PhD opportunities

ViCBiostat undertakes research in public health and clinical epidemiology marrying statistical methodology with real-world health-related decision making. Within a wide ranging program of research on statistical methodology applied to health and medical research at ViCBiostat, we have various topics that would be suitable for PhD study. See the following two examples:

PhD SCHOLARSHIP IN BIOSTATISTICS – Non-proportional hazards models in clinical trials

We welcome applications for a scholarship at Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) award rates to undertake a PhD at Monash University to work on a project that will investigate the methodological aspects of non-proportional hazards models as applied in specific clinical trial design and analysis contexts. The project will be collaborative with supervisors Prof Rory Wolfe and A/Prof Stephane Heritier in the Biostatistics Unit and clinical colleagues at Monash University and affiliated hospitals. You will be closely linked in with other biostatistical researchers and biostatistics PhD students at ViCBiostat (

Students should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in a field of statistics. Applicants will be asked to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award through Monash University and those successful will be offered a generous top-up to that scholarship.

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To lodge an application please email an up-to-date CV and your academic transcripts to:

PhD SCHOLARSHIP IN BIOSTATISTICS – Multiple Imputation for Handling Missing Data

The proposed PhD project will investigate issues regarding the use of multiple imputation to handle missing data. In particular, this will involve evaluation and expansion of methods for conducting sensitivity analyses regarding the mechanism behind the missing data, to allow for the possibility that missingness may depend on unobserved data. This is a very topical area of research. The research will engage directly with actual analyses from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, a nationally representative longitudinal study of 10,000 children managed by the Department of Social Services on behalf of the Australian Government. The PhD will be conducted through the University of Melbourne and the successful candidate will be based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The candidate will be supported by the broad research group of the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat). See the Research Page ( )for more information on our group’s research program on missing data and multiple imputation. Graduates with majors in biostatistics or statistics are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Assoc/Prof Katherine Lee for more details.

To lodge an application please email an up-to-date CV and your academic transcripts to: