25 September 2023
Domestic / International
About the research project
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent a significant public health concern. They encompass a wide range of conditions that impact the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints, with risk factors varying across age groups and occupational settings. There is a lack of disease-modifying therapies in most MSDs and the considerable individual variability pose challenges to identify effective treatments using current one-size-fits-all approaches. Omics studies, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, can advance our understanding of musculoskeletal disorders by revealing the molecular and genetic underpinnings of these conditions, thereby improving diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies, and opening up new avenues for targeted therapies and personalized medicine approaches. By leveraging existing data from two population-based prospective cohort studies, this project will investigate the genetic components underlying MSDs and explore the underlying biological mechanisms of these disorders through the integration of genomics and metabolomics.
Primary SupervisorMeet Dr Feng Pan
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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.
Other funding opportunities and fees
For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.
Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.
Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:
- Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus
The project is competitively assessed and awarded. Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.
- Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
- Contact Dr Feng Pan to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
- In your application:
- 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.
- Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
- Apply prior to 25 September 2023.
Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.