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PhD Candidate (Data science, Public Health, Epidemiology, Medical and Health Sciences, or IT)
Monash University Malaysia

Date Posted May 9, 2022
Title PhD Candidate (Data science, Public Health, Epidemiology, Medical and Health Sciences, or IT)
University Monash University Malaysia
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Department School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Application Deadline May 31, 2022
Position Start Date Jun. 1, 2022
  • Graduate Student
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

A PhD Candidate is expected to make contributions particularly at activities to develop her/his scholarly activity, research and/or professional expertise relevant to the profession or discipline.
Climate change is a major health burden worldwide exposing vulnerable populations in low and middle countries (LMICs). Increasing temperatures and heat waves affect human health causing several diseases, ranging from dehydration, cardiovascular heat stress, physical /mental impairments, or exhaustion, to heatstroke.
The CHIMES is a collaborative research project between the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Science, Monash University (Malaysia Campus), and Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Germany. The research team aims to contribute methodological insights on how to strengthen SEACO to effectively carry out an empirical population-based study on climate change and health. The project will evaluate the impact of temperature, humidity, and extreme weather events on individual parameters collected by the wearable sensors, including heart rate, sleep (duration, sleep cycles, interruptions), energy expenditure, and physical activity (steps, distance).
Reporting Line: The position reports to SEACO Director & Main supervisor

1. Conduct evidence synthesis on climate change, health impact monitoring and digital technology.
2. Provide support and assist in conducting original research, development of an active record of publication and conference presentation.
3. Assist in collaborations with other universities and with government, industry and/or civil society to drive research impact and educational excellence.
4. Support and assist “day-to-day” administration and management of the project.
5. Involve in community engagement activities.

1. Education/Qualifications - Candidates must meet the minimum admission requirements (academic and English language proficiency) for the research degree. In general, this is equivalent to a high distinction average (H1/H1E or 1st Class Honours as per Faculty’s and Monash’s assessment at admission) from a recognized university. Scholarships will be selected based on the comprehensive ranking of academic achievement, research publications, and research experience or research-related awards.
2. Technical Skills – Literature review, statistical analysis, use of Microsoft Office or equivalent, use of citation software, public speaking
3. Soft Skills – Project management, written and oral communication, self-management
4. Education background (discipline) – Data science, public health, epidemiology, medical and health sciences, or information technology. Previous research and study experience on climate change and health, digital health, and/or wearable sensors will be an asset.

‚óŹ The data collection will be conducted in Segamat district. The candidate is expected to relocate to the Segamat district during the data collection period.

Ensure you are aware of and adhere to legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including: Equal Employment Opportunity, supporting equity and fairness; Occupational Health and Safety, supporting a safe workplace; Conflict of Interest (including Conflict of Interest in Research); Paid Outside Work; Privacy; Research Conduct; and Staff/Student Relationships.

Monash University is Australia’s largest university, and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. Monash is consistently ranked in the world's top 100 universities, reflecting our strong commitment to academic and research excellence.

Monash is a global university, with four local campuses in Australia, as well as international locations in Malaysia, China, Italy, India and Indonesia. A unique alliance with the University of Warwick (UK) sits alongside an array of international collaborations with leading universities and corporations around the world, expanding our global network.

Established in 1998, Monash University Malaysia is Monash’s third largest campus and one of Malaysia's most respected universities. We were awarded a 6-star SETARA rating by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia in 2017 and 2019, cementing our position in the very top cohort of outstanding universities in the country.
As a research intensive institution, Monash University Malaysia is Monash's platform for scholarly engagement with Southeast Asia. We offer degrees in arts and social sciences, business, engineering, information technology, medicine and health sciences, pharmacy, and science across seven schools. Our students come from Malaysia and more than 70 countries around the world. We have over 9,000 students and more than 800 staff.

Monash University Malaysia is located in Greater Kuala Lumpur, in the Klang Valley, one of Southeast Asia’s industrial hotspots. We sit in the heart of the rapidly developing economic corridor linking Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and beyond. Our research is oriented towards deep engagement with this dynamic social and industrial landscape, addressing core challenges of sustainable development in the region.

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Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences was established in 2005. The School’s vision is to become a leading medical school in Asia, as measured by the quality and impact of its teaching and research, and, through these, to engage with and serve the community. By pursuing this vision, the school contributes to the University’s mission to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity.
The School offers the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business, Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science, Master of Professional Counselling, Master of Biomedical Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs.
Delivery of the medicine program is spread over several locations with the first two years being taught at the Monash University Malaysia in Bandar Sunway, Selangor while the subsequent three years being taught at the Clinical School in Johor Bahru.

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The South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) is a major new initiative of Monash University. SEACO is a university research platform managed by the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is located in the district of Segamat in Johor.

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  • Krystal Tan
    School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Monash University Malaysia
    Petaling Jaya


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