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Fully-funded PhD Studentships in partnership with Rail Safety and Standards Board

The Horizon CDT is delighted to announce that we are recruiting for two four-year fully-funded PhD studentships to carry out research in partnership with the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), both of which will start in 2020.

Depending on the selected theme, candidates are expected to have a background in human factors, engineering, psychology or computer science, with an excellent first degree (minimum 2:1) and an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research (interest in rail transport would be beneficial).

Due to funding constraints, these studentships are only available to UK/Home and EU students resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.

An annual tax-free stipend for the 4 years, starting at £17,200 will be paid.

There are several possible research themes, depending on your area of interest, e.g:

  • Customer location/crowdsourcing – understanding customer density at locations via crowdsourcing and mobile phones.
  • Social media use and influencing behaviour during disruption – the usage of social media tools as precursors to prevent crisis situations.
  • How rail’s digital technology can be made more accessible to the elderly/ageing population
  • How rail staff can be supported in a more automated rail environment – e.g. drivers and signallers – and investigating how can performance can vary in such an environment; and what systems should be put in to place to support higher levels of automation.
  • Monitoring rail drivers’ fatigue – emphasis on physiology.
  • Routine collection of human performance data for rail drivers – with a specific focus on human reliability.

About RSSB:

The RSSB is a membership-based organisation and through research, standards and analysis, helps their members deliver a better, safer railway. It helps the whole railway work together to address issues of common concern, so that we all benefit from better safety, sustainability and service, and reduced cost and risk. Please visit the RSSB website for more information.

How to apply:

When applying for this opportunity – please indicate which of the above theme(s) you are interested in within your application form.

Please see how to apply  for application deadline and how to submit your application.


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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Horizon: Creating our Lives in Data is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant reference EP/S023305/1.