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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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

Funding

This scholarship provides a $27,596pa (2019 rate) living allowance for 3.5 years with no extension, plus a top-up of $8,000pa.

The Research Project

Cavitation is the process of phase change from liquid to vapour due to pressure reduction, as opposed to boiling that occurs with heat addition. It is a highly transient and violent phenomenon that occurs in natural and engineered fluid systems causing problems that range from ocean noise pollution to vibration and metal erosion. Nucleation and inception of hydrodynamic cavitation that occurs in complex turbulent or vortical flows remains a challenging problem relevant to many fields of science and engineering.

In this research project we seek to gain new insights into nucleation mechanisms and the inception and development of cavitation in canonical flows through new experimental capabilities developed in the Cavitation Research Laboratory at the Australian Maritime College. Test flows have been developed in which the microbubble content and hence nucleation sites can be controlled and measured. For this project cavitation inception and development in a pair of two interacting vortices will be investigated through a range of measurements including velocity and microbubble measurements using optical diagnostic techniques simultaneous with other high speed imaging and sensing techniques.

This work is part of a United States Office of Naval Research, Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) ‘Predicting turbulent multi-phase flows with high fidelity: a physics-based approach’. US universities collaborating on the MURI include the University of Minnesota, University of California, California Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The University of Tasmania will work in close collaboration with the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota, and the Johns Hopkins University providing the experimental outcomes for comparison with computational predictions provided by the US collaborators.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, science or engineering.

Applicants with the following skills will rank highly:

  • Experience in experimental fluid mechanics
  • Advanced data analysis skills
For More Information

Please contact Prof Paul Brandner for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) are attracting increasing attention and interest from all stakeholders in the global maritime community. While advocates of MASS remain optimistic about the benefits of MASS including safety improvement, cost reduction and environmental friendliness, significant regulatory gaps exist to deal with MASS-introduced risks that may not be adequately addressed by the current regulatory framework. Among the issues related to the regulatory framework, civil liability in the era of MASS is a common concern to many stakeholders in the global maritime community. The project aims to identify the regulatory gaps in re-defining civil liability under MASS and develop an integrated framework to clarify civil liability of parties involved in MASS. In doing so, industrial codes of practices relevant to MASS will be critically examined as to their effectiveness and appropriateness.

Eligibility

Essential Skills

  • Understanding of IMO Conventions, Codes and Regulations
  • Understanding of civil liability in the maritime context
  • Good communication skill
  • Good analytical skill

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge about maritime autonomous surface ships
  • Graduated with an LLB or an LLM degree from a recognised university with distinction or with First-class Honours
  • Had academic publishing experiences

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

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, Jiangang Fei 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The shipping industry plays an important role in today's global economy as it is a facilitation mechanism for more than 90% of the world trade. However only in recent history thousands of incidents and accidents involving ships have resulted in loss of life and property—not to mention environmental damages of different magnitudes.

It is estimated that over 80% of all maritime mishaps are presently attributable to human element and onboard human actions. However, from early in their career, mariners have to attend formal learning environment to gain skills and knowledge that they need to practice safely onboard ships. Yet, little is known about how this learning applied practically on the job, i.e., what is transferred from one setting to another and how this transfer occurs.

Through the investigation of the mariners in their formal learning environment (marine colleges) and in their workplace (on board ships), it is the utmost purpose of the present ethnographic study to understand the implications of this discussion in reducing the shipping accidents. The database will be composed of videotapes, field notes, interviews and documents. The implications of this study are relevant to workplace learning research in general and to maritime education and safe shipping practice in particular.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants from 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

Applicants with maritime background who are familiar with qualitative research are preferred.

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, Reza Emad 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The main focus of the project is on sustainable development of cruise/passenger terminals for cruise ships within a seaport without compromising the port's operational functions. While the three aspects of sustainable development i.e. social, economic and environmental will be covered, the project will also consider potential differences between a cruise/passenger terminal and cargo terminal within a seaport.

Given resource constraints, it will identify potential areas where resource sharing and saving can be made without compromising the operational requirements, service quality and competitiveness of the two types of terminals within a seaport. In addition, the project will consider both types of cruise terminals, i.e. dedicated terminals and multipurposed terminals, and the potential application of automation and new technologies for optimal investment and use of resources. It is expected that the project will involve participation from port management and stakeholders.

