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PhD Opportunities

Browse current opportunities and find out why FOWI is the perfect place for a PhD.

New FOWI PhD opportunity in cognitive science and human factors

Are you interested in understanding how humans learn to make critical decisions in complex work systems?


Do you want to be at the forefront of use-inspired basic research that shapes industries like aviation and defence? Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute (FOWI) is offering a 3-year scholarship for a motivated individual to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy.

Testimonials from current and past students

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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."

"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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Jia-xin Tay (Jay)

Some impactful research projects our students have undertaken

  • Work Design of the Future

  • Cognitive Modelling Human Factors Issues in Future Work

  • Supporting the attraction, retention and engagement of mature workers in organisations

  • The future of recruitment and selection: The job candidate experience

  • Remuneration practices that motivate employees

  • Motivating work teams: An emergence-based process model

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