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2022 HDR PhD Scholarship on Future Work Design in Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases

About this scholarship

This exciting PhD scholarship will focus on how to design future work through an in-depth evaluation of work practices and their outcomes within the Clinical Centre of Expertise for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital (the Rare Care Centre). The candidate will use and develop knowledge of organisational behaviour or psychology to investigate staff work design, well-being, and effectiveness within this important context, addressing topics such as the impact of new digital health technologies on work roles and how the work design can be optimised in this highly complex work environment to deliver the best outcomes for both staff and patients.  

The PhD will be supervised by ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon K. Parker (Centre for Transformative Work Design, Future of Work Institute, Curtin University) and Professor Gareth Baynam (Director, Rare Care,  Centre). The PhD candidate will be located with the Centre for Transformative Work Design and will conduct research on site at the Rare Care centre.


Eligible courses

Doctor of Philosophy

Project leads

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ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon Parker


Centre for Transformative Work Design, Future of Work Institute, Curtin University

Professor Gareth Baynam


Clinical Centre of Expertise for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital (the Rare Care Centre)

What we offer you

The full-time scholarship provides a salary stipend of $30,000 per annum (tax-exempt), up to a maximum of 3 years, with the possibility of a $10,000 stipend for PhD completion.

  • A support package which includes a laptop, project-related 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 live

  • 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

Recipients must achieve an academic status of 'good standing' at each Annual Report for retention of their scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

Domestic or international full-time postgraduate students who meet the criteria for admission to a PhD at Curtin University, with an excellent academic record in a relevant field; and interest in the topic. The scholarship will especially suit an individual who aspires to do outstanding quality research with high practical impact.

The successful candidate must also meet the minimum academic English proficiency levels set by Curtin University.

Preference will be given to those with a background in organisational psychology/organisational behaviour (or a closely related discipline), and with an interest in paediatric and/or child health care, transformative work design, and health systems research.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Prior studies in organisational psychology/ organisational behaviour, or closely-related topic.

  • Interest in paediatric healthcare research and work design research.

  • Outstanding communication skills and an ability to conduct research in complex professional settings.

  • Statistical skills and excellent knowledge of research methods.

How to apply

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Application process

Expressions of interest are invited to be submitted electronically to Professor Sharon Parker at The EOI should include: 

  1. (a current CV with a full citation of all publications; 

  2. a statement about your research interests (maximum one page); 

  3. academic transcripts for every degree you hold; 

  4. the names of two referees, at least one being an academic referee. This will allow initial consideration of suitability for enrolment into a PhD and for the award of the scholarship. Where applicable an interview will be arranged. Applications has been extended to 31 July 2022.

Testimonials from current students

"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."

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Belinda Cham

"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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