PhD Scholarship for a trial to improve sleep in young drivers – Australia

Applications are invited for a Fully funded PhD Scholarship for a trial to improve sleep in young drivers at Institute for Social Science Research, the University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarships & Jobs presents PhD Scholarship for a trial to improve sleep in young drivers – Australia

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Traffic crashes are the number one cause of youth death globally. Young adults (18-24 years) constitute 15% of the Australian population but account for over 30% of crash-related fatalities. This is an unacceptable burden, and is one that existing approaches have failed to control. The proposed research is a direct response to this problem.

Many young adults are chronically sleep deprived, and restricted sleep duration appears to be the primary contributor to fatigue-related road crashes in young adults. Small increases in habitual sleep duration and improved sleep education may reduce sleep debt, and improve road safety in this vulnerable age group.

This 3-year PhD project will test the benefit of a sleep scheduling intervention on the driving performance of young adults who are at increased risk for fatigue-related crashes. The trial incorporates a complex, multi-method approach to data collection including the following;

  • Continuous ambulatory measurement of sleep-wake and driving behaviour using wearable and in-vehicle accelerometry
  • Physiological measurement of state and trait alertness and stress using electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Laboratory based measures of driving performance (e.g. desktop driving simulator) and other computerised tasks addressing cognitive risk factors, risk propensity and risk related behaviour

Benefits

Successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

  • Annual stipend of 27,596 AUD tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions

Eligibility

To be eligible for scholarship, an applicant must have/be:

  • Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Neuropsychology, Social science, Public Health, Epidemiology, or a related discipline such as Medicine
  • experience in quantitative applied research methods using ambulatory, mobile and/or computerised measures of physiology, driving, risky behaviour, cognition and/or emotion are highly desirable
  • relevant data design, collection, management and analytic skills are preferred
  • excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English Language

Application

Applicants for PhD scholarship are required to submit the following documents with application:

  • Academic CV
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • Evidence for meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements 
  • A copy of your Passport
  • Two referee reports from persons who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form

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Scholarships & Jobs presents PhD Scholarship for a trial to improve sleep in young drivers – Australia

PhD Scholarship for a trial to improve sleep in young drivers is open to International and Australian students at the University of Queensland, Australia.
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Institute Name: University of Queensland
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: July 28, 2019
Country: Australia
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