PhD in Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


    Website Swinburne University of Technology

    • Annual stipend $27,596 (indexed) (2019 rate) for three years (with possible 6 month extension)
    • Tuition fees for up to four years
    • Thesis allowance

    About the PhD
    The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology (CHP) is now looking for a PhD student to work on a project in the emerging area of nutritional cognitive neuroscience, focusing on the application of neuroimaging methodologies to understand nutrition-brain relationships.

    The PhD project will investigate ways in which nutrient status affects neurocognitive function. This will involve the analysis of existing datasets from clinical trials where nutrient status has been estimated (using food frequency questionnaires) or measured in tissue. As the only single-site human imaging facility in Australia offering both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), this project offers scope for utilising a range of neuroimaging measures. These include structural and functional MRI, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and MEG. The results of these analyses will help to better understand nutrition-brain relationships. It is envisaged that the project will lead to the development of a theory-driven studies into optimum diet for brain function.

    A PhD stipend of $ 27,596 (AUD) per annum (tax free) will be provided to the successful candidate for up to 3 years.

    About You
    The appointee will have a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications in Psychology/Neuroscience or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector. Specific experience in neuroimaging would be an advantage, as would knowledge of nutrition science. The appointee will be familiar with project management, writing and administration skills and be able to work well as part of a team to achieve common goals. The appointee will enroll in a PhD program at Swinburne and will follow the requirements and obligations of PhD candidature. See for further details.

    Further information and how to apply
    The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2018 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

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