PhD Studentship - “Understanding and Influencing In-Car Driver Distraction”, University of Nottingham

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PhD Studentship - “Understanding and Influencing In-Car Driver Distraction”
Closing Date
Monday, 9th July 2012
Job Type
Research & Teaching
School of Psychology

School of Psychology - Human Factors

PhD Studentship - “Understanding and Influencing In-Car Driver Distraction”

Co-Funded by the Scottish Government and the ESRC

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship exploring the psychology of in-car driver distractions. The student will be co-supervised by Dr Peter Chapman (Psychology) and Dr Gary Burnett (Human Factors). The project will be based at the University of Nottingham and has three main components: 1. A large-scale internet survey of attitudes towards in-car distractions. 2. A series of simulator studies investigating behaviour as drivers interact with in-car distractions while driving through potentially hazardous simulated environments - these studies are likely to feature eye-movement recording and recording of other physiological indices of workload while driving. 3. Developing and testing a pilot intervention designed to modify drivers’ interactions with in-car technologies.

We will expect the successful candidate to have a good degree (1st or High 2i) in Psychology or a closely related discipline and to have obtained or expect to obtain an appropriate Masters degree with a strong research training element. Where candidates have not yet completed their Masters degree we will require strong evidence of their good performance in the Masters to date, and that they will have all the Masters work fully complete before the end of September 2012. Note that this is a +3 studentship that is not appropriate for students who have just completed an undergraduate course without additional research experience/training. Experience with driving simulation, eye-movement recording, or internet surveys would be advantageous but is not required – all necessary training will be provided during the course of the PhD.

The PhD will start officially on the 1st October 2012, though we would advise the successful applicant to be available for various induction events at the end of September. The studentship covers all fees and research expenses plus a stipend to the student (currently £13,590 per annum). Applicants must meet ESRC DTC UK residential eligibility requirements - see Annex 1 of the Postgraduate Funding Guide for Accredited Doctoral Training Centres (June 2011) for details (

This studentship offers an outstanding opportunity to conduct important research in a thriving academic community within the school of Psychology and the Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. Both supervisors are linked to the recently completed NITES facility (Nottingham Integrated Transport and Environment Simulation - and this facility and a variety of other resources in both Psychology and Human Factors will be available to support the research project.

Applications should include a detailed CV, the names and addresses of two referees, and a covering letter explaining your interest in the studentship and be emailed directly to Dr Peter Chapman ( Please quote ref. SCI/1157. Closing date: 4pm, 9 July 2012.

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