Eligibility
  • Students are expected to have a background in business economics and at least basic knowledge in statistical/econometric analysis
  • 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
  • Students are expected to be familiar with statistical/econometric analysis software such as SPSS, EViews, RATS, R
  • Experience in the maritime sector is desirable
  • Students without previous maritime knowledge are expected to attend JNB521 Maritime Economics for Managers as an elective for the Graduate Certificate in Research program
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 Owen Nguyen through email: o.nguyen@utas.edu.au 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Until now electricity generation in Constructed Wetlands (CWs) integrated with Microbial Fuel Cell for coastal areas is very low. The improvement in electricity generation or electron flow to the conductive material can be applied for real time applications such as pollutant sensing. In addition, transfer of electron to conductive material can also enhance the treatment of wastewater in CW.  It is reported by several studies with bioelectrochemical cells such as MFC, a large fraction of electron transfers to the methanogenic bacteria for the production of methane gas. This is the reason why the production rate of methane gas is high in CW-MFC systems whereas electricity generation is low. In this project, we are trying to inhibit methanogenic bacteria so that the entire or maximum electron goes directly to the conductive material. With extracting more electrons from the microbes, electricity generation of CW-MFC can be enhanced. This strategy can also be beneficial for producing greenhouse gases of low potential.

So, the objectives of this PhD research are:

  1. Enhance the electricity generation in MFCs by inhibiting the methanogenic activities
  2. Investigating the potential of MFC for real time applications such as pollution sensing
Eligibility

Essential Skills

  • The potential candidate for this PhD project should have previous working experience in measurement and analysis of different contaminants in environmental laboratory

Desirable Skills

  • Having previous experience in application of different machine learning techniques is an extra advantage in selecting the PhD candidate

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

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, Vikram Garaniya 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Global demand for fast and efficient sea transportation has led to the evolution of large high-speed and lightweight vessels for both commercial and military use. Different types of high-speed craft have been designed to satisfy this requirement, but some factors such as large deck area, relatively large deadweight to displacement ratios, the ability to provide lightweight Ro-Ro vessels (Roll-on/Roll-off vessels capable of carrying wheeled cargo such as cars and trucks) and high hydrostatic and hydrodynamic stability have proven catamarans to be particularly popular.

High-speed catamarans, due to their slender twin hull geometry and high operating Froude number, frequently experience larger heave and pitch motions and accelerations than those of conventional monohulls operating at lower Froude number. The vessel motions are directly influenced by increases in the operating speed, leading to passenger discomfort and potential structural damage when operating in higher sea states and severe sea conditions. A motion control system is therefore required to reduce these large motions, increase passenger comfort and improve the vessel performance.

There have been some prior studies of Ride Control Systems (RCS) relevant to this type of fast ships. The current project aims to continue the study of RCS and the influence of ride control algorithms on the motion and load response of high-speed catamarans by numerical and experimental investigations using an existing 2.5m hydroelastic segmented catamaran model based on an Incat 112m wave-piercer catamaran.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • 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 be the first author of at least two published (or accepted) high-ranked journal papers.

Applicants must be from at least one of the following disciplinary backgrounds:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval architecture
  • Maritime engineering

Applicants with the following skills will rank highly:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Hands-on in experimental work specially towing tank testing
  • Computer programming skills
For More Information

Please contact Dr Javad AlaviMehr for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Global concerns about air pollution and human's health are continuously forcing manufacturers to improve the performance of engines and reduce emissions. This has been more focused on the diesel engines since the conventional CI engine sustains with high nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

One solution to this is replacing conventional fossil fuels by alternative fuels. Among the alternative fuels, ethanol and methanol have been considered as suitable diesel fuel replacement. Methanol is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer smog-causing emissions such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter, and can improve air quality and related human health issues. Methanol can be produced from not only natural gas but also renewable sources such as biomass and recycled carbon dioxide.

This project aims to investigate the effect of methanol fumigation on the performance, operation and combustion emission of diesel engines.

Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidate
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must have already 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 be the first author of at least two published (or accepted) high-ranked journal papers

Desirable skills/experience

  • Good knowledge of diesel engines, fuel injection system and fumigation
  • Hands-on in experimental work specially engines
  • Computer programming skills
  • Good knowledge of LabVIEW programming
  • Experience in Data Acquisition & Signal Processing
  • Good understanding of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics specifically in the framework of high-pressure and compressible flows

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

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, Javad Mehr 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project involves development of an experimental programme based on the investigation of the flow associated with a gas jet in a liquid cross-flow. The injection of gas through discrete holes has been proposed as a novel method for drag reduction of marine vehicles and it has been a topic of interest in a several recent publications. Within this project the influence of the flow parameters on the physics of the resulting flow, as well as practicability of its application, will be investigated in a water tunnel.

The ability to independently and precisely control the parameters of interest, such as momentum flux ratio, cross-flow velocity, boundary layer thickness to gas outlet diameter ratio and free-stream pressure will be used to determine the resulting gas cavity topology for the different flow modes and provide an advice on optimal flow conditions for the prototype realization of a drag-reduction system.

