Redesigning work for crew operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Andrew Neala.neal@psy.uq.edu.au

The aim of this project is to identify how work roles should be designed for crew operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Industry expects that the introduction of higher levels of automation will reduce operational costs by enabling the crew to operate more than one RPA at a time. The current project examines the safety and effectiveness of different types of work designs for these systems. The primary outcome will be a set of recommendations regarding the design of work roles for the crew operating next-generation RPA systems. Expected benefits include improvements in safety and cost-effectiveness of next-generation RPA systems.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of organisational psychology and/or human factors would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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