Scholarship Opportunity

CF Health and Medical Research Foundation
PhD Scholarships in Health Systems Simulation
(see www.hpsig.com for further background)
Centre for Health Informatics, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Applications are invited for two full-time HCF Foundation PhD Scholarships in the area of Health Systems Improvement Through 'In Silico' Simulation Experiments. We are using multimethod (system dynamics, agent based and discrete event), multilevel computer simulation techniques to perform health policy experiments for the future of the Australian health system and to model the impact of Information and Communications Technology interventions on reducing medication errors.
The total scholarship support per studentship is negotiable up to $A30,014 per year for 3 years (tax-free). Students who have already been granted postgraduate awards are particularly encouraged to apply, as negotiable top-ups are available. The successful candidates should be able to start in the first half of 2006, and should have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status. One successful applicant is expected to have an outstanding honours degree in computer science, engineering or equivalent, and an interest in applying computer simulation to design and improve Australia's future health system; a background or interest in the eclipse development environment is desirable, but not essential.

The other successful applicant will have an outstanding honours degree in health or public policy or social science (including economics or political science), with a solid background or interest in quantitative methods, object oriented design and an interest in applying computer simulation to design and improve Australia's future health system.

 Each successful candidate will also have:

  Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods with a strong interest in learning and applying new research techniques;
  Good organisational, interpersonal and teamworking skills;
  Commitment to multidisciplinary teamworking;
  Capacity to take responsibility for organisational and analytic tasks and deliver on time;
  Excellent writing skills for drafting reports and academic papers;
  A strong commitment to producing high quality academic publications; and
  Experience in industry is desirable but not essential.

Your application should address the selection criteria above and include a detailed resume, contact details, evidence of academic qualifications plus names, address (postal and/or email), phone and fax numbers of three referees.

 Contact for submission and further information is:
 Dr Geoff McDonnell geoff.mcdonnell@unsw.edu.au , mobile 0419 016 116, Voice: +61 2 9386 0993, Fax: +61 2 9386 0992 or post to Centre for Health Informatics, UNSW Coogee Campus, 45 Beach Street, Coogee NSW 2052 by the application closing date, March 15, 2006 .

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