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    PhD scholarship in the perceptual and biomechanical constraints on
    driving performance

    School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science,
    Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

    The School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science, Griffith University,
    Gold Coast, seeks applications from well-qualified persons for a PhD
    scholarship to investigate the perceptual and biomechanical
    constraints on driving performance. Funding will be provided for 3
    years ($21,080 per annum) of full-time PhD study. The applicant must
    be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and should have
    either an Honours 1 or high 2.A undergraduate degree, or have
    considerable research experience from industry in a relevant area.

    The project is funded by an Australian Research Council SPIRT
    (Strategic Partnerships in Industry - Research and Training) grant and
    is in collaboration with the Performance Driving Centre (PDC),
    Norwell, QLD. Using biomechanical and dynamical analysis techniques,
    the research will investigate how perception and action are tightly
    coordinated during the task of automobile driving, and how drivers can
    learn to drive more safely and effectively. Experiments will be
    undertaken at PDC's driver-training track in Mercedes vehicles
    instrumented to collect relevant performance variables. Of particular
    interest will be issues related to the relation between postural
    stability, optical information, and control. The successful PhD
    candidate should have knowledge and interest in issues of motor
    control, coordination, and skill, and/or knowledge in biomechanics and
    instrumentation for the collection of behavioural data. The project is
    under the supervision of Dr Paul Treffner (motor control) and Mr Rod
    Barrett (biomechanics). The candidate will be required to enroll in
    full-time PhD studies at Griffith University in the School of
    Physiotherapy & Exercise Science. The successful applicant will have
    reasonable travel and relocation expenses reimbursed and will be
    provided with a vacation allowance.

    Please submit a CV before the closing date of February 14th 2000, and
    direct any further enquiries to Paul Treffner.

    For further details, please see:

    Dr. Paul Treffner
    School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
    Griffith University, Gold Coast,
    PMB 50, Gold Coast Mail Centre,
    QLD 9726, Australia.
    Tel: (07) 55 948215

    Paul Treffner,
    School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
    Griffith University
    Gold Coast, PMB 50, QLD 9726
    Tel: +61 7 55 948215 Fax: +61 7 55 948674

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