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PhD Scholarship in Road Safety Research – Investigating people’s ability to detect impairment following alcohol consumption

Open for application until suitable candidate identified.

The MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Collaboration (RSRC) was established as a strategic partnership between the Queensland Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Made up of over a dozen full-time research academics and scholars, the RSRC is fast becoming the leading road safety research centre in Queensland, bringing a dynamic, multidisciplinary perspective to road safety research. The PhD will require the applicant to undertake a number of studies which seek to better understand what underlying factors underlie and influence the judgement accuracy of alcohol impairment. As part of this PhD program, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn and develop research skills and knowledge pertaining to systematic literature reviews, research design/methodology, project management, data analyses, working with a driving simulator. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Steven Love ( for further information.

The MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Collaboration is seeking a PhD candidate for a fully funded project investigating factors that underlie and influence people’s ability to judge alcohol impairment following alcohol consumption. The successful applicant will be based at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Down campus and will receive an annual living stipend of $33 446.56 (indexed annually 01 January).



The Ideal Candidate will be and have

• An outstanding graduate with first class honours in psychology or a related discipline, or the equivalent demonstrated via research experience/publications in a related discipline

• Enthusiastic and strong work ethic

• Interest in cognitive psychology and road safety

• Ability to work effectively with others and independently

• Organised and strong attention to detail

• Excellent communication skills

  1. Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  2. Domestic Applicant 
  3. Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience.
  4. Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing.
  5. Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program.
Selection criteria

Criterion 1: Academic Achievement

Criterion 2: Research Capability


Eligible programs
Doctor of Philosophy
Number available

1 - PhD Tuition offset for up to 3 years  (minimum total value $66 000 aud)   

2-  Living stipend of $33 446.56 (2023 UniSC research rate) per annum tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments. The rate is indexed annually commensurate with the UniSC base stipend rate. 3 years coverage PhD with the possibility of a 6-month extension in approved circumstances.

3 -  $2000 Allowance (Standard with a RTPS for relocation, Publication and thesis costs as per scholarship conditions



For questions or to submit your Expression of Interest, please contact Dr Steven Love ( for further information.

This will be a two-stage application process:

Stage 1 - Expression of Interest:

  • Download and complete the USC Research Scholarship (USCRS) application form.
  • Email your Expression of Interest (EOI) to the contact person and attach:
    • USCRS application form
    • Cover letter
    • Current CV
  • The scholarship panel will review the EOI. If shortlisted, you will be invited for interview.
  • The preferred applicant will be invited to formally apply for HDR program and Scholarship.

Stage 2 - Formal application (only if you have been invited to apply)

  • Read the important information on How to Apply for a HDR Program at UniSC.
  • Submit your USCRS application form as a supporting document when submitting your HDR Program application.

*Scholarship offer is subject to applicant meeting the eligibility requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program at UniSC.