Work and study with us

Would you like to make a difference to Australia’s greatest health challenge?

If you would like to work with some of Australia’s leading and internationally respected researchers, policy makers and practitioners in prevention, you may be interested in working with the Prevention Centre.

We are an NHMRC Partnership Centre, bringing together prevention researchers and decision-makers to better understand what works and what doesn’t to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems.

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre offers opportunities for careers and study at both the coordinating centre in Sydney and with our partners and research projects based in other organisations.

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PhD scholarship: Law and non-communicable disease prevention

Full time, $30,000 per annum

The Prevention Centre is growing an exciting program of work investigating the role of public health law in preventing chronic disease and injury. This work recognises the vital role of laws such as those mandating plain packaging of tobacco and controls on the availability of alcohol in creating conditions for people to live healthier lives.

The successful candidate will develop a PhD project investigating the drivers and channels through which corporations selling processed food and drink, alcohol and tobacco influence government regulation. In addition, the candidate will evaluate the effectiveness of a range of public health laws in regulating the activities of these industries.

About the scholarship

The Prevention Centre is offering one PhD Scholarship at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt and indexed annually) for three years subject to satisfactory progress.

It is anticipated that the student will commence in September 2019 (Term 3).

Supervision will be provided by Dr Janani Shanthosh (Research Fellow in Health, Economics & Law) and Professor Stephen Jan (Head of the Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program at the George Institute for Global Health).

About you

We are seeking candidates with a background in law, social science, health policy, or public health. Candidates with dual training in law and public health are preferred. We encourage applicants to apply from both an academic and policy background.

Candidates must hold a relevant first- or second-class Honours degree or Master’s Degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience.

Strong communication skills and the ability to think critically and analytically are essential.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Our work in public health law and chronic disease prevention seeks to develop research tools to facilitate the evaluation of public health law’s impact (in terms of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, acceptability and sustainability) and establish a blueprint for innovative, rigorous and high-impact public health law research. We encourage candidates to read more about our work in public health law and chronic disease prevention and connect with our investigators Jan Shanthosh and Stephen Jan to discuss proposed ideas. As part of the application, candidates will be asked to provide a brief proposal outline which they will have discussed with Prevention Centre investigators.

Closing date for applications is 30 June 2019.

For more information and an application pack, please contact Jan Shanthosh, Research Fellow (Health, Economics & Law), The George Institute for Global Health on or +61 2 8052 4588.