The basic understanding of the underlying flow physics will be further assessed through the analysis of the flow unsteady characteristics. In addition, due to its canonical character, the examined flow is well suited for numerical modelling, and therefore the obtained experimental dataset could be of an archival value for a future comparison with computational results.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • Bachelor degree in engineering

Applicants with the following skills will rank highly:

  • Experience in experimental fluid mechanics
  • Advanced data analysis skills
For More Information

Please contact Dr Bryce Pearce for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Supply chains are frequently subject to disruptions resulting in growing supply chain volatility. Supply chain volatility not only affects businesses but consumers as well. Due to the perishability of agri-food products, the consequences of disruptions become much severer than manufactured products. Supply chain resilience, as the collective ability of supply chain participants to deal with disruptions and develop strategies for rapid recovery to ensure sufficient and stable supplies, has attracted much research interest in recent years. This research aims to improve resilience in agri-food supply chains.

Eligibility
  • Basic understanding of supply chain management and operations management
  • Good communication skill
  • Good analytical skills
  • Work or research experience in supply chain management and operations management
  • Knowledge about agri-food supply chains

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

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, Jiangang Fei 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

In recent years, the advent of technology especially in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) brings about the possibility of developing fully autonomous systems. Recently, with the introduction of commercially sensible solutions, design and operation of unmanned and autonomous cargo and passenger ships are gaining momentum. Soon this would persuade shipping companies to add autonomous ships into their fleet. Therefore, this research is timely as autonomous shipping is not a promise to be delivered in the future, but a reality which has already started.

This research will conduct an extensive investigation to identify the education and training requirements for seafarers who will operate the autonomous ships in the near future. The findings of this research will provide guidelines and a recommendatory framework which can be used by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the maritime regulators to revise training needs towards mentoring seafarers and equipping them with the expertise required.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants from any 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 with maritime background who are familiar with qualitative research are preferred

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, Reza Emad 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

A combined consideration of design and operation aspects can effectively be used to achieve a sufficient safety level. In application, this principle requires further investigation to be provided for the preparation of operational measures, consistent with the vulnerability assessment and for the specification of direct stability assessment.

The Second Generation of Intact Stability Criteria (SGISC) in near future requires implementation of the operational limitations and operational guidance in specific areas, routes or season to prevent five stability failure modes: 1. pure loss of stability; 2. parametric roll; 3. surf riding/broaching; 4. dead ship condition; and 5. excessive acceleration. Limitations imposed on the operation, limit the loading capacity, the intended sailing routes and the desired speed. However, that is not received favourably by ship owners and operators.

The objectives of this project are:

1. Developing an algorithm to identify aforesaid stability failure modes, using real-time sea state prediction,

2. Maximising the operational capacity by minimising the adverse effect of operational limitations imposed by SGISC.

3. Implement this understanding into a state-of-the-art numerical simulation

Eligibility
  • Indepth understanding of ship's hydrodynamics
  • Experience with CFD codes/software
  • 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
  • Basic understanding of signal processing techniques
  • Exposure to ship model testing
  • Ship sailing 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, Hossein Enshaei 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Among sea surface parameters recorded by merchant ships, the wave characteristics are estimated with least accuracy through visual observation. The inaccuracy in estimation of wave length is in the range of tens of meters and up to a few meters for the wave heights. Therefore, ocean wave forecasting is currently achieved by the surface winds from a weather forecast model to determine the growth of the ocean waves. The waves along the coasts can be measured by utilising the heave, pitch and roll motions of a buoy to simulate the passing incident waves, but only if the moored buoy’s dynamics are ignored. A similar analogy can be applied to the measurement of ocean waves using a ship's motion, as the ship can be considered an unmoored buoy encountering incident waves. Since the ship’s hull is not a known geometric object, then dynamics of motion are strongly influenced by each different hull shape.

A novel theory of a ship’s dynamic shows that the spectrum of heave and pitch motion response has a strong correlation to the ocean wave spectrum. Motion spectrum is sustained by wave energy induced to the ship’s hull, while the ship’s relative speed and direction is considered. Overall, changes of wave configuration are slow, hence the ship’s motion response is affected gradually, which provides sufficient time for the required analysis. Measurement of wave spectrum is not possible while a ship is underway thus the transfer and distribution of energy in the ocean is uncertain.

A ship’s motion is of a complex, 6 degrees of freedom time-varying nature, and can be measured by a means of suitably-positioned sensors to record the motion as a continuous time signal.

Ships’ motions are good reflections of the local sea conditions and probably one of the most practical means for measuring the wave spectrum in a real-time by way of reverse engineering. Because of the strong coupling nature, these motions are in tune with irregular wave patterns and therefore actively monitoring their responses could be utilised to estimate the influence of wave parameters.

The aims of this project are to:

  1. Improve wave measurement processes using a direct, innovative approach; and
  2. Implement this understanding into a state-of-the-art numerical simulation.

Aim 1 will be carried out by conducting hydrodynamic model experiments and developing process-oriented numerical simulations. The results will be validated by full-scale ship trials.

