Institution (Location)
Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute, Physical Activity Research Group
Start Date
December 31, 2019
Position Description

PhD Scholarship details here:

The topic of the PhD research program is ‘Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time in families using technologies’ (e.g., web, smartphone apps, activity trackers). The specific PhD studies will be discussed with the supervisory team, and the PhD scholar can bring in his/her own ideas on the specific PhD studies. The student will gain key skills and training in fundamental higher degree research including systematic literature searches, study design qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analyses, project management, statistics and scientific writing. The student will be hosted at CQUniversity, North Rockhampton campus, with opportunity to collaborate with researchers of the other universities. Selection of applicants will be based on merit. To complete a PhD program in ‘Public Health’, on the research topic ‘Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time in families using technology’. The PhD scholar will be supervised by Dr Stephanie Schoeppe (Research Fellow), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHF) Early Career Fellow.

Location: Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Campus Scholarship Value: $27,596 (annual)

Length of Scholarship: 3 years (Doctoral Candidates).

Full-time Number Available: 1

Closing date: Open

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

Applications are invited from candidates who have or can demonstrate: – Potential in qualitative and quantitative research and statistical analysis; – Abilities to review and critique literature extensively and systematically, – Excellent communication skills and are able to engage with children, families and community organisations, – Strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines, – Well-developed computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Endnote, and SPSS or similar statistical software. In addition, expertise in physical activity and sedentary behaviour research is desirable, but not essential. Candidates with a health promotion or chronic disease prevention background are also encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be required to publish papers related to their thesis during the period of candidature. The successful candidate will be required to engage with children, families and community organisations, and potentially travel for data collection purposes around Australia. The successful applicant must commence their candidature in 2019.

How to Apply

The application should be submitted by e-mail ([email protected]). The closing date is open at the moment. The commencement date is negotiable but the PhD Candidate must start in 2019. Please contact Dr Stephanie Schoeppe ([email protected]) for any questions. Please include in the application: 1. A letter of motivation describing your skills and research expertise, 2. Your current resume and a list of your publications and projects, 3. A list of three references together with contact information, and 4. If available, examples of scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis). Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available.



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