Institution (Location)
Early Start Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong. Australia
Start Date
July 31, 2015
Position Description

EFFECTS OF REDUCED SITTING ON TODDLERS’ CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: A CLUSTER RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CANDIDATE

In conjunction with the research and data collection team, the PhD candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining positive relationships with children, parents and Childcare Service staff, assisting with data collection, data analysis, report writing, and disseminating findings to the community.

FUNDING SUPPORT

The PhD scholarship includes a stipend of $25,000 per year for 3 years.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

LOCATION

Early Start Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia.

OVERVIEW

The levels of sedentary behaviour are alarmingly high in toddlers, yet little is known about the effect of this behaviour on cognitive development and executive functions during early childhood. This 15-month cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) will examine the effects of reducing sitting time on cognitive development and executive functions in Australian toddlers from low socio-economic families. The objective of the PhD program is to perform secondary analysis of this RCT, by assessing the effects of the intervention on toddlers’ cardiovascular health. This study will involve about 250 toddlers from Wollongong.

How to Apply

INQUIRIES

Please contact Dr Rute Santos ([email protected]) with any questions about the scholarship.

CLOSING AND STARTING DATES

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the scholarship. The position has a starting date in 2015, to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

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