Aim 2 will explore wave characteristics and a novel ship-wave interaction feedback.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • In dept understanding of ship’s hydrodynamics
  • Experience with CFD codes/software

Applicants with the following skills will rank highly:

  • Basic understanding of signal processing techniques
  • Exposure to ship model testing
For More Information

Please contact Dr Hossein Enshaei for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Global concerns to reduce emissions are continuously forcing manufacturers to improve the efficiency of engines by optimising fuel injection systems and combustion process. Despite the wide use of injectors, the key physics of the fuel injection processes are not yet fully understood imposing a significant challenge for the development of more efficient injection system and combustion process. The primary atomisation of the liquid fuel jet occurs in the region close to the nozzle exit, influences secondary atomisation, spray dynamics, air-fuel mixture quality, and ultimately the entire combustion process. Complex and concurrent physics associated with primary and secondary atomisation of liquid fuel induce more constraints for researchers to experimentally characterise the effect of phenomena such as swirl flow, flow separation, cavitation, and turbulence on spray dynamics.  

These limitations can be tackled by the means of numerical modellings which provide a clearer understanding of spray dynamics involving transition from liquid jets to fine droplets. Numerical models which are used in the design of fuel injectors are subjected to further developments through the inclusion of recent research findings. Experimental tests conducted within the AMC's constant volume high-pressure spray chamber provide a qualitative and quantitative database to evaluate and validate numerical modelling results. The present work focuses on processes in the nozzle and the first several nozzle diameters after the nozzle exit of a single-hole solid cone injector.

High fidelity numerical model can be utilised to characterise detailed evolution of fuel spray from liquid jets to dispersed small scale droplets. The use of high-resolution numerical scheme and flux reconstruction algorithm can deal with highly turbulent flow phenomenon that occur with a great variation in spatial and time scales. Highly accurate results predicted by the developed high-resolution numerical methods can act as an indispensable supplement to existing experimental observations and measurements, which contribute to the optimisation/development of next generation low emission and high thermal efficiency combustion engines.

Eligibility
  • 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 have already 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 be the first author of at least two published (or accepted) high-ranked journal papers

Essential Skills/Experience/Requirements

  • Good understanding of fluid mechanics specifically in the framework of high-pressure and compressible flows
  • Good understanding of CFD theories including pressure-velocity coupling, heat and mass transfer, multiscale-modelling in the framework of compressible flow
  • Experience in OpenFOAM (experience in structured mesh generation and high order numberical scheme are preferred)

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Experience in high pressure fuel injection system
  • Experience in developing explicit/implicit method for all March number flows
  • Experience in data processing using Python
  • Experience in C++
  • Ability to conduct spray chamber testing and work to assemble, disassemble and commission new injection systems

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

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, Javad Mehr 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Current offshore renewable wind energy practice requires the installation of large fixed and floating structures offshore. The mooring system is one of the important components for a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT). Accurate assessment of the mooring lines is fundamental both in normal/operating and survival conditions. Recent accidents due to extreme weather events have highlighted the risk that improper design of floating structures can have on the structure’s integrity and the environment. Studies shall be performed to investigate the mooring system effect on the overall performance of an FOWT structure. Moreover, the investigation of the importance of the interconnection between the FWOT and the mooring line is therefore crucial.

The goal of this project proposal is to fill this gap in the knowledge by conducting a PhD investigation into the effects of the mooring systems on the operability and survivability of an FWOT structure. Both numerical and experimental approaches are considered in this project to investigate the role of the mooring systems. The numerical approach considers the development of the NewWave and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques due to their compatibility with the modelling of extreme waves. The study aims at establishing efficient numerical modelling techniques for dynamic motion response and structural assessment, including fatigue analysis due to extreme weather conditions.

The experimental investigation considers a systematic series of scale model test at AMC testing facilities that will be used for the validation of the numerical models.

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.
  • Strong understanding of wave-structure interaction problems
  • Experience with CFD codes
Knowledge and skills that will rank highly include:
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in mathematics or a related subject.
  • Experience with open source numerical codes such as OpenFoam and FAST
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 Nagi Abdussamie 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The project involves development of novel prediction and control algorithms for parametric roll motion. The mechanism to cause parametric roll, especially the resonance phenomenon, is investigated and the parametric roll motion in head and follow sea waves is predicted by CFD modelling approach and validated by experimental data using the model scaled contained vessel of which the height of metacentre can be adjusted. Once the parametric roll motion can be predicted, a roll reduction control algorithm will be proposed and tested.

Methodology

The project is going to use a combined numerical and experimental methods to analyze the collected data. As for simulations, the anti-roll systems (anti-roll tubes and stable fins) will design digital versions including 2D and 3D ones by technical software (Auto CAD, Rhino, Inventor). Hoorn vessel will be developed an intensive 3D model from the previous version which based on my design in the master course at AMC by Maxsurf and Rhino software packages. The 3D Hoorn model will be tested and measured the parametric rolling in several different head sea conditions by ANSYS Workbench software packages. In term of experiments, the project will make a real model of the anti-roll systems and will install on Hoorn model. Then, Hoorn model will be tested at the towing tank, AMC with the different head sea conditions. The data will be collected and validated between numerical and experimental outcomes.

