Current Opportunities


PhD Scholarship

The University of Sydney is offering a PhD scholarship for an outstanding PhD scholar to work on a research project linked to the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood – Translate  (EPOCH-Translate CRE) . The PhD work would commence commencing during 2022.


Applicants must discuss their potential research program and their eligibility to undertake the planned research prior submitting their scholarship application. The scholarship can only be awarded once the student is enrolled or has an unconditional offer – potential students can, however, apply before that is the case.


Please refer to the terms and conditions section for information on the 3 broad Streams of work. For further information on the area of research, please contact Prof Louise Baur at OR one of the other investigators based at USYD – A/Prof Alison Hayes, Prof Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Clin A/Prof Li Ming Wen or Dr Lene Seidler.


Who's eligible?

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • be currently enrolled or hold an unconditional offer of admission to undertake PhD on a full-time basis at the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Translate (EPOCH-Translate), Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney
  • hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a First Class Honours Equivalent Degree or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in public health, public health, health promotion, statistics, epidemiology, health economics, child health, child nutrition, obesity prevention, or related areas
  • be willing to conduct research in one of the 3 broad Streams of work (as elaborated in the Terms and Conditions below) in the EPOCH-Translate CRE under the supervision of one or more of the CRE investigators i.e. Prof. Louise Baur (Director of the EPOCH CRE), Clin A/Prof. Li Ming Wen, A/Prof. Alison Hayes, Dr Anna Lene Seidler and Prof. Elizabeth Denney-Wilson.



The Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Scholarship has been established to enable an outstanding PhD scholar to work on a research project linked to the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Translate (EPOCH-Translate) at the University of Sydney under the supervision of one or more of the CRE investigators i.e. Prof Louise Baur (Director of the EPOCH-Translate CRE), Clin A/Prof Li Ming Wen, A/Prof Alison Hayes, Dr Anna Lene Seidler and Prof Elizabeth Denney-Wilson.


The CRE aims to identify and translate the most effective, cost-effective, scalable and sustainable approaches to preventing obesity and reducing obesity-related behaviours in children aged 0-5 years.


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Postdoctoral research associate / fellow Academic Level A/B

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Evidence Integration Group


We are seeking expressions of interest for the position of a post-doctoral research fellow. This position will contribute to a range of projects using NextGen evidence synthesis methodologies and conducting meta-research.


Projects will include, for example, finding and implementing ideal strategies in childhood obesity prevention interventions with the TOPCHILD collaboration, assessing eating disorder risk in obesity treatment, and conducting meta-research to find and reduce reasons for research waste and increase collaboration and coordination in research.


The role will include work on individual participant data meta-analyses with large data sets, but also working with a large number of international collaborators and other stakeholders. The successful applicant will combine quantitative research skills with excellent communication and scientific writing skills. Experience in research implementation and communication with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, consumers) is desirable, but not necessary.


This is a research-only position, based at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. The successful applicant will be working in the NextGen Evidence Synthesis team within the Evidence Integration Team ( ). Training will be provided, and there will be opportunity to develop NextGen evidence synthesis specialist skills, and to attend academic conferences to present project work. The successful applicant will be expected to make an active contribution to papers and new grant submissions arising from this work.


The successful applicant will have

  • a strong research background including a PhD qualification and competitive publication track record in a relevant field (systematic reviews, obesity, neonatology, epidemiology, public health, quantitative research or biostatistics).
  • formal qualifications in research methods, such as Masters level qualifications in epidemiology, biostatistics or public health is highly desired
  • ability to work independently, conceive, initiate, organize and manage projects
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Candidates without these formal qualifications but who have demonstrated experience may also be considered.


This position is offered up to full-time, fixed term (37.5 hours per week) and is available for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. For the right candidate, part time or scaled hours will be considered.


Please direct any enquiries to Anna Lene Seidler, on with details of experience and qualifications by 8 October 2021.


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Collaboration opportunity


Currently we are compiling a list of current intervention trials which have been designed to prevent obesity in early childhood and beyond.


We hope to collate the collate information from randomised trials where the trials have introduced preventive measures which may impact on child's growth and development.


If you are interested in participating in this work – please see the EPOCH  Trial Repository for more information