PhD in Health and Neurocognitive Ageing

Swinburne University of Technology

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NHMRC funded multi-site intervention trial with collaboration between 7 universities

About the Scholarship
This exciting PhD Scholarship is within the rapidly developing area of cognitive ageing and dementia risk, working on a large NHMRC-funded clinical trial commencing in 2021 investigating dietary change and exercise to reduce the rate of cognitive ageing and dementia risk. Specifically, the project will focus on hearing loss and brain function including MRI imaging of brain structure and function. The scholarship is provided through a joint research partnership between Swinburne University, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, and industry partner Specsavers.

As part of a multi-faceted collaboration between seven major national and international universities, there are opportunities for the PhD project to include investigation and training in cardiovascular function, inflammation, oxidative stress, cognition, wellbeing, dietary and nutritional status, physical activity and fitness, microbiome, behaviour change and scope to develop other outcomes. 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 School 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/neuroimaging, psychology/psychophysiology or a related field
  • For Bachelor degree Honours, preference will be given to applicants who have achieved First Class Honours (H1) or equivalent. Where an H1 is not available, exceptional candidates with an H2A award may be considered.
  • Currently located within Australia and an Australian citizen or permanent resident or hold an appropriate student visa as the candidate should be ideally enrolled by candidate should be enrolled by 30th November 2021.
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 ‘Begin’ 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 Professor Andrew Pipingas, Acting Director, Centre for Human Psychophysiology, via email at

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Manager, Maree Norden, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

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 Thursday 5th August 2021

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