Scholarships and research support

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Our team has extensive experience in fostering training in clinical research and mentoring trainees from a range of professional disciplines. Trainees will be exposed to leading interdisciplinary sleep health research including multi-centre international and national research through the work of CIRUS investigators. Our goal is to create research leaders.

CIRUS investigators have numerous national and international collaborative links to allow training to be fostered and for trainee researchers to establish their own networks. In addition, a formal Cotutelle agreement between the University of Sydney and the University of Glasgow, UK allows approved PhD students to be co-supervised by academics of both institutions.

With our network of hospitals and research institutes in Sydney we provide excellent research facilities for clinical research including a purpose-built $10 million centre with a 12 bed sleep research laboratory and a state of the art circadian research facility.

Postgraduate Clinical Research and Training Opportunities in Interdisciplinary Sleep Health Research

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (part-time and full-time) and
Postgraduate Research Scholarships (full-time) commencing in 2014 at
NeuroSleep, the Centre for Translational Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology

NeuroSleep, a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE), opening in early 2014 will integrate research from neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, respiratory neurobiology, chronobiology, imaging, and biophysics. The goal of the centre is to better understand how disrupted sleep leads to impaired brain function and how these problems can be prevented or managed to improve health.

Please click here for further information about these research opportunities.
Closing date: 28th February 2014

Research training

Research training consists of one-year clinical research programs, post-doctoral career development fellowships and PhD scholarships. All training programs have an evidence-based practice theme providing opportunities for supervised completion of systematic reviews and translation of evidence into practice. Fields of research will broadly encompass metabolic health and sleep disorders; neurobehavioural and neurobiological interactions with sleep health; increasing effectiveness of treatments for sleep disorders, and new biomarkers of sleep health.

Clinical research fellowships

This popular one year program of strongly mentored protected clinical research time is combined with limited clinical work. Trainees will have an active role in interdisciplinary clinics. This fellowship would suit senior advanced trainees or recently FRACP qualified physicians who wish to pursue a clinical research year or are considering a higher degree in sleep or respiratory research. The program is suitable for a wide range of physician advanced training specialties (sleep, respiratory, neurology, endocrinology, etc.), pharmacists, epidemiologists, nurses and psychologists, and for non-physician medical practitioners such as ENT surgeons or GPs. Fellows are encouraged to continue in a higher degree research program at the end of their fellowship.

Postdoctoral fellowships

These fellowships are suitable for outstanding researchers within 1-6 years of the award of their PhD. Successful candidates are able to choose an appropriate project with one of the CIRUS investigators. Salary is dependent on experience and track record. The duration of the post-doctoral fellowship is one year in the first instance with the possibility of one year extension. Part-time and full-time positions are offered.

PhD scholarships

PhD scholarships are for research that will be supervised or co-supervised by the CIRUS investigators at the participating institutions. Preference will be given to candidates enrolled, or intending to enrol, in a PhD. It is expected that CIRUS scholarship holders will apply for other formal awards (e.g. NMHRC, APA, UPA scholarships, etc.).

Travel grants

Travel awards are available to support CIRUS funded PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and clinical research fellows. The travel grants are aimed at assisting our outstanding PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers to attend relevant national and/or international interdisciplinary sleep health forums where they can present their work, exchange scientific information with their peers and make relevant contacts in the field that would help them in their career path.

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CIRUS chief investigators and their fields of research

Investigator Institution Email Field of Research
Prof Ron Grunstein Woolcock Institute of Medical Research;
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Neurobiology & Epidemiology
Prof Craig Anderson The George Institute for Global Health Neurological & Vascular
A/Prof Peter Liu Woolcock Institute of Medical Research;
Concord Hospital, Sydney
Endocrine & Metabolic
Prof Peter Cistulli Woolcock Institute of Medical Research;
Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Dental Sleep Medicine
& Upper Airway Structure
A/Prof Nick Glozier University of Sydney Psychiatry & Psychology
Prof Carol Armour University of Sydney Pharmacy-based Practice / Services for Sleep Health
Prof Peter Robinson University of Sydney Sleep-Wake Dynamics & EEG Modelling
Prof Guy Marks Woolcock Institute of Medical Research;
Liverpool Hospital, Sydney
Chronic Respiratory Disease & Sleep