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2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meeting

2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meetingin the IASP Global Year about Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain21 - 24 April 2024 | Darwin Convention Centre, NT

SPC Scholar Position

 Applications Now Open 

SPC Scholar Application Portal 

Deadline: 11.59pm AEDT, Tuesday 27 February 2024


The scholar position on the Australian Pain Society's Scientific Program Committee will seek to provide an opportunity for high calibre APS trainees to participate in the committee for a fixed term appointment of 12-months (April 2024 - April 2025), with the potential opportunity to then be invited to become a permanent member of the SPC.

Through active participation in a range of SPC activities the appointee will contribute to the planning of the Annual Scientific Meeting, and they will gain invaluable experiences and skills with mentorship from senior pain researchers and clinicians on the SPC. The scholar appointee will no doubt find that this experience puts them in very good stead for a strong future career in pain research.

Important Dates

Applications Open

Wednesday 31 January 2024
Applications Close

11.59pm AEDT, Tuesday 27 February 2024

Notification of Outcome Mid-Late March 2024


April 2024 - April 2025


Applicants must be:

  • A PhD student who has reached their confirmation milestone (i.e., in their second year or above)
  • An APS member, who is under the supervision of an APS member


  • Participate in regular SPC discussions and planning activities for the APS Annual Scientific Meeting. Scholar must abide by SPC guidelines and attend >80% of SPC meetings. Meetings are held 4.30 - 6.00pm (NSW time) Tuesdays.
  • Review free paper/poster abstracts, topical workshops and Rising Star Award applications, under the mentorship & supervision of a full SPC committee member.
  • Work with the Trainee Session committee and be actively involved in the organisation of the Trainee Session, including attendance at the ASM.

Application Process

  • Academic transcript
  • Letter of support from main PhD supervisor
  • A statement on the applicants PhD research (thesis title and overview of the aims, methods and key findings from the project to date; no more than 1 page)
  • A statement (250 words) on why the applicant wishes to join the SPC, including the applicant’s relevant skills, what they hope to contribute to the committee, and what skills or outcomes they hope to achieve from the role
  • Academic CV (4-page) outlining the applicants prior education, employment history for the past five years, and academic achievements and academic achievements and outputs (awards, publications, presentations, and funding)
  • Contact details for two referees

Conditions of Appointment

  • Only one position will be available each year
  • The appointment is for 12-months duration from one ASM to the next (April - April), with overlap of scholars ending/commencing. This allows the appointee to participate in all phases of the conference planning activities.
  • The appointee must have passed their confirmation of candidature
  • The appointee must have the support of their primary supervisor
  • The appointee must abide by the SPC guidelines and are required to attend >80% of the SPC meetings. If the appointee misses two or more consecutive meetings their membership will be reviewed
  • The appointee will attend a face-to-face meeting on Sunday 21 April at APS 2024 in Darwin.