PhD and Postdoctoral opportunities

If you’re interested in making a difference to health by reducing the rates of chronic disease and improving quality of life, consider IPAN.

The benefits of PhDs and Postdoctorates with IPAN

At IPAN we focus on both nutrition and physical activity. We have a large, vibrant group of students and leading researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds.

We're well-known for fostering the next generation of young researchers in a supportive and stimulating environment, and have a dedicated focus on mentoring early career researchers.

Our research in physical activity and nutrition is ranked above world standard* and we have a strong reputation for publishing and presenting our findings at key Australian and international conferences.

IPAN is recognised as a leader in innovative, high-quality research that translates into real-world applications. We work to maintain national and international collaborations that open the world up for the team. We've consistently secured funding to support our research from competitive research funding schemes, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC).

*State of Australian University Research 2015-16: Volume 1 ERA National Report, © Commonwealth of Australia 2015

Postdoctoral opportunities

While IPAN doesn't have funding to support postdoctoral positions, we work with strong candidates to help develop applications to relevant funding schemes, including:

  • Deakin University Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These two-year fellowships are for early-career researchers. 
  • Heart Foundation postdoctoral and future leader fellowships. The National Heart Foundation of Australia offers funding for postdoctoral positions relevant to cardiovascular disease up to 10 years post PhD. 
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowships. The ARC offers both Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA) and Future Fellowships.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowships. The NHMRC offers a range of fellowship opportunities from early career through to senior fellowships. 
  • Endeavour Research Fellowships. These fellowships are administered by the Australian Government Department of Education, and provide funding support to non-Australian researchers from eligible countries to spend between four and six months in Australia.
  • A number of international organisations offer postdoctoral funding for non-Australian researchers to spend time in Australia.

EMCRs at IPAN - supporting future research stars

Professor Kylie Ball, IPAN member and manager of the EMCR program, talks about the Institute's specialised program designed to connect, support and nurture Early and Mid Career Researchers (EMCRs) in their research careers.

PhD opportunities

HDR Scholarship - Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Play from the Start of Life for Victorian Aboriginal Families

Deakin University and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) have joined forces to undertake this research project focused on promoting healthy eating and active play from the start of life. This postgraduate research project will enable the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to continue to assess and address the needs of Aboriginal communities around how they wish to be supported to promote healthy eating and active play in the early years of life.

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Designing green spaces for older adults (Scholarship available)

Visiting parks has been shown to facilitate a multitude of physical, psychological, and social health benefits. Ensuring that parks support older adults to be active and social is important for public health, especially considering the increasing proportion of older adults in the population. This three-year scholarship opportunity within Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) involves a review of the literature regarding influences on older adults’ engagement with green space, and explore older adults’ use and perceptions of green spaces in their neighbourhood and compare this with older adults from other countries. The final study will involve evaluation of an inclusive outdoor play space for older adults.

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Food and Nutrition Policy: the Use, Misuse and Abuse of Evidence in Nutrition Guidance and Policy-making (Scholarship available)

This IPAN PhD scholarship opportunity relates to an ARC (Australian Research Council) funded project. You will develop a ‘Fit-for-purpose’ (FFP) nutrition evidence framework that helps inform nutrition guidance and policy decision-making. The successful candidate will work with a highly experienced team to develop, apply and test this framework.

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m-Health to help parents enhance movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep) for toddlers (Scholarship available)

An opportunity exists within Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) to undertake a PhD related to an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) funded project. This project will use an RCT design to trial an m-health program for parents of two-year-olds, empowering them to ensure their child has a more active play, less time sitting and gets enough sleep.

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HDR Scholarship – Stress, Lifestyle Behaviours and Allostatic Load

This is a three-year scholarship opportunity for a PhD student to work on a joint project between researchers at IPAN and the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the project is to explore the effect of stress and allostatic load, and to determine the extent to which combined lifestyle behaviours mediate this effect.

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Nutrition communication in the media

Understanding barriers to increasing legume consumption

Personalised nutrition: leveraging dietary, biological and behavioural data

Perceptions of personalised nutrition among stakeholders

Dietary patterns, sarcopenia and cancer

Investigating the projected benefits of living in a 20-minute neighbourhood

Understanding healthy fat consumption in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Information Technology for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Cognition and Ageing

The impact of exercise combined with dietary supplementation on musculoskeletal health in older people at risk of cognitive decline

Improving management of debilitating spinal pain

Is park visitation associated with reduced stress levels?

Contact us

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
+61 3 9244 6613
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Twitter: @DeakinIPAN

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125