Eligibility
  • Skills and experiences required include surface vessel dynamics/hydrodynamics, motion in waves, CFD techniques for investigation of hydrodynamics, C/C++ at code developer level, MATLAB simulation for control algorithm design, hardware and software development for control algorithms
  • Technical report and scientific writing skill for publication is a must
  • 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
  • Priority will be given to those who got the first-class honours for his/her bachelor degree and master by coursework course with research components and/or publications
  • Experience in electric/electronic wiring
  • Some experience in conducting experiments using towing tank, model test basin or model scaled board
  • Experience in collaborative research/publication with the existing AMC staff is also a plus
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, Hung Nguyen 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Worldwide thrust to utilise clean energy sources is driving the development of electrically powered transportation systems. "Battery powered electric ferries" is a promising new advancement in this trend with the world's first being deployed in 2015, in Norway. Even though such ferries do not burn fossil fuels on-board and thus eliminate emissions in waters, batteries require grid power for charging resulting in a shift of emissions from one place to the other, rather than achieving zero emissions. Therefore, a real zero emission solution should have an on-board charging solution as well.

The most promising and practically achievable solution that meet this requirement is the battery-fuel cell hybrid power systems which is self-sustained and "totally green" in current terminology. Nevertheless, the engineering challenge of this solution is associated with the slow response and complex operation of fuel cells which require advanced power management strategies to operate on more than seven variables including current density, anode humidification temperature, cathode humidification temperature, pressures, oxygen flow rate, air flow rate and active surface area to maintain maximum efficiency.

The power management optimization strategies developed so far operate on a few variables listed above while keeping/assuming the others constant. A comprehensive optimization study which takes all the fuel cell variables, and also the load profile of an electric ferry, into account is not reported so far. Therefore, the aims of this project are to develop a laboratory prototype of a battery-fuel cell hybrid power system, test the behaviour of the fuel cell in various operating conditions and develop an artificial intelligence (AI) based power management optimization method targeting electric ferry applications.

Eligibility
  • Optimization algorithms, Power electronics, Fuel Cells
  • 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

Ship power systems

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, Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Increasing complexity and demands on the safety and integrity of offshore installations requires a risk-based approach for the optimization and management of resources and physical assets. It is of great importance for the oil and gas industries operating in harsh environments to have highest level of safety, due to the challenge of harsh operating conditions and uncertainty of the degradation mechanism and integrity. This PhD research project would focus on the development of engineering models using advanced probabilistic techniques integrated within a risk-based framework to help answering the following important questions:

  • What is the current status (i.e. integrity) of an asset?
  • What is the expected remaining life of an asset?
  • When should the next inspection be conducted? What data should be collected? What inspection method or tool should be used at least cost with greatest utility?
  • What are the engineering and scheduling requirements for maintenance procedures and mitigation techniques to be used?
  • How effective is the inspection and maintenance in reducing the risk?

The answers to these questions would help the operator in making a well-informed decision which will result in more effective maintenance management, higher level of safety, improved asset integrity and reduced uncertainty. The proposed methodology in Risk-based Integrity Assessment (RIA) will integrate engineering models to assess material degradation, structural integrity and system reliability. The outcome will define engineering requirements and obtain optimum inspection and maintenance schedules for maintaining the integrity of offshore structures.

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;
  • Advanced Knowledge of probabilistic techniques in engineering applications
  • Basic knowledge of asset integrity management
  • Knowledge of computer programming with MATLAB

Applicants with the following skills will rank highly:

  • In-depth Knowledge of corrosion engineering particularly corrosion phenomena in sewer pipelines.
  • Knowledge of using different machine learning techniques.

For More Information

Please contact Dr Vikram Garaniya for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Nowadays, companies do not compete against each other but their supply chains. The service quality management is regarded as important tool in supply chains in gaining the competitive advantages in terms of achieving the maximum customer value while maintaining the lowest cost. Maritime transport is an essential section in the global supply chain system and is necessary to incorporate to the service quality management in the global supply chains. A maritime supply chain contains series of shipping activities concerning transporting cargoes from point of origin to the point of the destination. As such, service quality is a key factor in the utility function in the competitive maritime supply chain management. The service quality also has the impact on the pricing strategy for the maritime supply chain management. The research aims to provide reference for policy makers and industrial practitioners in maritime supply chains in terms of service quality management and gaining the competitive advantages.

