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PhD Scholarship - Agent-based modelling of interventions to increase cycling as an active and sustainable mode of transport

Job No.: 626948

Location: 553 St Kida Road, Melbourne

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate, as per the Monash Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend

Two 3-year PhD stipends ($29,500 AUD per year, tax free) are being offered through Dr Beck’s Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT210100183).

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The Opportunity:

Two fully-funded PhD scholarships are available in agent-based modelling to explore interventions to increase cycling as an active, safe, and sustainable mode of transport. The PhD programs will be hosted by the Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

The central goal of these PhD programs is to advance the understanding of how interventions (e.g. infrastructure, behaviour change campaigns, equipment, financial incentives) affect cycling participation, and how these interventions might also impact health and equity (e.g. increasing cycling in typically underrepresented groups, such as in women and in lower socioeconomic areas). Specifically, the projects will explore what factors may drive modal shift toward greater uptake of cycling (e.g. private car disincentives, cycling incentives) and how those policies work and potentially interact. The PhD programs may draw upon quantitative (discrete choice experiments) and qualitative (focus groups, semi-structured interviews) methods, evidence reviews, agent-based modelling and health impact assessments.

These PhD programs will enable a better understanding of key policies and interventions needed to increase cycling participation and maximise health and equity outcomes.

These PhD programs will be supervised by Dr Ben Beck (Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University) and Dr Jason Thompson (Senior Research Fellow, Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD), Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne).

Selection criteria:

Minimum entry requirements can be found here:

It is expected that applicants will have expertise in agent-based modelling, complex systems modelling, microsimulation or other related modelling/mathematical/computer science/computational social science domains.

If this sounds like a position that suits your current career focus we look forward to hearing from you.

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How to apply

For general instructions on how to apply for roles at Monash, please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".

Please email your application to Dr Ben Beck, Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University,

Interested candidates that meet the requirements must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and include: a cover letter (that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability and their motivation to apply), CV, academic transcripts, and evidence of English language proficiency (if appropriate).

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