Where can your PhD take you?

The Network of Early Career Sleep Researchers in Training (NEST) and CogSleep Academy invite you to learn from three senior researchers about career paths in sleep research.

This webinar is targeted to early career researchers and PhD candidates, who might be wondering what avenues are open to them post-PhD. There's a stellar line up of 3 guest speakers, who will talk about their own experience post-PhD and answer your burning questions during a panel discussion. 




Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith (Murdoch University)
Stephanie Rainey-Smith was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience from King’s College London .Today, she is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, and Associate Professor at Murdoch University, where she leads the Lifestyle Approaches Towards Cognitive Health (LATCH) Research Group. Her primary research focus is investigating modifiable risk factors such as sleep, diet, and physical activity, as well as nutraceutical agents, as potential preventative, and therapeutic interventions for maintaining healthy brain ageing. She employs multidisciplinary research approaches, combining modifiable risk factors and interventions with clinical, neuroimaging and fluid-based biomarker outcome measures. 


 Dr Ian Dunican (Melius Consulting/ Sleep4Performance)
Ian worked for ten years at Rio Tinto in health, safety, and business improvement roles in Australia and worldwide. In 2014, Ian undertook his PhD at the University of Western Australia, working with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Force Super Rugby team investigating sleep and performance in elite combat and contact athletes. In conjunction, he started two businesses; Melius Consulting, which focuses on industry improvement, where he works with mining, oil and gas, rail, energy, and safety-critical industry and Sleep4Performance, which focuses on athletic improvement.
He holds an adjunct position at the University of Western. In addition, he is involved in numerous research projects globally related to sleep and regularly publishes in academic journals.

 Dr Andrew Tucker (Sleeptite)
As the Director of Research and Development for Sleeptite, Dr Andrew Tucker oversees all aspects of product development and research programs within the company. With over 19 years of experience in institutional R&D, industry innovation, and commercialisation, he has developed several solutions, devices, and capabilities in the areas of sleep health, wellbeing, performance, and occupational safety. 
Andrew has held senior executive roles across industry-research consortia, university and healthtech start-up sectors. Prior to joining Sleeptite, Andrew was the inaugural director of the Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium (ASAC) - the R&D division of the Sleep Health Foundation - where he led the establishment of ASAC to build upon the outputs, expertise and legacy of the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC). Andrew holds a PhD in Psychophysiology and continues to be involved in applied research through an adjunct academic appointment at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University.


This webinar is free for everyone, but registration is required. To register you will need to log in with your member details, or create an account on this website if you’re not a member.

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Attendees will automatically receive 1 CPD hour credit and a certificate through the ASA Learning Centre.

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Inquiries about this webinar should be directed to Kristen Ellard.

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2023

Time: 11am NSW, Victoria, ACT, Queensland
10:30am South Australia, NT             
9am WA 
1pm New Zealand

6/28/2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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