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Research is an integral aspect of the College, and our research degrees equip graduates with the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to kick start, or further, their careers.

The College of Sciences and Engineering offers a diverse range of research degrees in each of our disciplines, from hard science to creative design.

We recognise the importance of academic and non-academic careers, and work closely with industry to cross-skill our graduates with real-world experience.

Our research degrees may see you travelling to Antarctica, testing cutting-edge technology in local micro-breweries, or designing new naval ships or sustainable housing. Choose a research degree from the University of Tasmania’s College of Sciences and Engineering.

Research Degrees at the University of Tasmania
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Available Research Degree Projects

A research degree candidate may develop their own research project in collaboration with their supervisor or apply for one of our currently available projects below:

Applicants who are interested a specific project should first contact the supervisor listed and then find out more about our Entry Requirements, Scholarships if relevant, and then Apply Now.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project aims to control the voltage and frequency of the electrical power system by employing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). By changing the types of generation units from conventional to non-nonconventional, the penetration level of DERs including PVs, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, partially and fully rated wind energy conversion systems, thermal variable loads etc. are increasing in the grid. As the solid-state devices, the DERs do not contribute in inertial response if there is any contingency event in the network. Therefore, the power system is fragile, and the frequency control needs special considerations.

In this project, the candidate will work on innovative control approaches of the DERs to contribute in the primary and secondary responses after any event occurs. The candidate also considers new methods to coordinate DERs in voltage and frequency response in a power system with moderate and high penetration of DERs. In that case, the candidate is also expected to study about scheduling and dispatch of resources in a way that to ensure operation within network constrains all the times.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in Electrical Engineering
  • Applicants must have excellent writing and communication skills (Please see the English Test requirements, TOEFL or IELTS tests, for PhD candidates on the website of the university).
    Experience with modelling and simulation tools.

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Power Engineering (power electronics and/or power systems)
Selection Criteria
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
    Applicants must have Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (probably, Honours BEng Degree First Class, or Master's by Research, or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Applicants must be able to work with others as part of a project team and be willing to take direction.
  • Proficiency with modern programming languages such as PSCAD, Python, and MATLAB.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Evan Franklin and Behzad Naderi for further information.

Closing Date

1 November 2019 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge and Decisions
  • Environment, Resource & Sustainability
The Research Project

This PhD project will develop appropriate techno-economic models for Tasmania's energy system, including its interaction with the NEM, to analyse a wide range of likely future scenarios and their implications.

The proposed project introduces several areas of novelty and originality. The innovations include joint engineering and economic modelling of generation and storage technology characteristics and their role in meeting short-term power system requirements as well as their role in balancing energy supply and demand and their implications for energy markets. Included in the analysis of future scenarios is the significant transition to or increase in flexible loads such as electrified transport, hydrogen synthesis for export markets, and for direct export of energy over possible future additional interconnects.

This project will be co-supervised by members of Future Energy in the School of Engineering and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics and will also be supported by Future Energy co-directors and other members.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Applicants must either have Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Honours BEng Degree First Class, or Master's by Research, or equivalent) or a Master's research degree in Economics AND an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (or equivalent).

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must be able to work with others as part of a project team and be willing to take direction
  • Proficiency with modern programming languages such as PSCAD, Python, and MATLAB
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Evan Franklin for further information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
The Research Project

Ocean acidification is a process whereby carbon dioxide (CO2), mainly from the atmosphere, dissolves in seawater and form carbonic acid. This weak acid triggers changes in the seawater chemistry that lead to the decrease of ocean's pH. It is estimated that oceans absorb about 30% per cent of CO2 produced by humans. As such, CO2 emissions reduction is probably the only sustainable way to minimise this acidification process. However, the present trend of CO2 release to atmosphere does not support this effort. According to the Third IMO Green House Gas Study 2014, the mid‐range forecasted scenarios project a potential increase of CO2 emissions from international shipping between 50% to 250% by year 2050. The magnitude of this increment depends on the aggressiveness of world economic growth as well as energy developments.  

In line with the effort of Goal 14 (Life Below Water) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, target 14.3 to "Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels", the goal of this research is to establish potential port policy that can effectively contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime activities within port limits through efficient port operations.

Eligibility
  • Maritime transport, port development, environmental management

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis, shipping industry experience
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Vera Zhang for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Women are generally underrepresented in the STEM fields and in entrepreneurial ventures linked to high technology domains. This project will use the latest psychological and sociological research to propose a framework to facilitate that more girls and young women enter and remain in those STEM and entrepreneurial fields where they are significantly underrepresented. The framework will be designed to actively encourage creativity, inventiveness, and global awareness in harmony with the development of a socially responsible and sustainable entrepreneurial mindset. Strategies will be designed, tested and fine-tuned in diverse settings within the secondary and tertiary education sectors, and within the emerging Tasmanian STEM-based entrepreneurial ecosystem, respectively.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic and International candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Bernardo A. León de la Barra for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Themes

  • Data, Knowledge and Decisions
  • Creativity, Culture and Society

The Research Project

The Boundary Element Method (BEM) is a computationally efficient method for full wave-based computational acoustics simulations, even so it requires significant computational resources for shorter wavelengths. However the most interesting problems are at moderate wavelengths where there is significant diffraction. A particularly interesting class of problems involves coupling between the acoustic medium and its boundaries (fluid-structure interaction). Examples include sound transmission through panels, absorption by curtains near walls, porous surfaces.

This project aims to extend the computational capabilities of the acoustic BEM, with regard to structural coupling, porous surfaces, higher order methods, the effect of corners and edges, etc. These developments can then be applied to problems such as those mentioned above. Through collaboration or co-supervision with colleagues in University of Sydney the project may have access to high class experimental facilities for validation of the models.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The Research Higher 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applied maths, physics or any branch of engineering with an interest in mathematics or computation
  • Programming skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Damien Holloway for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

This project is aimed to develop a three-dimensional hybrid continuous-discontinuous method for studying dynamic fracture of rock under impact and cyclic loads and arching behaviour of resultant irregular-shaped deformable and further breakable fragments.

The project will address:

  1. How can the transition of rock from continua to discontinua during fracture be modelled?
  2. How can the hybrid method be accelerated using heterogeneous CPU and GPU parallel computing technique for large-scale real time modelling?
  3. How can the hybrid method to consider dependence of rock strength on loading rates and how can heterogeneity be implemented to simulate rock fracture progressive process?
  4. How can the hybrid method be calibrated against well-known dynamic/cyclic rock fracture experiments?
  5. How can the hybrid method be applied to model rock fragmentations in rock boring & blast and rock mass instability in surface and underground excavations.

The outcome of this project will improve the rock mass excavation / fragmentation efficiency in rock cutting, drilling, crushing and blasting, and improve the rock mass stability in surface and underground excavation in mining, tunnelling and civil engineering. This project will improve our access to natural resources, especially deep or offshore natural resources, and safeguard our existing and new infrastructures.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Continuous or discontinuous mechanics
  • Programming skills (preferably C/C++ and Python)
  • Computer graphics

More Information

Please contact Dr Hong Y Liu for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2022

The Research Project

Hobart based shipbuilder, INCAT, builds some of the world's largest and fastest high speed aluminium catamaran ferries. Critical to the success of INCAT's vessels has been their ability to operate at high speed in heavy seas, and INCAT's position as worldwide leaders in their market niche has been assisted over more than two decades by ongoing collaborative research with the University of Tasmania's School of Engineering. A long term goal is to optimise the ship structure, minimising weight without compromising integrity at critical locations. Past recent research in this area has sought to quantify the loads exerted during a slam (severe wave impact) event. Structural vibrations following a slam (known as "whipping") are known to significantly modify the internal forces as determined by a quasi static analysis, and their effect has been partially quantified through testing of a 2.5m hydroelastic model, full scale strain measurements, and dynamic finite element analysis. The current project aims to extend this work by relating the asymmetric slams and bending moments to the asymmetric design loads within the superstructure connecting the two hulls (referred to as "pitch connecting moment" and "split loads") whilst further quantifying the motions response in oblique sea directions. This has the capacity to influence international design codes and to provide a more rational framework for the determination of design loads in similar ships worldwide.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates.
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Experience in shipping industry
  • Model testing experience in towing tanks or model test basins
  • Marine engineering or naval architecture academic background
  • Experience in use of Computational Fluid Mechanics and/or Finite Element Analysis

More Information

Please contact Dr Jason Lavroff for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

We have developed an automated blood oxygen level controller for preterm infants that has recently been undergoing clinical trials. This PhD project aims to make further advances by investigating enhancements to our current oxygen control algorithm and technology.

Potential research areas include development of advanced algorithms and predictive methods to enhance the control algorithm, for example by using intelligent pattern recognition including neural network techniques and our extensive clinical signal database.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including Biomedical, Mechatronic and Electrical/Electronics Engineering.

More Information

Please contact Dr Tim Gale for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

The State of Tasmania exhibits some of the lowest levels of educational attainment among Australia’s states and territories. This project will use the latest educational, psychological and sociological research to design practical research- and evidence-based strategies to enthuse Tasmanian children to fully engage during their schooling years. The strategies will collectively target and inclusively align the many stakeholders (parents, guardians, teachers, peers, career counsellors, etc.) that play a role in influencing children’s aspirations for a better and brighter future. The strategies will be designed, tested, evaluated, and fine-tuned in diverse formal and informal educational settings. The project will make use of trans-disciplinary and integrative learning approaches with a strong focus on bridging the gap between the STEM and STEAM domains.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic and International candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Bernardo A. León de la Barra for more information.

Closing Date

1 November 2019

Research Theme

  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Australia is the world leader in the design and manufacture of state of the art large aluminium ferries, and Incat Australia Pty Ltd (Incat) is one of the dominant builders of these vessels in the international market. Research is required to increase reliability, seakeeping and passenger comfort of Incat vessels by improving vessel design, systems and performance in relation to the key operational conditions of vessel speed and random wave characteristics. To satisfy these overarching design requirements, this Project aims to:

  1. Establish an ongoing ship monitoring system to remotely measure vessel motions and structural loads, exploiting cloud technology to obtain real time-data on vessel performance.
  2. Improve structural efficiency by analysing large datasets at full-scale using sophisticated statistical methods to more accurately predict the peak wave loads acting on the vessel.
  3. Improve passenger comfort by extensively investigating and interpreting the motions response of the vessel and ride control activity under commercial operating conditions.
  4. Develop a “Smart” semi-autonomous interface to provide on-board seakeeping guidance to the operator in moderate and rough seas to increase ship safety, vessel longevity and improve passenger comfort.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours or Upper Second 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.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Background skills and experience in Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture specific to high-speed craft;
  • Knowledge and  experience in stochastic process modeling;
  • Well-developed skills in programming, data analyses or optimisation techniques.

Applicants MUST include a one-page cover letter expressing their interest in the project based on their background experience whilst also addressing their suitability for the project.

Successful PhD applicants with a background in mechanical engineering, civil, marine engineering or naval architecture will be based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

Successful PhD applicants with a background in applied statistics will be based at a partner institute in Sydney. Those interested in applying for the position in Sydney must directly contact Dr Babak Shabani to discuss the application process.

More Information

Please contact Dr Babak Shabani for more information prior to applying.

Closing Date

31 December 2021

Research Theme

Data, Knowledge & Decisions

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Currently, there are numerous methods and techniques aimed at extending the service life or repair existing structural elements. Bolting or welding of steel plates, applying CFRP and external prestressed tendons are the most common among these techniques. Nevertheless, these techniques have limitations and disadvantages such as increasing the self-weight of the structure, introducing stress concentration, reducing the fatigue lie of the structure or high labour and materials cost. Among the recently developed repairing and upgrading methods is the so-called Local Post-Tensioning (LPT) which increases the stiffness and the load carrying capacity of the structural member through adding reinforcing steel bars to a segment of the beam.

This project will be investigating the use of innovative strengthening and upgrading techniques (or their combinations) in order to extend the service life and restore the load carrying capacity of various steel, concrete or composite structural elements. The candidate will be using nonlinear Finite Element Analysis, experiments, or both to validate theoretical findings.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Civil (Structural  Engineering)

More Information

Please contact Dr Assaad Taoum to discuss prior to applying.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The Research Project

Some forms of structural failure can be quite abrupt (e.g. buckling) whereas others may exhibit early warning signs. I have an interest in understanding and predicting both types of failure, and in measures to mitigate them. In the former category I am particularly interested in moderately thin walled shells, the effect of irregular geometries (e.g. cutouts, defects) and in local reinforcement. These could be studied by nonlinear Finite Element Analysis, or experimentally. In the latter category there is a growing body of knowledge on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) using sensors and ambient excitations (such as wind loading) to detect changes in a structure. Wind turbine towers and blades are examples of application of these two areas.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The Research Higher 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • A background in one or more of:
    • civil/structural engineering
    • computational mechanics
    • applied mathematics
    • signal processing
  • Programming skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Damien Holloway for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Micro-grids encounter high renewable energy penetrations early, given their small size. The inherent variability is managed with enabling technologies such as energy storage. This proposal aims to eliminate the cost and complexity of energy storage, via adoption of synthetic storage. Synthetic storage allows for improved renewable penetration and reduced diesel fuel consumption. The approach investigates replacement of fixed speed diesel assets with variable speed diesel technology, for improved generator flexibility, response and efficiency. The expected project outcomes include both a reduction in cost and complexity for high renewable energy penetration micro-grids. Project benefits extend to reduced emissions and improved reliability. The research improves accessibility and affordability of renewable energy based micro-grids, addressing the key barriers of cost and complexity.  The outcomes include the ability of existing micro-grid configurations to transition from low to high levels of renewable energy penetration without a reliance on energy storage technologies. The benefits in simplifying the micro-grid framework include, accelerated uptake and utilisation of renewable energy, grid consolidation and grid decarbonisation, the impacts of which extend to cleaner, cheaper energy provision.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Hybrid diesel power system simulation;
  • Wind turbine generator simulation;
  • Power converter configuration and simulation.

More Information

Please contact Michael Negnevitsky for more information.

Closing Date

22nd November 2019 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
The Research Project

Adélie penguins are the most abundant Antarctic penguin species whose krill dependence and sensitivity to the sea ice environment mean they are an important "indicator species" for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP). This project will analyse long-term satellite telemetry data from Béchervaise Island and other colonies to focus on the specific interactions between Adélie penguin movements, diving behaviour and their environment.

The work program could include syntheses of available dive data and derivation of indicators of relative dive effort and cost; assessment of both horizontal and vertical movement behaviour as foraging indicators; and integration of penguin movement and diving behaviour with environmental information.

There is potential to link foraging behaviour with direct prey-field information from two corresponding seasons of acoustic prey-field surveys, as well as scope to analyse the larger archive of movement-only data from satellite tracking studies. Such assessments of functional relationships should enable tracking studies to feed into efficient and realistic representation of marine mammals and birds in ecosystem and food web models as well as delivering towards identification of, and monitoring/indicator-based approaches for, ecological responses to change.

Eligibility
  • First-class Honours or Masters equivalent research in science, mathematics or related discipline
  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee's reports and supervisory support
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Candidates with computing skills and programming experience for spatial and statistical analyses (e.g. in R, MATLAB or PYTHON etc.) will be viewed favourably
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral English language
  • Desirable: Field experience working with marine mammals, seabirds or other marine animals
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Sophie Bestley for further information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Marine phytoplankton drive global climate, form the base of marine food-webs, and can cause ecosystem disruption and collapse due to harmful algal blooms. In the ocean, phytoplankton interact with bacterial symbionts - their microbiomeswhich lab studies show are essential for their growth. However, we currently know almost nothing about phytoplankton microbiomes in natural marine systems, or how they interact to enhance the growth and toxicity of harmful algal blooms.

