PhD Scholarship, Predicting Violence in Multi-Cultural Offender Populations

Alphington, Melbourne, Australia
11 May 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
  • Department of Health Sciences
  • PhD Scholarship, Alphington, Melbourne location

About the scholarship

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology has received Australian Research Council funding for a project investigating the validity of violence risk assessment instruments across justice-involved culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Violence Risk assessment instruments are necessary to reliably and validly evaluate and manage a person’s level of risk for future violence.

The instruments are widely used in correctional, medical and legal settings and hold an influential role in medico-legal decision-making. A PhD scholarship is available for three years under the supervision of Dr. Stephane Shepherd. The candidate will have the opportunity to conduct both lab and field research and employ quantitative and qualitative analyses. They will also have access to a world leading research environment at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. 

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 (i.e., psychology, criminology, psychiatry, public health, law, nursing or equivalent)
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Academically strong candidate with good communication skills and the capacity to work independently and within a team. 

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

Further information, contacts and support

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 Brett McIvor on +61 3 9214 6222.

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 5 pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018.