PhD Scholarship, Reducing Driver Distraction 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!

Collaborate with leading Monash academics and VicRoads representatives to reduce driver distraction on the roads.

What is the Reducing Driver Distraction 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 in raising awareness of road trauma and risk and a committed GRIP partner, is seeking to work with a talented PhD candidate to better understand the impact that touchscreens have on our driving behaviour.

What are we aiming to achieve?

Touchscreens enable and facilitate activities that take drivers attention off the road, with recent research showing that reading a text message takes four seconds. This distraction is exacerbated by increased journey times due to congestion and a desire to be connected, entertained and productive. This project will examine the efficacy of interventions designed to encourage drivers to stay focused on the road.

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 with some of Monash University's leading academics from BehaviourWorks Australia, the Monash University Accident Research Centre, the Faculties of Arts, Law, Business and Economics and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

You will also learn from and work alongside a large cohort of behaviour change PhD candidates working with other GRIP partners, enabling you to develop strong professional connections and propel your career forward

This is an exceptional opportunity to work in close partnership with VicRoads and BehaviourWorks Australia to conduct applied research that will have significant impacts on reducing the road toll and an enormous community benefit!

What are we seeking in you?

We want your entrepreneurial mindset and your dedicated 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: