PhD Scholarship, Tackling Congestion on Victorian Roads Project

Melbourne, Australia
10 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 3-year scholarship position
  • Salary: annual living allowance based on Monash University’s Research Training Program (RTP), stipend of $26,682 per annum (2017 rate - indexed annually), plus a top-up living allowance of $2,000 per year
  • Fully supported training and development program – springboard your career!

Exciting opportunity to work with some of Monash University's leading academics and VicRoads to tackle the issue of road congestion.

What is the Project?

In October 2017 Monash University and government agency partners announced that, for the first time in Australia, 18 applied behaviour change PhD scholarships would be offered through the Monash Graduate Research Industry Partnership program (GRIP).

The Behaviour Change GRIP seeks to meet strong demand for behavioural researchers who are willing and able to work with some of Australia’s leading government agencies to co-design and deliver new interdisciplinary behaviour change approaches to help solve public policy issues.

VicRoads, a world leading agency that plans, develops and manages the road network throughout Victoria, is seeking to work with a talented PhD candidate to examine and formulate strategies to reduce road congestion for all Victorians.

What are we aiming to achieve?

Road congestion is becoming a major issue in Victoria, particularly in Melbourne during peak times. Tackling congestion and improving the driver experience represents a major challenge for VicRoads, but in order to make informed decisions it needs better information on why different groups of drivers choose specific travel modes, times and routes.

This project will gather evidence on driver behaviour and explore how different communication channels and message content can influence travel choices. This knowledge can then be used to inform strategies for how to manage congestion.

Why apply for this scholarship?

As the successful candidate, you will be supported through a comprehensive training and education program and have the opportunity to work alongside a large cohort of behaviour change PhD candidates working with other GRIP partners.

You will also have the opportunity to work with some of Monash University's leading academics from BehaviourWorks Australia and the Faculties of Arts, Law, Business and Economics, the Monash University Accident Research Centre and Monash Sustainable Development Institute, developing your professional connections and propelling your career forward.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work in close partnership with VicRoads – a world leading agency in the field of raising awareness of road risks and behaviours.

What are we seeking in you?

We want your entrepreneurial mindset and a strong interest in solving public policy issues in an interdisciplinary manner, your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and your willingness to travel and work from different locations to achieve the aims of this project.

Ideally you will hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (H1) or qualifications and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University. Concerned your qualifications don’t meet the H1 level?  Your experience as a researcher could be considered equivalent! Check our eligibility equivalencies for more details.

Closing date:

To ensure you do not miss out on this outstanding opportunity, submit your application by Sunday 21st January to be considered for this role.

To apply simply download and complete an Expression of Interest form via the following weblink: