PhD Scholarship – Science Education

Opens: Monday 5th September 2022
Closes: Friday 7th October
Study Level: PhD

About:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education seeks expressions of interest from eligible graduates for a funded PhD in Science Education. This funded PhD project is a remarkable opportunity to study science education in the context of an international physics research project investigating dark matter. The project is a component of a larger collaboration between science education academics at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL). SUPL is located 1km underground at the Stawell Goldmine in Stawell, Victoria. This multi-year international research project incorporates an investment in science outreach with the Stawell community and schools giving rise to a remarkable opportunity to undertake science education research in a setting that is rare in scale, education investment and provision of access to
cutting edge physics research.

The project will investigate:

Science Outreach and Identity (supervised by Dr Victoria Millar and Professor Jan van Driel)

Low and declining participation in science has been an ongoing concern for a number of decades. The formation of students’ aspirations and science identity are often used as a way to understand why students do or do not pursue science and also the pathways to increased student participation in science. In order to better understand the influence of science outreach on science aspirations and identity, this project will investigate how the Dark Matter outreach program provided to local schools can influence young people’s science identity with a particular focus on underrepresented groups. This project would suit a candidate with a background in science, science education or science communication interested in promoting science participation. An understanding of science identity and issues around science participation particularly by underrepresented groups would be beneficial. The candidate would be willing to work collaboratively with a team of interdisciplinary researchers from education and science and available to travel to country Victoria for data collection. Experience with science education research and its methods is highly desirable.

The PhD project will be supervised by science education academics at MGSE and it is imagined that this collaborative project will provide a rich interdisciplinary research environment for PhD students. The PhD candidates will be situated in the Mathematics, Science, Technology Education Academic Group (MSTEG), where they will benefit from connecting with other PhD candidates and the range of research seminars that MSTEG runs.

Benefits:

The successful candidates will receive a $32,400 pro rata per year for 3.5 years of the PhD (full time).

Eligibility:

To be eligible or considered for this scholarship, you must:
o Satisfy the School’s PhD entry requirements of a grade average in excess of 80% (H1) or equivalent
o Must commence in 2022
o Must be enrolled full-time
o Submit a research proposal with their application that meets the quality standards of a PhD;

EOI:

To submit an EOI please forward:
o Curriculum vitae – with a focus on previous research and professional experience, current
educational qualifications, research and professional publications
o Academic transcript
o Any other relevant documentation eg examples of previous academic writing

To Dr Victoria Millar at vmillar@unimelb.edu.au by Friday 7th October 2022
Please also get in touch prior is you have questions regarding the scholarship, project or eligibility.

Outcome:

Candidates will be advised of the outcome of their EOI by email as soon as possible.

In the case you are successful you will be required to submit a full application that includes:

o A research proposal stating the rationale, aims, conceptual framework and methodological design of your PhD project. The proposal should be approx. 5-6000 words (excluding references)
o Curriculum vitae – with a focus on previous research and professional experience, current educational qualifications, research and professional publications
o Academic transcript
o Two referee letters

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