PhD Scholarship - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

at University of Western Australia

Join Nobel Laureate, Prof Barry Marshall and his team at UWA on their project to develop an acoustic belt that records gut noises over time so doctors can accurately diagnose and monitor digestive disorders and diseases.

Our aim is to reduce the need for costly and uncomfortable invasive tests such as colonoscopies. Our current focus is to develop a test for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects 11% of people globally. The team have already acheived proof-of-concept (see Gastroenterology 05/2018; 154(6):S-1370-S-1371 or http://bit.ly/DDWePoster).

Your project will focus on the design, execution and anlysis of further diagnostic test accuracy studies. Depending on your interests, the project could also expand into evaluation of IBS treatments using the belt and microbiome analysis, or health care analysis and the evaluation of the economic and social costs of IBS.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate, medically trained or trained in health sciences with an interest in chronic gut disorders and/or the development and testing of diagnostic devices.

Suitable candidates will have a background in medicine (General Practice or Gastroenterology) or in biostatistics. An understanding of statistical measures of the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests would be highly valuable.

We will support the ideal candidate in their application for either an International Research Training Program Scholarship or Australian Research Training Program Scholarship, and the Penfold Family Marshall Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarship (see http://bit.ly/PenfoldSchol).

How to Apply for this job

Professor Barry Marshall is the academic lead on the project. However, initial enquiries should be addressed to Dr Mary Webberley, Project Manager of the Noisy Guts Project, prior to submission of a formal application. Please e-mail mary.webberley@uwa.edu.au or ring 08 6457 2516 to find out more. If you wish to apply, please supply a copy of your C.V. (including details of any publications), your academic transcript and a cover letter. The latter should detail why you are interested in the project, and your relevant skills and knowledge, including research, statistics or clinical experience in gastroenterology or general practice. These can be e-mailed to mary.webberley@uwa.edu.au. We will review this information, conduct interviews (by skype for candidates outside WA) and then select a candidate to support for either an International Research Training Program Scholarship or Australian Research Training Program Scholarship, and the Penfold Family Marshall Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarship.

Nedlands Western Australia Australia
OTHER
2018-06-12
2018-07-05

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