The Bond University Master of Nutrition & Dietetics Practice Program in conjunction with the Bond University Tactical Research Unit (TRU) are seeking interested higher degree research applicants for Masters or PhD projects, with the opportunity for competitive applications to apply for a PhD scholarship.

Tactical personnel (including military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue) are charged with the responsibility of ensuring national and public safety. Shift work, limited meal options, psychological stress associated with duty tasks and other practical factors can contribute to a range of negative health-related behaviours including suboptimal food choices.

The research will encompass nutrition behaviours, food choice, energy metabolism or successful dietary interventions for law enforcement and military personnel. For successful applicants, the research and practical skills gained will be highly transferable to other populations (e.g., workplaces, shift-workers, sports). TRU investigates the performance, health, safety, and wellbeing of individuals involved in military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and other public safety and security activities. We have several partnership sites who are actively working with us and there are opportunities to work directly onsite with our partners. The position may be based at the Bond (University) Institute of Sport & Health on the Gold Coast or elsewhere as negotiated. It may include short-term interstate or international travel as COVID-19 restrictions allow.

To be eligible, suitable candidates should

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol in Higher Research Degree (Masters or PhD) at Bond University (see attached information).
  • Have a degree qualification in nutrition or dietetics or a similar health field (e.g. exercise science, physiotherapy, biomedicine).
  • Able to demonstrate well-developed knowledge and skills in nutrition, physiology, metabolism, or performance.

For PhD scholarships, the following will also be beneficial

  • A Master of Research Degree or (Honours/Masters by coursework with significant research component).
  • Industry and/or research assistant experience (highly desired).
  • Current professional memberships e.g., Dietitians Australia, Sports Dietitians Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, others as applicable.
  • Have co-authored or been primary author on a peer-reviewed research publication (highly desired).

The successful candidate will be supported to apply for the level of higher degree research as appropriate by the supervisory team and if applicable, to apply for a scholarship. Higher research degrees at Bond University are free or low-cost depending on your situation. At Bond University scholarships are offered twice a year on a competitive basis and are valued at $28,854.00 per annum tax-free (indexed annually).

The successful candidate will become an integral member of the Master of Nutrition & Dietetics Practice Team and TRU research unit. The academic supervisory team will include;

  • Dr Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders (Nutrition & Dietetics, Bond University)
  • Dr Rob Orr (Tactical Research Unit, Bond University)
  • Others to be advised

How to Apply: In the first instance contact Dr Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders with your EOI which should include your CV, research experience and qualifications; you will then be provided further information.

Dr Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders, Assistant Professor (Nutrition & Dietetics), Bond University [email protected]

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