A PhD research opportunity is open for a talented graduate to investigate the diversity and function of natural phytoplankton microbiome, and how they enhance growth and toxicity of harmful dinoflagellates. The project combines microfluidics and single-cell genomics and microbial community profiling using NGS sequencing to characterise microbiome membership, structure and function directly from phytoplankton blooms. Using lab model co-culture techniques, the project will also determine how microbiomes are recruited by toxic phytoplankton, and examine their role in algal physiology and toxin production.

The project is supervised by Drs Christopher Bolch and Andrew Bridle and will be based in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. The project also includes collaboration with researchers in the Scotland (Scottish Association for Marine Science) and the USA (New York University).

Essential skills/experience

Graduates with a strong academic record in Biological or Health Sciences and a background/experience in molecular biology and/or microbiology are encouraged to apply. Applications for this PhD position are open to domestic and international students, provided the latter are competitive when applying for fee waiver scholarships.

Desirable skills/experience

Candidates with strong computing skills and experience of collecting and analysing next-generation-sequencing (NGS) data will be viewed favourably.

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Contact for more information

Please contact Christopher Bolch at chris.bolch@utas.edu.au for more information.

Closing Date

17th June 2020 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Southern Ocean is projected to experience significant changes to its physical state in future years due to anthropogenic climate change. These changes are, in turn, likely to have significant impacts on the marine ecosystems in the region.

This project will explore the link between variability in the assessed icefish population in the Australian EEZ on the Kergeulen Plateau and observed environmental variability, before extending this work using climate projections to give an estimate of the impacts of future climate scenarios on this (and other) species over the coming century.

Eligibility
  • Strong analytical skills, including expertise with a suitable high-level analysis software package (eg Matlab or R)
  • Understanding of the functioning and drivers of marine ecosystems
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Knowledge of Southern Ocean marine ecosystems
  • Experience in statistical modelling
  • Knowledge of the impact of marine heat waves on ecosystems
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Stuart Corney for further information.

Closing Date

28th April 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Oceanic fronts are sharp gradients between adjoining water masses and serve as mixing boundaries between water with different features (Belkin, 2009). Frontal processes, across a variety of temporal and spatial scales, operate in concert to drive coastal ecosystem structure and function. Climate change can have a profound effect on front formation leading to changes, which have important consequences for biodiversity. Furthermore, changes in concentration of one or a few 'leverage species' may result in sweeping communitylevel changes raising concerns about fishery sustainability, ecosystem health, and the maintenance of global biogeochemical cycles (Woodson and Litvin, 2015) in coastal regions. Conflicting studies show scenarios of both increasing and decreasing frontal probability due to climate change. It has been shown that there can a reduction in frontal frequency during warming anomalies. However, long term decadal-scale records show increasing trends of frontal activity. Regardless, the trend in front probability has not been shown to be globally uniform.

The first aim of this research is to comprehensively verify global trends of frontal frequency within global marine hotspots and resolve fine-scale frontal features (using new high-resolution satellite imagery) to assess patterns and trends in regional scale hotspot areas. Furthermore, given the variety of scales at which fronts operate, it is critically important to understand frontal activity at depth integrated submesoscales. As fronts play a role in driving local biological activity, unravelling the role of submesoscale dynamics on phytoplankton abundance and diversity is important for quantifying global influence on marine ecosystems.

The second aim of this research is to develop adaptive sampling algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to characterize submesoscale fronts across depth integrated measurements. When coupled with high resolution satellite measurements (above), unprecedented scales of frontal processes can be visualized.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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. See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Applicants must have good oral and verbal communication skills.
Candidates from the a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Biological oceanography/marine ecology background
  • Experience with programming for statistics and image processing (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Knowledge of remote sensing algorithm development and satellite image processing
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Andy Fischer, for further information.

Closing Date

30 November 2019

The Research Project

For the past 58 years, science in Antarctica has been carried out under the terms of the Antarctic Treaty, and national and international scientific research programs have been the most conspicuous visible expression of the workings of the treaty. It has been said that "science is the currency of the influence in the Antarctic Treaty" (Press, 2013). This project will study how scientific cooperation among the contracting parties and the consultative parties, how they are organized and how they play their respective roles. The project will focus on China as a specific case study.

Essential skills/experience

  • Understanding of China's Antarctic science program

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee's reports and supervisory support.

Contact for more information

Please contact Prof Marcus Haward at Marcus.Haward@utas.edu.au for more information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Expansion of the salmon industry in Tasmania, and worldwide, will require employment of a range of production approaches. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), one such approach, seeks to balance the nutrient inputs from finfish farming with extractive aquaculture operations such as shellfish and seaweed farming.

This project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research team focused on sustainable aquaculture development, and ecosystem management, using an IMTA approach. The student will work with the broader research team to link site-specific biotic and abiotic data with existing and/or new ecosystem models to identify optimal seaweed farming sites in different regions, to map the broader regional environmental interactions of IMTA, and to consider trade-offs under various farming scenarios. A key outcome will be to determine any improvements in sustainability with the move to IMTA, and how this can be optimized in different regions.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Biological Science
  • Aquaculture
Eligibility
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in biological science or aquaculture

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Quantitative/ modelling skills
  • Experience in applied science, working with industry or natural resource management
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Karen Alexander for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Dinoflagellates of the genus Gambierdiscus produce neurotoxins called ciguatoxin and maitotoxin (CTXs and MTXs) that can accumulate in fish through marine food chains causing the debilitating human illness called ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). CFP is one of the most commonly reported seafood-associated diseases with up to 500,000 cases annually in tropical and sub-tropical regions including Australia.  Australina Gambierdiscus species are expanding south into new areas due to increasing sea surface temperature, nutrient loading and habitat disturbance, exposing naive fishing communities to potential CFP poisoning. It is currently not known which of the 15 or more Gambierdiscus species are responsible for production of CTXs causing CFP in Australia. This project aims to examine the distribution, diversity and physiology of the genus to enable prediction in response to climatic change in south-eastern Australia.

The student will have opportunity to undertake fieldwork in tropical reef locations, undertake cell isolation and culture, and laboratory-based physiological studies of Gambierdiscus.  The project is supervised by A/Prof Christopher Bolch and is based in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. The project includes collaboration and fieldwork with University of Technology Sydney, University of Queensland, and Cawthron Institute in New Zealand.

Eligibility
  • Honours and Masters graduates with a strong academic record in Biological or Health Sciences and a background/experience in microbiology, aquatic botany are encouraged to apply
  • Applications for this PhD position are open to domestic and international students, provided the latter are competitive when applying for fee waiver scholarships
  • Candidates with experience and background in molecular biology (PCR, DNA sequencing etc) and/or phylogenetic analysis, will be viewed favourably
  • Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Selection Criteria
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Undergraduate academic record in a relevant field
  • Quality and scope of research thesis undertaken during Hons/Masters degree
  • Quality and number of co-authored research publications in international and/or regional journals
  • Demonstrated practical experience in taxonomy and molecular systematics
  • Demonstrated experience in molecular biology including PCR, DNA sequencing and molecular data analysis
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

For more information, please contact Christopher Bolch

Closing Date

30 November 2019

The Research Project

Marine phytoplankton grow in association with their own bacterial communities –  microbiomes –that are critical for their growth and physiology. Isolation/culture of algal cells results in depletion, disturbance or imbalance of their unique microbiomes (dysbiosis), reduced growth, unreliable biomass production, and often death. In contrast, retaining balanced microbiomes improves algal growth rate and biomass production and optimise biochemical/nutritional composition for aquaculture and biotechnology.

A PhD opportunity is open for a talented graduate to examine the diversity and function of marine haptophyte microbiomes. The project aims to determine how microbiome structure/composition modifies growth and physiology of haptophytes, and to engineer micr0biomes– construct synthetic microbiomes to optimise productivity of haptophytes such as Isochrysis, Tisochrysis and Diachronema.  The project combines NGS-based microbial community profiling, transcriptomics and culture-based approaches to examine host-functional responses, and construct/test synthetic engineered microbiomes of key haptophyte species used in aquaculture and biotechnology.  The project will be based in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and CSIRO Marine Research Laboratories in Hobart. The project is supervised by Drs Christopher Bolch (IMAS) and Anusysa Willis (CSIRO), and Kelli Anderson (IMAS) and Dr Heroen Verbruggen (Univ. Melbourne).

Essential skills/experience

Graduates with a strong academic record in Biological or Health Sciences and a background/experience in molecular biology and/or microbiology are encouraged to apply. Applications for this PhD position are open to domestic and international students, provided the latter are competitive when applying for fee waiver scholarships.

Desirable skills/experience

Candidates with strong computing skills and experience of collecting and analysing next-generation-sequencing (NGS) data will be viewed favourably.

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee's reports and supervisory support.

Contact for more information

Please contact Christopher Bolch at chris.bolch@utas.edu.au for more information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Expansion of the salmon industry in Tasmania, and worldwide, will require employment of a range of production approaches. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), one such approach, seeks to balance the nutrient inputs from finfish farming with extractive aquaculture operations such as shellfish and seaweed farming. This project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research project focused on sustainable aquaculture development and ecosystem management.

This project seeks to provide an understanding of the commercial risks/ liabilities associated with IMTA and any regionally specific incentives that might either promote or diminish the value of IMTA as a more sustainable aquaculture production model. It will examine the environmental/economic/social/governance sustainability benefits of IMTA and how they relate to production regions. The overarching aim of this project is to obtain a clearer and more comprehensive (holistic) evaluation of the benefits and detriments of an IMTA model of aquaculture production, and to provide guidance as to what might constitute "best practice" for IMTA.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Human Geography
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Science
Eligibility
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in Human Geography, Natural Resource Management, Social Sciences or Environmental Science

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Economic analysis skills
  • Experience in applied research, working with industry or natural resource management
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Karen Alexander for further information.

Closing Date

20th March 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project will focus on idealised ocean model simulations to test how continental breakup, and the resulting change in width and depth of seaways, and their position relative to wind and buoyancy forcing, affects ocean circulation. This will provide a mechanistic understanding of the effect of the opening of seaways on the climate system. This PhD project is part of a recently funded ARC Discovery Project, and the PhD researcher will have the opportunity to collaborate with the chief investigators, postdocs, and other PhD students involved.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
Selection Criteria
  • Essential skills/experience: Honours (or equivalent) or Master's degree in physics, maths, engineering, physical oceanography, meteorology or related geophysical disciplines.
  • Solid mathematical skills, particular in regards to partial differential equations and linear algebra.
  • Basic programming skills (UNIX/Linux operating systems and scripting languages, Python, Matlab, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Andreas Klocker for further information.

Closing Date

30 November 2019

The Research Project

This project will focus on the distribution of marine plastics in Antarctic sea ice. The candidate will analyse plastics in archived and new ice cores collected around Antarctica to evaluate the spatial and seasonal patterns, if any, in the samples. Additional work will be conducted in the home laboratory to quantify the mechanisms of plastics incorporation during sea ice formation, using both a sea-ice tank and modelling approaches. Work is envisage with SCRIPPS advisors to evaluate the bioaccumulation and toxicology of microplastics through the polar food-web, from algae, to zooplankton and marine mammals.

Essential skills/experience

  • An undergraduate degree plus Honours or Masters that includes marine biology and chemistry
  • Experience with laboratory-based work, programming for data analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desirable skills/experience

  • Familiarity with plastics or sea-ice biogeochemistry

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee's reports and supervisory support.

Contact for more information

Please contact Delphine Lannuzel at delphine.lannuzel@utas.edu.au for more information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Tasmania is experiencing escalated development of its coastal regions, with greater use of coastal waters for industry and recreational activities, as well as the value placed on the pristine nature of our coasts.

A greater understanding of community values regarding the marine environment is required so that increased seafood production and marine-based livelihoods can be generated from a public resource to meet the needs of current and future generations. In addition, procedural justice is a key component underpinning conflict in this arena. It is not enough purely to understand community values, it is imperative to understand how such values can be incorporated into a ‘just’ decision-making process.

This project will use the Tasmanian coast as a case study to investigate potential means by which to incorporate natural resource values into public decision-making processes relating to commons-resource use.

Eligibility
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in human geography/natural resource management/social sciences/political sciences/environmental science
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Experience in applied research, working with industry, government or in natural resource management
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Karen Alexander for further information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This student project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary CRC-P research team (Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture) in an applied research context focused on sustainable aquaculture development.  

This project aims to determine the optimal environmental conditions at different times of year (e.g. light, nitrogen availability and uptake, water motion, seedling density) for growing juvenile/mature kelp (Order Laminariales) species on lines in the sea. The new knowledge produced will be used to assess the suitability of selected kelp(s) for seaweed aquaculture in southern Australia, and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture in conjunction with salmon farms in Tasmania.

Eligibility

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Environmental Sciences and/or Master in Marine Biology/Ecology with research experience in phycology

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • Bachelor Degree in Science or Environmental Science and /or Honours (H1 - score of 80% or above) or Masters in marine biology/ecology with research experience in phycology
  • Experience in plant/algal physiology such as measuring photosynthesis, growth, quantification of pigments, nutrient uptake, C:N ratios
  • Experience in early life-cycle biology of seaweeds and/or microalgae

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Selection Criteria
  • Experience in seaweed aquaculture
  • Experience in working with industry
  • Publication(s) in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals with Q1 Scimago journal ranking
  • Strong experimental design and data analysis skills
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Catriona Hurd for further information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This student project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary CRC-P research team (Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture) in an applied research context focused on sustainable aquaculture development.  

This project aims to determine the optimal environmental conditions at different times of year (e.g. light, nitrogen availability and uptake, water motion, seedling density) for growing juvenile/mature kelp (Order Laminariales) species on lines in the sea. The new knowledge produced will be used to assess the suitability of selected kelp(s) for seaweed aquaculture in southern Australia, and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture in conjunction with salmon farms in Tasmania.

Eligibility

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Science
  • Environmental Sciences

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • Bachelor Degree in Science or Environmental Science and /or Honours (H1 - score of 80% or above) or Masters in marine biology/ecology with research experience in phycology
  • Experience in plant/algal physiology such as measuring photosynthesis, growth, quantification of pigments, nutrient uptake, C:N ratios
  • Experience in early life-cycle biology of seaweeds
  • Experience in seaweed aquaculture
  • High level oral and written communication skills

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Selection Criteria
  • Strong experimental design and data analysis skills
  • Experience in working with industry
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Publication(s) in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals with Q1 Scimago journal ranking
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Catriona Hurd for further information.

Closing Date

28th April 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Input from rivers and estuarine exchange on to the continental shelf plays an important role in altering physical, biogeochemical and ecological functioning of the coastal ocean. This input may influence stratification, nutrient flux, and local circulation patterns altering lower trophic levels and primary productivity. While previous studies have addressed general aspects of the structure and dynamics of river plumes, most of this work has focused on plumes formed by large and medium-size rivers. Little attention has been paid to small rivers plumes and estuarine exchange, largely because small plumes and estuarine exchange is highly dynamic and varies across short temporal (of order of hours) and spatial scales (1-10kms). This variability hinders precise measurements of plume structure and content even though small rivers influxes of fluvial water and suspended sediments is estimated at about 25% and 40%, respectively (Milliman and Syvitski, 1992; Milliman et al.,1999).

This project aims to advance our understanding of the role of small river plumes and estuarine exchange in driving the ecological functioning of the coastal ocean. Given the highly dynamic nature of small plumes, this work will employ a multidisciplinary approach encompassing satellite remote sensing and in situ/adaptive sampling with autonomous underwater vehicles to develop high-frequency, high-resolution, 3D sampling of the physical chemical and biological variables of plume structure and content.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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. See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Applicants must have good oral and verbal communication skills.
Candidates from the a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Biological oceanography/marine ecology background
  • Experience with programming for statistics and image processing (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Knowledge of bio-optical modelling, remote sensing algorithm development and hydrodynamic modelling
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Andy Fischer, for further information.

Closing Date

18th September 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Technology and social media have revolutionised the way we engage with causes and bring about change in the world. While some environmental issues are captured by community imagination, not all are acted on. What are the mechanisms that allow some to become accepted?

