PhD Position in Modelling the Land Use Impacts of Autonomous Cars
Monash University

Australian Research Council (ARC) Funded PhD on Modelling the Land Use Impacts of Autonomous Cars

Job no.: 610325

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment 

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $29,000 per annum for 3 years with additional research and conference travel support, and MADA Tuition Fee Scholarship of $34,100 per annum for the duration of scholarship. There may also opportunities for suitable students to enhance income as sessional academic. International students need to secure their flights and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) cost.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals (domestic/international) for an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarship at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Autonomous cars are said to revolutionise tomorrows transport yet little research has considered long term impacts on land use and city structure. The ARC Discovery project explores how land use and travel will change in the long-run with the widespread adoption of autonomous cars. Findings from this project are expected to help cities prepare for the long-term disruptions of autonomous vehicles (AVs).

The successful candidate will mainly be involved in the modelling of AV induced urban growth in this project. The student will conduct accessibility analysis and model residential and/or industrial location choice behaviour with and without AVs.

The candidate will work in collaboration with another PhD student aiming to model land use induced travel demand with AVs. Both students will work collaboratively for survey design and data collection, will convene workshops with experts, and gather secondary data (e.g. remote sensing images, historic and planned transport networks, historic and projected population and job growth). They will update transport networks according to infrastructure and land use plans to enable calibrating a transport model to assess land use effects on transportation.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to both domestic and international applicants.

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in urban planning, geography, civil engineering or related discipline. Skills or experience in GIS, accessibility analysis, urban growth modelling and statistics would be viewed favourably.

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at here.

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol in the first quarter of 2021.

Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Associate Professor Liton Kamruzzaman ( or Prof Graham Currie (

Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency, where applicable
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at: here

EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype/Zoom if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for the receipt of EOI’s:

Friday 18 September 2020 11:55 pm AEST

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