Regulating Australian Clinical Trials

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Clinical trials are vital for improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. However, they raise ethical, legal, and policy issues that require dedicated attention.

Proposals are sought for PhD projects that will investigate the regulation of clinical trials in Australia, including its implications for participant safety, access to emerging therapeutics, and support for the innovation pipeline. The research may consider Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs), the Therapeutic Goods Administration, or other relevant clinical trials oversight mechanisms. Without limiting the scope of potential proposals, topics may include:

  • Improving transparency and accountability for decision making by clinical trial oversight bodies
  • Sharing responsibilities between clinical trial oversight bodies to promote efficiency and expertise
  • Developing regulatory strategies for emerging clinical trial designs, such as adaptive and platform clinical trials

Potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the supervisory team to discuss possible topics.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Lisa Eckstein

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Medicine or a related field

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Lisa Eckstein, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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