Postgraduate Scholarship in Improving Travel Survey Methods
A full-time postgraduate research scholarship is available for a PhD candidate. This scholarship is offered collaboratively by Ipsos, a world-renowned market research company, and the University of Sydney Business School. The candidate will be based at the world-renowned Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies within the University of Sydney Business School.
The broad aim of the research is to improve the knowledge base around contemporary travel survey approaches designed to support transport policy analysis. Particularly given the wealth of new technological approaches and online data sources potentially available, there is a crucial need to systematically assess the impact of different approaches on participation levels, diligence, survey bias, data quality and future survey costs.
The applicant should have a strong Honours 1 or 2A degree (or equivalent) or Masters level degree in disciplines with a strong behavioural focus including transport, human geography, psychology, marketing, and engineering. Experience with survey research itself, while desirable, is not essential, but a demonstrable interest in new technologies is expected. IT/programming skills would be a bonus, but are not essential. It is expected that applicants will have strong analytical and quantitative skills as well as good written and oral communication skills.
The successful applicant will also need to meet the academic entry requirements and follow the procedures for enrolment in the University of Sydney Business School Higher degree by Research program (http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/research/entry_requirements). Candidates must commence by March 2016 (Research Period 2). The award cannot be deferred.
The scholarship is valued at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship is paid as a stipend on a fortnightly basis.
This scholarship does not cover any tuition fees payable by candidates although exceptional international applicants may be considered for a fee award. There are also funding opportunities to attend one conference per year and other expenses linked to PhD program.
For further information, contact Professor Stephen Greaves, Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies (C37), The University of Sydney Business School (Phone: 9114-1835; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Applications should be e-mailed direct to Prof Greaves by 5pm Friday 4th September, 2015.
To apply, please include:
1) Academic transcripts,
2) Curriculum Vitae,
3) Details of two academic referees familiar with your studies, and
4) A cover letter indicating your interests in this research area and why you consider yourself suitable for the scholarship.
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