The PhD candidate will investigate examples of successful local and global movements (e.g., school strike for climate) with the aim to identify the belief systems and behaviours behind their success. This cutting-edge project is at the nexus of truly multidisciplinary teams, encompassing IT, media, psychology, and environmental and social science. The candidate will use available IT resources and their skills in science communication to access social channels, identify successful movements, and propose new projects that allow communities to profile actions.

Eligibility
  • First-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in environmental/social science
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Essential: High level oral and written communication skills including at least one publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal
  • Essential: Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Desirable: Experience in applied research, working with the community, government, or in natural resource management
  • Desirable: Proven capacity to use technology systems and IT literacy
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jennifer Lavers for further information.

Closing Date

30th January 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

This project will apply a suit of geochemical methods to quantify the amount of dust-borne iron reaching the Southern Ocean around Australia. In one third of the global ocean, the growth of phytoplankton is limited by the availability of iron, an essential trace nutrient (Moore et al. 2004). Mineral dust is an important source of iron to the ocean, supplying up to 50% of the iron to support phytoplankton growth in iron-limited regions (Okin et al. 2011). The Southern Ocean is the largest and climatically most important ironlimited region, being responsible for 35 to 40% of total CO2 uptake by the ocean (Landschutzer et al. 2015). In-situ iron fertilization experiments in the Southern Ocean clearly demonstrate the potential for external iron inputs, including dust, to stimulate productivity and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean (Boyd et al. 2000).  

Despite its importance, dust deposition to the ocean has been determined directly at only a handful of locations. Following the approach of Anderson et al (2016), this project will use geochemical methods based on the measurement of thorium isotopes and trace metals in aerosols, seawater, particles and sediment in four regions east and south of Australia. This project focuses on the analysis of samples already in-hand and interpretation of results, but there will also be an opportunity to go to sea.

Eligibility
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee's reports and supervisory support
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • This project involves a large component of sample analysis using advanced analytical methods requiring careful attention detail. The ideal candidate will have a background in chemistry, oceanography, earth science, or a closely related field, with research experience in analytical chemistry, chemical oceanography, geochemistry or a closely related field
  • Prior experience working in a clean laboratory, using ICP-MS and/or chromatographic separation, is desirable
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Zanna Chase for further information.

Closing Date

3rd December 2019

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

This project will apply a suit of geochemical methods to quantify the amount of dust-borne iron reaching the Southern Ocean around Australia. In one third of the global ocean, the growth of phytoplankton is limited by the availability of iron, an essential trace nutrient (Moore et al. 2004). Mineral dust is an important source of iron to the ocean, supplying up to 50% of the iron to support phytoplankton growth in iron-limited regions (Okin et al. 2011).

The Southern Ocean is the largest and climatically most important iron limited region, being responsible for 35 to 40% of total CO2 uptake by the ocean (Landschutzer et al. 2015). In-situ iron fertilization experiments in the Southern Ocean clearly demonstrate the potential for external iron inputs, including dust, to stimulate productivity and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean (Boyd et al. 2000).

Despite its importance, dust deposition to the ocean has been determined directly at only a handful of locations. Following the approach of Anderson et al (2016), this project will use geochemical methods based on the measurement of thorium isotopes and trace metals in aerosols, seawater, particles and sediment in four regions east and south of Australia. This project focuses on the analysis of samples already in-hand and interpretation of results, but there will also be an opportunity to go to sea.

Eligibility
  • This project involves a large component of sample analysis using advanced analytical methods requiring careful attention detail. The ideal candidate will have a background in chemistry, oceanography, earth science, or a closely related field, with research experience in analytical chemistry, chemical oceanography, geochemistry or a closely related field
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Prior experience working in a clean laboratory, using ICP-MS and/or chromatographic separation, is desirable
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Zanna Chase for further information.

Closing Date

30th December 2019

  • Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their application as soon as possible.
  • Applicants wishing to commence candidature in early 2019 should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application processes as soon as possible.
The Research Project

This project will develop portable analytical technology for the in-field measurement of soil chemistry. By using a 3D printer, devices will be rapidly prototyped and then produced in sufficient volume for field evaluation to obtain crucial data on the usability. A rapid design/use cycle will accelerate the development of a low-cost and practical device for in-field measurement of soil chemistry that can be used by environmental consultants, farmers and home gardeners.

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Analytical and/or soil chemistry
  • 3D printing and/or microfabrication
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof. Michael Breadmore, School of Natural Sciences (Chemistry), for further information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Creativity, Culture & Society
The Research Project

This STEM Education research seeks to better understand, and in turn enhance, learning and teaching in STEM through focusing on a number of key questions:

  1. How and What STEM students are assessed on?
  2. How and What STEM students learn?
  3. How and What STEM students are taught?

And linking across these three questions is the overarching question of whether or not we have alignment in teaching, learning, and assessment.

Complementing this research are objectives to increase community engagement with, and improve individual understanding of, STEM, ultimately leading to an increased participation of Tasmanians in STEM education. Supporting these objectives, the research will promote engagement and outreach activities in STEM, along with facilitating new initial teacher education and in-service teacher development pathways, the latter being both for existing teachers of Science and Mathematics and out-of-field teachers wishing to transition into Science and / or Mathematics teaching.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Any Natural or Physical Sciences discipline
  • Mathematics

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a research team and individually, as appropriate to project
  • Interest and / or experience in STEM education, Science and / or Mathematics teaching
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Andrew Seen for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2022

The Research Project

This project is focused on designing and engineering novel transition metal-based catalysts to establish unprecedented chemical reactions. The potential of these processes to establish new modes of small molecule activation and develop novel synthetic methodology will be explored. The results of this project may lead to the establishment of new strategies for the rapid and direct synthesis of important classes of organic molecules, including natural products and their derivatives.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry

More Information

Please contact Dr Alex Bissember for more information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
The Research Project

Transition metal catalysts are now used for the preparation of polymers, new medications and natural products synthesis. To facilitate the design of selective catalytic cycles and to improve the procedures, the mechanisms of the catalytic reactions need to be understood in detail.

The complexity of the mechanisms of these reactions means that experimental findings alone are not capable of fully elucidating mechanisms. However, computational chemistry by invoking the experimental findings can provide a more complete insight into the mechanism of metal-catalysed reactions. For example, we recently reported that the reactivity of the gold complexes can be extended well beyond direct π-activation. We found that the gold complexes are indeed able to generate electrophiles that are more reactive toward π-activation than a gold complex itself (see: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, 9, 1420; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14599; Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 9422; Organometallics 2014, 33, 7318; ACS Catal 2014, 4 , 2896).

This project is aimed at investigating the mechanisms of similar processes in which metals are used to serve as a source for generating strong electrophiles which are capable of catalysing reactions such as functionalization of Olefines.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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 (publication) and analytical skills

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • An Honours/Master degree in Chemistry
  • A track record of publication(s)
  • A very good oral and written communication skills in English
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Alireza Ariafard for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2022

Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

This project involves the screening of endemic Tasmanian plants to discover new and valuable compounds that can be used to lead drug discovery. By employing a practical pressurised hot water extraction (PHWE) method developed in-house, a range of plants will be extensively screened to determine their chemical profiles. The identification of plants containing significant quantities of organic molecules that can facilitate semi-synthesis and/ or feature chemotaxonomic value will also be pursued.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Synthetic organic chemistry, including chromatographic techniques
  • Structural characterisation techniques including NMR, IR and MSA

More Information

Please contact Dr Alex Bissember for more information.

Closing Date

20 September 2019

The Research Project

In this project, we will develop novel strategies to incorporate porous crystalline metal-organic framework (MOF) materials into macroporous organic polymer monoliths, obtaining novel hierarchically porous separation supports.

Polymer/MOF supports will be applied as advanced stationary phases for liquid chromatographic separation. This research project will include:

  • Polymer, MOF, and polymer/MOF hybrids synthesis and characterization
  • The implementation of polymer/MOFs in capillary column format
  • Their application as chromatographic stationary phases for the separation of different types of mixtures of organic molecules of interest
  • In situ modification of the selectivity and porosity of polymer/MOFs

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Analytical chemistry, including chromatographic techniques
  • Synthetic polymer chemistry
  • Coordination polymer synthesis
  • Materials characterization techniques (XRD, FT-IR, BET, TGA)

More Information

Please contact Dr Fernando Maya Alejandro for more information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
The Research Project

For protein identifications, the high-resolution separation techniques such as capillary electrophoresis (CE) and liquid chromatography (LC) are coupled with the powerful detector of mass spectrometry (MS) that is equipped with an electrospray ionisation interface (ESI).  Sample preparation is key to achieving high protein coverage or identification for CE-ESI-MS and LC-ESI-MS.  This project will develop new sample preparation techniques to improve protein identifications.

Eligibility
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Background in analytical chemistry and/or proteomics
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Lito Quirino for further information.

Closing Date

31st August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resource & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Cerro Negro Au–Ag low sulfidation epithermal district is located in the Deseado Massif, Patagonia, Argentina. The proposed PhD project will focus on characterizing surface and sub-surface geothermal features, volcanic stratigraphy, and structural geology with a particular emphasis on regional to district-scale controls. The study will attempt to fulfill the following major objectives:

  1. Mapping geothermal features (e.g., sinters, chalcedony blankets, geyser-related facies, etc.) and conducting geochronological studies to assess temporal/genetic linkage with epithermal vein systems. A better understanding of the spatial and temporal evolution of the geothermal and low-sulfidation epithermal environment would potentially allow assessing new areas in the Deseado massif where these types of geothermal features have been detected.
  2. Detailed petrographical and geochronological studies of rhyolite and andesite domes to constrain the relationship between these domes and epithermal mineralization and regional structures.
  3. Volcanic facies analysis in order to build a 3-D model of the depositional environment for the host stratigraphy. Mapping and graphic core logging will employ the volcanic facies approach of McPhie et al. (1993).
Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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
  • Applicants must meet English speaking and writing requirements

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in geology, economic geology, geochemistry or related subjects
  • Experience with ore deposits

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Experience in analytical methods/techniques such as SWIR, mineral, whole rock and fluid chemistry, and isotopic studies
  • Experience with field techniques such as field mapping, core logging, structural architecture analysis and volcanic facies studies
  • Experience in working as part of a research and/or exploration team is desirable
  • A background in some of the following areas will be ranked highly: field mapping skills, mineralogy and crystallography, exploration geochemistry, porphyry copper geology, mineral exploration
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Lejun Zhang for further information.

Closing Date

29 February 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Expedition SO255 dredged the seafloor of the Kermadec intra-oceanic arc and back-arc at multiple locations over >130,000 km2, retrieving pumice and volcanic ash from the shallow seafloor. This project will address dispersal and sediment transport processes from submarine and subaerial silicic volcanism at the scale of an arc. The PhD student will conduct LA-ICP-MS chemical fingerprinting of the volcanic glass and crystals collected during SO255, and compare this data with existing geochemical databases. The style of transport (aerial, as floatsam, or fully underwater) will be inferred using the clast's physical characteristics and the extent of their dispersal. Floatsam dispersion by surface ocean currents will be calculated using oceanic models.

This project has large implications on regional sediment provenance, but also on geochemistry and petrology of submarine arc volcanism in general. This project is partly linked to the 2012 deep submarine eruption of Havre, and is likely to be merged with future volcanology projects in the Kermadec arc, including participation to a voyage in 2020.

The student would be part of the dynamic Submarine Volcanism Group at the University of Tasmania, and would benefit from a large panel of experts in CODES and Earth Sciences in general.

Eligibility

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Marine Geoscience
  • Geochemistry
  • Volcanology
  • Sedimentology

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • BSc in Earth Sciences/Geosciences

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Selection Criteria
  • Authorship in a published peer-reviewed research paper
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Interest/experience in laboratory/research voyage
  • Ability to work as part of a research team / individually / as appropriate to project
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Martin Jutzeler for further information.

Closing Date

31st August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resource & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Cerro Negro epithermal district is located proximal to the north-western margin of the Deseado Massif, Patagonia, Argentina. Gold–Ag-bearing low sulfidation epithermal veins have been identified in the Eureka, Vein Zone, and Mariana Complexes. Cerro Negro is considered to be somewhat barely eroded thereby potentially limiting the exposure of the epithermal veins beneath near‐surface. Furthermore, vein exposures are limited due to post-mineralisation volcanic cover. The recently discovered, blind gold-rich Silica Cap vein complex encourages further exploration focused on locating blind ore-bearing veins.

This PhD project will focus on studying three key Au–Ag-rich epithermal systems in the Cerro Negro district (i.e. the Silica Cap, Eureka, and Marianas systems). The candidate will use a combination of field mapping, core logging, hyperspectral, microanalytical (e.g., SEM, CL, LA-ICPMS), whole rock geochemical and geochronological techniques to characterise epithermal systems. The proposed project encompasses the study of surface and sub-surface lithology, hydrothermal alteration assemblages, and mineralised vein and breccias; with strong emphasis on exploration and genetic significance of epithermal systems. A major aim is to test and improve those vectors towards mineralisation proposed during our current research project and as well as develop new ones.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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
  • Applicants must meet English speaking and writing requirements

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in geology, economic geology, geochemistry or related subjects
  • Experience with ore deposits

See the following web page for entry requirements:  www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Experience in analytical methods/techniques such as SWIR, mineral, whole rock and fluid chemistry, and isotopic studies
  • Experience with field techniques such as field mapping, core logging, structural architecture analysis and volcanic facies studies
  • Experience in working as part of a research and/or exploration team is desirable
  • A background in some of the following areas will be ranked highly: field mapping skills, mineralogy and crystallography, exploration geochemistry, porphyry copper geology, mineral exploration
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Lejun Zhang for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

This project will focus on the economic geology potential of a relatively less explored part of the Asia-Pacific region. The candidate will combine furthering the understanding of the regional tectonics and geological setting with a more detailed study of orogenic gold deposit formation in Central Myanmar.

The project will combine field geology with advanced geochemical analytics using the facilities in Earth Sciences/CODES at UTAS.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Broad-based geology
  • Economic geology
  • Geochemistry and analytical experience

More Information

Please contact Professor Khin Zaw for more information.

Closing Date

31st August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

This PhD study will characterise the geology, alteration and mineralisation of breccias at the Grasberg porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Indonesia. Detailed core logging and (if possible) underground mapping will be supplemented with detailed petrographic and mineralogical characterisation to resolve the history of brecciation at Grasberg, its implications for the evolution of the hydrothermal system and for the understanding of ore genesis.

Detailed breccia facies analyses will be used to help place brecciation events within the sequence of volcanism, intrusive activity and mineralisation at Grasberg, and to determine the processes that caused brecciation. Characterisation of individual breccia facies will also provide improved understanding of the mining and processing characteristics of breccia-hosted ore and will inform the development of new genetic and exploration models for breccia-hosted porphyry Cu-Au mineralisation.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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
  • Ability to carry out field work and work with government and industry partner facilities and follow appropriate health and safety procedures

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in geology, economic geology, geochemistry or related subjects
  • Experience with ore deposits, volcanology

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Interest in porphyry Cu-Au deposits and porphyry mineralisation
  • Experience in any of: core logging, field mapping, sedimentology and volcanology will be considered valuable
  • Experience and/or ability to work safely within an active mining operation, including a strong adherence to university and industry health and safety rules
  • Fluency in both Indonesian and English would be beneficial
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, David Cooke for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Funding

Research funds are available to support necessary costs.

The Research Project

Myanmar is long known as a country, endowed with rich mineral resources and there remains considerable potential for future exploration to identify a diverse range of commodities from tin, tungsten, copper, gold, silver, led, zinc, nickel and gemstones. The Monywa copper district in Myanmar is an high sulphidation copper deposits of Kyisintaung, Sabetaung, Sabetaung South and the much larger Letpadaung. Together these deposits have pre-mining resources totalling 2 billion tonnes of ore with over 7 million tonnes contained copper.

