First listed on: 03 March 2023

Job No.: 649123

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: A Monash University Accident Research Centre Foundation Scholarship of $40,000* p.a. 2023 full-time rate (tax-free stipend) - annually indexed plus allowances as per the stipend conditions 

*Please note, the scholarship includes a $33,000 stipend and a $7,000 top-up.

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The Opportunity

A unique, exciting opportunity exists for an exceptionally talented candidate interested in undertaking a PhD at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). MUARC is Australia's largest and most respected accident and injury prevention research organisation. MUARC’s research, consultancy, training and scientific expertise include safety in all modes of transport, in the workplace, in the community and in the home. MUARC’s goal is simple but profound: to prevent injury, save lives, and build futures.

Peter Vulcan Scholarship: The Peter Vulcan Scholarship is named after one of the most distinguished road safety scholars in Australia, with a career spanning over 40 years. Professor Vulcan AM was Founding Director of MUARC until his retirement in 1998, which equated to 11 years of outstanding service. He was previously the Chairman of the Road Safety and Traffic Authority, Commonwealth Department of Transport.

The scholarship was established in 2001 and was first awarded to Ben Brooks, whose doctoral thesis aimed to develop an online tool to assist small businesses with Occupational Health & Safety. Dr Brooks went on to become a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania and has also held professional safety management positions in state government.

With the scholarship now vacant, potential PhD candidates have the opportunity to apply for this scholarship at MUARC and undertake their studies in one of the following broad injury prevention areas:

  • Disaster resilience, preparedness and management
  • Falls prevention
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Injury outcomes
  • Injury prevention in lower and middle-income countries
  • Road/Transport safety
  • Workplace safety

As part of the application process, potential PhD candidates are invited to submit a research proposal (approximately 1 page).

Potential PhD candidates can submit a research proposal based on their own injury prevention topic or can expand one of the PhD research proposals listed on the MUARC website. Details for writing a research proposal can be found here.

Candidate Requirements

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Have an Honours or Masters degree with H1 or equivalent
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for PhD candidature at Monash University
  • Have an interest in injury prevention research
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Have the ability to plan, organise, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Have analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills

To be successful for this PhD opportunity, you must:

  • Be Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency, and
  • Enrol in the PhD between July - December 2023

How to apply

  1. Potential candidates should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form, including the one-page research proposal, and submit this form, with full CV and transcripts, to the Graduate Research Administrative Officer (see details provided above)
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview at MUARC


Ms Samantha Bailey, Graduate Research Administrative Officer, Monash University Accident Research Centre, +61 3 9902 0358 or

Closing Date

Friday 14 April 2023, 11:55pm AEST

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