Eligibility
  • Operations Research, supply chain management, data analytics, maritime business
  • Industrial experience in supply chain management and shipping-related areas

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

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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The era of autonomous shipping is coming, driven by the intensive investment of several world leading organizations in development of commercial solutions for autonomous shipping. For example, Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to build self-driving ships into reality and it is expected their first unmanned vessel comes into operations by 2025. From the perspective of technologies, autonomous shipping is more and more viable. However, from the perspective of commercial operations and business models, the deployment of autonomous ships in a commercial fleet would bring remarkable changes to marine operations. For instance, it is expected that unmanned vessels operate with lower speeds to satisfy the safety and operational requirements. This would challenge the level of service (e.g. transit times) provided by the current shipping service network. In the meantime, autonomous ships will have a different shape and structure, particularly with the bridge removed, which provides higher capacity for cargoes. From the view angle of a shipping company, changes in ship capacities often mean the restructure of the whole shipping service network, including changes of service frequencies and fleet deployment. If both conventional man-operated ships and autonomous ships are adopted in a fleet, the design of the shipping service network will be much more complicated.

This project aims to address the shipping service network design problem when a shipping company is phasing in autonomous ships to the fleet, through optimisation approaches. All the essentials of the shipping service network design problem, including service frequency determination, ship routing, fleet deployment to services, and schedule design, will be considered. Optimisation models will be developed to account for the challenges brought by autonomous ships, such as lower sailing speeds, higher capacities, cargo-type limitation, and operational limitations of ships, in the forms of objectives and constraints.  Since the shipping service network design problem is intrinsically a NP-hard problem, we will designate efficient solution algorithms by taking advantages of heuristic rules, meta-heuristics, matheuristics.

The state-of-the-art commercial optimisation solvers, such as IBM ILOG CPLEX, Gurobi, and Mosek, will be adopted for benchmark purposes and/or an algorithmic component in matheuristics. Numerical experiments will be conducted to reveal the managerial implications of adopting autonomous ships in a commercial fleet. These implications are paramount for shipping companies before they actually deploy autonomous ships to their fleets.

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 (e.g. master’s degree) 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:

  • Computer programming in C++/Java/.Net/Python/Julia/Matlab
  • Operations research and optimisation
For More Information

Please contact Dr Yuquan (Bill) Du for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The Tasmanian Government has developed a food security strategy to ensure affordable, healthy food for Tasmanians . The Tasmania population (0.515 million people) is less than 10% of the Singaporean population (5.61 million people). Yet, its land area (68,401 km2) is about 95 times that of Singapore (721.5 km2). While the availability of land and natural resources is a great advantage for Tasmania, low population density goes against it especially in terms of the supply and distribution costs, as well as social and economic connectivity. This affects the efficacy of the State's food security strategy. 

Study objective and research questions:

The project's main objective is to study the role, operations and performance of the Tasmanian food supply network to ensure food security for Tasmanians. The study aims to answer the following research questions (RQ):

  • RQ1: How can food supply network in Tasmania be mapped?
  • RQ2: What are the roles of the stakeholders in the food security in Tasmania?
  • RQ3: How well is the food supply network connected in Tasmania?
  • RQ4: How can the food supply network in Tasmania be evaluated?

Research method:

The project aims to conduct network analysis of the food supply network in Tasmania to improve the efficiency and resilience of food security for the population, especially vulnerable people and families of with social and economic conditions in Tasmania. The study will involve the following:

  • Food supply network mapping for Tasmania
  • Calculation of network measures including density, degree distribution, degree centrality, betweenness centrality, closeness centrality, eigenvector centrality, cluster coefficient, assortativity
  • Network analysis using the exponential/random network models to evaluate the effect of various factor on network formation and connectivity
  • Stakeholder survey to study the issues and obstacles facing the food supply chain network and food security in Tasmania

How is this study expected to support food security for vulnerable Tasmanians?

RQ1 seeks to develop and gain an understanding of the structure of the food supply network in Tasmania. Based on this, RQ2 and RQ3 seek further insights into the role of and relationship between stakeholders in the food supply network respectively. RQ4 aims to gain a better understanding of the issues and improve the efficiency of the food supply network in Tasmania.

Eligibility
  • Students are expected to be familiar with statistical/econometric analysis software such as SPSS, EViews, RATS, and R
  • Work experience in business management, international organisations, the government or logistics sector is desirable
  • Applicants must have research experience through in their previous study programs and background in logistics and supply chain management, and, or economics with at least basic knowledge in statistical/econometric analysis.

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

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, Oanh Nguyen 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

An opportunity exists for a PhD candidate interested in the impact of new and emerging technologies on the resilience of shipping organisations.  With increased disruption expected within maritime supply chains, this PhD thesis will explore the range of potential technologies and their impact on increasing the vulnerability of shipping organisations and the ability to recover and adapt in an unknown environment.

Eligibility
  • Demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrate evidence of high level written and communication skills expected for doctoral study
  • Knowledge and skills in maritime transport operations and maritime business

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

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, Stephen Cahoon 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The increasing integration of maritime transport with global supply chains is leading to new forms of risks and ongoing challenges for maritime transport operators such as port authorities, terminal operators and shipping companies. Greater inter-connectedness with supply chain partners is increasing the vulnerability of maritime transport operators to risks of disruption from unexpected sources.

