PhD Position in Public Health and Epidemiology

Monash University

PhD Opportunities in Public Health and Epidemiology (ASPREE)

Job No.: 621011

Location: The Alfred Centre

Employment Type: Full-time and Part-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: It is expected that applicants will be competitive for a PhD scholarship. PhD scholarships are generally fully funded for a period of three years, including all course fees, plus approximately $29,500 AUD per year in a living stipend (tax free).

  • Make an impact in one of Australia's leading public health programs
  • PhD scholarships available 
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

The Opportunity:

PhD Projects in Public Health and Epidemiology.

Research programs such as ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) demonstrate the capabilities of Monash for leveraging partnerships and funding at scale to deliver truly international impact. With a budget in excess of $A100 million, from the US National Institutes of Health and the National Health and Medical Research Council, ASPREE is one of the largest clinical research studies undertaken in Australia, and it has been undertaken with international funding and international partners.

ASPREE began as a large community-based randomised controlled trial of aspirin in the healthy elderly. In total, 19,114 community-dwelling Americans and Australians aged 70 years and over (65+ years for US minorities) were recruited between 2010 and 2014. All participants were followed annually for a median of 4.7 years, with rigorous assessment of their physical and cognitive function and quality of life, and dementia, disability, death, cancer and cardiovascular event ascertainment and adjudication of events. The primary endpoint was disability-free survival (death, dementia and persistent disability) and the secondary endpoints included components of the primary endpoint plus cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and major hemorrhage. NIA/NCI funding has been extended to 2024 to allow further investigation of the potential long term or legacy effects of aspirin on cancer and other end-points, and will also enable the study of the natural history and risk factors of chronic geriatric outcomes and comorbidities.

A number of opportunities exist for potential projects on a range of topics to identify new approaches to early diagnosis and prediction of aging-related diseases which may lead to earlier and more targeted intervention and improved outcomes. These include, but are not limited to, hearing, visual changes, brain imaging, genes, inflammation, cancer, health services use in older age.

Using this world-class dataset, it is anticipated that successful candidates will gain excellent training in large database skills, which will be in high demand in the future. Students can expect their work to yield several publications which will provide an outstanding springboard for a career in clinical, public health or health services research (see

If you are interested in applying for a PhD within ASPREE, please contact Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon, providing:

  • A cover letter with a brief outline (1 page) of your interests and suitability for the research;
  • A curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and any published works; and
  • Names and contact details of 2 academic referees

Applications for the next round of domestic applicants are needed in July, with the domestic scholarship round closing on 31st August 2021.

Applications after this deadline will be considered for the 31st March 2022 deadline.


It is expected that applicants will be competitive for a PhD scholarship. PhD scholarships are generally fully funded for a period of three years, including all course fees, plus approximately $29,500 AUD per year in a living stipend (tax free). The candidates will need to fulfil the requirements and application process detailed in this website:

There are also several additional scholarships that may be made available to a competitive applicant, and contingent upon the applicant being successfully awarded a scholarship:

  • Top-up funding (e.g. 5,000 per year)
  • 2 x $10,000 support to support a 3month overseas placement via the Global Alliance of Medical Excellence.

Selection criteria:


1. The appointee will have:

  • An honours or masters qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline area with extensive quantitative research skills

Knowledge and Skills

2. Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis of data

3. A developing track record in writing and contributing to refereed research publications.

4. The ability to work both independently in a research environment and as part of an inter-disciplinary research team

5. High level organisational skills, with demonstrated capacity to establish and achieve goals

6. Excellent written and oral communication skills

7. A demonstrated capacity to work in a collegiate manner with other staff in the workplace

8. Computer skills with experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; specific experience in working with a range of analytical software

9. Data analytic skills with familiarity with commonly used statistical software.

Minimum entry requirements for the Monash PhD program can be found here:

If this sounds like a position that suits your current career focus we look forward to hearing from you.

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How to apply

Interested candidates, please send a cover letter outlining their research interests and motivation, together with a CV, cover letter and academic transcript to Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon (

Short-listed candidates will be asked for further information and will be interviewed via video conference. The positions will be open until fully filled.

For general instructions on how to apply for PhD candidature at Monash, please refer to


Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon -