First listed on: 09 June 2017

Senior / Principal Research Scientist - Human Factors

About us:
The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) is beginning the search to attract world-class experts, to add to our existing pool of intellectual excellence.  We want the best of the best to join us in our vision; to drive innovation to deliver an adaptable connected future for all Australians.  We are growing our intellectual base by building our capacity in fields of critical importance to the road and transport industry, recognising that there are some significant emerging challenges that require deep thinkers, who can provide solutions to complex problems.

Established in 1960, ARRB is Australia's national interest, applied transport research organisation.  We are the enablers of next-generation development of transportation, across Australia and globally.

As one of our team, you will work alongside internationally recognised experts, and assist in the discovery and creation of new innovations as part of our journey and mission. 

Our workplace:
ARRB is a dynamic and vibrant organisation providing exciting opportunities for people to do great things, to explore the big research questions, and to see the fruits of their research being applied.  

Our staff operate within a contemporary workplace, in multi-disciplinary teams with highly specialised research skills. Research innovation is fostered and nurtured - enabling true collaboration.

About the role and you:
We are seeking an outstanding, internationally recognised, mid-career researcher/academic to support the organisation to expand its capability in transportation human factors and road user behaviour research. The position is at a level equivalent to Associate Professor. 

You will work closely with ARRB's Chief Scientist-Human Factors, Adj. Prof. Mike Regan, and other senior research scientists in setting the strategic direction for human factors and road user behaviour research at ARRB. You will lead and supervise a small team of talented, dedicated and friendly professionals in the Sydney office who contribute to research and consulting at the local, national and international levels. 

You will create, lead, manage and undertake a range of research and consulting projects in these areas. Projects will focus on understanding driver behaviour and performance and designing the road traffic management system from a human-centred perspective to optimise safety, efficiency and the road user experience. 

In this position you will:
• Create, lead and manage new and innovative research programs
• Supervise and mentor junior research staff
• Prepare bids and proposals for research and consulting projects
• Set up, monitor and manage project budgets
• Liaise with clients and research partners
• Prepare reports, articles and presentations on your research
• Represent ARRB at project meetings, present at seminars, workshops and conferences as required
• Travel domestically and internationally when the need arises
• Ensure your contributions to projects meet agreed requirements for quality, budget and timeliness
• Contribute to the overall result of the orgnaisation in terms of its sustainability, quality and rigour of outputs, and reputation. 

We seek an exceptional individual who has:
• A Ph.D. in applied psychology or human factors
• Highly developed experimental design and statistical analysis skills
• A strong track record of research in the areas of transportation human factors and/or road user behaviour
• A demonstrated ability to attract research funding 
• Strong project management skills
• A strong track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, books, reports, conference proceedings, etc
• Experience in supervising and mentoring junior research staff and contributing to their professional needs and development
• Highly developed organisational, interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
• A demonstrable history of local and international collaboration with other researchers, research partners and organisations
• The ability and willingness to promote and represent the interests of ARRB and the discipline of human factors in the wider research community, and the professional community, both nationally and internationally
• Ideally some experience in the use of driving simulators to conduct road safety research.

What we offer: 
An exciting, dynamic and collaborative workplace with challenging roles, where your skills, knowledge and experience will be recognised and respected, including:
• Generous relocation package on offer, if applicable
• A healthy work-life balance, with flexible options
• Salary packaging and purchase option for additional annual leave
• Paid parental and partner leave 
• Additional leave days over end-of-year holiday period
• Strong support for career development and further study.

To be considered:
Please press the "APPLY" button in this job advertisement. Send us an application that contains a covering letter, addressing each of the selection criteria, and a copy of your CV.

For further information, please contact:

Kylie Chapple, Team Leader Human Resources - Email:; Phone +61 (03) 9881 1523 or Adj. Prof Mike Regan, Chief Scientist Human Factors - Email:; Mobile phone: +61 (0)414 014 337.

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