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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Close date
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Academic background
Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
Psychological Medicine (Wellington)
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Sarah McKenzie


We are looking for high quality PhD candidates interested in research focused on suicide and mental health.

We would especially encourage an interest in the following priority areas of suicide research:

  • Suicide narratives
  • Assisted suicide
  • Qualitative suicide research methods
  • Gender and suicide
  • Specific occupational groups and suicide
  • Sociological autopsies

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have excellent grades at the Masters level in any of the following disciplines: psychology, criminology, social sciences, health sciences, nursing, or related discipline
  • Be enthusiastic, self-directed and passionate about research
  • Have some research background or work experience in mental health
  • Be able to commit to undertaking a PhD full-time (minimum three years)

If selected for our programme, we will assist in processing the scholarship application.

To put forward an expression of interest you will need to provide us with the following:

  • A cover letter that explains your proposed topic and what you could contribute to research in suicide and mental health
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcript
  • A sample of your writing
  • The names and contact details of three referees (preferably academic)

The work will be based in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand and will be supervised by Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and Dr Sarah McKenzie.

Visit here for more information about the research group see.


Dr Gabrielle Jenkin

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