Students

Looking to the future

At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute we are committed to attracting, mentoring, developing and investing in the future of the best students with world leaders in their field as mentors. Our students include:

  • PhD students;
  • Honours students;
  • Independent Learning Project (ILP) students.

Each supervisor provides practical, intellectual, emotional support to their student and are role models for their research trainees. They foster a research culture of excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect.

At the Victor Chang Institute, we encourage a collaborative learning environment through the provision of dedicated weekly research and education seminars, including:

  • The Paul Korner Seminar Series (presented by students & post-docs);
  • Weekly Education Seminars (presented by Faculty, senior scientists and distinguished scientists, covering specific topics);
  • The Barbara Ell Seminar Series (held monthly, with seminars from distinguished Australian scientists);
  • Other special seminars, held on an ad hoc basis;
  • All of our students have a standing invitation to attend any Garvan/AMR seminars and the annual Victor Chang Institute Symposium;
  • Regular lab meetings to discuss the status of research projects.

Together with our on-campus partners, including the Garvan Medical Research Institute, Applied Medical Research and St Vincent’s Hospital, we often host international visitorspresent on-site seminars, at lab meetings and in one-on-one meetings with members of the Institute.

We are committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of integrity and accountability in the conduct of academic research, and endorse a culture of honesty and transparency in all our activities. We are a publicly financed institution, with funding enabling us to provide essential resources to our research community.

Please contact us at recruitment@victorchang.edu.au if you are interested in applying to study here, or you can check out any of the current opportunities outlined below.

Scholarships

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is proud to support and invest in the future of PhD students, and our objective is to develop the next generation of researchers. We have numerous scholarships available including; 

  • Summer Scholarships 
  • Victor Chang PhD Scholarship 
  • Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship 
  • McDonald Jones Homes PhD Scholarship

Summer Scholarships

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Summer Scholarships Program provides undergraduate students with the chance to experience the life of a researcher at one of Australia’s leading biomedical research facilities.

This exciting opportunity will allow you to broaden your knowledge of biomedical research, hone your communication skills and participate in laboratory activities. You will work alongside some of the most experienced and passionate researchers in the country and get an insight into what studying for Honours or other higher degree might be like.

A limited number of scholarships for up to 8 weeks valued at $300 per week are available over the summer holidays and will be awarded based on merit.

Eligibility

  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian University
  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or be an Australian permanent resident

Application Process

  • Visit the “Our Research” section of our website and determine which area of research best suits your area of interest and expertise
  • Send an application to the HR Manager at recruitment@victorchang.edu.au and include the following:
  1. A letter of interest outlining the reasons you wish to undertake a summer scholarship and what lab you would like to work with at the Victor Chang Institute.
  2. Your CV
  3. Your academic transcript

 Successful candidates are expected to undertake 6 – 8 weeks of research in their chosen area during the November – February period (as negotiated with the respective laboratory head).



Victor Chang PhD Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship is available to a gifted young PhD student, enabling them to:

  • collaborate with world-leading faculty;
  • have access to the finest laboratories and equipment;
  • receive excellent mentoring and one-on-one supervision;
  • be part of a rich learning environment that includes weekly research and education seminars;
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect;
  • carry the prestigious title of ‘Victor Chang Scholar’ on their CV.

The successful Victor Chang PhD Scholar will receive a top-up of $10,000 (in addition to the standard $6,000 top up PhD students receive), per annum for up to three years.

Eligibility

  • Only full-time APA (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either an Institute Laboratory Head, or Honorary Fellow
  • Research must be undertaken primarily on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus
  • Research must be aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the Institute
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of the proposed research project, academic results and (if applicable) research track record.

Once you have liaised with the relevant Victor Chang Institute laboratory head in relation to a proposed research project, and have applied for your PhD & APA, you may then apply for the Victor Chang PhD Scholarship.

