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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;
  • Masters 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 visitors who present on-site seminars, at lab meetings and in one-on-one meetings with members of the Victor Chang 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.

If you are interested in studying with us please click on the link below to discover the different areas of research undertaken at the Victor Chang Institute. When you have identified a Laboratory or project that best suits your interests and experience please email your application to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now. Your application should include a cover letter stating the Laboratory or project you are interested in, your CV and your academic transcript. Your application will be sent to the relevant Faculty member for consideration.

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PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships

At the Victor Chang Institute we are committed to attracting, mentoring, developing and investing in the future of the best PhD students. Our objective is to develop the next generation of world class researchers.

We are proud to be able to offer the following opportunities for PhD students:

Victor Chang PhD Scholarship

Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship

Agilent PhD Scholarship

UWA PhD Scholarship

These prestigious Scholarships are available to gifted PhD 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
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect
Victor Chang PhD Scholarship

The Victor Chang PhD Scholarship honours the memory of Dr Victor Chang and his passion for discovery. Dr Chang knew that while he could save hundreds of lives through surgery, he could save thousands more through research.

The successful Victor Chang PhD Scholar will receive a top-up of $10,000 per annum for three years (in addition $6,000 top up all PhD students at the Victor Chang Institute receive) to top up their existing RTP or equivalent postgraduate scholarship. They will also have the privilege of including the prestigious title of "Victor Chang Scholar" on their CV.

Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship

In 1994, Mr Simon Lee AO established the Simon Lee Foundation in Australia to assist those beneficiaries that are not well supported by the public and to support them in a manner that improves the likelihood of them becoming self-sufficient. To this end the Simon Lee Foundation is pleased to support the PhD student program at the Victor Chang Institute.

Simon Lee Foundation Scholars will receive $10,000 per annum for three years (this is inclusive of the $6000 top up that all PhD students at the Victor Chang Institute receive) to top up their existing RTP or equivalent postgraduate scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Only full-time RTP (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either a Victor Chang 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 Victor Chang Institute
  • Only PhD students in the first year of their candidature are eligible to apply

Application Assessment

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

  • the proposed reserach project
  • academic results
  • research track record (if applicable)
  • 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 agencies)

Application Process

After you have liaised with the relevant Victor Chang Institute Laboratory Head in relation to a proposed research project and have applied for your PhD and RTP you may then apply for a PhD Scholarship by completing the application form and emailing your application to HR at recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now.

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Agilent PhD Scholarship

The Agilent PhD Scholarship is partially supported by Agilent Technologies. Agilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. Agilent provides a PhD Scholarship specifically to support metabolomics-based research within the Victor Chang Institute’s newly established Innovation Centre.

The successful applicant will receive up to $36k per annum (inclusive of RTP or equivalent scholarship) for three years.

Eligibility

  • A B.Sc. (Honours, Class I or II) in a biochemistry related discipline or equivalent is essential.
  • Only full-time APA (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders, or applicants with a track record competitive for an APA (or equivalent) Scholarship, are eligible to apply.
  • This project requires solid background knowledge in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, ideally with experience in mass spectrometry.

Further Information

For further information on the Agilent PhD Scholarship please download the Information Pack.

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Application Process

Apply for the Agilent PhD Scholarship by completing the application form and emailing your application to HR at recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now.

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UWA PhD Scholarship

Up to 2 scholarships are available to enable students with exceptional research promise to undertake a PhD in the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory at The University of Western Australia in Perth.

The Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory is situated on the Crawley campus in the School of Human Sciences. The laboratory is led by Professor Livia Hool who is affiliated with Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute as Faculty-at-Large. Her research focuses on understanding the role of the cardiac L-type calcium channel in health and disease. Her team is characterising alterations in calcium channel function in ischemic heart disease and familial cardiomyopathies. The goal of her research team is the prevention and treatment of cardiomyopathy. The multidisciplinary research with collaborators from Harvard University, Washington University, Baylor Medical College, University of California Los Angeles, Sydney University, The Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia involves the use of innovative treatment approaches such as antisense oligomer exon skipping chemistry, nanoparticle technology and CRISPR technology to further enhance delivery and uptake of therapeutic peptides and oligomers into the heart.

Please contact Professor Livia Hool at livia.hool@uwa.edu.au for further information or click on Apply Now.

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It is the intention of the Victor Chang Institute that Scholarships will be awarded annually. However as the Scholarships are prestigious, the Victor Chang Institute reserves the right not to make an award if applicants in that year are not assessed to be of the required standard.


Summer Scholarships

 

Summer Scholarships

Applications for 2017/18 Summer Scholarships are now open

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 Summer Scholarships valued at $300 per week are available and will be awarded based on merit. Successful candidates will undertake 6 to 8 weeks of research between November and February.

To be eligible to apply for a Summer Scholarship you must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian University.

If you are interested in applying for a Summer Scholarship please click on the link below to discover the different areas of research undertaken at the Victor Chang Institute. When you have identified a laboratory or project that best suits your interests and experience please email your application to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click Apply Now. Your application should include a cover letter stating the Laboratory or project you are interested in, your CV and your academic transcript. Your application will be sent to the relevant Faculty member for consideration.

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Applications for the 2017/18 Summer Scholarships will close on Friday 27 October 2017.

Work experience

High School Students

At the Victor Chang Institute we support and encourage the next generation of scientists and researchers through the Victor Chang Work Experience Program.

Each year we offer a limited number students from Australian high schools a place on our Work Experience Program.  The Program is structured to give participants the opportunity to gain practical understanding of the different types of careers available in research.

The Work Experience Program runs in terms 2, 3, and 4.  Places are limited and our Program fills up quickly. If you would like to participate in the Program we recommend you contact us in term 1 of the school year. 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 our website (link below)  to familiarise your self with the type of research undertaken at the Victor Chang Institute. Then complete an application form and email it to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now.

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University Students

We 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.

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.

If you are interested in a University work experience placement please click on the link below to discover the different areas of research undertaken at the Victor Chang Institute. When you have identified a Laboratory or project that best suits your interests and experience please email your application to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now. Your application should include a cover letter stating the Laboratory or project you are interested in, your CV and your academic transcript. Your application will be sent to the relevant Faculty member for consideration.

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