2013 PhD Scholarship in Evaluation of the Crash Vulnerability of Older Drivers in Australia

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University of Sydney offers PhD Scholarship funded by Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW and an ARC project grant. The scholarship is provided in Evaluation of the crash vulnerability of older drivers using GPS in-vehicle monitoring. Applicant should hold an appropriate Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in related discipline and/or professional experience in road safety policy and research. The scholarship stipend is APA rate + $10,000 per annum over a period of three years.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are provided for postgraduate research under the project title: PhD Scholarship – Evaluation of the crash vulnerability of older drivers using GPS in-vehicle monitoring.
Course Level: This scholarship is available for pursuing postgraduate research.
Scholarship Provider: Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW and an ARC project grant and University of Sydney
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia

Eligibility: Applicants should hold an appropriate Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in related discipline and/or professional experience in road safety policy and research. A Masters level qualification in public health, would be an advantage. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Australia or New Zealand can apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Description: This scholarship is funded by the Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW and an ARC project grant andUniversity of Sydney will provide support for 3 years on a full-time basis for a research project leading to a PhD. The successful candidate will join a research team in a dynamic and stimulating work environment. Project title: Evaluation of a program to enable older, at risk drivers to stop or limit driving, but maintain mobility. While older driver safety is an area of passionate debate which receives wide attention in the media, there is a lack of objective data on the safety profile of older drivers. At The George Institute, we are conducting a large randomised controlled trial evaluating a program designed to assist drivers make the transition to not driving. A key outcome of this trial is safety of older drivers and we will be using in-vehicle monitoring to evaluate driver safety. Each participant will have a ‘black box’ fitted to their vehicle which will remain in place for the duration of the 12 month research study. The equipment consists of a C4D Data Recorder with connected External GPS Receiver. The hardware includes an internal 3D accelerometer, tachograph, real-time clock, internal battery (1300mA) and 128MB of flash memory. Second by second GPS location will be integrated into a database of the road network. Incident involvement will be estimated from rapid decelerations and augmented by driving diaries. The associations between driving speed and functional status will be explored. Anthropometric measurements of trial participants in their own vehicles will be used to model driver ergonomics.

Number of awards: Not Known

Duration of awards: Scholarship is offered for 3 years.

What does it cover? The scholarship stipend is APA rate + $10,000 per annum over a period of three years (tax exempt).

How to Apply: Applications, including a cover letter, current CV, copy of academic transcripts, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, the names and contact details of at least two referees should be submitted to Dr Lisa Keay, Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted till March 25, 2013.

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