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PhD opportunity in malaria transmission modelling and cost effectiveness analysis of strategies for control and elimination for Australian citizens

We seek expressions of interest from prospective students to undertake a PhD in the research area: modelling the transmission of malaria parasites to inform control and elimination. Human malaria is caused by four species of the Plasmodium parasite; however, the majority of mathematical models of malaria focus on the transmission of just one species – Plasmodium falciparum. Few models have investigated the transmission dynamics of P. vivax in human populations or have considered the co-circulation of P. falciparum and P. vivax, which has been hypothesised to interact in a range of ways, including treatment entanglement, masking, and triggering of P. vivax by P. falciparum infection. Furthermore, vivax malaria is more complex than P. Falciparum due to dormant liver parasites that cause relapses of malaria months, or sometimes years, after the initial infectious bite. The proposed research project will develop a multi-species transmission model of P. falciparum and P. vivax, and evaluate strategies for their control and elimination, including a cost-effectiveness analysis. The PhD will be conducted through the University of Melbourne and the successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). The candidate will be supported within the broad research environment of the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination (ACREME), and the Modelling and Simulation Unit at MSPGH. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in applied mathematics and an aptitude for interdisciplinary research. Experience in infectious disease modelling and/or cost effective analyses is preferred, but not essential. Please contact Dr Rebecca Chisholm ( or Dr Angela Devine ( for more details.

The supervisors would support the prospective candidate’s application for a Graduate Research Scholarship, to commence early to mid-2022. This scheme supports students for a period of up to 3.5 years, with a stipend of approximately AUD $31,200 p.a. which is not subject to income tax. See for more details. There are also opportunities for further paid teaching work and a top up scholarship to supplement this income. This project is only open to Australian citizens.

PhD position
University of Melbourne
Closing date
October 10th, 2021
Posted on
September 16th, 2021 13:04
Last updated
September 16th, 2021 13:04