The University of Newcastle, Australia

Combined Influence of Physical Activity and Sleep on Health

Closing Date: 09 November 2018

PhD Scholarship

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.

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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). 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.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

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. The successful applicant will need to meet the minimum admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with a cover letter (detailing your research experience to date, and the project area you would prefer to work in) and CV.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 09 November 2018.

Applications Close 09 November 2018

Contact Associate Professor Mitch Duncan
Phone +61 2 4921 7805

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