This study will investigate the impact of supply chain risks on the resilience of maritime transport operators. Specifically, the study will investigate how the extent of interconnectedness influences vulnerability, recoverability and adaptability of maritime transport operators to external shocks and stresses. Findings from the study will assist maritime transport operators in devising strategies and tools to withstand, recover, and adapt to, disruptive change.

Eligibility
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Evidence of high level written and communication skills expected for doctoral study
  • Knowledge and skills in the following areas:  maritime transport operations, maritime business, supply chain management

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

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, Stephen Cahoon 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Although Australia is one of largest island countries on earth, with 85% of the population living within 50km of the coast, the potential benefits of coastal shipping has not been achieved. Coastal shipping is not only the safest and greenest mode of transport, but can arguably provide 50% cost savings of transport cost and even more, for sufficiently large shipments. Despite the constraints of over dimensional cargo, fragile cargoes and increase interstate freight rate associated with road transportation yet close to 90% of interstate cargoes are moved by rail and road.

This project aims to investigate the obstacles and constraints on Australian coastal shipping and seeks to promote this sector. To achieve the objective, the project consists of three parts. The first part estimates the potential coastal freight task. The second part identifies and evaluates the effect of various factors on the cost and efficiency of intermodal coastal transport, especially the moving of cargoes from road to coastal shipping in the country to its potential capacity. The study considers various obstacles and constraints, including but not limited to demand-related demographic characteristics, distribution of shipment size; supply-related coastal fleet and port infrastructure; the institutional environment e.g. policy; and other factors e.g. technology and sustainable development. The third part aims at the developing of a strategic plan for Australian coastal shipping development.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications (e.g. master's degree) or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must have knowledge and skills in the following areas: Shipping operations; international trade; and freight operations

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

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, Peter Fanam for further 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.

*unless filled earlier

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 2022*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

31st December 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This Ph.D. research will focus in obtaining an improved theoretical understanding of the time- and frequency-domain properties of fractional-order linear-time invariant single-input single-output control systems. Thus, the proposed research work will be conducted simultaneously in both the time- and frequency-domains and seek to more closely relate several fundamental concepts in each domain to others in the counterpart domain. In particular, this research project will seek to:

  1. Establish new connections between the zero-pole patterns of fractional-order systems and the time-domain features of their impulse and step responses;
  2. Establish new connections between the zero-pole patterns of fractional-order systems and the behaviour of the frequency response magnitude and phase characteristics of those systems;
  3. Develop new parameter identification methods for fractional-order systems from knowledge of their impulse and step responses;
  4. Develop new parameter identification methods for fractional-order systems from knowledge of their frequency-domain responses;
  5. Propose new fractional-order controller design methodologies for the closed-loop control of fractional-order plants that make use of the results obtained in parts a) to d).

Some of the fundamental time- and frequency-domain concepts which will be instrumental in progressing the proposed research include: extrema in the time-domain step responses, pole-zero patterns, and frequency response magnitude and phase characteristics.

Eligibility
  • The applicant should have a number of publications indexed in the Web of Science
  • Citations of these publications as recorded by the Web of Science would provide the applicant with additional merit points in this competitive process
  • Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply: Engineering, Mathematics and Science 

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

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, Bernardo Leon de la Barra for further information.

Closing Date

26th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

For 5G systems, massive MIMO (multiple antennas) are deployed.  When fading is fast, Doppler shift also tend to be present, and channel models are complex under these conditions.  This project aims to develop models that are computationally efficient, as well as realistic for the simulation of communication systems deployed over such channels.  The aim is to develop computer code that will provide realistic scenario testing under complex communication systems simulation conditions.

Eligibility
  • First class honours in engineering, mathematics or physics
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong computer programming skills and proficiency

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Engineering, physics, mathematics/statistics

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

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, JC Olivier for further 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

31st December 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Wildlife roadkill is a world-wide issue being tackled by using a large array of mitigation methods that have variable efficacy. Tasmania has a significant roadkill issue, and several endemic species that are highly vulnerable to roadkill. One existing method of roadkill mitigation uses an electronic device that is triggered by a car's headlights at night, warning wildlife that a vehicle is nearby through flashing amber and blue lights and a high-pitched siren. These particular devices are manufactured in Austria and have been operating with apparent success in many European countries, reducing wildlife vehicle collisions with big game species such as deer and wild boar.

Between 2014 and 2016 a trial was conducted on the west coast of Tasmania to determine whether these European devices worked on Australian species, especially marsupials, many of which are threatened species. While the initial trial was set up simply to test the field efficacy of these devices, the success of the trial led to the results being published ("Roadkill mitigation: trialling virtual fence devices on the west coast of Tasmania", Australian Mammalogy, 2019, 41, 205–211). However, this trial was conducted at a single site with no replication, and a similar published study conducted on a highway close to Hobart for 3 months did not produce the same positive results ("A trial of a solar-powered, cooperative sensor/actuator, opto-acoustical, virtual road-fence to mitigate roadkill in Tasmania, Australia", Animals, 2019, 9 (10), 752).

