Child sleep development in the context of family work lives

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

You will be embedded within a large ARC funded longitudinal study of children’s sleep development. The Sleep Transitions and Regulatory Study (STARs) is a 5-year longitudinal study of sleep development tracking over 200 children from 1-5 years of age.  Working alongside this diverse research team, the selected PhD scholar will undertake a series of studies using naturalistic experimental designs to investigate the sleep practices experienced by children across different social environments, and the impacts of transitions in care environments on sleep patterns of children and their families. 

The project will provide opportunity to develop advance skills in the application of ambulatory sleep devices (actigraphs) to measure child and family sleep patterns, direct in-situ, and video observations to measure sleep practices in home and childcare settings and the conduct of naturalistic experimental studies of children and families in diverse community settings. Through collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Queensland Children’s Hospital and key early education and care providers, the selected candidate will be provided with opportunity to develop skills in the translation of research into practices to support children and their families.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Sally Staton

Queensland Brain Institute


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of child and/or sleep development and observational and/or experimental research methods would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of psychology, developmental science, public health or social science and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of quantitative data analysis and application of advanced statistical techniques is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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