Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Adjunct Professor Raymond Kim-Kwang Choo

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
25 Feb 2024

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:

All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$32,500 p.a. (2024 rates) available to domestic and international applicants

About this project

This PhD project will be conducted as part of a successful National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grant to co-design a consumer-focused digital health platform to improve adverse drug event detection, management and detecting. Specifically, this project will develop, implement and evaluate an artificial intelligence (AI)-based technique to predict adverse drug events, with minimal supervision. 

What you’ll do

This is your opportunity to contribute to knowledge around use of artificial intelligence techniques to predict adverse drug events. Throughout the project you will have the opportunity to engage with clinicians, pharmacists, leading researchers in artificial intelligence and medication safety and consumer representatives. You will be encouraged to share your research internally and externally (national and international conferences). You will also be encouraged to attend Divisional (Clinical and Health Sciences), research centre and grant/project meetings to gains skills in collaborative research techniques, project planning, risk management as well as providing the opportunity to network.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based within the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre (QUMPRC), a consumer-driven, data-informed research centre, known for conducting research studies and interventions that are effective in improving the use of medicines and improving patient lives.  

Our large research centre is home to a team of multidisciplinary researchers with expertise in pharmacy, medicine, psychology, implementation science and behaviour change research, digital health, machine learning, biostatistics and pharmacoepidemiology.  

We have a large cohort of higher degree by research students in the centre, providing a supportive environment for new research students. We have weekly ‘centre meetings’ where centre members have the opportunity to discuss and present their work in a friendly and collegial environment, providing valuable opportunities for research candidates to receive feedback on their work and to seek the input and assistance from the wide range of researchers with varying expertise in the centre. 

You will work with a team of international, interdisciplinary researchers with expertise including medicine safety, pharmacy, digital health, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, as part of a larger NHMRC Ideas Grant. Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $32,500 per annum is available to eligible applicants. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 
  • Hold a qualification in Computer Science, Information Technology or Health Informatics (with a particular interest in use of Machine Learning and/or Data Analytics)
All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 25 February 2024.  

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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