PhD in Health and Cognitive Ageing

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 28 Jan 2020

  • Join our Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
  • NHMRC funded multi-site intervention trial with collaboration between 7 universities
  • Full time, 3-year fixed term (6-month extension possible) position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Scholarship

This exciting PhD Scholarship is within the budding area of nutritional and exercise cognitive neuroscience, with a key focus on work on the use of dietary change and exercise to reduce the rate of cognitive ageing and dementia risk.

As part of a multi-faceted collaboration between several major universities and funded by the NHMRC, the PhD project has outcomes including oxidation markers, inflammation, vascular function, cognition, wellbeing, dietary status, physical activity and fitness, microbiome and behaviour change.

You will conduct research and collect, analyse and report on data, ensuring appropriate quality control and maintenance measures are in place for the clinical trial and associated datasets.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Be the innovator in the face of technological and social change with Swinburne’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Leading edge research centres, strong ties to industry and commitment to high-quality, high-impact research allows you to understand humanity deeply, bring the real world to focus and make your mark.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A Bachelor degree Honours and/or a research master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic (or equivalent)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0
  • A background in neuroscience, psychophysiology or a related field

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

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Robert McMahon, Research Coordinator, via email at or via phone on +613 9214 5851.

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on 28th of January, 2020.


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