The aims of this project are:

  1. A chronologically ordered, well dated paragenetic sequence of host rocks, alteration styles, mineralization and veins/fracture fills
  2. Allow constraints on the nature of the ore fluids within distinct hydrothermal stages
  3. Clarify the provenance of the involved fluids
  4. Finally, in the light of the newly obtained data, the geological and geochemical characteristics of Cu-Au mineralization of the Monywa-Popa-Wuntho area will be compared and contrasted with other high sulfidation epithermal deposits in the world

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applied geology
  • Programming skills

More information

Please contact Professor Khin Zaw for more information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019 (unless filled earlier)

The Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

A critical and first step component of hydrothermal ore discovery is volcanic facies analysis, so that the geological context of ore deposits within a volcanic setting can be established. This project will improve discovery of ore deposits in Australia by combining traditional facies analysis approaches with the development of a novel, automated image-analysis statistical technique, which will permit the characterisation of individual volcanic units in terms of their crystal size distribution⎯and in an unbiased way.

Crystals are ubiquitous in most volcanic rocks and therefore an excellent feature to be used as primary identifier. Outputs from these techniques will be combined with structural reconstructions and chemical analyses to infer stratigraphic and petrogenetic relationships. This project will reconstruct the volcanic architecture hosting hydrothermal ore deposits at a regional scale, and identify the structural and stratigraphic controls on mineralisation.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Economic Geology
  • Volcanology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Number and quality of publications
  • Referee reports
  • Past work experience in volcanology/sedimentology or economic geology
  • Willingness to work in the field for long periods of time
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Rebecca Carey for further information.

Closing Date

12th October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data. Knowledge & Decisions
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
The Research Project

Active glacier processes are amongst the most significant controls on how ice sheets contribute to the rate of sea level rise.  This project is part of a wider initiative to generate new knowledge about active glaciers and, ultimately, recommendations for cost-effective future glacier monitoring in East Antarctica. This project aims to identify active glacier processes such as crevassing, iceberg calving and the slip of ice over rock, and map these events in time-evolving 3D.  The research will progress innovative research techniques that use machine learning and/and or computer simulation applied to seismic records.

The research will involve working with large volumes of seismic data recorded close to active glaciers in multiple locations worldwide.  Depending on the interests areas of the applicant, the project will either focus on understanding glacier deformation processes using machine learning techniques applied to seismic records, or mathematical modelling of a subset of active glacier processes.  The research will be based in Physics at UTAS, with strong links to researchers at IMAS and hence the opportunity to use physics, mathematics and computing to progress interdisciplinary research for the polar regions.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Physics
  • Applied mathematics
  • Geophysics
  • Quantitative computational subjects

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Interest/experience in global environmental research topics
  • Interest/experience in data handling and computer programming
  • Interest/experience in working as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Anya Reading for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data. Knowledge & Decisions
The Research Project

Many galaxy properties, including mass, star formation history and morphology, are correlated with their environments. The properties of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) hosted by these galaxies are similarly sensitive to where the galaxy finds itself. For example, powerful radio AGN, produced by relativistic jet launching by a combination of spin and accretion onto a supermassive black hole, are found overwhelmingly in galaxy groups and clusters. Interpreting the observable properties of radio AGN is important for quantifying the amount of feedback these objects do on their host galaxies and beyond, yet this too depends on knowledge of the environment into which the jets are propagating.

GAMA Legacy ATCA Southern Survey (GLASS) is a 3000-hour Legacy survey on the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), Australia's premier radio astronomy instrument. GLASS conducts sensitive observations of 50 square degrees of the sky at 5.5 and 9.5 GHz. A key feature of GLASS is availability of environment measures through deep optical group catalogues covering the survey field. The two main science goals are to measure the demographics of Active Galactic Nuclei and star forming galaxies in both the nearby and high-redshift Universe, as a function of environment.

This PhD project will focus on imaging GLASS data, and constructing catalogues of radio sources and their host galaxies across a wide range of radio, optical and infra-red wavelengths, for a complete census of AGN, star forming galaxies, and their environments. For an interested student, an AGN modeling component using the UTAS-developed RAiSE dynamical model is also a possibility. This project will be performed in collaboration with colleagues CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Eligibility
  • Open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class or second upper 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
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, or a related subject
  • Familiarity with radio astronomy techniques and/or analytical modelling
  • Coding experience
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Stas Shabala for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The Research Project

The evolution of galaxies over cosmic time is influenced by factors such as environment, interactions, AGN feedback and star formation. We are using a powerful new tracer to investigate nearby starburst galaxies, where large-scale processes are driving the rapid formation of large numbers of stars.

In order to better understand the factors which cause enhanced star formation rates in starburst galaxies we need to form a holistic picture of the process, which includes the dense molecular gas that acts as the fuel. We have recently discovered a new type of methanol maser, associated with the molecular gas in the central regions of starburst galaxies and the primary purpose of this project is to improve our understanding of these masers, in order to determine how they relate to the starburst phenomenon.

This project will involve utilising world-class radio and millimetre interferometers, such as the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the Jansky Very Large Array and the Atacama Large Millimetre Array to make sensitive, high-resolution observations of methanol maser transitions and range of other molecular tracers.  These data will be used to better understand the physical conditions in the regions where the maser arise and how these relate to large-scale dynamical and chemical processes within the host galaxy, with the overall aim of providing a new tool to help understand the causes of starbursts and its relation to the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • The PhD 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.
  • Experience in Radio interferometry is highly desirable.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, or a related subject.

More Information

Please contact Simon Ellingsen for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The Research Project

One of the six ‘big questions’ posed in the 2016 Decadal Plan for Australian Astronomy: How do stars and planetary systems form? This PhD project will directly address this fundamental question.

The University of Tasmania is collaborating in a “Legacy” science project being undertaken with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) that is building on Australia’s rich tradition of spectral line legacy surveys to deliver a 7-mm dense gas survey of the Fourth Quadrant Galactic Plane in multiple molecular spectral lines and continuum emission. This will address a wide range of astrophysical challenges, including directly testing competing theories of massive star formation and mapping the dense gas structure of the Milky Way through to the far side of the Disk.  By locking in key measurements in our "astronomical backyard", the project will provide a crucial astrophysical template that will allow us to interpret future sensitive, high-resolution surveys of external galaxies with ALMA and the SKA.

This project will involve utilising the Australia Telescope Compact Array to make sensitive, high-resolution observations of the dense-gas molecular tracer CS, along with methanol masers and range of other molecular tracers.  These data will be used to obtain a census of high-mass star forming regions (through CS, SiO, methanol masers and radio continuum observations) and directly test theoretical predictions of high-mass star formation and their precursors, feeding directly into future work on high-mass star formation.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • The PhD 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.
  • Experience in Radio interferometry is highly desirable.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, or a related subject.

More Information

Please contact Simon Ellingsen for more information.

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor as soon as possible, and start the application process by completing an Expression of Interest at
http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/apply-now

Research Theme

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
Evolutionary Ecology
Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The Research Project

An exciting opportunity is available for a highly motivated student to join the Eucalypt Genetics Group at UTAS in a project that uses state-of-the-art genomic technologies to study adaptation in eucalypts, a field of research that is growing world-wide as the effects of global climate change become more acute.

The project aims to:
1) identify adaptive DNA variants that can be used to monitor whether natural populations are adapting to climate change or whether conservation intervention is required;
2) further refine the innovative 'genomics-assisted provenancing' approach to forest restoration to promote climate change adaptation; 
3) implement approaches to validating genomic predictions of provenance performance in restoration plantings. 

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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 substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in plant science, genetics and evolution or a related subject
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics, statistics, scripting/coding, genetics, genomics, plant adaptation and evolution, forest trees (particularly eucalypts).

More Information

The project will be embedded in the Eucalypt Genetics Group at UTAS (led by Profs Brad Potts and René Vaillancourt) which has a world-class interdisciplinary research programme that investigates the evolutionary ecological forces that shape diversity in Eucalyptus.

Supervisory Team

Primary Supervisor Name

  • Dr Dorothy Steane - (Biological Sciences)

Co-Supervisor Name (Discipline/Centre)

  • Prof Brad Potts (Biological Sciences)
  • Prof René Vaillancourt (Biological Sciences)
  • Assoc Prof. Michael Charleston (School of Natural Sciences)

For more information please contact:
Dr Dorothy Steane, School of Natural Sciences 
Prof Brad Potts, School of Natural Sciences
Prof René Vaillancourt,School of Natural Sciences
Assoc Prof. Michael Charleston, School of Natural Sciences

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

The aim of this project is to develop stochastic models for the evolution of gene families across multiple species that incorporate a range of processes involved in gene content evolution. We aim to develop a suite of theoretical and algorithmic techniques for their analysis, and apply them to genome data in order to derive useful insights, including biologically meaningful parameters, and predictions of the phenomenological behaviour.

Such models would allow us to compare predictions of various models to data in a phylogenetic context and should give much greater power to distinguish which processes are most important in the maintenance of genetic diversity.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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. See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge and skills in applied probability, probabilistic operations research, statistics or related area is required.
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in maths or a related subject.
  • Knowledge and skills in simulation and coding or related area is required.
Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply:
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Operations research
  • Computer science
Selection Criteria. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Have a first-class Honours degree in mathematics or a related area or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.
  • Demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Barbara Holland, for further information.

Closing Date

11th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

All organisms are faced with the need to allocate acquired resources to maintenance, growth, and reproduction. The range of resource allocation strategies and subsequent life-histories (i.e. age at first reproduction, frequency and timing of reproduction, offspring number and size) vary considerably among species, even within the same genus. Such variation is particularly common among plants; for example, plant species are often classified as annuals, biennials or perennials. Patterns of floral and seed production are also highly variable. Costs and benefits associated with modifying aspects of the life-history are expected to change depending on local environmental conditions (e.g. temperature, light, moisture, pollinator diversity and abundance). Predicting how life-histories are expected to change under selection is not straightforward as plant communities can exhibit complex feedbacks and selection can act over multiple time-scales (e.g. plasticity acting within-season, and longer-term phenotypic selection). Clearly, a better understanding of how selection acts on plant life-history traits is necessary if we are to better predict plant-community responses to environmental change, both in terms of long-term trends and interannual variation.

This project involves further development of life-history theory, primarily focussed on plants. Dynamic programming and game-theory are likely to provide a mathematical framework for the investigation.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.
Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in Mathematics or a related subject.
  • Evidence of knowledge of biology/ecology is desired.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Shane A. Richards, School of Natural Sciences (Mathematics), for further information.

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Closing Date

31st December 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data. Knowledge & Decisions
The Research Project

It may seem odd to compare black holes to thermostats, yet mounting evidence suggests this is precisely their role in galactic ecosystems. The Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) phenomenon in galaxies is intermittent, but the drivers of both the triggering and cessation of black hole activity are not yet well constrained. One clue lies in the different environments inhabited by fast, powerful jets, and their slower, less powerful counterparts. These two types of jets also impart very different types of feedback on the surrounding gas, and hence understanding their origins is important to galaxy formation and evolution studies. Recently, it has been hypothesized that low-power jets are disrupted due to the slowing down of the jet by external gas and/or star formation in the jets' host galaxy.

This project aims to test this hypothesis by combining state-of-the-art jet and galaxy formation models. The project will use the PLUTO astrophysical fluids code to simulate the propagation of jets with different properties in a range of environments. In each case, predictions will be made for both the efficiency of jet feedback, and observable properties of jet-inflated structures. Model predictions will be confronted with observational data from leading Australian and international projects. This project will be performed in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Hertfordshire and the ASTRO-3D ARC Centre of Excellence in All-Sky Astrophysics.

Eligibility
  • Open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class or second upper 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
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, or a related subject
  • Familiarity with numerical simulations, analytical modelling and/or astronomy techniques
  • Coding experience
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Stas Shabala for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Under contract with Geoscience Australia, UTAS operates a continent-wide network of geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) telescopes. Our antennas in Katherine (NT), Yarragadee (WA) and Hobart (TAS) contribute to measuring global reference frames and Earth orientation.

VLBI observations to satellites have the aim of improved space ties, meaning to better connect VLBI and GPS in establishing the most precise coordinate system of the Earth. The University of Tasmania is leading efforts towards realising this exciting new observing technique, supported by the Australian Research Council with project funds and a PhD scholarship.

This project includes work on VLBI observations to satellites and spacecraft, perform the observations, process the data and analyse results. The candidate should resolve current issues with signal strengths and receiver characteristics and develop new processing chains, in order to exceed current accuracies.

The successful candidate should be prepared to work in developing existing programs and software, as well as responsibly use the University’s radio telescopes. She/he is expected to perform independent research, assisted by the supervisory team. The project further offers the opportunity to take an active role in supporting daily operations as part of a global telescope network.

Eligibility

Candidates from a variety of disciplines backgrounds are eligible to apply. The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • BSc in Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • 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.
Selection Criteria
  • Education in geodesy and spatial sciences.
  • Familiarity with space geodetic techniques.
  • Education in Physics or Astronomy.
  • Knowledge of Linux and good programming/software skills.
Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Guifre Molera Calves for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Markov-modulated fluid queues, in which the amount of customers/data in a buffer is modelled using a continuous variable, have been studied extensively via matrix-analytic methods. In the analysis of networks of fluid queues however, the results for a few special two-node cases could only be obtained. However, the operator-analytic methods, a generalization of the matrix-analytic methods for single queues, is a promising approach that could lead to novel numerical schemes.

An example is a system of two fluid queues, with contents that are being driven by a background Markov chain in such a way that the content of the second queue also depends on the content of the first queue. The main questions in this context are: (i) how complex can we allow such models to be, while still being able to find the joint stationary distribution, and (ii) what approximations can be devised in cases where analytic solutions are not possible.

This project will focus on theory and algorithms for the analysis of stochastic fluid networks, and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the advancements in this field. You will work on simulations, theoretical models, and algorithms.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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. See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong technical, research and analytical skills.
  • Applicants must have good oral and verbal communication skills.
Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Knowledge and skills in applied probability, probabilistic operations research, statistics or related area is required.
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in maths or a related subject.
  • Knowledge and skills in simulation and coding or related area is required.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Malgorzata O'Reilly, for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project will focus on developing stochastic models for the analysis of health care systems. and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the management of health care systems. We aim to develop of a suite of algorithmic techniques and make the code publicly available to the research community.

You will work on simulation and/or theoretical models using statistical analysis of real data. You will have an opportunity to be part of a rich collaborative environment and interact with mathematicians and clinicians involved in health care modelling.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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. See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong technical, research and analytical skills.
  • Applicants must have good oral and verbal communication skills.
Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Knowledge and skills in applied probability, probabilistic operations research, statistics or related area is required.
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in maths or a related subject.
  • Knowledge and skills in simulation and coding or related area is required.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Malgorzata O'Reilly, for further information.

Closing Date

13 October 2019

The Research Project

This project aims to synthesise knowledge and develop seismic tools which will characterise the basement beneath the East Antarctic Ice sheets in order to provide more robust constraints for ice sheet models at basin and continental scales. Important factors including elevation, slope angle, sedimentary basins and the presence of water. A significant component of the project will be a compilation of existing seismic and other geophysical and spatial data from across East Antarctica. This will involve communication with other Antarctic nations with a significant presence in East Antarctica to form an improved GIS database. The ongoing research will then take the form of computer simulations of seismic waveforms, and a comparison to likely ice-rock scenarios beneath major ice sheets.

At UTAS the successful applicant will join one of the leading international groups that use seismology to investigate Earth environment systems. The research environment within Physics at UTAS is a vibrant and supportive place to develop geophysics, applied mathematics, and computational physics skills with real-world applications and strong links to the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. While the research for this project is computer-based, there may be opportunities to travel to Antarctica on partner projects for suitably skilled applicants.

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in geophysics, physics or applied mathematics or related fields
  • Experience with GIS-type computing environments and scientific computing
  • Aptitude for high-performance computing

Aptitude for interdisciplinary collaboration

More Information

For more information contact the Primary Supervisor, Professor Anya Reading, School of Natural Sciences (Physics), for further information.

