PhD Opportunities

Round 2 coming soon

Future of Work Institute PhD Opportunities for Domestic Future Students


Round 1: Open from 1st June to 29th June 2020


The Future of Work Institute and the Centre for Transformative Work Design (part of FOWI) are looking to recruit high calibre domestic PhD students who:

  • Have a background in organisational psychology/ organisational behaviour, or a closely related area such as cognitive, health or social psychology;

  • Are residents in Perth WA, or will be prepared to move to Perth for the duration of their candidature; and

  • Are able to begin their research journey with us in August 2020

Testimonials from current students

Belinda Cham

"When I finished my Masters of IO, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do a PhD, or get out into the workplace to solve real problems.

One of the best aspects of doing a PhD at FOWI is that I can do both of these things at the same time. I receive great mentorship and guidance to develop my own research expertise, but I also get to conduct research that is impactful, multidisciplinary and collaborative.

For example, I’ve been involved in several industry and government collaborative projects. These opportunities have allowed me to apply my research skills in practical settings to solve real problems, and develop other skills through activities like industry presentations, running of workshops and research translation. This has made my PhD journey more meaningful, interesting and varied."

Jia-xin Tay (Jay)

"The Centre for Transformative Work Design is a place where work design is researched, understood and practiced. You can hardly ask for a better environment in which to learn and conduct research."

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Research Projects

We are looking to recruit candidates interested in the following projects (please note that you are welcome to suggest topics relevant to the two themes):

1. Health and productivity in future work

Example topics include the following, but we welcome suggestions of other relevant topics:

Supporting the mental health of the workforce

How can employers support the mental health of their workforce in the face of ongoing and disruptive change?


Designing work of the future

How to optimally design jobs to maximise the benefits of, and minimise the risks of, new digital technologies.

Contemporary challenges in work design

How algorithmic management and other changes (e.g. increasing gig work) shape the quality of people's jobs.


Work Across Lives and Careers (WALC) 

Tracking longitudinally how people and their work changes over time using our new survey platform.


Newcomer socialisation

Exploring the socialisation tactics today’s organisations use to ensure newcomers learn about their job and internalise organisational values, and evaluating how effective the tactics are in helping newcomers becoming engaged, integrated and productive.


Incentives and compensation 

Exploring how different forms of compensation influence employee motivation, performance and well-being using experimental and field organisational research methods.


Developing and optimising team work

Examining structural and process factors that influence team work effectiveness.


Digital recruitment and selection

Exploring how to design and use new digital recruitment and selection methods and assessments.

2. The future of work in a digital age

Technological innovations are rapidly changing the nature of work. Individuals and organisations are searching for new ways to understand and engage with these changes.


This project is part of a larger research program investigating individual skills, psychological attributes, organisational systems that will be effective in future work. Specific research questions encompass the design of automated systems to optimise human performance and health, building a digital organisational culture, and sociotechnical approaches to change.

Startup Room

What we offer you?​

  • An attractive package covering fees and a living allowance

  • A support package which includes a laptop, travel allowance and project costs allowance

  • A rich and dynamic work environment where you will work alongside world leading academics and highly motivated researchers and PhD students on projects of international significance

  • Outstanding opportunities to engage with industry and make a real difference to people’s lives

  • Opportunities to undertake paid Research Assistant roles and internships

  • Weekly development workshops

  • A dynamic city based location

  • A fantastic lifestyle - Perth is one of the most liveable cities in the world

How to apply


Follow the instructions on the Curtin University website.


Eligibility criteria


You must successfully apply for a Domestic Early Round 2021 RTP scholarship and be eligible to enrol into a PhD at Curtin University on a full-time basis.