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PhD Scholarship - Business and Economics of Health

Applicants are invited to apply for a phd position at The University Of Queensland. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before September 30, 2018.

The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 160 subject experts with over 10,000 students and offers a wide range of degree programs and Executive Education.

The School has eight main areas of academic strength represented by disciplines; Accounting, Business Information Systems; Finance; International Business; Management; Marketing; Strategy & Entrepreneurship; and Tourism with a senior academic reporting to the Head of School leading each discipline. The successful applicant would be joining the Strategy & Entrepreneurship Discipline within the UQ Business School. Currently, the School has over 10,000 students enrolled in its programs. Approximately one-third of the student body are international students, mostly from the Asia-Pacific region.

The Schools mission is to be courageous thinkers who empower future leaders to positively transform business and society. The School carries AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation the first school in Australia to receive AACSB and EQUIS accreditation across the full range of programs. The School enjoys strong research links with leading international research schools.

Details of the teaching programs, research activities and business relations may be accessed through the Schools web site at: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/. Information about the Faculty and the School may be accessed on the Facultys web site at http://www.bel.uq.edu.au.

The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), a strategic initiative of The University of Queensland, is a leading imaging research facility in Australia, and one of a handful in the world. It brings together the skills of a critical mass of researchers and state-of-the-art, world- or Australian-first imaging research instruments including NMR, EPR, MRI, PET, CT, optical imaging and an on-site cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities. CAI hosts the largest Node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) (http://anif.org.au/).

CAI conducts research across the spectrum from development of new imaging technologies, analysis of molecular structure, synthesis of MRI and PET biomarkers targeting fundamental biological processes to studies of major diseases affecting a range of organ systems, through to imaging economically significant agricultural animals and plant material, minerals and construction materials.

A multidisciplinary, cohesive student community have come together from all over the globe to CAI to undertake research training. The Centre has an active student association (STAC) that provides many opportunities for networking and professional development, a supportive mentoring structure that will enhance personal and professional growth, an annual symposium and a well-attended weekly seminar program which attracts high profile National and International speakers.

Further details on the Centre for Advanced imaging and ongoing research can be found on CAIs website http://www.cai.uq.edu.au/.

CAI is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our CAI Women in Imaging website at https://cai.centre.uq.edu.au/women-imaging.

The Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology (CIBIT)

CIBIT (www.cibit.org.au) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at The University of Queenslands Centre for Advanced Imaging and partners in the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical industry. The purpose of this national Centre is to provide research training to close critical skills gaps and to develop more effective imaging probes and scanning algorithms in conjunction with industry partners. Students will undertake industry-driven research to overcome bottlenecks in the development and application of novel diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics and to inform changes in regulatory policy that support industry growth. Scholarships will include an industry placement for one year.

CIBIT encompasses a number of major research projects; the project will be specifically related to Projects 8 and 15.

Project 15: Regulatory and Reimbursement Frameworks for Artificial Intelligence in Imaging.

CIBIT is supported by industry partners Inter-K Peptide Therapeutics, Clarity Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Minomic International Ltd, Theranostics (Australia) Pty Ltd, Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Clinic, Uniting Care Medical Imaging, Red Radiology Pty Ltd, Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd and BGI International Pty Ltd.

While the PhD project will draw from UQ Business School, CAI and CIBIT, the principle supervisors are in the Business School. Candidates will be able to select a research topic from either of the two Projects.

Project 8: Traditionally, the high cost of drug development has led to a focus on blockbuster drugs for large patient groups to maximise return on investment. Targeted agents are a paradigm shift because they are designed for well-defined disease subgroups, which may be small, making it more difficult to recoup development costs through sales. The steep cost of clinical trials, coupled with regulatory burden, is a major factor driving economic decisions on whether to proceed with drug development. Using a combination of secondary data and targeted interviews, the project will address the important question of how drug development can be funded while ensuring affordability and minimising costs. This project provides training in health economics that is relevant to the MTP sector.

Project 15: This project will examine the impact of: (a) the clinical culture in diagnostic imaging and (b) the Australian and international regulatory, pricing and reimbursement mechanisms on the clinical translation of digital decision support tools for diagnostic imaging. Clinical culture will be examined through in-depth interviews with clinicians and other users of the technology. Regulatory frameworks governing the registration of medical devices, data protection and confidentiality will be examined by analysing publicly available data. The project will also examine methods of performance testing and documenting risk and provides training in business and health economics for the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical sector.

Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with relevant backgrounds. Students may be domestic or international of high scholarly caliber and will have a First Class Honours degree, Masters degree (by research) or equivalent. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission into the UQ Graduate School PhD program (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees) and should also be eligible for a UQ Graduate School Scholarship (UQGSS) (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships).

The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $31,828 per annum (2018 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of two six month extensions in approved circumstances. For the candidates who have been successful in obtaining any government-funded scholarship or UQ-funded scholarship or any other external scholarship, a top-up scholarship may be awarded.

For enquiries specific to this project please contact Prof. Martie-Louise Verreynne (m.verreynne@business.uq.edu.au) or Dr. Anna Jenkins (a.jenkins@business.uq.edu.au).

All applicants must supply the following documents:
- A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for participation in the project and admission to the PhD program;
- Academic CV, including details of two referees. Please go to https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/what-include-academic-curriculum-vitae-cv for details on what is required in an academic CV;
- For international applicants from a non-English speaking background: evidence of meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/english-language-proficiency-requirements;
- Academic transcripts and award certificates for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale, and official translations if the original document language is not English.


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