Researcher in Economics of Child Health and Cognitive Development
Monash University

PhD Research Opportunity – Economics of child health and cognitive development

Job No.:  610162

Location: Caulfield Campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 3.5 year fixed term appointment 

Remuneration: Up to $39,000

The Opportunity

The Centre for Health Economics at Monash University invites expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship covering all fees and a tax-free stipend (up to $39,000 per annum for outstanding students). The PhD research opportunity will commence in February 2021 and is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) program of research that aims to describe and identify the social and economic determinants of child health and cognitive development.

Centre for Health Economics Monash University

The Centre for Health Economics is an internationally renowned institution that contributes to academic research and public policy in the economics of health and health care. As a student in the centre you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting-edge of important international research, using the latest methods. We offer excellent research facilities including a dedicated student study space, a behavioural laboratory, high quality computing facilities, and frequent seminars. Monash is one of the top 100 universities in the world, ranked top in health economics in the Asia Pacific. The Business School contains both a leading Economics Department and a distinct Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics with an international reputation in theoretical and applied econometrics. 

The Person

The project would suit someone with a strong research background in economics, econometrics, statistics or health economics, with an interest in applying theses kills to the economics of child and adolescent health and cognitive development. Applicants must have an excellent academic track record with a first class honours degree or master’s degree (with research component) in a relevant quantitative field (economics, econometrics, statistics, psychology).

Domestic and overseas applicants will be considered, provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission, and demonstrate excellent research capacity.


Under the supervision of Associate Professor Nicole Black and Professor David Johnston, the project will provide a greater understanding of the early determinants of health and economic inequalities. A goal of the research project is to benefit the development of effective policies for improving educational outcomes, preventing harmful behaviours and promoting health and wellbeing. The research will involve the application of advanced econometric methods to large administrative datasets and longitudinal data on children and adolescents. 

Some possible research topics may include:

  • Inequalities in accessing health care
  • Economic determinants of mental health problems
  • Economic consequences of child maltreatment
  • Economic hardship and child skill development

As part of the PhD program, the candidate will undergo rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies. There are further opportunities for conference travel and the potential for a research visit to one of our international partner institutions.

Expression of interest

Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to as early as possible. In your expression of interest please include your CV (with details of two referees), a copy of your academic transcripts and a 1-2 page cover letter which outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD opportunity interests you. Those applicants who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full scholarship application before the scholarship closing date.

Further enquiries

Further information on our PhD program can be found here.

If you have any questions about the research project please contact Nicole Black,

If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact:

Closing Date

Domestic students – EOI by 20 September 2020, applications by 31 October 2020

Closing date

Sunday 20 September 2020, 11:55 pm AEST

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