people with disability.

The aim of this project will be to evaluate the health of adults living with an intellectual disability with a particular focus on cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and to better understand the influencing factors by examining many physiological, psychological, clinical and environmental aspects.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree Honours and/or a research master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic 
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Swinburne University of Technology
  • A background either in occupational therapy, psychology or physiology or similar field 

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

How to apply

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description below.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Elisabeth Lambert, Senior Research Fellow & Associate Professor on +61 3 9214 5940 or

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5 pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018.