Expression of Interest - PhD Opportunities - Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare

Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Position type:
PhD Program

About the position

The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare is currently offering the opportunity to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) positions within our team, as part of the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community (CRE-MARC).  Applicants will have a degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with honours). 

CREMARC is an NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence, focusing on antimicrobial resistance and reduction of inappropriate antimicrobial use in primary care in Australia (for more details, see: CRE-MARC is led by Professor Chris Del Mar and focussed on reducing antibiotic resistance by improving the appropriateness of antibiotic use in primary care. The exact topic of the PhD projects will be negotiated with applicants.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for four funded PhD positions. The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible, but no later than in early 2020.  Areas include the following:

  1. Community Antimicrobial Stewardship: implementation studies in Primary Healthcare Networks and Practice-Based Research Networks
  2. Skin and soft tissue (SSTI) and urinary tract infections (UTIs): generating and synthesising evidence about benefits and harms of antimicrobials for SSTIs/UTIs, and developing interventions to improve appropriate use/prescribing of antibiotics
  3. Residential Aged Care Facilities: tackling the problem of very high antibiotic use (e.g. identifying the reasons for overuse, enablers/barriers to design interventions to decrease inappropriate use)
  4. Neglected questions in the area of antibiotic resistance: systematic reviews and primary studies to answer questions such as: which non-antimicrobial treatments are effective for SSTIs/UTIs; does the use of two antibiotics simultaneously result in lower antibiotic resistance than a single antibiotic; etc.

Please note: these positions will suit a variety of backgrounds (including: medical, allied health, health policy, public health, pharmaceutical, systematic reviewers and methodologists, etc) and involve a mix of quantitative and qualitative work (e.g. systematic reviews, before and after studies, RCTs, qualitative interviews) but laboratory work is NOT a component of this position.

Why study with IEBH?

The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare  is a multidisciplinary, internationally recognised, research team focussed on the processes and implementation of evidence-based practice. IEBH consists of four main groups of researchers: in overdiagnosis and overtreatment, evidence uptake and shared decision making for patients and clinicians, automation of research processes and better research reporting, and antibiotic resistance in primary care. Our mission is to intelligently and efficiently close the gap between best available evidence and current clinical practice.

About the person:

The successful PhD candidate will have:

  • A degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with honours).
  • Excellent analysis and writing skills, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Capacity to work with a range of disciplines
  • Evidence of project management and organisation ability, including the ability to fulfil goals and deliver outcomes within a specified time period
  • Capacity to seek scholarship funds, with support from supervisors
Additional information:

For questions on specific topics email Assistant Professor Anna Scott [email protected].

Application and submission details:

Your Expression of Interest should include:

  • Your CV and copy of academic transcript
  • Brief statement of support from an academic referee
  • Sample of written work, ideally appropriate for an academic audience (e.g. honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, essay written during coursework study or similar)
  • "Statement of Purpose" describing your interests, reasons for pursuing this opportunity and longer-term goals, (max. 1-2 pages)

Submit your Expression of Interest via email by July 31st 2019, to:
The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University, Attention:
Assistant Professor Chrissy Erueti    Email: [email protected]

Bond University is an equal opportunity employer.

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