PhD Expression of Interest – Centre for Exercise and Healthy Brain Ageing

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
06 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute 

Established in 2003, QBI ( is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

The role

The successful candidate/s will be working on the funded Project entitled: "Optimising exercise for cognitive function in older adults" as a full-time PhD candidate in the area of exercise, physical activity and brain health, under the supervision of academic staff of the Project team at The University of Queensland. The successful candidate/s will be expected to contribute to data collection, data analysis and publication of results as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The person

Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic international and Australian science graduates ideally with a background in clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, physiotherapy or other relevant scientific disciplines. Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent and should be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.  Some expertise in exercise interventions and exercise prescription, particularly in an elderly population would be helpful. Further skills that will be highly considered include health and fitness measurements, physical activity measurement, exercise stress testing experience, blood sampling and biochemical skills. Candidates will have strong communication skills, be an excellent team player and be highly committed to developing their skills as a researcher. Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.

For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit  Commencement of the PhD program is fixed to a specific period within the Research Quarter.  Successful applicants should be available to commence in the Research Quarter immediately after the relevant UQ scholarship round.


Selected prospective international and domestic students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships.  The current living allowance stipend rate is AUD$26,682 per annum (2017 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years plus two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply). A top-up scholarship ($5,000 per annum) may be available to the successful candidate.  For further information on scholarships refer to:


To discuss this role and for further information, please contact Dr Mia Schaumberg at

To apply for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for the PhD program;

  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications (and impact factors), and relevant competencies;
  • Complete Tertiary Academic Record/s (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details), and award certificate/s; and
  • The name and contact details of three referees. 

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as published on their website:

Expression of Interest Closing Dates

Domestic Candidates: 1 April 2017  for consideration in relation to the next available UQ domestic scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 3 (July) 2017. 

International Candidates: 16 June 2017  for consideration in relation to the next available UQ International scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 1 (January) 2018.

Important: please do not send your application directly to the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement.  Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

For information on completing the application process click here.

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