Symptom Expression in Females with Autism

Project information

We are seeking applicants to undertake a PhD with an interest and background in working within a clinically-focused research setting to investigate the particular manner in which teenage and adult females express the autism-based symptoms they experience. This research will have a particular focus on the issue of ‘symptom camouflage’ and its impacts on daily functioning. The successful applicant will undertake a three-year PhD project based at the University of New England (UNE), in Armidale, NSW Australia.

The PhD research fits within the overall investigative activities of the Autism Life Participation Project. This project focuses on maximising effective engagement in education and employment for people with autism.

Scholarship Information

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student who has a background in psychology, social work, counselling, neuroscience, mental health and related fields.

The successful applicant must have had experience in autism from the perspectives of conducting applied research or undertaking focused clinical activities. He/she will also have had experience in advanced statistical analysis.

The project will require face-to-face contact with teenage and adult females with autism via data-collection activities such as conducting interviews and completing standardised assessments. Due to this, strong motivation to work with this vulnerable group and understanding of its experiences represent vital qualities. The applicant must also be proficient in spoken and written English. Selection of applicants will be based on merit.

The Scholarship provides a tax free stipend of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) which is indexed annually. The duration of the scholarship is a maximum period of three (3) years. For further information regarding this Scholarship, please see the Terms and Conditions.

How To Apply

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

Additional information

Please include a statement of your background and interest in the project, your Curriculum Vitae (CV), and a copy of your undergraduate academic transcripts.

Enquiries may be emailed to Professor Vicki Bitsika

Closing Date: 30 September 2019