Closing Date

30th June 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Eucalypts are keystone species in numerous Australian ecosystems, many of which are under threat. Ecological restoration programs must maximise the capacity of regenerating ecosystems to survive and thrive in a changing climate. One consideration is the adaptive potential of the genetic material being used.

The University of Tasmania has partnered with Greening Australia to establish a series of large, long-term genetic provenance trials in the degraded agricultural landscapes of the midlands of Tasmania. Using these field trials and wild populations of native Eucalyptus species, this research project will combine computer modelling with genomic, morphometric and climate data to assess adaptive capacity of eucalypts and test seed sourcing strategies that promote survival and optimise performance of ecological restoration plantings.

This interdisciplinary project offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to real world science using advanced DNA technologies, traditional quantitative genetic and functional trait analyses, and novel computer-modelling approaches.

Eligibility
  • Experience or interest in genomics and bioinformatics
  • Experience or interest in computer modelling and R-based data analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • Current driving license and a willingness to work in remote field areas
  • Applicants from the variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • First class honours (or masters by research) in a relevant field (e.g., genetics, genomics, computer modelling)
  • At least one publication in a high quality peer-reviewed scientific journal
  • Experience with coding (preferably in R)
  • A sound understanding of genetics and genomics
  • High standard of English
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Dorothy Steane for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor as soon as possible, and start the application process by completing an Expression of Interest at
http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/apply-now

Research Theme

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
Evolutionary Ecology
Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The Research Project

An exciting opportunity is available for a highly motivated student to join the Eucalypt Genetics Group at UTAS in a project that uses state-of-the-art genomic technologies to study adaptation in eucalypts, a field of research that is growing world-wide as the effects of global climate change become more acute.

The project aims to:
1) identify adaptive DNA variants that can be used to monitor whether natural populations are adapting to climate change or whether conservation intervention is required;
2) further refine the innovative 'genomics-assisted provenancing' approach to forest restoration to promote climate change adaptation; 
3) implement approaches to validating genomic predictions of provenance performance in restoration plantings. 

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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 substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in plant science, genetics and evolution or a related subject
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics, statistics, scripting/coding, genetics, genomics, plant adaptation and evolution, forest trees (particularly eucalypts).

More Information

The project will be embedded in the Eucalypt Genetics Group at UTAS (led by Profs Brad Potts and René Vaillancourt) which has a world-class interdisciplinary research programme that investigates the evolutionary ecological forces that shape diversity in Eucalyptus.

Supervisory Team

Primary Supervisor Name

  • Dr Dorothy Steane - (Biological Sciences)

Co-Supervisor Name (Discipline/Centre)

  • Prof Brad Potts (Biological Sciences)
  • Prof René Vaillancourt (Biological Sciences)

For more information please contact:
Dr Dorothy Steane, School of Natural Sciences 
Prof Brad Potts, School of Natural Sciences
Prof René Vaillancourt,School of Natural Sciences

Closing Date

31 December 2020

Funding

This project includes substantial operational funds and logistical support, funded by a five year Australian Research Council (ARC) grant to Professor Barry Brook (ARC Australian Laureate Fellow).

An additional top-up award of AUD$5,000pa will also be considered for outstanding applicants.

The Research Project

The University of Tasmania has world-leading research strengths in eco-evolutionary dynamics, ecosystem science and the impacts of global change on biodiversity. This project will use a combined approach to analyse, model and forecast the impact of different drivers of land-use change on biodiversity at local to regional scales.

The PhD project will involve field work, compilation and analysis of existing information (historical and database sources), and development of new meta-modelling approaches to assess biodiversity responses. A key outcome of the research will be to help develop solutions that resolve inherent trade-offs between ongoing human development and the competing need to protect habitats, ecosystems, and species. This vexed problem is highly relevant to Tasmania (and Australia more broadly), given the newsworthy issues surrounding the need to balance the socio-economic benefits of forestry and hydropower with the natural heritage and tourism-related values embodied in its World Heritage forested lands.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that are particularly desirable and will be ranked highly include:

  • Ecological, evolutionary or conservation biology theory and practice (including fieldwork)
  • Experience in ecological modelling, programming, and/or statistical coding
  • Geographical Information Systems and Remote sensing, database management

More Information

Please contact Professor Barry Brook for more information.

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor as soon as possible, and start the application process by completing an Expression of Interest at http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/apply-now

Research Theme

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry 
Evolutionary Ecology
Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The Research Project

This Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) will provide fundamental information on the genetic architecture of phenotypic traits that will be critical for the adaptation of natural and industrial Eucalyptus globulus forests to future climates. The project will explore the application of new analytical procedures to estimate the effects of genetic variants on phenotypic traits, using pedigree links between phenotyped individuals and individuals which have been the subjects of whole genome sequencing.  Key target traits will include drought tolerance, as well as other growth and performance traits. The student will gain valuable experience with industry collaborators through our partnership with the Southern Tree Breeding Association (STBA) and PlantPlan Genetics.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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 substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in forestry, plant science, genetics or a related subject.
  • Computer programming experience is desirable, for example, a statistical scripting language such as R, and programming languages such as C or FORTRAN.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics, statistics and modelling, forest tree (particularly eucalypts) breeding, genomics.

More Information

The project will be embedded in the Eucalypt Genetics Group at UTAS (led by Profs Brad Potts and René Vaillancourt) which has a world-class interdisciplinary research programme that investigates the evolutionary ecological forces that shape diversity in Eucalyptus.

Supervisory Team

Primary Supervisor Name

  • Prof René Vaillancourt (Biological Sciences)

Co-Supervisor Name (Discipline/Centre)

  • Prof Brad Potts (Biological Sciences)
  • Dr Dorothy Steane (Biological Sciences)

For more information please contact:
Prof René Vaillancourt,School of Natural Sciences
Dr Dorothy Steane, School of Natural Sciences 
Prof Brad Potts, School of Natural Sciences
Dr Richard Kerr, PlantPlan Genetics Pty Ltd

Closing Date

30th July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Plant development is influenced by numerous nutritional and environmental factors. Minerals in the soil are not simply required for plant growth but they influence patterns of development which thus determine the architecture of roots and shoots. The mineral nutrients nitrate and phosphate regulate lateral root and shoot formation through crosstalk with hormones including auxin, strigolactones and cytokinins.

New research has now discovered that boron deficiency results in shoot dwarfing and increased branching together with thickened lateral roots. These observations suggest that boron influences the hormonal control of root and shoot development.

The project will investigate the effects of boron on physiological and molecular aspects of root and shoot development in the experimental species Arabidopsis and pea. It will determine if boron affects auxin transport and the distribution of PIN proteins which bring about polar auxin transport from cell to cell.  It will also investigate the effects of boron on the expression of genes that respond to auxin cytokinins and strigolactones including BRANCHED1 (BRC1). The results are expected to provide valuable information for use in breeding of crops adapted for boron-deficient soils.

Eligibility
  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidate
  • 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
  • Applicants from the variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Experience or interest in plant nutrition and physiology
  • Skills in cell physiology and molecular biology techniques
  • Good generic skills in communication and teamwork
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Steven Smith for further information.

Closing Date

4th August 2019 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

This project will identify areas of fire refugia in Tasmania and how these relate to one of the most precious components of the Tasmania biota: the palaeo-endemic flora. It will be built around a combination of modelling and field work and will contribute directly to the management of these important areas and plants.

The western Tasmania wilderness areas have small globally important centres for palaeo-endemic plants, including important Gondwanan relicts. The palaeo-endemics are mostly susceptible to fire and mainly persist in fire refugia: small areas of the landscape with topographic and climatic protection from fire. This project would develop a geospatial model to identify fire refugia and then link the model to the palaeo-endemics, resulting in a map to help fire managers to prioritise areas to protect in the case of wilderness fires.

Hotter and drier future climates will have a detrimental impact on fire refugia, but some areas should be more resilient in the long term. The project will therefore project the model of refugia into the future to help understand the effect of climate change on the viability of refugia. It will use reserve design prioritisation approaches to rank the fire refugia from most to least vulnerable.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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, especially ecology
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • The student will need to be physically fit and mobile to undertake field work
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Quality of academic record
  • Quality of publication record
  • Experience in ecological field work
  • Expertise in ecological modelling/analysis of ecological data
  • Ability to commence in 2019
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Greg Jordan for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Knowledge of species' responses to past climate change can be used to predict their resilience to current and projected climate change. However, species have varying sensitivity to environmental stressors. Therefore, to identify which species track the impact of environmental change in the past, with a view to monitoring in the present and predicting the future, we must assess a variety of taxa. This project addresses a key knowledge gap for Antarctic biota by genetically assessing responses of 6 flighted seabird species to past climate change, and combining these with inferences already made for penguins and seals in a meta-analysis. Knowledge of the spatial distribution of genetic variation can also guide the selection of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas through the identification of populations that are demographically-independent, represent long-term refugia, or contain genetic (and potentially taxonomic) novelty.

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.
  • An ability to perform and interpret population genetics analyses is highly desirable

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Honours/MSc degree in population genetics or phylogenetics
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in biology
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Time management
  • Ability to work both independently, and as part of a team

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Chris Burridge, School of Natural Sciences (Discipline of Biology), for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Given the rapid rate of global change, it is critical that we test the common assumption that high biodiversity makes ecosystems resilient to disturbances. Observational studies documenting change after disturbance cannot identify ecological processes connecting diversity and ecosystem function, making field experiments that manipulate identical disturbances in ecosystems with different biodiversity essential.

Freshwater stream ecosystems are excellent model systems to test these ideas. This project will use field experiments that manipulate flow disturbances in streams replicated in low (south-west WA) and high biodiversity (Tasmania) regions and across gradients of chronic background stress imposed by agriculture to investigate how biodiversity sustains functional ecosystems, and how much diversity can be lost before the resilience of a stream is irrevocably compromised. Both benthic biodiversity and ecosystem processes will be measured.

There will be laboratory and smaller-scale field investigations to further unravel the underlying mechanisms, and the results will support food-web and community assembly modelling as the initial step to providing a synthetic platform to make predictions and test further hypotheses. The project is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, Murdoch University (hosting the WA PhD student) and Massey University (New Zealand), and is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Program.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Research degree. The following eligibility criteria also apply:

  • Ability to undertake field of ecology; current driving licence, prefer manual and 4WD experience
  • High level quantitative skills
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Proven ability to work individually in remote locations including supervising volunteer field assistants

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Botany/Plant Science
  • Limnology
  • Aquatic Sciences

Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • First Class or high Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent Masters degree
  • Peer-reviewed publications in any of the listed disciplines
  • Evidence of ability to work with freshwater benthic invertebrates and/or benthic algae
  • Evidence of ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Willingness to undertake field research in remote locations and co-ordinate/supervise volunteer assistants
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Leon Barmuta for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resource & Sustainability
The Research Project

Globally, there is a conflict between the economy and environment. Evidence-based, economic analyses of the value of biodiverse ecosystems to sustainability, profitability and non-financial benefits in agricultural landscapes are sparse. Tasmania provides an outstanding natural laboratory for testing ecologically functional and profitable agricultural landscapes. It has a unique and threatened biodiversity, substantive prior investment in biodiversity conservation and new irrigation schemes for supporting agriculture. This transdisciplinary project aims to measure profitability and benefits of ecosystem services and impacts on ecosystem function across a gradient of agricultural intensification within the Tasmanian Midlands.

The project will quantify the structure and function of grassy woodland ecosystems across an intensification gradient, accounting for farm-level inputs of water, fertilizer and energy and farm yield. To assess the ecological values of woodland patches and riparian (bankside) zones, we will use high resolution UAV photogrammetry to create 3D maps of the landscape. Ecosystem function and services will be measured by quantifying the soil microbiome, and nutrient and energy flux in streams. The project results will provide the framework for understanding biodiversity responses to agricultural intensification and for creating functional ecosystems in agricultural landscapes. The findings will contribute to a better understanding of the role of ecosystems in underpinning and enhancing the prosperity and well-being of landowners.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements:  www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • A good understanding of the field of ecology
  • High level quantitative skills
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Proven ability to work individually in remote locations including supervising volunteer field assistants
  • Current driving licence, prefer manual
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Claire Horner for further information.

Closing Date

27th September 2019 

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resource & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Tasmanian devil is threatened with extinction by the spread of a transmissible cancer, Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Devil populations have been dramatically decimated in up to 90% across almost the entire species range. Disease transmission is driven by social interactions and biting behaviour, which increase during the mating season with a strong feedback on individual's physiology.

In this context, behaviour, stress and immunological condition of devils are expected to interact and influence patterns of transmission and spread of DFTD within and among devil populations driving the ecology and eventual evolution of the devil-DFTD system.

This project integrates disciplines from behavioural ecology, epidemiology, veterinary sciences and social networks modelling. The successful applicant will gain/enhance skills in field-based research, laboratory techniques and quantitative modelling approaches.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Veterinary

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • A good understanding of the field of ecology and background or interest in physiology and immunology
  • High level quantitative skills
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Proven ability to work individually in remote locations including supervising volunteer field assistants. Current driving licence, prefer manual and 4WD experience
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Menna Jones for further information.

Closing Date

15th August 2019

Research Theme

  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Tasmanian devils are threatened by two fatal transmissible cancers, devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), firstly observed in 1996 and devil facial tumour 2 (DFT2), discovered in 2016. Dramatic population declines (>90%) led to concerns of disease-induced local extinctions. However, recent studies have identified divergent genetic and phenotypic adaptations to DFTD, suggesting that devils are evolving different strategies as defence mechanisms against tumours. This has raised hope that natural selection may protect this iconic and endemic species from extinction.

The project uses an integrative approach combining immunology, epidemiology and evolutionary biology to understand the role of host genetic and phenotypic adaptations to transmissible cancers. The project aims to assess the immune adaptive capabilities of devils in response to DFTD and DFT2 and to determine how the expression of immune genes differ between wild and captive populations. This approach will enable the development of novel diagnostic tools and disease markers for managing this and other threatened species. The project involves large field and lab work components and analyses of existing epidemiological and genetic datasets. The successful candidate will participate in research collaborations with an international team of researchers from government and non-government organisations and Universities in Australia, France, USA and United Kingdom.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • A good understanding in the fields of disease ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Quantitative analyses of epidemiological and  immunological data
  • Ability to work with large genetic data sets
  • Proven success in conducting field and lab-based  experiments
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements or be able to do so before commencement

Timeline

The selected candidate is expected to commence field training requirement by November 1st 2019.

More Information

Applicants should send a CV and Expression of Interest (one page maximum) to rkhamede@utas.edu.au before 15th of August 2019.

Please contact Rodrigo Hamede for more information about this project, or take a look at Dr Rodrigo Hamede's research profile here.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

A collection of private (e.g., Electrolytic Zincworks) and government bodies (e.g., Hydro-Electric Commission) chose to build factories and stations in Tasmania due to its geographic and socioeconomic landscapes. These same factors encouraged the construction of housing for workers. Due to their inherently controlled design and construction processes and often overt ideological framing, company housing schemes offers ideal vehicles through which to interrogate design objectives including formal variety, linguistic coherence, and typological tolerance. This project will involve work in archives and in the field, analysis of texts, production of analytical drawings and other visualisations, and the generation of arguments related to rationalisation and house design. Outputs will include curated exhibitions, visual analyses, and scholarly papers.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Andrew Steen or Dr Helen Norrie for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

Like many examples of its kind, the Tasmanian Department of Housing actively addressed social and economic issues in the post-war period through social housing policy. The architects and bureaucrats charged with catering for demographic shifts and increased urbanisation approached their task with strategic intent. This project will look to articulate their intent, and examine the effectiveness of their processes – both in terms of methodology and designs. It will look back at the history of social housing in post-war Tasmania with ambitions of uncovering a set of guidelines to influence current policy on affordable housing. The methodology of this project will involve archival research, and may include design–research or other social-science practices.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Andrew Steen or Dr Helen Norrie for more information.

