29 October 2021
About the research project
The shipping industry plays an important role in today’s global economy as it is a facilitation mechanism for more than 90% of world trade. However, in recent history thousands of incidents and accidents involving ships have resulted in loss of life and property, not to mention environmental damage of different magnitudes. It is estimated that over 80% of all maritime mishaps are presently attributable to the human element and onboard human actions. However, from early in their careers, mariners have to attend formal learning environments to gain skills and knowledge that they need to practice safely onboard ships. Yet little is known about how this learning is applied practically on the job, i.e. what is transferred from one setting to another and how this transfer occurs. Through the investigation of the mariners in their formal learning environment (marine colleges) and in their workplace (on board ships), it is the utmost purpose of the present ethnographic study to understand the implications of this discussion in reducing shipping accidents. The database will be composed of videotapes, field notes, interviews and documents. The implications of this study are relevant to workplace learning research in general and to maritime education and safe shipping practice in particular.
Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:
- a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
- a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
- a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.
As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.
The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.
Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.
The project is competitively assessed and awarded. Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.
Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:
- PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
- Applicants must have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:
- Applicants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply but applicants with a maritime background who are familiar with qualitative research are preferred
There is a three-step application process:
- Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
- Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Reza Emad, if you have any questions about the project; and
- Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
- Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
- As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.
Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.