Sleepy and Sitting: A Dual Curse for the Modern Workforce

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Dr Grace Vincent
Professor Sally Ferguson, Dr Michele Lastella, Professor Corneel Vandelanotte


We are looking for a PhD student to work on an exciting program of research investigating the impact of inadequate sleep and prolonged sitting on markers of health and performance. As a PhD student in our team, you will be located within CQUniversity's Appleton Institute (Adelaide), and have the opportunity to work with researchers and other students at the Institute. In particular, you will be a member of the Operational Readiness and Resilience Team led by Professor Sally Ferguson, which conducts industry-driven innovative research in the area of sleep, work, health and safety. We expect the 'sleepy and sitting' project to provide significant benefits for working Australians whose health and safety is compromised due to their exposure to both inadequate sleep and prolonged sitting. It will also contribute to the evidence base for workplace policies and public health guidelines. Your research will be based at Australia's largest time-isolated sleep research facility which includes: six bedrooms with ensuites, specialised equipment for collection and analysis of biological samples, and a suite of tests to assess behavioural function including driving simulators. The successful applicant will be based in Adelaide for the duration of their candidature.

Medical and Health Sciences| Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Sleep, Physical activity, Health
From October 2019


Australian Research Council
Direct Project Support and Conference Travel Support

Other special notes

A scholarship may be available.

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3,000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4,500 for Conference Travel Support

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