FOWI PhD Opportunities for Domestic Future Students



Early Round: 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

Research Projects

We are looking to recruit candidates interested in the following projects:


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.


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 that can be found 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.

The Future of Work Institute (FoWI) promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society.

FoWI’s researchers focus on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices, and their mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age.

The Future of Work Institute acknowledges the Wadjuk Nyungar people as the traditional owners of the land on which the Institute is situated.

Contact Us

Location: 

Future of Work Institute

Curtin Graduate School of Business 

78 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000


Telephone: +61 8 9266 4668


Email: fowi@curtin.edu.au

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