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  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Company: University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Location: Queensland
  • Contact: mschaum1@usc.edu.au
  • Qualifications: Detailed description below
  • Salary: Scholarship Opportunity

PhD Scholarship in Exercise, Cognition and Healthy Ageing at the University of the Sunshine Coast

We have a scholarship available to enrol an outstanding PhD student in the School of Health and Sports Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The Project
Emerging evidence suggests that regions of the brain involved in learning and memory can respond to lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise even in older age, however the best type of exercise for brain health during ageing is yet to be determined. Importantly, understanding the biological basis for how physical exercise impacts the brain will be key in optimising exercise prescription for the prevention of cognitive decline. Our developing understanding of endocrine cross-talk between skeletal muscle and the brain leads us to consider the potential utility of progressive resistance training for maintaining brain health during ageing. This project will utilise novel blood-based, body composition and cognitive biomarkers to understand the role of muscle mass in maintaining brain health during ageing.

The Position
In examining the role of muscle mass in maintaining brain health during ageing, several physiological measures will be monitored over a period of 12 months, including body composition, blood biomarkers, muscle strength and cognitive performance. The successful applicant will be involved in participant recruitment, testing and training of older individuals in a clinical exercise intervention and will have the opportunity to develop a wide research skill set in exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry and applied neuroscience.

The Person
We are seeking a candidate who:

  • Has an Honours or Research Masters degree in an area of allied health, for example Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Science, or Nursing (or equivalent) or will have by mid-2019; or relevant work and/or research experience
  • Has relevant research experience and publications (very highly desirable)
  • Is willing to become dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and phlebotomy qualified
  • Is a highly motivated individual who possesses a strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • Has excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and within a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to think laterally
  • Has demonstrated organisational ability and good record-keeping skills
  • Has an interest in working with the older adult population
  • Laboratory skills are desirable but not essential.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of the Sunshine Coast, including English language requirements. Review information here 

Remuneration (the scholarship)
The successful application will receive a living allowance stipend rate of $27 596 per annum (index annually in line with RTP rate). The scholarship is only available to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents. For further information on the scholarships including terms and conditions, please click here

For further information about the research project or to discuss the position, please contact Dr Mia Schaumberg (mschaum1@usc.edu.au).

Please note that at this stage of the process you do not need to complete any online application form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by lead researchers and the successful application will be provided with information on how to apply for admission to USC.

Applications will be considered up to June 2019, for a September 2019 start

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