The Centre for Applied Health Economics, School of Medicine, through the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), is seeking applications for a PhD scholarship from a highly talented graduate to undertake a project in the Economics of Medicinal Cannabinoids.

The successful candidate will develop a high level of expertise in translational research and health policy. Examples of areas for research may include identifying efficient market mechanisms for growers and suppliers, eliciting the preferences of the public for the availability and use of medicinal cannabis, determining which patient sub-groups should have priority.

The Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE) is part of the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The overall objective of ACRE is to develop a national research and policy framework that ensures quality and safety in the implementation of medicinal cannabis use in the community. This requires a rigorous program of multi-disciplinary research that is directed by clinical need and the clinical evidence gap and is underpinned by strong partnerships and engagement with key stakeholders, including industry.

The CAHE undertakes research into a wide range of healthcare issues using economic methods, including valuation of health, economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, and priority setting. The Centre has a number of substantive research grants, collaborations with industry partners, and major contracts with the Australian Government which directly influence health policy.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelor’s degree with honours equivalent to 1st class honours (Please see schedule 1 of the HDR Scholarship Policy to determine equivalency) and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program. (Experience might include undergraduate or post-graduate course work in economics, econometrics, statistics, psychology, or a similar discipline which involves quantitative analytical skills.)
  • Applicants should have high-level communication skills
  • An ability to accept and follow direction and work as part of a larger research team are essential.
  • Applicants should have a sound understanding of economics and statistics
  • Desirable skills include previous experience in the design and analysis of discrete choice experiments.

The CAHE Medicinal Cannabis PhD Scholarships has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study, with top-up of $10,000 per annum, bringing the annual total (indexed) to $37,596.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Research staff in the CAHE are members of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ). The MHIQ undertakes research across the lifecycle to identify key factors that influence health. From this we develop and test strategies to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities, nationally and globally.

With exceptional biomedical, nursing, allied health, social and behavioural scientists, clinical researchers and research candidates, Griffith’s MHIQ has achieved remarkable outcomes. Underpinning our work is a focus on innovation, data science, research translation and meaningful clinical and community partnerships.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Associate Professor Joshua Byrnes
Centre for Applied Health Economics

Griffith University - Nathan campus
Phone: +61 (0)7 3735 9107

Email: j.byrnes@griffith.edu.au

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817
Email: hdr-scholarship@griffith.edu.au

Please do not select the “APPLY” button. All applications must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Associate Professor Joshua Byrnes, CAHE by email to cahe@griffith.edu.au, containing:

  • A one-page document outlining your interest and addressing your suitability for the project
  • A brief (up to 2 page) CV, including (where necessary) details of research experience and publications
  • Undergraduate and honours transcripts
  • A 2-page (maximum) research proposal
  • Two academic referee reports and/or contact details.

Please submit expressions of interest by midnight (AEST) on Sunday 22 September 2019.

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

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