PhD Scholarship in Nutritional Genomics and The Mediterranean Diet

This project is designed to determine if specific genetic sub-groups associated with metabolic disease risk benefit from a Mediterranean diet.

Value and duration

A scholarship to support the candidate to complete this project is available ($30,000 per annum full time + laptop).

Time commitment = Full-time, 3 years.

After completion of Confirmation of Candidature successful applicants are eligible to apply for HDR Travels grants up to $2,000 for domestic and international travel related to the project.

This is a part of a larger project that has received funding in the amount of $129,287.

Number of scholarships available



Essential criteria:

  • You must be an Australian citizens or permanent resident.
  • You must have a H1 Honours, or have completed a Masters of Research degree or a Masters of Dietetics degree (with a 25% research component).

Desirable: Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills, show attention to detail and a passion for human research in the field of nutrition. A background in analytical biochemistry is also desirable.

How to apply

Expressions of interest close on 31st AUGUST 2018.

To express your interest please provide a CV and a one –page cover letter addressed to the Primary Investigator, Dr Jessica Danaher.

Your CV should include contact information for 2 referees as well as a description of all your research experience and any conference presentations/scientific publications.

Eligible applicants will be invited to attend an interview in September 2018.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

31st August 2018

Further information

This PhD will allow the candidate to develop skills and attributes in: working in a team, leadership, project management, communication (written and oral), research design, participant recruitment, quantitative data collection and analyses, cost analyses, as well as applied clinical and advanced experimental laboratory techniques.

These skills will be translatable to a number of different settings providing opportunities for employment in research, academia, and nutrition-related sectors.


Primary Investigator / Supervisor:

Dr Jessica Danaher

Lecturer / Early Career Development Fellow in Nutrition

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

School of Science, RMIT University

Ph: (03) 9925 6117


Associate Supervisor:

Dr Daniel Dias


Laboratory Medicine

School of Health and Biomedical Science, RMIT University

Ph: (03) 9925 7071