Disentangling the relationship between sleep and pain

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.

We are seeking a PhD student with a background in biomedical, medical and/or rehabilitative sciences to join our team to contribute to a body of work that aims to identify if and how sleep influences pain. Projects will involve the measurement and analysis of sleep and neuro-immune responses in the “real world” to understand how daily variations in sleep – one of the most important, yet modifiable health behaviours – drive the day-to-day “waxing and waning” of back pain. The work will involve a multidisciplinary team to address this challenging issue.

Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical science, biology, medicine, physiotherapy or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at The University of Queensland; knowledge of pain physiology; experience with statistical programs for data analysis; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.

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 David Klyne

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Email: d.klyne@uq.edu.au

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 sleep EEG analysis and molecular biology methods would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biomedical/medical sciences, biology, physiotherapy, or a related field and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of sleep and pain physiology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

This project is open only to domestic students in Australia.

How to apply

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

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