PhD Scholarship for Csiro-uq Responsible Innovation Collaboration

A new PhD position in medical sciences is available at The University of Queensland. The funds for this position are available for four years. Applications are invited up to September 15, 2019.

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Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($27,596.00 – $27,596.00) Work type:Full Time – Scholarship Location: St Lucia The University of Queensland (UQ) contributes positively to society by engaging in the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. UQ helps shape the future by bringing together and developing leaders in their fields to inspire the next generation and to advance ideas that benefit the world. UQ strives for the personal and professional success of its students, staff and alumni. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQ ranks in the world's top universities, as measured by several key independent ranking, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking (32), the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), the US News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (69). Excluding the award component, UQ is now ranked 45th in the world in the ARWU, and is one of the only two Australian universities to be included in the global top 50.

UQ has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teachers, its educational programs and employment outcomes for its students. Our students remain at the heart of what we do. The UQ experience - the UQ Advantage - is distinguished by a research enriched curriculum, international collaborations, industry engagement and opportunities that nurture and develop future leaders. UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, winning more national teaching excellence awards than any other in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ is one of Australia's Group of Eight, a charter member of edX and a founding member of Universitas 21, an international consortium of leading research-intensive universities.

Our 52,000-plus strong student community includes more than 16,400 postgraduate scholars and more than 15,400 international students from 135 countries, adding to its proud 250,000-plus alumni. The University has more than 6,600 academic and professional staff (full-time equivalent) and a $1.75 billion annual operating budget. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston, in addition to teaching and research sites around Queensland and Brisbane city. The University has six Faculties and four University-level Institutes. The Institutes, funded by government and industry grants, philanthropy and commercialisation activities, have built scale and focus in research areas in neuroscience, biomolecular and biomedical sciences, sustainable minerals, bioengineering and nanotechnology, as well as social science research.

UQ has an outstanding track-record in commercialisation of our innovation with major technologies employed across the globe and integral to gross product sales of $11billion+ (see

UQ has a rapidly growing record of attracting philanthropic support for its activities and this will be a strategic focus going forward.

Be part of an elite PhD cohort working with CSIRO and UQ

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research. Its chief role is to improve the economic and social performance of industry for the benefit of the community.

The CSIRO-UQ collaboration on Responsible Innovation was established to build and raise the profile, scale and credibility of social science expertise in the ethical, social and legal consequences of new and disruptive science and technologies in the Australian innovation system.CSIRO logo

The CSIRO-UQ Responsible Innovation PhD program will include eight (8) outstanding graduate students with a strong interest in applied social science. This PhD cohort, all focused on exploring similar governance questions and societal challenges but across multiple technology platforms, provides a rich research environment that delivers valuable scholarly and applied outcomes across multiple disciplines and research organisations. PhD students will be jointly supervised by experts from both UQ and CSIRO. They will have unique access to cutting-edge technological innovations and participate in niche Responsible Innovation training program.

Four scholarships are currently available: Three scholarships are available to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens. The other scholarship is available to an international or domestic student.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia's most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane's city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment - you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Applicants are required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program.

The ideal candidate will have undergraduate training in economics and be familiar with the use of advanced statistics and econometrics. Prior knowledge of and a strong interest in experimental and behavioural economics would be advantage. Prior knowledge of geoscience and/or software programming is desirable, but not essential.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

The scholarship offersaliving stipend of$32,096per annum. Thisincludes abase scholarship of$27,596 (indexed annually) plus a $4,500 per annum top up, for up to four years. You will also have a project budget of up to $16,000 over the course of your PhD candidature to complete the project attached to this scholarship.

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Underpinning much decision making theory is the assumption of rational agents that carefully consider complete information and weigh up competing objectives. However, in the real world much information is not objective, but probabilistic: the chances of rain; the likelihood of developing cancer; predictions of future purchases.

Making decisions about environmental impact and for resource management are largely of this nature. For example, the probability that a gold deposit can be found, the chance that a gas field will continue to produce gas for the next ten years, or the likelihood that a mine development will have minimal environmental impact. These probabilities are primarily calculated through Bayesian inference of geological and geophysical knowledge and data. Decisions based on such data have significant environmental, economic and societal implications, yet we know little about how key decision-makers make use of probabilistic information.

Behavioural economics suggests that decision-makers may process information selectively, and that, relatedly, the nature of the decision problem (e.g. investment in exploration vs. environmental impacts) may skew how probabilistic information is used to make decisions. This has the potential to affect how market decisions are made but also the mechanisms that drive public choice. Using experimental economics methods, the PhD seeks to explore how probabilistic geoscience information is used in different sectors. This research will highlight how geoscience researchers can tailor the communication of probabilistic information to optimise its use by decision makers.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.

To discuss this role please contact Associate professor Paul Henman on or +61 7 34433142

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