Research Fellow in Driver Distraction, Hazard Perception and Road Lighting
University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies
United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Driver Distraction, Hazard Perception and Road Lighting

Do you have a background in Psychology or the Behavioural Sciences? Do you have an interest in, or direct experience with, studying the effect of distracting activities on driver behaviour and performance? Are you interested in joining the vibrant Human Factors and Safety research group at the University of Leeds?

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to join our team at Leeds, working with partners from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, to study driver response to hazards for different road lighting conditions. The successful applicant will be employed for up to 24 months at the Institute for Transport Studies, Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

We are looking for a candidate interested in studying the effect of different road lighting conditions on drivers’ hazard perception ability, while engaged in a number of cognitive tasks, such as mobile phone conversations. Studies will use the University of Leeds Driving Simulator for data collection.

You should have a PhD in psychology or behavioural sciences, and a background and interest in driver behaviour and driver distraction. Interest or experience in hazard perception and/or visual perception is desired. Evidence of good analytic skills and a strong knowledge of analysing driver behaviour data is required.

Employment is expected to start around June 2020.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Natasha Merat, Chair in Human Factors of Transport Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 36614, email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: Institute for Transport Studies
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time: 100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 30 June 2022)
Release Date: Wednesday 04 March 2020
Closing Date: Friday 03 April 2020
Reference: ENVTR1123


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