Closing Date

31 July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) at the University of Tasmania is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship to study structural design and manufacture of mass timber elements using plantation hardwood. Your research will be affiliated with a series of eight current research and development projects based at CSAW, in Launceston, Tasmania, that have been funded via a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) competitive research grants and industry support initiative.

This PhD project will focus on the potential to make and deliver efficient mass timber systems for building applications using Tasmanian fibre-milled plantation hardwood. Your research will be linked to the NIFPI research project, titled ‘Developing mass timber panels from fibre-managed plantation hardwood’, which aims to undertake research and development for milling fibre-managed Tasmanian plantation eucalypt logs into dry and graded boards, converting these boards into glue laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT) and similar products, and using these products in building design and construction. Your research will likely contribute to knowledge in the areas of structural design and manufacturing of mass timber elements using plantation hardwood.

This project will involve some fieldwork, and close collaboration with Tasmanian wood products manufacturers and other industry partners.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • Applicants must already have a Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class lower standard with a Minimum Research Component, a Masters degree (Coursework) or a Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research, analytical and design skillss
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The incumbent’s selection will be based on their expertise in timber and/or production engineering systems
  • All applicants will be asked to provide a CV, statement of interest and relevant documents demonstrating eligibility according to the University's entry requirements
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a short video outlining their work/research background, research proposal and interests in the topic
  • Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to undertake some 'mini-tasks' to demonstrate their writing capacity and responsiveness to feedback
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Kyra Wood for further information.

Closing Date

31 July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) at the University of Tasmania is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship to study timber’s moisture content performance in the Australian timber supply chain. Your research will be affiliated with a series of eight current research and development projects based at CSAW, in Launceston, Tasmania, that have been funded via a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) competitive research grants and industry support initiative.

Your research will be closely linked to the NIFPI research project, titled ‘Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain, construction and in service’, which aims to identify regular instances of unexpected and unacceptable moisture-content-induced movement, and develop strategies to avoid or mitigate them. It is likely that your research will include climatic monitoring and data collection and propose new ways to manage the moisture content of timber products through the supply chain from production to assembly into building components, including during transport, storage, installation onsite, and during service in the building.

The project extends the expertise, sensing technology suite and support tools that are currently being developed in an affiliated NIFPI project titled: ‘Sensing technology and digital tools to support decision-making in hardwood timber drying’. You research will involve some fieldwork and close collaboration with Tasmanian wood products manufacturers and other industry partners.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • Applicants must already have a First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications, or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The incumbent’s selection will be based on their expertise in wood science, and their interest in sustainability and manufacturing with wood
  • All applicants will be asked to provide a CV, statement of interest and relevant documents demonstrating eligibility according to the University's entry requirements
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a short video outlining their work/research background, research proposal and interests in the topic
  • Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to undertake some 'mini-tasks' to demonstrate their writing capacity and responsiveness to feedback
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Kyra Wood for further information.

Closing Date

31 July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) at the University of Tasmania is inviting applications for a Masters by Research scholarship to help identify the causes and generate management tools to address the impacts of market-limiting, process-induced discolouration of appearance Tasmanian hardwood boards, particularly ‘tyre track’ recently found in thin section appearance plantation Tasmanian Oak (E.nitens) and ‘sticker mark’ in Tasmanian Blackwood. Your research will be affiliated with a series of eight current research and development projects based at CSAW, in Launceston, Tasmania, that have been funded via a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) competitive research grants and industry support initiative..

Your research will be linked to the NIFPI research project, titled ‘Minimising market-limiting discolouration in appearance Tasmanian hardwood’, which aims to determine the causes of discolouration through empirical study. It is likely your research methodology will involve a combination of mill-based trials and advanced microscopy and chemical assessment techniques to address the problem. Once the likely primary causes of discolouration are determined, management techniques will be developed to minimise their occurrence, and best practice guidance prepared and distributed to industry.

This project will involve collaboration with the University of Tasmania’s Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS), Tasmanian wood products manufacturers and other industry partners.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • Applicants must already have a Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class lower standard with a Minimum Research Component, a Masters degree (Coursework) or a Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research, analytical and design skillss
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The incumbent’s selection will be based on their expertise in physical and/or organic chemistry and their interest in wood science
  • All applicants will be asked to provide a CV, statement of interest and relevant documents demonstrating eligibility according to the University's entry requirements
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a short video outlining their work/research background, research proposal and interests in the topic
  • Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to undertake some 'mini-tasks' to demonstrate their writing capacity and responsiveness to feedback
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Kyra Wood for further information.

Closing Date

31 July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

The Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) at the University of Tasmania is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship to study the effectiveness of short duration durability assessment techniques for collapse-prone hardwoods used in Australian conditions. Your research will be affiliated with a series of eight current research and development projects based at CSAW, in Launceston, Tasmania, that have been funded via a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) competitive research grants and industry support initiative.

Your research will be linked to the NIFPI research project, titled ‘New methods of reliably demonstrating species durability in commercially relevant time frames’, which aims to establish the comparative durability of commercially relevant hardwood species and treated material not yet adequately covered in the Australian standards. It is likely your research will aim to use existing methodologies wherever possible, but also investigate new ways to modify procedures to accelerate moisture entry or enhance biological attack, to help establish research time frames that are more commercially viable.

This project extends the scope of an affiliated NIFPI project titled: ‘Increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods’. This project will involve some fieldwork and close collaboration with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s National Centre for Timber Durability & Design Life, Tasmanian wood products manufacturers and other industry partners. A PhD scholarship is also available through the University of the Sunshine Coast for research relating to this topic.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • Applicants must already have a First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications, or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research, analytical and design skillss
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The incumbent’s selection will be based on their expertise in wood durability, microbiology and science, and their interest in sustainability and manufacturing with Tasmanian hardwood species
  • All applicants will be asked to provide a CV, statement of interest and relevant documents demonstrating eligibility according to the University's entry requirements
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a short video outlining their work/research background, research proposal and interests in the topic
  • Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to undertake some 'mini-tasks' to demonstrate their writing capacity and responsiveness to feedback
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Kyra Wood for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2020

Research Theme

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The Research Project

Governments and communities have invested large amounts of project funds and efforts in vulnerability assessment and planning for adaptation to climate change. This research project investigates the long term effectiveness of this investment in improvement of resilience, reduction of vulnerability, and effectiveness of the adaptation options.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Joanna Ellison for more information.

Closing Date

31st August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Better Health
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Supervised by Dave, Pauline Marsh, Emily Flies and others, this project will explore the interrelationships between nature and human subjective wellbeing in cities and towns in Tasmania, to understand how the lived experience of biodiverse nature intersects with wellbeing and related health and social outcomes. The project aims to develop a better understanding of environmental health outcomes in regional cities for different peoples (e.g. diverse values, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomics, health profiles), the role of different landscape and biodiversity features in shaping those outcomes, and to make recommendations for health policy, urban planning and regional development that positively improve health and biodiversity outcomes. The methods applied to explore these questions could include combinations of qualitative and quantitative social research methods, spatial analysis and biophysical field data collection.

Research questions:

  1. How do nature interactions vary for different people? (e.g. by cultural background, socioeconomics, values, health status, or city size)
  2. What are the effects of these interactions on, e.g. levels of subjective wellbeing, affective/emotional states, cognitive factors (beliefs, attitudes), physical activity?
  3. What particular features of the environment influence the outcomes of these interactions for different people? E.g. presence of trees, diverse native vegetation, public-open space amenities, horticultural practices.
Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research skills
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Dave Kendal for further information.

Closing Date

28th February 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
The Research Project

Antarctica continues to deform as a result of past and present surface loading changes, especially ice loading changes, and Earthquake-related effects. Over the last 10 years, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have been increasingly deployed in Antarctica to measure surface deformation. These data are now yielding sufficiently precise surface velocity time series to be able to separate competing models and in doing so learn new things about the interior of the Earth and the past ice loading history.

This project will focus on the analysis of GPS data with state-of-the-art techniques in order to better understand the deformation of Antarctica. It will apply novel techniques to remove time series noise and compare these to numerical models developed from existing codes and from outputs provided by third parties. These results will be important for understanding present-day ice-sheet contribution to sea-level rise and in gaining fundamental understanding into the interior of the Earth. The project will provide students with advanced skills in numerical analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Eligibility
  • 1st class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant field
  • Nationals of Crimea Region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria are unfortunately unable to apply due to software restrictions
  • Applications are invited from qualified individuals from all other nations, including Australia

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Quantitative Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geodesy
  • Engineering

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • A track record of publication of research results in international journals
  • Proven ability to work within a team as well as independently
  • Experience of geodetic GNSS software (desirable)
  • Willingness to learn new skills and competencies
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Matt King for further information.

Closing Date

30 May 2020

The Research Project

Dr Kate Booth is inviting expressions of interest from those interested in undertaking a PhD. Located within one of the strongest geography schools in Australia, potential co-supervisors include:

Kate’s research is underpinned by an interest in place and places and the possibility of political dissent. Her work spans economic, social and cultural geography, and planning. She supervises students with a wide range of perspectives and topics. Working with Kate will allow you to define and develop your own area of interest. In addition, joining Kate’s team provides access to:

  • Tourism Tracer – world-first tracking and survey data of tourist movements within Tasmania. This rich dataset offers opportunity for analysis and critical interpretation in light of theories of space and place, mobility studies, and science and technology studies. Tourism Tracer is led by Dr Anne Hardy (University of Tasmania).
  • When Disaster Strikes: Geographies of Under-insurance – ground breaking research on the co-production of insurance in everyday life and in the context of socio-natural change. Team members: Dr Kate Booth, Professor Bruce Tranter and Chloe Lucas (University of Tasmania), Dr Christine Eriksen and Dr Eliza de Vet (University of Wollongong), and Associate Professor Shaun French (University of Nottingham, UK).

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial academic research experience evidenced by peer-reviewed publications
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Background in human geography
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

More Information

Please contact Dr Kate Booth for more information.

Closing Date

13th December 2019 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

The global community agrees that while mitigation remains one part of the climate solution, adaptation is now an essential component of living with climate change. Cities and regions must confront the realities of living with climate change and collectively developing adaptation pathways that allow communities to be resilient and responsive to the types of impacts and change they will experience as a routine part of life.

Addressing this risk is a challenge, but it is not insurmountable – coordinated action based on best available knowledge will allow society to be ‘climate ready’ as it faces higher frequency of extreme events and increasingly hostile climate conditions. Adaptation pathways are one way of identifying and planning for the changes that communities will have to make in the face of change.

This PhD will focus on methods for mapping adaptation pathways (e.g., through participatory workshops, spatial mapping of risks and responses), and implementing these in practice to identify regional adaptation pathways for a range of climate risks.  Possible risks for consideration include exposure to increased bushfire risk in the peri-urban fringe or flooding in the coastal zone. Outcomes from this PhD research will include:

  1. Identification of adaptation pathways for managing risk;
  2. Collaborative engagement with key stakeholders (e.g. Hobart City Council, State Government agencies) to integrate these pathways into region-wide climate change adaptation plans;
  3. Improved understanding of the policy processes and enabling conditions required to support integration of these pathways into ‘normal business’;
  4. A regional network of collaborative relationships between decision-makers across relevant sectors to support coordinated action on climate change adaptation.

PhD supervisory team will include co-supervisors Dr Rebecca Harris, Professor Jason Byrne, and Professor Jan McDonald.

Eligibility
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in geography, planning, conservation, law, economics, spatial sciences, ecology or a related subject
  • Demonstrated experience working with a range of stakeholders (e.g. local government) (desirable)
  • Social science and/or science communication related training (desirable)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (desirable)
  • Spatial analysis skills (e.g. training in GIS, remote sensing) (desirable)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer-reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Vanessa Adams for further information.

Closing Date

18th December 2020 (unless filled earlier)

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

The concept of place attachment describes how strongly people connect to place to distinguish between the physical resources provided by place (dependence) and the emotional and symbolic relationships people form with place (identity). Over the past decade, the measurement and mapping of the core dimensions of place attachment has been initiated through the concept of landscape values, thereby operationalising the place concept for land-use planning at multiple spatial scales. The mapping of landscape values has emerged as a key research method for identifying important areas for conservation and sustainable development but has yet to be explored in the context of places at risk of loss from climate change.

The impacts of climate are inherently spatial and the effects will be felt heterogeneously across a population both due to the spatial location of impacts and the socio-demographics of the population. This PhD project will examine concept of ‘place’ and what types of responses of loss may be felt by the community as places are impacted. This may include approaches such as mapping landscape values with public participatory GIS (PPGIS), qualitative interviews to understand why particular places are significant, surveys or interviews to explore what experiences of loss the population has experienced as places have been impacted historically, and spatial mapping of how predicted impacts of climate change overlap with landscape values.

Supervisory team will include co-supervisors Dr Rebecca Harris, Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Professor Elizabeth Lester
External collaborators include Distinguished Professor Greg Brown

Eligibility
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in conservation, ecology, economics, geography, spatial sciences or a related subject
  • Spatial analysis skills (e.g. training in GIS, remote sensing) (desirable)
  • Statistical analysis skills (desirable)
  • Social science or communications related training (desirable)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer-reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Vanessa Adams for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Dr Dave Kendal is seeking expressions of interest from prospective RHD students interested in understanding how and why we can better incorporate the community into environmental/nature policy and management decision-making. Global, national and local nature conservation policy has been through a period of being heavily framed as scientific, rational and evidence based. However, this framing largely excludes other ways of knowing nature, and the wide variety of ways that nature is important to people. Much public policy is being reframed to incorporate a wide range of values of the public, and management decision-making is increasingly including objectives other than species conservation and biodiversity protection. Dave has been a member of Australia's Threatened Species Scientific Committee and has a broad range of experiences managing research projects and supervising RHD students exploring topics related to public involvement in nature conservation.

Potential co-supervisors within Geography include: Prof Jason Byrne, Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, A/Prof Aidan Davison, Dr Vanessa Adams, Dr Rebecca Harris

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Dr Dave Kendal for further information.

Closing Date

26th July 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Marine, Antarctic & Maritime
The Research Project

The Southern Ocean's role in the climate system must be understood if we are to robustly project anthropogenic climate change; it connects three other major oceans, it is the largest sink for both heat and carbon uptake, and plays a critical role in the contribution of Antarctic Ice Sheet to sea-level rise.

Our understanding of those interactions are still in the early stage, partially due to very limited observations. In this PhD project, the candidate will undertake a series of numerical perturbation experiments based on a suite of ocean and climate models to understand the response of Southern Ocean to various forcing, focusing on freshwater input.

The ocean – sea ice models are based on the ACCESS-OM2, which includes the suite of ACCESS Ocean Models at three different resolutions (1, 0.25, 0.1 degrees). Different Freshwater input, e.g., from iceberg discharge and Meltwater from the Antarctic Ice Sheet will be applied, to diagnose their impacts on the circulation and sea level in the Southern Ocean. It would be desirable to repeat some of perturbation experiments in the fully coupled ACCESS climate model.

Eligibility
  • 1st class honours degree or equivalent

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Demonstrated strong numerical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with ocean datasets and/or model outputs
  • Ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English
  • Understanding of ocean and ice sheet processes and the interaction of ice sheets and sea level
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Matt King for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Dr Dave Kendal is seeking expressions of interest from prospective HDR students interested in understanding the reciprocal effects of people on urban nature. Dave has a broad range of experiences managing research projects and supervising HDR students exploring topics such as:

  • What drives decision making in urban parks and street tree management? How can we incorporate the views of the public into urban landscape management?
  • Which urban trees will be best suited to our future climates? What traits of trees influence the benefits they provide to people and wildlife?
  • What roles does nature play for urban dwellers? How do values shape the way people think about and interact with urban nature and its management?
  • What role do cities play in the conservation of threatened species? Can species conservation co-occur with other urban landscape uses such as recreation and the provision of ecosystem services?

