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PhD Research Opportunity Insecure Work and Mental Health at Monash University

Monash University, Australia is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in public policy. Applicants should apply before September 20, 2020.

The Centre for Health Economics at Monash University (Monash University scholarships) invites expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship covering all fees and a tax-free stipend (up to $39,000 per annum for outstanding students). The PhD research opportunity will commence in February 2021 and is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) project in partnership with the not-for-profit mental health organisation Beyond Blue. The project will explore the relationship between insecure work and mental health of workers and their families, by analysing large survey and administrative datasets, and newly collected survey data.

The Centre for Health Economics is an internationally renowned institution that contributes to academic research and public policy (public policy scholarships) in the economics of health and health care. As a student in the centre you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting-edge of important international research, using the latest methods. We offer excellent research facilities including a dedicated student study space, a behavioural laboratory, high quality computing facilities, and frequent seminars. Monash is one of the top 100 universities in the world, ranked top in health economics in the Asia Pacific. The Business School contains both a leading Economics Department and a distinct Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics with an international reputation in theoretical and applied econometrics.

The project would suit someone with a strong research background in economics, econometrics, statistics or health economics, with an interest in applying these skills to the economics of mental health. Applicants must have an excellent academic track record with a first class honours degree or master's degree (with research component) in a relevant quantitative field (economics, econometrics, statistics, psychology).

Domestic and overseas applicants will be considered, provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission, and demonstrate excellent research capacity.

Under the supervision of Professor David Johnston and Professor Michael Shields, the project will provide new policy-relevant evidence on how insecure work and job insecurity influence the mental health and wellbeing of workers, their families, and the broader community. It will also aid in the identification of populations, industries and geographical areas that are, due to economic or labour market upheaval, at high-risk of health problems. Ultimately, this evidence should help in the development of targeted, cost-effective workplace and employment programs.

As part of the PhD program, the candidate will undergo rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies. There are further opportunities for conference travel and the potential for a research visit to one of our international partner institutions.

Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to buseco-che.hdr.enquiries@monash.edu as early as possible. In your expression of interest please include your CV (with details of two referees), a copy of your academic transcripts and a 1-2 page cover letter which outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD opportunity interests you. Those applicants who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full scholarship application before the scholarship closing date.
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