Positions Vacant

Positions Vacant

PhD position with scholarship/stipend – Data Linkage Project

The Opportunity 

The Child Disability team at Telethon Kids aims to improve the lives of children living with a disability and their families.  Our research focuses on children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and rare genetic conditions.  These conditions affect around 1 in 20 Australia children.  

We currently have funding to investigate the health and wellbeing of siblings without disabilities in these families.  Siblings often undertake informal carer roles as children and continue to provide support through their adult lives.  Our research investigates the impact on siblings at several time points during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood with data collected using novel and innovative techniques.  We are offering a specific PhD opportunity in this field, which primarily involves the analysis of population-based data that are linked and extracted across several existing data collections.

The Role

This PhD position is part of an NHMRC-funded program of work to understand the impact of having a child with disability in the family on the health and wellbeing of siblings.  It centres around the linkage and extraction of population-level data, involving approximately 500,000 cases over 30 years from health, disability and administrative databases.  It would suit a postgraduate student with well-developed skills in statistical methods and/or data linkage.  The linked data will be complemented by input from consumer reference groups and other community-based data that will be collected using online technologies.

Essential Criteria:

  • Honours degree or equivalent in a health, psychology, science or statistics field
  • High degree of competence in data analysis/statistics

  • Eligible to enrol in a PhD at The University of Western Australia

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, appropriate statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SAS) and databases

  • Self-management and high personal motivation

  • High level of organisational skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

A full stipend supporting the PhD position is available for the duration of the degree (3 years) with a possible extension of 6 months, subject to fulfilling University enrolment requirements.We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible.

If you are passionate about what you do and motivated to succeed, please submit your CV along with a cover letter addressing the Essential Criteria.

Click here for the Job Description

Contact Name: Emma Glasson

Contact Email: emma.glasson@telethonkids.org.au

Closing Date: 11/05/2020

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PHRN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission to our staff. In line with advice on social distancing, all staff at PHRN program office have moved to work from home and are currently working in line with our usual work patterns. We will be participating in any meetings we need to attend remotely via Zoom. We are reviewing our work plans in light of the current situation and will make changes as required to ensure we are serving our network, researchers and community in this changing situation.

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Listen to our Webinar Wednesday by Dr Melissa O’Donnell from @telethonkids talk on "Using linked data to provide evidence for improved policy and support for vulnerable children and families."