Dave has a particular interest in understanding how landscapes and people might be changing with social-ecological change. Potential co-supervisors within Geography include: Prof Jason Byrne, Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, A/Prof Aidan Davison, Dr Vanessa Adams, Dr Rebecca Harris

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Dr Dave Kendal for more information.

Closing Date

30 October 2019

The Research Project

Machine learning approaches have been used for developing predictive models such as recommender systems, which seek to predict the preference that a user would give to an item. In recent years a new algorithm named Extreme Learning Machine (ELM) has been developed for training Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). With ELM, there are no iterations for adjusting connection weights and parameters tuning as in back propagation based ANNs.

While ELM has demonstrated superior performance in developing smaller recommender systems, one drawback of it is that, given an application with a big dataset, the number of neurons in its single hidden layer are typically very large and hence training the network can be computationally impractical. The ELM algorithm’s complexity is at least O(KM2), where K is the number of training instances and M is the number of hidden units. ELM also makes use of batch training, which leads to large memory consumption.

The project aims to evaluate several different solutions (such as representation learning and Deep ELMs) for these problems, and propose a new algorithm for maintaining the strengths of ELM but overcoming its weaknesses in performance and efficiency. Such a solution would be very valuable for developing more effective recommender systems in the current big data era.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Data mining and data analytics

More Information

Please contact Dr Shuxiang Xu for more information.

Closing Date

30 October 2019

The Research Project

Sentiment analysis (also known as opinion mining) refers to the use of natural language processing and text analysis to identify and extract subjective information in source materials. Sentiment analysis is widely applied to reviews and social media for a variety of applications, ranging from marketing to customer service. Sentiment analysis aims to determine the attitude of a speaker or a writer with respect to some topic or the overall contextual polarity of a document. The attitude may be his or her judgment or evaluation, affective state (the emotional state of the author when writing), or the intended emotional communication (the emotional effect the author wishes to have on the reader).

The rise of social media such as blogs and social networks has fuelled interest in sentiment analysis. With the proliferation of reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online expression, online opinion has turned into a kind of virtual currency for businesses looking to market their products, identify new opportunities and manage their reputations. Companies look to automate the process of filtering out the noise, understanding the conversations, identifying the relevant content, and actioning it appropriately. This project aims at employing Machine Learning algorithms to automatically detect sentiment in user reviews of interested online business websites.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and international candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement
  • Candidates must demonstrate experience and strong interest in Machine Learning or general computational intelligence

More Information

Please contact Dr Shuxiang Xu for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Game mechanics are constructs of rules or methods designed for interaction with the game state, thus providing gameplay. All games use mechanics; however, theories and styles differ as to their ultimate importance to the game.
Different games may have the same mechanic (e.g. jumping) but differ in the exact implementation of that mechanic. The differences between these basic mechanics can be slight, or vast, and the differences between all of the core mechanics in a game can lead to games feeling entirely different for the player.

This study proposed developing techniques to sample the differences between mechanics across a range of games and to reverse engineer the techniques used to create them. From the collected mechanics a taxonomy could then be built to classify these games by the gameplay techniques they employ.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognition

More information

Please contact Dr Ian Lewis for more information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Computers are starting to be used to recognise affect which can provide better assistance to human users. Models to be used to recognise human emotion which will lead to another form of computer-assisted learning, perceptual information retrieval, interaction, and human health. Affective Computing is the term used to define IT systems and devices, which support the collection of data about human emotions through their facial expression, their voice tone, activities and interaction with other humans. Unlike other traditional types of computing, “affective computing” provides a method to “read” and “understanding” the emotion state of the user. Therefore, enhancement of the links between human and human as well as the interaction between users and their computers is worthy of investigation.

The learning domain as an applied area is a relatively new area in terms of finding out the user’s emotional status in order to equip teacher/teaching modules to react and enhance the user’s learning experiences and learning outcomes.

The aim of this project is to investigate if there is any way for the early detection of possible difficulties of learners. If the detection is possible, teacher/teaching module can assist to solve the problem promptly via an application based on deep learning algorithms.

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Experience with programming  in deep learning
  • Critical thinking
  • Programming skills

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact the Soonja Yeom for further information.

Closing Date

20th December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Social media has become one of the most important tools for people to share information and interact with others. On social media, people may expose themselves to a wide range of "observers", which include not only relatives and close friends, but also strangers and even stalkers. This raises a serious cyber security issue, i.e., online privacy leak.

Online privacy leak means an individual user shares his/her private information to people who he/she does not know well or even strangers on the Internet. This can be very dangerous for general Internet users, especially with the booming of OSNs. It is necessary to have a tool to assist general users to make better use of OSNs, and protect them from leaking privacy information. However, different with many other cyber security problems, online privacy leak is not only a computer security problem, but more related with users' Internet safety awareness. A cyber stalker is also an Internet (human) user. He/she may use normal Internet operations to collect someone's information on purpose without breaching any security protocols. On the other side, many Internet and Online Social Network (OSN) users lack of the awareness of Internet safety. Under this motivation, some preliminary work has been done to explore the use of AI techniques in the detection of abnormal attention to avoid privacy leak and avoid cyberstalking. Such approaches can quantify the risk levels of information sharing by considering the amount of a user's shared messages in OSNs and the trust relationships of the information readers with the user. However, the boundary between normal and abnormal observers is not very clear. Hence, the quantification of normal and abnormal attention can be inaccurate or different with users' understanding.

To overcome some of the above limitations, this project will investigate the use of NLP and deep learning methods in privacy information detection, and propose an automated approach which can detect privacy related information from the posted messages in social media, and remind users about the potential privacy leakage in a user friendly way.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Computer science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Information technology
Eligibility
  • Degree-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in ICT or a related subject.
  • Good knowledge background in math, statistics, AI, machine learning and NLP.
  • Good programming skills.

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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.
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Quan Bai for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Higher Education is transforming with advancement of internet technologies and globalisation. Students are becoming more diverse, heterogeneous and large. The traditional way of university teaching, with one teaching material for all, cannot work and is currently making several students dissatisfied. Due to increases in the competition from online courses such as MooCs, it is becoming more and more important for higher education institutions to provide their students with a good learning experience. They need to increase student retention and make them engaged. Moreover, they have to deal with limited resources, thus making personalised education which an individual student will look for, an impossibility.

Due to these challenges, big data analytics have been seen as a solution. We have technology and access to more data about each student than before. Thus, if one can process this large data and generate insights, the education personalisation is not an unreachable goal. The sentimental analysis, data mining, machine learning and recommendation systems are already helping in areas such as Medical care system.

The aim of this project is to develop BigData analytical models and techniques for improving learning among students and improving education processes.

Eligibility

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates having knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Strong Algorithmic Skills
  • Programming Skills
  • Distributed Systems

More information

Please contact Dr Saurabh Garg for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

BigData applications for their execution requires not only consideration of their computation requirements but also of their data. IoT (Internet of Things) applications have led to further importance of fast execution of big data applications. Many solutions have been proposed to run them in a single cloud. However, due to distribution of big data across several regions and each region having their own privacy policy, multi-Cloud environments become important for efficient and privacy preserving execution. However, these environments also bring challenges as large data needs to be transferred between different Cloud computing environments using the Internet which can adversely affect the execution performance and also needs more specialised security frameworks to preserve privacy of the data. In this PhD project, new mechanisms and frameworks will be investigated which can allow execution of BigData applications across multiple Cloud environments for IoT applications.

Eligibility

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates having knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Strong Algorithmic Skills
  • Programming Skills
  • Distributed Systems

More information

Please contact Dr Saurabh Garg for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

For environment conservation, on-going bird monitoring is required which is done through acoustic sensors installed across different forests in Australia. Currently, analysis of this is done by few specialists who need to hear long recordings to detect species of birds and then do further analysis. This is really infeasible when one talks about petabytes of data to analyse. However, current machine learning methods which can scale to bigdata and detect bird species are not available. This PhD project will investigate such machine learning methods that can detect bird species in real time.

Eligibility

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Candidates having knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Skills
  • Strong programming skills
  • Statistics

Contact for more information

Please contact Dr Saurabh Garg for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Human centred design and the more focused area of human computer interaction have emerged as key approaches when making information accessible to people across a range of human conditions, including but not limited to people with low literacy skills and people suffering from one or more cognitive conditions. This project leverages the information grounds framework developed at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and revisited in our research group to understand the specific needs of a target population and then derive ways to address the specific needs of individuals in addition to groups.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • 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 skills in addition to an interest in and passion for the human condition
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Human Centered Design/Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems/Library and Information Science (LIS)
  • Psychology

More Information

Please contact Professor Christopher Lueg for more information.

Closing Date
20th December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Social media has become one of the most important tools for people to share information and interact with others. On social media, people may expose themselves to a wide range of "observers", which include not only relatives and close friends, but also strangers and even stalkers. This raises a serious cyber security issue, i.e., online privacy leak.

Online privacy leak means an individual user shares his/her private information to people who he/she does not know well or even strangers on the Internet. This can be very dangerous for general Internet users, especially with the booming of OSNs. It is necessary to have a tool to assist general users to make better use of OSNs, and protect them from leaking privacy information. However, different with many other cyber security problems, online privacy leak is not only a computer security problem, but more related with users' Internet safety awareness. A cyber stalker is also an Internet (human) user. He/she may use normal Internet operations to collect someone's information on purpose without breaching any security protocols. On the other side, many Internet and Online Social Network (OSN) users lack of the awareness of Internet safety. Under this motivation, some preliminary work has been done to explore the use of AI techniques in the detection of abnormal attention to avoid privacy leak and avoid cyberstalking. Such approaches can quantify the risk levels of information sharing by considering the amount of a user's shared messages in OSNs and the trust relationships of the information readers with the user. However, the boundary between normal and abnormal observers is not very clear. Hence, the quantification of normal and abnormal attention can be inaccurate or different with users' understanding.

To overcome some of the above limitations, this project will investigate the use of NLP and deep learning methods in privacy information detection, and propose an automated approach which can detect privacy related information from the posted messages in social media, and remind users about the potential privacy leakage in a user friendly way.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Computer science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Information technology
Eligibility
  • Degree-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in ICT or a related subject.
  • Good knowledge background in math, statistics, AI, machine learning and NLP.
  • Good programming skills.

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria

The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.

Research 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.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Quan Bai for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

  • Better Health
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions

The Research Project

Given the important challenges associated with the processing of brain signals obtained from neuroimaging modalities, fuzzy sets, neural networks and evolutional systems have been proposed as a useful and effective framework for the modelling and understanding of brain activity patterns as well as to enable a direct communication pathway between the brain and external devices (brain computer/machine interfaces). However, most of the research so far has focused on lab-based applications in constrained scenarios, which cannot be extrapolated to realistic field contexts. Considering the decoding of brain activity, the computational Intelligence models, including fuzzy sets, neural networks, and evolutional computation, provide an excellent tool to overcome the challenge of learning from brain activity patterns that are very likely to be affected by non-stationary behaviours and high uncertainty. The application of computational Intelligence methods to learning and modeling​ has recently demonstrated its remarkable usefulness for coping with the effects of extremely noisy environments, as well as the variability and dynamicity of brain signals. Additionally, neurobiological studies have suggested that the behaviour of neural cells exhibits functional patterns that resemble the properties of intelligent computation to encode logical perception. This paves the way for developing new computational intelligence techniques based on intelligence abstractions that foster the capabilities for modeling and understanding brain function from a quantitative point of view.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a {Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Research} degree.

The following eligibility criteria also apply:

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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

Selection Criteria

Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Skills
  • Foundational programming skills
  • Statistics

More Information

Please contact Zehong Cao for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

BigData applications for their execution requires not only consideration of their computation requirements but also of their data. Many solutions are proposed to run them in single cloud. However, due to distribution of big data across several regions and each region having their own privacy policy, Multi-Cloud environments becomes important for efficient and privacy preserving execution. However, these environments also bring challenge as large data need to be transferred between different Cloud computing environments using internet which can adversely affect the execution performance and also needs more specialised security frameworks to preserve privacy of the data. In this PhD project, new mechanisms and frameworks will be investigated which can allow execution of BigData applications across multiple Cloud environments.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Distributed systems
  • Programming skills
  • Mathematical skills, particularly optimisation

More Information

Please contact Dr Saurabh Garg for more information.

Closing Date

30 September 2019

Research Themes

  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Harvesting trees that contain internal defects such as knots and cracks is neither financially nor environmentally sustainable. In native forest, high quality sawlogs can only be produced from knot free logs and forest habitats and ecology can only be maintained by selecting and retaining suitable habitat trees. Similarly in hardwood plantations it is impossible to produce sawlogs from knotty or cracked timber. For both types of forests challenges remain in being able to identify internal defects in a timely and cost-effective manner prior to harvesting.

This current project aims to:

  • Proof of concept through trials in native and plantation eucalypt forests
  • Build a predictive imputation model for different types of tree species and different growing conditions across Australia

The field assessment involve using various non-destructive techniques including ultrasonic and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) that use electromagnetic and ultrasonic sound waves respectively to penetrate the internal structure of standing trees. These assessment techniques will assist forest growers to more accurately evaluate the quality of growing stems in the field. A wide selection of growing conditions and forest types will be assessed to generate data that can then be used to generate a software algorithm for predictive imputation of likely internal defect rates within particular forests under particular growing conditions.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Thorough understanding of NDE principles and techniques
  • Demonstrated experience supporting new software/hardware development and mobile applications
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in at least 2 of the following test methods: Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle, Eddy Current, Shearography, or Thermography
  • Must have a couple of peer-reviewed publication in Q1/Q2 journals or conference proceedings
  • Technical background in computational solid mechanics
  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools
  • Ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations when selecting and utilizing tools to perform simulations
  • Proficiency with modern programming languages such as C++, Python, Matlab, or similar languages

More Information

Please contact Dr Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

  • Applicants should contact the supervisor (Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri), and submit their application as soon as possible.
  • Applicants wishing to commence in 2019 should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application processes as soon as possible.

Research Theme

  • Data, Knowledge and Decisions
  • Better Health

The Research Project

Non-invasive detection of illnesses by human breath analysis is an emerging field of bio-medical diagnostics representing a rapid, economic, and simple alternative to standard blood analysis and endoscopy. The bulk matrix of the breath is a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapour, and inert gases. Acetone is a selective breath marker to type-1 diabetes. It is produced by hepatocytes via decarboxylation of excess acetyl-coenzyme A. The operation of a direct-reading, selective chemical sensor is based on the existence of a selective recognition event that results in a change in a measurable parameter. Most of the common commercial gas sensors are based on semiconductors, polymer materials and the methods used for sensing are optical methods, calorimetric methods, gas chromatography and acoustic methods.

In this project a titanium-based gas sensor will be developed for selective detection of acetone for easy diagnosis of diabetes by breath analysis. The synthetized titanium material can be composed with a semiconductor to investigate its material characterization. The prepared materials will be characterized using FTIR, XRD, FESEM-EDX, TEM, XPS and BET and other required characterizations.

The core of this project will involve developing an appropriate user-centred design for patients to be able to  process, understand and interpret electronic signals or data produced by the gas sensor. The input part then consists of transducers that gather and transform information from the physical world with the last step of the transformation resulting in an electrical signal.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in ICT, chemistry or a related subject
  • Must have a couple of peer-reviewed publication in Q1/Q2 journals or conference proceedings.
  • Experience with modelling and simulation tools.
  • Ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations when selecting and utilizing tools to perform simulations.
  • Proficiency with modern programming languages such as C++, Python, Matlab, or similar languages.

More Information

Please contact Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Much of real world network data are visualised as node-link diagrams for sense making purposes. In drawing networks, link or edge crossings should be avoided since they are confusing. To achieve this, people have proposed to draw curved edges, rather than straight-line edges, to reduce the visual clutter. Curves also make diagrams look more visually pleasing. In contrast to the expectations, recent research have found that curved-edge diagrams do not necessarily lead to better human task performance. However, it is not known why and how curved-edge diagrams are not better in helping people read networks, and when curved-edge visualisations are better.

