Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Queensland, School of Population Health
App. deadline 31/08/2017
  • Scholarship available
Project ID ClinicalTrialPP
Eligibility Australian residents only

Clinical trial of nicotine vaporisers for smoking cessation among priority populations living with co-morbidities

About the project

We are seeking an excellent PhD candidate to undertake research on an intervention to reduce tobacco‐related harms among priority populations. This pragmatic clinical trial is funded by a NHMRC Project Grant.

  Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death for priority populations with comorbidities (HIV, Hepatitis C and Opiate dependence) due to their high smoking prevalence, greater vulnerability to tobacco-related disease and low quit rates with current cessation therapies. This research will provide robust evidence on the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of offering nicotine maintenance in addition to standard cessation treatment to people living with comorbidities. This pragmatic, open-label randomised partial cross-over trial aims to evaluate if adding a nicotine maintenance intervention (a nicotine vaporiser) to standard quit support intervention improves quit rates for these populations and whether offering both interventions concurrently is more effective and cost-effective than offering the interventions sequentially. This project responds to international calls improve quit rates among smokers with comorbidities and calls from government and public health organisations (e.g. WHO, RACP, NHMRC) for research on the safety and efficacy of nicotine vaporisers to be prioritised.

Value and duration

This Scholarship is valued at $34,182 AUD pa ($26,682 Commonwealth Government scholarship + $7,500 top-up scholarship) over 3 years (2017 stipend rate). The successful applicant must enrol by 1 February 2018.


This PhD project is supervised by Associate Professor Coral Gartner. Please direct inquiries to A/Prof Coral Gartner

 Who is eligible?

Applicants must be a eligible for a Commonwealth Government Research Training Package Scholarship ( Including being An Australian citizen or resident or New Zealand citizen.

Selection criteria

The following will be taken into consideration in the selection of the successful candidate:

  • Hold a degree in a relevant health-related field (e.g. medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, pharmacy);
  • Demonstrated excellent academic performance;
  • Any relevant employment, such as experience working with vulnerable population groups;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • Excellent time management skills to reach research deadlines;

How To Apply:
Please forward the following documents with a cover letter (email) detailing how your current skills and experience are a good match for the project to by 31 August 2017. 

  1. Academic CV (see for guidance). Please include details of any statistical analysis skills you have and previous relevant employment. 
  2. Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
  3. Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  4. Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements if English is not your first language (see
  5. The contact details of two referees who can best comment on your prior research experience and academic ability.
  6. Examples of any writing you have done.

Note: Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

A/Prof Coral Gartner
+61 7 3346 5478