PhD Scholarship for commercial vehicle seating project: Comfort and Ergonomics

Scholarships are available for two PhD students as part of the 2017 ARC Linkage Project, “Comfort and Ergonomics: Innovative Seating Solution for Commercial Vehicles”.

The scholarships are for proactive students who have excellent academic or research publication records.

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.

This project aims to develop 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.

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.

Value and duration

A$26,000 (Tax free) per year for three years.

If the student wins the APA scholarship, they will be provided with a top up of A$15,000 per year for three years in addition to the APA scholarship.

A six-month extension of the scholarship is possible.

Number of scholarships available



Bachelor or Master degree or equivalent qualifications with high GPA scores.

How to apply

Send your application documents to Xu Wang

The application documents must include:

  • a cover letter
  • UG and/or PG academic transcripts
  • CV with publication list
  • three referee contact details
  • residential visa type.

Open date

11 April 2017.

Close date

1 September 2017.

Terms and conditions

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


For more information contact Associate Professor Xu Wang,, telephone: +61 3 9925 6028, mobile: 0423 664 367.