PhD Scholarship - Using linked data to support evidence-based prevention of serious road traffic crashes

Monash University
October 02, 2022
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PhD Scholarship - Using linked data to support evidence-based

prevention of serious road traffic crashes

Job No.: 640962

Location: 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $30,000 per year (tax free)

The Opportunity

One fully-funded PhD scholarship is available to support evidence-based prevention of serious road traffic crashes using a globally unique linked dataset. The PhD program will be hosted by the Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group and Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Group in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

The central goal of this PhD program is to advance the understanding of how serious crashes occur and evaluate interventions to prevent these crashes. This project will use a globally-unique data system of detailed crash, injury and long-term outcome data (using data from the Victorian State Trauma Registry, TAC, Victoria Police, Department of Transport and Ambulance Victoria). Through this data system, this project will evaluate existing and novel countermeasures to serious road traffic crashes, with a preference for focus on pedestrians and cyclists. Understanding the effectiveness of existing and novel countermeasures will inform policy development, infrastructure implementation and future road safety spending. The PhD program may draw upon epidemiology, biostatistics, spatial science, data science and health economics methods. It is anticipated that the outcomes of the project will save lives and reduce the occurrence of disabling road traffic injury in Australia.

The candidate will work within a vibrant and interdisciplinary team, and be provided opportunity to develop skills in a diversity of domains, drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary and globally-recognised team of supervisors and collaborators. The skills acquired through this PhD will open many opportunities for the student wishing to pursue a career in academia, government or industry, particularly given the interdisciplinary experience and the ability to work with and communicate with a variety of people and organisations. The student will be provided with opportunities to engage with government and non-government organisations relevant to the project (including Victorian Government road safety partners), as well as being immersed in a diversity of existing research programs. This project provides the student with a unique opportunity to sit at the forefront of road safety and public health research, with an application that has the potential to save lives and reduce the burden of road transport-related injury.

Eligibility Requirements

Monash University seeks applicants for this opportunity who are able to demonstrate and present valid and current Australian work rights.

Candidates will need to fulfil the Monash University minimum requirements for admission to a PhD detailed here: www.

The successful applicant will also need to possess a current valid Police Check.

It is expected that applicants will have expertise in epidemiology, data science, spatial science or other related modelling/statistics domains.

The project is based in Melbourne, Australia, and is available for immediate start.

We encourage applications from First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people of all genders, sexualities and age groups.

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So What's Next?

To submit an expression of interest, please send a CV and cover letter to Associate Professor Ben Beck,


Associate Professor Ben Beck, +61 3 9903 0316

Closing Date

Sunday 2 October 2022, 11:55pm AEDT

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