Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend, at current value of $29,000 per annum 2020 full-time rate, as per the Monash Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend https://www.monash.edu/study/fees-scholarships/scholarships/find-a-scholarship/research-training-program-scholarship#scholarship-details
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The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre at Alfred Hospital and Monash University offers a fully funded PhD scholarship in Sexual Health. We are looking for talented students with a strong interest in novel intervention to prevent and control sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major threat to public health and result in an extensive global burden of disease, including in Australia. The World Health Organisation estimates that there are about 1 million new diagnoses of curable STIs every day. Syphilis has been prevalent among gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) in Australia. Digital anal examination has been recommended for anal cancer screening among people living with HIV aged 50 years or above. It is hypothesised that digital anal examination may also be useful for early detection of anal symptoms related to STI, particularly syphilis. The PhD student will lead a series of clinical studies and trials to evaluate the effectiveness of digital anal examination for syphilis prevention.
Associate Professor Eric Chow, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Professor Christopher Fairley, Central Clinical School, Monash University
Associate Professor Jason Ong, Central Clinical School, Monash University
About Monash and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, is the largest faculty at Monash University, and offers the most comprehensive suite of professional health training in Victoria. We consistently rank in the top 40 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.
The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) is the leading clinic for the testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections in Victoria. The doctors and nurses at MSHC are experienced specialists in all aspects of sexual health, so clients visiting MSHC can be assured of high quality professional and non-judgmental care. Melbourne Sexual Health Centre also provides support to community based health professionals via online resources and on-site education and training opportunities.
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, within Monash University’s Central Clinical School, has a very active research team working collaboratively with the clinical team. It is one of the strongest academic sexual health centres in the world. The team includes the most published STI researchers in the world. MSHC publishes about 100 research articles each year (https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/sexual-health/research/publications) in journals that include the Lancet and JAMA. Research at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is underpinned by good clinical research practice (GCP) which is an ethical and scientific standard by which research is designed, implemented and reported, ensuring the data are credible and the rights, integrity and confidentiality of participants are safeguarded.
Medical research is supported and undertaken with the goal that research findings maximize clinical practice and policy, improve patient care and outcomes, service delivery and efficiency. Appropriately trained and qualified individuals supervise all research.
Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with relevant backgrounds (medicine, public health, sexual health or equivalent).
Students will be of a high scholarly calibre and will have:
Interested applicants should refer to the entry requirements for Doctoral Degree (PhD) as per Monash’s requirements https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/apply
How to apply
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Associate Professor Eric Chow, Central Clinical School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit an Expression of Interest
Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to Associate Professor Eric Chow email@example.com prior to application submission. Please state “EOI PhD scholarship in Sexual Health – [First name, last name]” in the subject heading of the email.
Candidates should include the following when submitting the expression of interest:
Those candidates who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full scholarship application before the closing date.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Zoom/Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.