Control of towed underwater system

Control and response modelling for towing an underwater live sampling system

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International


$31,500pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The project considers the engineering and hydrodynamic modelling of a novel device that will be towed by an Antarctic research vessel.  Collection of marine biological samples from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters informs research on biodiversity and climate change impact. The semi-autonomous platform collects live biological samples at depth, while in transit, and transfers them to a laboratory inside the ship via an umbilical pipeline.  The study focuses on hydrodynamic modelling of the towed platform, the connecting pipeline, and the ship motion.  Initial 3-degree-of-freedom models in the vertical plane will be extended to include all horizontal plane motions, including the manoeuvring dynamics of the subject vessel RSV Nuyina.  Simulations will be conducted that include control algorithms for the verification of design functionality.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Michael Woodward


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend, co-funded by the Australian Antarctic Division, of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

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:

  • Engineering (Degree or equivalent)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in Naval Architecture, Maritime Engineering, Ship Hydrodynamics (manoeuverability)

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Michael Woodward to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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