PhD in Digital and Data Literacies for Sexual Health Policy and Practice

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, Hawthorn

About the Scholarship
A 4-year full time (indexed) PhD scholarship is available for doctoral studies aligned with Professor Kath Albury’s Australian Research Council Future Fellowship ‘Digital and data literacies for sexual health policy and practice.’

This is a scholarship for research training through a 4-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The successful candidate will undertake supervised research to make a significant, independent and original contribution to a discipline or profession that leads to the award of Doctor of Philosophy. They will be mentored in qualitative research skills and knowledge translation, with the aim of developing a theory of change for sexual health organisations seeking to build leadership capacity in digital and data literacies.

Professor Albury’s Fellowship is aligned with mission and research activities of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in research training and mentoring activities within the Swinburne ADM+S node, and within broader Centre of Excellence networks.

The position is based at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.

Project Description
The Fellowship will bring sexual health policy-makers and professionals into dialogue with young adult users (aged 18-29) of digital apps and social platforms, via participatory co-design methods. Project outcomes include theoretical and applied frameworks for digital literacy and data literacy in the context of sexual health. Outputs include knowledge translation resources for sexual health professionals that will help them better engage with young adult’s everyday practices of digitally mediated intimacy, in the context of broader understandings of content moderation and regulation, platform governance, data privacy and data security.

This program of research will:

1. Analyse the role of digital technologies and platforms in the everyday sexual and romantic lives of young
Australian adults most affected by STIs and HIV;
2. Map and benchmark digital literacies and data literacies among Australian government and non-government
sexual health promotion and clinical service-providers (including leaders and policymakers);
3. Develop new theoretical and applied models of young adult’s everyday digital and data practices, to
guide sexual health policy-makers and practitioners’ digital literacies.

The successful applicant’s EOI will address one or more of these aims.

Candidate Requirements
The successful candidate will have an excellent academic track record within the broad area of media and communication, public health, social sciences or related disciplines. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by 1 March 2022. There is some flexibility with commencement date.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA, and of our national and global standing. Our contribution to Technology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the STEM disciplines, and our track record of meaningful industry and community engagement, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by the vision of our founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• First Class Honours (H1) award or equivalent; or for exceptional candidates a H2A award – see for further information.
• Demonstrated qualitative research experience.
• Experience of co-design and/or community-led research and knowledge translation methods.
Located in Australia (current travel restrictions necessitates this criteria)

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

Application process
It is important that you contact Professor Kath Albury ( prior to submitting your application. Once you’ve discussed your EOI with Professor Albury, EOIs should be submitted via the ‘Apply Now’ button.

To view the position description or to start an application please click on apply or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Diversity and Inclusion
Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:
• Reconciliation Action Plan
• Charter of Cultural Diversity
• Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
• Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support
We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Swinburne workers to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 22 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 17th January 2022

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