PhD Scholarships in the Future Workforce Skills and Security

  • Phd
  • $33,413


A leadership and management capability gap has been identified by AMGC as a sector priority.

Working with managers and manufacturing workers, this Project will investigate the implementation of collaborative robots from an organisational change perspective and examine how factors such as leadership, communication, and worker resistance/acceptance, can influence the success or otherwise of collaborative robot adoption.

For organisations considering the implementation of collaborative robotics, the findings aim to provide a framework to assess the readiness of the workplace and strategies to facilitate effective change.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you must have recently completed a degree (first class honours) or Masters of Philosophy in human resource management, employee relations, change management, sociology of work, or a related field, with a particular interest in the impact of technology on work, workers or workplaces.

Ideally, you will have had experience undertaking case studies within organizational settings and have applied qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.


You must:

  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49) course
  • recently completed Masters of Philosophy or Research Masters, OR
  • recently completed degree in employee relations, human resource management, management, or sociology of work with First-class honours (H1) or equivalent
  • research is expected to align with topics listed on the Australian Cobotics Centre website to ensure industry partner organisation requirements are met
  • research must be undertaken under the primary supervision of an investigator within the Centre.


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  • The successful applicant will receive a living allowance of AU$33,413 pa (ARC 2020 rate) for three years, indexed annually
  • the scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs
  • a six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.


All applicants must submit their Expression of Interest via the Australian Cobotics Centre website.

The form requests:

  • an overview of your interest in the topic, skills and experience and proposed research methods
  • details of your choice of project and supervisor
  • an up-to-date CV indicating previous lab experience and skills.

If you have a project you feel is aligned to the Centre’s research, but doesn’t fit within one of the specified topics, please note this in the EOI providing details of your proposed topic.

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