To apply, students should indicate their wish to be considered for nomination by providing their CV and a completed application form to the HR Manager by emailing  recruitment@victorchang.edu.au 


Simon Lee Foundation Scholarship

There are up to 5 prestigious Simon Lee Foundation scholarships available to the highest calibre PhD candidate students, enabling them to:

  • collaborate with world-leading faculty;
  • have access to the finest laboratories and equipment;
  • receive excellent mentoring and one-on-one supervision;
  • be part of a rich learning environment that includes weekly research and education seminars; and
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship top-up of $10,000 per annum for up to three years.

Eligibility

  • Only full-time APA (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either an Institute Laboratory Head, or Honorary Fellow
  • Research must be undertaken primarily on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus or UWA
  • Research must be aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the Institute
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of:
    • the proposed research project;
    • academic results;
    • research track record (if applicable); and
    • A demonstrated ability to communicate their research thesis and findings effectively to all stakeholders (eg. Scientific/academic peers, research institute administrators, philanthropic supporters and government support agencies).

Once you have liaised with the relevant Institute laboratory head in relation to a proposed research project, and have applied for your PhD & APA, you may then apply for the Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship.

To apply, students should indicate their wish to be considered for nomination by providing their CV and a completed application form to the HR Manager by emailing recruitment@victorchang.edu.au


McDonald Jones Homes Scholarship

There are up to 2 prestigious McDonald Jones Homes Foundation scholarships available to the highest calibre PhD candidate students, enabling them to:

  • collaborate with world-leading faculty;
  • have access to the finest laboratories and equipment;
  • receive excellent mentoring and one-on-one supervision;
  • be part of a rich learning environment that includes weekly research and education seminars; and
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship top-up of $10,000 per annum for up to three years.

Whilst preference may be given to applicants wishing to undertake their PhD candidature within either Associate Professor Catherine Suter, Head – Epigenetics Laboratory or Professor Diane Fatkin, Head – Inherited Heart Diseases Laboratory, we are open to receiving applications from  those wishing to undertake a PhD within any laboratory at the Victor Chang Institute.

Eligibility

  • Only full-time APA (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either an Institute Laboratory Head, or Honorary Fellow
  • Research must be undertaken primarily on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus or UWA
  • Research must be aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the Institute
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of:
    • the proposed research project;
    • academic results;
    • research track record (if applicable); and
    • A demonstrated ability to communicate their research thesis and findings effectively to all stakeholders (eg. Scientific/academic peers, research institute administrators, philanthropic supporters and government support agencies).

Once you have liaised with the relevant Institute laboratory head in relation to a proposed research project, and have applied for your PhD & APA, you may then apply for the MacDonald House Foundation PhD Scholarship.

To apply, students should indicate their wish to be considered for nomination by providing their CV and a completed application form to the HR Manager by emailing recruitment@victorchang.edu.au


Work experience

School Students

Each year we offer a limited number students from Australian high schools in years 10, 11 or 12, the opportunity for a work experience placement.  You will gain a practical understanding of the different types of work in a research area which may help you when making your career decisions.

The work experience program runs through Terms 2 to 4 during term-time.  Please contact the Institute at least three months in advance of your desired placement.  Work experience placements should be arranged as part of your school’s recognised work-experience program.

When applying for work experience, please study the research pages of the site and consider which groups you would like to visit. After reading about the various research groups in the Institute, please prepare:

  • A short application letter (1/2 to 1 page) detailing why you would like to do your work experience with the Institute.
  • Include the names of three laboratories at the Institute you would like to visit. We will do our best to accommodate your selections within our operational circumstances.
  • Include your most recent science marks.

For further enquiries and to submit an application for work experience, please contact the HR Manager by emailing recruitment@victorchang.edu.au


University Students

We also offer students from Australian universities the opportunity for a work experience placement. Work experience placements are a useful tool in refining your future research interests, and are a valuable addition to your CV.

University student placements are organised by the student direct to a research group or groups. Placements are for one to two weeks full-time, or for a longer period, part-time.

All university placements are strictly unpaid.  During the placement, students will essentially work as a research assistant on a single project.

To apply for a university work experience placement, please get in touch directly (via email) with the relevant faculty member or group leader – all contact details can be found on our heart research pages.

Please note, to arrange a work experience placement, please email an application to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au


School projects

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