PhD Scholarship in Comfort and Ergonomics: Innovative Seating Solution for Commercial Vehicles

This project aims to development of an innovative six-degree-of-freedom seating system for commercial vehicles, including trucks and mobile machinery, to maximise the reduction of unwanted multiple directional vibrations to the driver’s body.

Value and duration

International student: $26,000 per year (pro rata) and tuition fees waived for three years.

Domestic student: $30,000 per year (pro rata) for three years.

Number of scholarships available



  • Honours with GPA 3.5+; or
  • Master degree students with GPA 3.5 +; or
  • Q1 SCI publications, IELTS 6.5+; or
  • TOFEL 580 +

How to apply

Send your academic transcripts of both undergraduate and postgraduate and CV and a cover letter to HDR or SGR. You need to get your admission offer in order to get the scholarship offer. In order to get the admission offer, you need to submit your EOI following the AIR procedures.

Applicants applying for scholarship will be required to submit an application for admission to the Higher Degrees by Research PhD program DR216. More information on How to Apply is available here.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

Read the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327kb, 10p).

Further information

Funded by Australian Research Council and industry, an exciting opportunity has become available for up to two PhD candidates to join a multi-disciplinary team to develop models and methodology in development of Comfort and Ergonomics: Innovative Seating Solution for Commercial Vehicle. Candidates are expected to hold a good Bachelor or Masters Degree in mechanical or automatic control or a related field, such as Applied Physics. The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated knowledge and proven experience in one of the following areas: Mechanical engineering, Automatic control; Applied physics and Materials science and engineering.

The students will research and develop the innovative seating solution for commercial vehicle.

This project will investigate long-term exposure to vibrations transferred from uneven road surfaces, vibrating tools and vibrating machinery that can significantly influence driver comfort leading to injury (neck and shoulder pain, lower back and spinal injuries), and fatigue.

The expected outcome of the project is a designed comfort and ergonomic seating system that can be in industry, agriculture, transportation mining and construction vehicles in Australia and internationally.


For further enquiries please contact Xu Wang via email: