VisionScienceList: PhD Scholarship in driving research

Paul Treffner (
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 15:30:47 +1000

PhD scholarship in the perceptual and biomechanical constraints on
driving performance

School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science,
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

The School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science, Griffith University,
Gold Coast, seeks applications from well-qualified persons for a PhD
scholarship to investigate the perceptual and biomechanical
constraints on driving performance. Funding will be provided for 3
years ($21,080 per annum) of full-time PhD study. The applicant must
be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and should have
either an Honours 1 or high 2.A undergraduate degree, or have
considerable research experience from industry in a relevant area.

The project is funded by an Australian Research Council SPIRT
(Strategic Partnerships in Industry - Research and Training) grant and
is in collaboration with the Performance Driving Centre (PDC),
Norwell, QLD. Using biomechanical and dynamical analysis techniques,
the research will investigate how perception and action are tightly
coordinated during the task of automobile driving, and how drivers can
learn to drive more safely and effectively. Experiments will be
undertaken at PDC's driver-training track in Mercedes vehicles
instrumented to collect relevant performance variables. Of particular
interest will be issues related to the relation between postural
stability, optical information, and control. The successful PhD
candidate should have knowledge and interest in issues of motor
control, coordination, and skill, and/or knowledge in biomechanics and
instrumentation for the collection of behavioural data. The project is
under the supervision of Dr Paul Treffner (motor control) and Mr Rod
Barrett (biomechanics). The candidate will be required to enroll in
full-time PhD studies at Griffith University in the School of
Physiotherapy & Exercise Science. The successful applicant will have
reasonable travel and relocation expenses reimbursed and will be
provided with a vacation allowance.

Please submit a CV before the closing date of February 14th 2000, and
direct any further enquiries to Paul Treffner.

For further details, please see:

Dr. Paul Treffner
School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
Griffith University, Gold Coast,
PMB 50, Gold Coast Mail Centre,
QLD 9726, Australia.
Tel: (07) 55 948215
Paul Treffner,
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Griffith University
Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726
Tel: +61 7 55 948215 Fax: +61 7 55 948674