Scholarship details

Study levels

Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
29 April 2022

What you'll receive

You will receive a living allowance for three years, indexed annually, of $30,000 per annum. The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.

Successful international students will also receive a HDR tuition fee sponsorship.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the PhD
  • enrol as a full-time, internal student
  • have an undergraduate degree in behavioural science, psychology, neuroscience, exercise science or a related discipline
  • have obtained first or second-class honours (H1) or equivalent
  • have knowledge of biological psychology and associated physiological measurement
  • possess excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.

It is desirable that you have experience in:

  • neurocognitive assessment
  • experimental psychology or sleep deprivation paradigms
  • physiological measure (e.g., electrocardiography; heart rate variability; electroencephalography)
  • SPSS, Qualtrics, and Inquisit (or equivalent computer programs).

How to apply

Email a CV and a Expression of Interest (detailing why you are applying for the scholarship and why you are an ideal candidate) to Professor Karen Sullivan by 29 April 2022.

These materials will be reviewed by a panel to identify a short list.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and encouraged to make a full application.

Conditions

The Scholarship will be governed by the QUTPRA (Domestic) or QUTPRA (International) scholarship rules.

About the scholarship

The Wearable Predictive Diagnostics: Mind & Body Performance Patch (MiBody) Project is funded by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) group’s Next Generation Technology Fund. The project aims to develop wearable sensor technology to monitor markers of physical and psychological stress. The project is offering a three-year PhD scholarship starting in early 2022. The scholarship is offered in the area of human neuroscience, psychological science, and biological psychology. The research is focused on understanding the biological, cognitive and psychological effects of acute stress exposure. This PhD project is in the area of psychological stress and will work primarily with our psychosocial stress and sleep deprivation teams.

The overall aims of this PhD project are to:

  • investigate the correlates of acute stress exposure and/or effects on extended physiological or cognitive measures
  • investigate the modulation of the stress response (e.g., in high and low risk groups)
  • investigate the properties of stress-responsive biomarkers in modified and/or novel contexts.

There is flexibility around the specific research questions that will be addressed, and these can be developed by the PhD student with support from the supervisory team.

Relevant backgrounds for this project include:

  • behavioural science
  • neuroscience
  • exercise science
  • related disciplines.

It is highly desirable that you have experience in:

  • neurocognitive assessment
  • experimental psychology and/or sleep deprivation paradigms
  • physiological measure (e.g., electrocardiography; heart rate variability; electroencephalography)
  • SPSS, Qualtrics, and Inquisit (or equivalent computer programs)

The PhD student will be supported by a multidisciplinary team with skills spanning:

  • psychology
  • neuroscience
  • imaging
  • exercise science
  • data science
  • sensor design
  • biomedical scientists
  • materials science and electrical engineering
  • computational modelling.

You will collaborate with other students and researchers from four faculties across six schools at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and collaborators at the University of Queensland (UQ), Griffith University, and the University of New England (UNE); Griffith University, and our funding partner.

For further information, please contact: Professor Karen Sullivan

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