PhD studentship – Investigating human factors of environmentally friendly vehicles

Funded by: Coventry University – Coventry School of Art and Design
Fees: UK/EU fee equivalent for three years
Maintenance grant:  £13,726 maintenance per annum (tax free)
Studentship academic contact: Andree Woodcock
External collaborators (if applicable) 

The student will join an established EU team developing sustainable transport solutions

Details of proposed research:

The research will address the user experience of driving environmentally friendly vehicles with a view to informing iterative development of vehicles, usage requirements and infrastructure. The exact nature and pace and of the work will be influenced by the project description of work

  1. To conduct a state of the art review on ergonomics, design and usage related issues with environmentally friendly vehicles
  2. To design, implement and analyse a survey investigating the ergonomic issues related to current usage of  environmentally friendly vehicles in the project
  3. To inform the iterative development of vehicles in the project (especially Microcab)

Candidate specification
Eligibility to apply is restricted to UK/EU fee payers

This is a re-advertisement- previous applicants need not reapply

Coventry University standard entry criteria for applicants to PHD

A confident and highly motivated applicant is required who will have the ability to work alongside a multidisciplinary and international team and to strict deadlines.

2.1 or above in ergonomics /human factors or related discipline: Masters in automotive ergonomics or related field with evidence of project work which demonstrates development and testing of HMI

Core components should be qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, HMI, automotive design, engineering and ergonomics.

Knowledge of environmentally friendly vehicles and trends in sustainable transport 

Further details

Details of the Integrated Transport and Logistics, MIcrocab and Low Carbon Vehicle Grand Challenge can be found at the university web site

Closing date: August 28th 2013

Interview date: will be notified to shortlisted candidates

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Complete the application form and return with a covering letter to:
Research Recruitment and Admissions team
Student Centre
Coventry University
Priory Street
United Kingdom


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