To answer this question, this project will use the latest eye tracking technology to understand how people execute visual queries moment by moment. More specifically in this project, the student will conduct literature review, and design and conduct a series of user studies to investigate 1) how people read straight-line and curved-edge networks; and 2) why and when one edge style is better than another.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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 with publications
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applied statistics
  • Programming skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Tony Huang for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Increasingly, collaboration across distance requires communication about specific physical objects, such as valuable cultural artifacts or pricey merchandise. This project builds on well-published PhD research looking into the annotation of museum artifacts to generalise the approach to a range of situations where remote collaboration is anchored in physical objects present at particular locations.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • 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 skills in addition to an interest in and passion for the human condition
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Human Computer Interaction/Interaction Design
  • Design and Development, including Prototyping
  • Digital Libraries/Digital Humanities

More Information

Please contact Professor Christopher Lueg for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

We have developed an automated blood oxygen level controller for preterm infants that has recently been undergoing clinical trials. This PhD project aims to make further advances by investigating enhancements to our current oxygen control algorithm and technology. The project will focus on topics such as development of advanced sensing technology for respiration and oxygenation using imaging based systems and electronic sensing technology. This will include development of advanced image processing and/or sensor signal processing algorithms.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including Biomedical, Mechatronic and Electrical/Electronics Engineering.

More Information

Please contact Dr Tim Gale for more information.

Closing Date

30 September 2019

Research Themes

  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

Demand for effective and efficient approaches to map, monitor and manage underwater environments continues to grow. Industrial, climatological and environmental activities increasingly require ever-more accurate modelling and analysis of underwater environments. Many technological approaches have already been developed to address challenges imposed by darkness, depth/pressure and salinity. However water turbidity (cloudiness) continues to be a major inhibitor underwater, especially where there is a requirement for real-time data.

This project aims to contribute to the science of methods for data capture and analysis of real-time vision in turbid circumstances. To test these methods the research team have forged collaboration with an industrial partner who is actively engaged in industrial underwater timber harvesting. This project presents a unique opportunity to enhance the activities and advancing the science of real-time vision in turbid waters.

Recent improvements in underwater video systems and in processing algorithms for image filtering and detection suggest a new research opportunity. The plan is to mount a video camera system on the harvester head to capture video-images that will be processed in real-time to provide improved vision clarity in these turbid underwater environments. It is anticipated that this improved vision combined with improved sonar mapping will enable the harvester to locate, manoeuvre and safely harvest submerged tree stems at greater depth than is currently possible.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Thorough understanding of information systems, big data, acoustic
  • Demonstrated experience supporting new software/hardware development and mobile applications
  • Experience with modelling and simulation tools
  • Ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations when selecting and utilizing tools to perform simulations
  • Proficiency with modern programming languages such as C++, Python, Matlab, or similar languages

More Information

Please contact Dr Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Practical applications of knowledge base systems to multidisciplinary domains with "big data" are typically limited to standard machine learning approaches – you take the domain data, develop a model and then apply it, with little further modification of the model possible. Unfortunately, such techniques limit the future practicality or maintenance of the developed system – additional knowledge or knowledge maintenance is a hard, cumbersome task that requires redeveloping the learnt model from scratch.

The project will focus on the development of hybrid method that can maintain knowledge base for new pattern found in the future. It will investigate how to improve existing machine learning algorithms in determining patterns (classification) in data sets by using a modified. The proposed system increases accuracy of results and greater computational efficiency for large datasets ("big data".) Then the system then supplements the model produced by using an incremental knowledge acquisition system, RDR (Compton and Jansen 1988)). Standard RDR incrementally adds to this machine-learnt knowledge base by allowing a (non ICT) domain expert to incrementally, independently supplement this knowledge model by way of adding new rules (for classification), and correcting or deleting incorrect classifications. This means the resulting system should be able to adapt quickly to new data – a deficiency from which traditional machine learning systems suffer.

Our future theoretical enhancements to the system include adding the capability of allowing simultaneous multiple classifications (Kang 1995). Existing machine learning algorithms for classification technically can only conclude with one classification at a time for a given data case – whereas some expert domains can greatly benefit from multiple classification. This is an exciting possibility for future research.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

More Information

Please contact Dr Byeong Kang for more information.

Closing Date

24 May 2020 (unless filled earlier)

The Research Project

Soils, though often modelled as continuum, are particulate in nature. Professor Andrew Chan has performed extensive research on the interaction of particles and fluid using the discrete element method and Lattice Boltzmann method. This project is to extend current research to three-dimensions, non-circular particles and implementation on a parallel computer. The method can then be applied to various practical engineering problems such as liquefaction of soil, undersea slope failure, behaviour of saturated soil under earthquake and dynamic loading as well as undersea extract of ores.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Programming skills
  • Engineering mechanics

More Information

Please contact Professor Andrew Chan for more information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019 (unless filled earlier)

The Research Theme

Data, Knowledge & Decisions

The Research Project

Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have revolutionised image recognition and related fields. Beginning with small networks such as AlexNet (), and progressing towards much larger networks like GoogleNet () and ResNet (), CNNs have been able to achieve performance in image recognition tasks on par with human performance.

As part of these advances, many CNN architectures have been proposed.  Typically, these consist of a combination of convolution layers of many varieties, combined with pooling layers, and usually terminating in dense layers.  A seemingly endless variety of directed acyclic graphs with these layers as nodes have been proposed.

While architectures have been inspired by biological neural image processing, it appears that many of the architectures are a result of intuition and trial-and-error.  While some attempt has been made to improve the computational efficiency, the primary aim of these architectures is almost invariable to improve image recognition accuracy.

Previous attempts to optimise graph or tree structures have used genetic programming.  The graph represents a potential solution to a problem and a population of these solutions is refined using evolutionary principles.  This approach has been used successfully with expression trees and behaviour trees.

This project will investigate the use of genetic programming approaches to learn an optimal architecture for CNNs.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Experience with Deep Learning Algorithms
  • Background in Mathematics
  • Problem Solving
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Robert Ollington for further information.

Closing Date

30th June 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
The Research Project

The rapid growth of the Internet and web applications provide an overwhelming amount of information. Benefited from online social mediums and crowd computing platforms, it is very easy to collection information from various sources nowadays. In the process of information digitisation, the information of an entity can be generated from multiple sources and the information digitised or collected might be conflicted, with different qualities and even from fake or malicious sources.

It is crucial to find out the truth (truths) of an entity from different sources which provide information about the entity. However, for many web applications are operated under uncertain and dynamic environments. There may exist no evaluation standard for information quality or ground truth, and the information sources can be dynamic.

Under such environments, the discovery and mining of truth/truths is critical. In this project, we will investigate the use of advance AI and data mining techniques in estimation trustworthiness or shared or crowd sourced information.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Computer science
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Data analytics

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Quan Bai for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

The Internet of Things (IoT) has encouraged the rapid growth of ubiquitous displays, yet research into how multiple displays are currently being used and how they could be more effectively used is limited to niche markets. E-learning is one area that stands to benefit from this growing number of displays, be that in the classroom or in the home. The future use of this technology will be influenced by a myriad of features ranging from the combinatorial use of multiple displays of different form factors, to the semantic division of the content that is to be communicated, and the target audience to which this content is to be communicated to.

This work will investigate how ubiquitous displays in e-learning environments can increase student engagement with the learning content, other students, and the teaching team. The work will also investigate the factors that encourage and oppose take-up of ubiquitous display technologies in the classroom, including the perceptions and the cost realisation of the technologies.

This work lies at the intersect of three separate themes:

  • HCI
  • Wearable and shared displays
  • E-learning

The outcomes will contribute significantly to improving our understanding of the use of multiple display technology in e-learning environments.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • User Centred Design, Prototyping, Testing and Evaluation

More Information

Please contact Dr Winyu Chinthammit for more information.

Closing Date

31st December 2021

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

In this project, HDR students implement (based on TensorFlow) of state-of-the-art Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to easily train intelligent agents for various games. The research goal is to speed up the learning process of multiple agents and allow each agent receives higher rewards in a game scenario. These trained agents can be presented in the demo workshop and can be used for multiple purposes, including testing of game builds and controlling behaviour.

In this project, we used the Unity platform, a new open-source toolkit, which has been developed for creating and interacting with simulation environments. Specifically, the Unity ML Agents Toolkit is an open-source Unity plugin that enables games and simulations to serve as environments for training intelligent agents. This project will use this toolkit to develop dynamic multi-agent interaction, and agents can be trained using reinforcement learning, imitation learning, neuro-evolution, or other machine learning methods through a simple-to-use Python API.

Additionally, this project is mutually beneficial for both students and AI researchers as it provides a central platform where advances in AI can be evaluated on Unity's rich environments and then made accessible to the industry and research developer communities.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
  • The project is open to domestic and international candidates
  • Research 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
  • Candidate from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply
Selection Criteria
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Skills
  • Strong programming skills
  • Statistics experience
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Zehong Cao for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

The Research Project

Virtual Reality (VR) systems are being released in 2016 by a number of high-profile vendors with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Sony PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

It is assumed that Serious Games will benefit from the increase in immersion and presence that the user feels when using VR, but study is required to see whether this effect leads to greater benefits for the purpose that the game is trying to achieve, be it education, behaviour change, rehabilitation, or data collection.

It is proposed to use a variety of techniques including physiological measures, participant observation, self-efficacy studies, surveys, and direct data comparisons to study the effects of players in serious games while in VR and while using more traditional systems.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD 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
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognition

More Information

Please contact Dr Ian Lewis for more information.

Closing Date

1st August 2019

The Research Theme
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Soil-borne diseases pose the greatest threat to the economic sustainability of potato production in Australia. This is in major part due to a lack of adequate management options and poor levels of host plant resistance. Our laboratory has previously developed durable resistance through novel non-genetic engineering breeding approaches involving selection of somaclonal variants of commercially important cultivars. Use of plant tissue culture technologies, in the form of cell selection techniques offers a rapid method to obtain resistant clones of existing cultivars without the genomic re-assortment associated with breeding crosses.

Despite this success, it remains to be determined what critical role specific stressors applied during cell selection play in specific trait development, and furthermore, the physiological and genetic basis of these novel resistance traits developed through cell selection are not fully understood. Recent advances in gene editing technologies can allow targeted silencing of plant genes to controllably alter phenotype within commercial cultivars that also avoid involvement of genetic engineering processes major genomic reassortment.

The project will run parallel studies focussed on both cell selection gene editing approaches to develop resistance in potato. For cell selection work, analyses of the physiological and genetic analysis of resistance and the activity and role of different stressors on changes in phenotype and genotype will be conducted. For gene editing work, gene targets responsible for broad spectrum resistance to tuber disease will be the primary target. Optimisation of the somatic cell selection protocol and gene editing will provide a model system for the development of host resistance to other diseases affecting a range commercially important horticulture crops and not just for potatoes.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • plant pathology
  • tissue culture
  • plant molecular biology
  • metabolomics

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Master's Degree or Honours degree with equivalent research experience in plant pathology, tissue culture, plant molecular biology or metabolomics
  • Demonstrate publication record
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Alieta Eyles for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The Research Project

Genome wide association studies (GWAS) using over 300 wheat accessions have revealed some tentative QTL for acid soil tolerance. These QTL are located to different positions to the known tolerance genes. To confirm that these QTL are different, different crosses will be made and the F2 populations will be screened for both acid soil tolerance and markers closely linked to previously reported genes. These populations which showed no correlation between acid soil tolerance and the selected markers will be genotyped and new QTL will be identified. Physiological studies will be conducted to assist the search of candidate genes.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Molecular biology
  • Plant science

More Information

Please contact Professor Meixue Zhou for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Funding

This project will include a AUD$27,082pa living allowance scholarship for three years, with a possible six month extension, and a tuition fee scholarship for up to four years. 

The Grains Research and Development Corporation of Australia will provide operational funds to support the research.

Research Theme

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

The Research Project

Genome wide association studies (GWAS) using over 300 wheat accessions have revealed some tentative QTL which are different from the gene introgressed from wheat grass. In this project, potential QTL for barley yellow dwarf (BYD) resistance in wheat will be identified/confirmed through doubled haploid populations. Further fine mapping will be conducted on the major QTL for BYD resistance.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • 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

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Molecular biology
  • Plant science

More Information

Please contact Professor Meixue Zhou for more information.

Closing Date

16th August 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

This study will support a Soils CRC project which aims to provide proof of concept for an enose sensor that will detect the health status of soils, based on detection of gaseous emissions from the soil microbiome. It will attempt to associate particular signal combinations with functional or taxonomic groups of soil microbiota by correlating the effects of changes in microbial species composition, abundance and activity with enose signals. 

Soil health is a subset of ecosystem health, characterised by integrity of nutrient cycles and energy flows, stability and resilience to disturbance and stress. There is no standard measure by which to determine soil health, though it is generally associated with biological diversity and resilience.

This PhD project will therefore characterise the taxonomic diversity of soil microbiota, the abundance of particular microbial groups and the level of enzyme activity in the soils. To distinguish between soil health and soil fertility, the impact of imposed stresses (drought, waterlogging) on soil microbiota will be assessed and the ability of the microbiota to recover following the removal of the stresses will also be examined.  This may also involve collaboration with a student at the Federation University who will analyse gaseous emissions using laboratory methods.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Agriculture
  • Soil Science
  • Microbiology

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Familiarity with the R statistical software
  • Experience in agricultural research including fieldwork
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Morag Glen for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Theme
  • Data, Knowledge & Decisions
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Agricultural systems need to be profitable and sustainable in the short and the long-term and adaptive in the face of global climate change. These systems should embrace the spatial and temporal processes of agricultural landscape.

This project will develop agricultural system model by analysing and simulating environmental–agricultural data using spatial-statistical approach. At first, we prepare time-series Earth Observation data from space to estimate water use. Data preparation involves collating regional crop data for modelling. These data-sets will be examined against regional economic data and up-scaling will be applied to estimate profitability at farm level spatial analysis units. Next, we will develop a simulation model of ecosystem services considering the bio-physical provisions and C stocks. Finally, we will model the future land use where we consider climate projection in the long term.

The project results will provide a framework and operational tools. The framework will help us to understand the economic and ecosystem services aspects of irrigated agriculture in multiple-scales. The operational tools on:

  1. System analysis will provide simulations of current/future land-use changes in irrigated agricultural systems across scales, and
  2. Visualisation will provide assessment of regional ecosystem services to help decision-makers in formulating interventions and new water policies.
Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research 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

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Agriculture
  • Soil and Water management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Agro-meteorology

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Hold a MSc degree
  • Knowledge of crop modelling, integrated water resource management and hydrological modelling
  • Demonstrate programming skills (R, Python, MatLab, etc.), ArcGIS application for generating spatial information, remote sensing and image analysis experience
  • At least 1 publication as first author in an international journal with (IF>2)
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jonathan Ojeda for further information.

Closing Date

1st February 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

Campus

Cradle Coast

The Research Project

The project will explore the nexus between profitability, sheep and beef productivity, greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon sequestration of livestock businesses in an increasingly variable climate. The candidate will be required to conduct an integrated assessment including farm case studies in regions of Tasmania, including the Midlands and King Island. The study will identify farming systems adaptations that are profitable, environmentally sustainable and targeted towards future market opportunities.

Adaptation options will explore pasture feedbase including new legumes and grasses, animal genetics, new technology (e.g. virtual fencing) and management options, as well as options to capture value from emerging carbon markets. Through computer modelling data analysis and work with farmers, the project will inform future research and development investment in grazing systems with higher resilience to climate change and challenges across eastern Australia and provide a series of farm systems that can be used to either demonstrate or research options to raise profitability in each region.

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • 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.
Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Knowledge of agriculture, including livestock or pasture systems
  • Understanding of modelling
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

if requesting additional information from Dr Matthew Harrison, please also send your CV.

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