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PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Future Driver Monitoring Solutions for Heavy Vehicles Impact of driver fatigue, distraction and workload on driving performance and safety

Cutting-edge research involving road safety, traffic psychology, design and new technology

Faculty/Portfolio: Monash University Accident Research Centre, Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)

Location: Clayton campus

Remuneration: $30,000-35,000 per annum (tax-free stipend)

Duration: Three years, full-time

The Opportunity

A unique, exciting opportunity exists for an exceptionally talented candidate interested in undertaking a PhD at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, working on a joint Cooperative Research Centres project (CRC-P) with the technology developer 'Seeing Machines Limited' and the freight company 'Ron Finemore Transport Services Pty Limited'.

The Project

The PhD project will be one component of a broader project that aims to develop driver monitoring technology related to driver fatigue, distraction and workload. The PhD project will involve experimental studies using MUARC's driving simulators in which participants will drive in a range of conditions known to compromise safety and productivity (e.g., while drowsy, distracted and/or during complicated traffic environments). The impact of these conditions on driver performance and safety will be quantified, which will be critical in guiding the subsequent development of driver monitoring technologies.

The project academic supervisors are Associate Professor Michael Fitzharris and Professor Tim Horberry from the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will have:

* An Honours or Masters degree with H1 or equivalent
* An interest in applied psychology, design, engineering or road safety
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
* Ability to plan, organise, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
* Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem solving skills.

The successful candidate must be Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency.

The successful candidate will be expected to enrol in February or March 2017.


To submit an expression of interest application, please email the following documents to samantha.bailey@monash.edu as PDF attachments:

* Cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability (1 x A4 page maximum)
* Curriculum Vitae (CV), including relevant qualifications and a list of any published works
* Copy of academic transcripts (university level qualifications)
* Statement from the applicant explaining their interest in the field, particularly focussed on why they wish to pursue PhD training in this field (200 words maximum).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the Monash University Accident Research Centre.


Associate Professor Michael Fitzharris, Monash University Accident Research Centre, michael.fitzharris@monash.edu

Closing date

Friday 25 November 2016, 11.55pm AEDT

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