PhD Studentship: Integrating Safety, Security, and Human Factors Engineering in Rail Infrastructure Design & Evaluation

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Shamal Faily.

The increasing complexity of rail infrastructure is placing a strain on its design and evaluation. Protecting the UK Critical National Infrastructure means this infrastructure must be resilient in the face of existing and emerging threats. Yet, this infrastructure also needs to fit around the needs and expectations of a wide range of people, ranging from passengers, drivers, and station staff. Failing to attend to human factors impacts not only the revenue of rail operators, but the safety of passengers and rail operator staff if poor design leads to human errors or intentional violations when technology makes unreasonable demands on time and effort. Rail infrastructure can only be safe and secure if safety, security, and human factors engineers collaborate on its design and evaluation. Although BU researchers have developed design techniques and tools that might form the basis of such future collaboration, e.g. the open-source CAIRIS software design tool, there has been no examples of techniques, tools, or frameworks to support this level of collaborative design and evaluation in critical infrastructure engineering.

The aim of this doctoral research project is to develop a tool-supported framework for integrating safety, security, and human factors engineering techniques for designing and evaluating rail infrastructure systems. In developing this framework, we will draw on best practice in Human Factors, Systems Safety, and Security-by-Design to devise new approaches for eliciting, specifying, and providing assurance about system specifications in climates where rail security, safety, and usability concerns might be in tension.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Additional Eligibility: Software development experience, ideally one or more of Python, JavaScript, and SQL.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on Friday 11th May 2018.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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