INTERESTED IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SLEEP? THINKING OF DOING A PhD? APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR COMMENCEMENT IN JULY 2018!
The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRC-PAN) at the University of Newcastle, Australia invites applications from motivated and outstanding graduates to undertake a PhD as part of the Centre’s ongoing research that is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC).
One PhD scholarship is available under the supervision of Associate Professor Mitch Duncan and Dr Stina Oftedal. The PhD will focus on understanding the combined influence of physical activity and sleep on the health and wellbeing of adults. The program of research may include epidemiological studies and/or behavioural interventions.
Increasing physical activity and improving sleep are important to improve health
Adults spend two thirds of each day awake and one third asleep. When awake, the volume, pattern and intensity of physical activity that people engage in, and their engagement in other lifestyle behaviours such as diet, influences their risk of CVD and other chronic diseases. Healthy sleep is not just about duration, it is a duration, quality and timing of sleep that leave you feeling refreshed, and healthy sleep also reduces chronic disease risk. However, relatively little is known about the combined influence of physical activity and sleep on health and few interventions aim to improve both behaviours. The successful applicant will work with the supervisory team to develop a program of research that will enhance understanding of the combined influence of physical activity and sleep on health and wellbeing, and/or evaluating the efficacy of interventions that aim to improve these behaviours.
- Applicants must be either an Australian or New Zealand permanent residents, or international applicants may apply.
- Applicants should ideally hold a First Class Honours degree, and/or a Master’s degree in a relevant field, including but not limited to public health, psychology, sleep medicine and/or health promotion.
- Demonstrated experience in quantitative research methods. Previous authorship of peer-reviewed research would be an advantage, but not strictly required.
- Desirable attributes of applicants: Committed and hardworking, self-directed and organised, high level of oral and written communication skills, and capability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Interested applicants should send their cover letter (detailing your research experience to date, and the project area you would prefer to work in) and CV to:
Associate Professor Mitch Duncan – Mitch.Duncan@newcastle.edu.au by the 9th of November, 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview (in person/skype) and may be required to submit a short written piece of work relevant to the area of study.
WHAT DOES THE FULL TIME SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE?
The most suitable candidate will be offered the position with the following conditions provided:
- An annual living allowance of $27,082 per annum (2018 rate – indexed annually) for both domestic and international candidates. This will be awarded for 3.5 years
- A relocation allowance of $1500 may be provided
- A full tuition fee scholarship
- Overseas student health cover – single cover for International students
Further information on the Centre can be found at:
Associate Professor Mitch Duncan’s University of Newcastle research profile can be found at:
Dr Stina Oftedal’s University of Newcastle research profile can be found at:
Further information on the application process can be found at: