Offshore kelp platform hydrodynamic

Hydrodynamic analysis of a new offshore kelp platform

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

There are several key engineering factors specific to offshore kelp aquaculture systems which are not yet fully understood and need special attention. In addition to the traditional complexities associated with suspended subsea infrastructure including moorings, survivability and structural integrity, a kelp production platform introduces design considerations such as the hydrodynamic impact that the kelp has on the overall aquaculture structure throughout the growth cycle, and a means by which to supply the kelp with necessary nutrients to ensure growth using available ocean energy.

Contributing towards a solution for this problem, the successful candidate will develop a hybrid biological hydrodynamic model, to be be validated using both experimental and in-field data provided by the Blue Economy CRC project "Developing production systems for offshore kelp mariculture". In collaboration with the Blue Economy CRC, the outputs of the project will directly influence engineering design associated with offshore kelp aquaculture systems. This is expected to provide significant benefits to the kelp production industry.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Jean-Roch Nader


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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be from at least one of the following disciplinary backgrounds:
    • Ocean Engineering
    • Maritime engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • 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:

  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already 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:

  • Experience in hydrodynamic experimental work
  • Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamic and numerical modelling of floating platform
  • Strong publication track record in relevant field

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Jean-Roch Nader to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 2 x 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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