Understanding patterns of physical activity across the lifespan

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.

The wide variation in patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in everyday life raises questions about the weakness of the traditional ‘one-size fits all’ approach used to explore relationships between physical activity and health. Although the importance of physical activity for health is well established, much assumed knowledge in this field is based on methods that classify people as ‘active’ or ‘inactive’ at one time point and do not account for changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.

This PhD project will be part of a program of research that aims to advance knowledge of patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life course. The project utilises self-report and accelerometer data from rich longitudinal population studies to:

  1. identify diverse patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, as they exist in natural environments.
  2. investigate if there are optimal ways to accumulate the same amount of physical activity to maximise health benefits.

The PhD opportunity is available for a student who can demonstrate academic achievements in the field of physical activity epidemiology or a related field. Experience working with large cohort data and statistical skills working with STATA, R or SAS is highly desirable. Familiarity with device-measured physical activity data is also highly desirable.

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 Gregore Iven Mielke

Faculty of Medicine

Email: g.ivenmielke@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 physical activity, epidemiology, and statistics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of physical activity epidemiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of statistical analysis and device-measured physical activity is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2025. 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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