PhD opportunity in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases

School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Posted on: Tue May 10 2016

Applying mathematical models to estimate the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccination programs

We are seeking expressions of interest to undertake a PhD in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. The proposed PhD would apply mathematical models to predict the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccination programs before they are implemented. These estimates are becoming a vital part of decision making process for many governments when considering the funding of a new vaccine.

The PhD candidate will have opportunities to work with leading experts at UNSW and internationally, and to submit a number of peer-reviewed publications during their candidature. The infectious disease group at the school are a multidisciplinary research team that includes mathematicians, health economists, epidemiologists, clinicians and policy experts. They have research collaborations with key international institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Potential candidates should be highly quantitative and have a first class Honours degree, or Master's degree with a high distinction average. A range of quantitative backgrounds are potentially suitable such as mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, engineering, etc. Those meeting the initial criteria should email A/Prof Anthony Newall ( with a CV and academic transcripts. The supervisors will support the selected prospective candidate to apply for a competitive PhD scholarship via UNSW.

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