The disparity in the results between the two studies has raised questions about the conditions under which these particular electronic devices work to optimal efficacy (e.g., road type, vehicle volume, vehicle speed, road undulation and curve, etc.), but also whether the specific light waves and sound waves used as the "alarm signal" are going to be more effective with some of our native species compared to others.

The broad focus of this PhD project is to determine whether there are ways that could make the existing devices more effective and species specific, thus reducing roadkill even more. The final aim will be to design, build and field-test a state-of-the-art (and hopefully low-cost) electronic device with wide-spread testing, at numerous sites in Tasmania, for a number of endemic species, and under a variety of scenarios (such as road type and vehicle speed, as mentioned above).

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • 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, such as a research Master's degree or a coursework Master's degree with a substantial research component awarded high marks, or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.

Candidates with a Science, Technology or Engineering background are eligible to apply.

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

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 webpage.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Bernardo Leon de la Barra for more information.

Closing Date

26th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

5G networks have gone to market, and the telecommunications industry is currently deploying 5G networks globally.   5G networks deploy a few key technologies that differentiate it from 3G and 4G.  First it makes use of low density parity check codes (LDPC), as well as the new polar codes.  Secondly it makes use of massive parallel multiple sensor arrays both at the receiver and transmitter (MIMO), and thirdly it uses highly efficient orthogonal frequency domain multiplexing (OFDM) to mitigate channel dispersion and other channel impairments.  There are a range of issues still not well understood and not yet fully optimised that will feed into these key technologies.  This project aims to apply the theory of estimation and detection, approximation theory and graph theory to mitigate these issues.

Eligibility
  • Strong ability and proficiency in applied mathematics
  • Highly developed proficiency in developing computer software and performing computer simulation
  • Ability to work independently

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Engineering, physics, statistics and mathematics

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

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, JC Olivier for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

1st May 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

IMAS with collaborators at the University of the Sunshine Coast was recently awarded an Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ITRH) by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to undertake research on Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture. The program will develop unique aquaculture systems for the cost effective and sustainable production of hatchery reared lobster juveniles. To support the development mass-culture methods for juvenile lobsters, the ARC Hub is supporting a Ph.D. projects on the molecular nutrition of tropical (Panulirus ornatus) and slipper (Thenus australiensis) lobster. Nutrition is a key research focus of the research Hub with the aim of the development of effective and efficient formulated diets that meet the nutritional requirement of the lobsters at
differing stages of development, from larvae to market sized adults. Nutritional assessment of lobsters is complicated due to their rigid exoskeleton, fluctuating moisture retention levels associated with the moult cycle and complex feeding behaviours.

This research project will focus on broadening the understanding of the spiny and slipper lobster’s response to dietary components and aims to identify molecular biomarkers for nutrition status. A nutrigenomic approach, combining bioinformatics and functional assays will be used to identify biomarkers to assess the nutritional status of spiny lobsters in culture to inform better feed formulations, efficient feeding practices and select breeding lines that respond to optimised diets. The project will involve a collaborative partnership between lobster aquaculture and nutrition researchers at the IMAS and crustacean molecular expertise at the University of the Sunshine Coast. These projects provide the opportunity to join a large and well-funded research program at the cutting edge of lobster aquaculture research and will provide training in a wide range of advance analytical and molecular techniques.

Eligibility
  • Research experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, nutrition, animal behaviour
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and molecular analytical analysis
  • Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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

Assessment Criteria
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in molecular biology/ecology or similar
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, Quinn Fitzgibbon for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project aims to examine the sensitivity of a globally significant ocean heat uptake hotspot in the mid-latitude Southern Hemisphere Oceans to various driving factors, using the sophisticated adjoint modelling technique.

Eligibility:
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class or equivalent).
  • Background research in physical oceanography or climate science;
  • Experience with coding in MATLAB or python;
  • Experience handling climate data in a Linux environment;
  • Demonstrably strong quantitative skills (mathematics and physics background)

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

Selection 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 Neil Holbrook for further information.

Closing Date

30th October 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will focus on defining optimum protein quality by determining essential amino acid requirements for juvenile topical and slipper lobsters. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of between meal changes in tissue amino acid supply, balance and fluxes into growth or metabolism. The research will combine established and cutting-edge methods to understand amino acid metabolism at multiple levels and specifically related to how well amino acid requirements are being met or not met.

Classic factorial modelling of amino acid requirements will establish the base experimental approach. Advanced respirometry, combining oxygen consumption with carbon dioxide and nitrogenous excretion, will determine changes in substrate utilization within 24-h cycles and incorporate between meal changes in amino acid supply to tissues. Protein turnover will be measured because it underlies growth, is strongly influenced by dietary protein quality (amino acid balance) and has high energy costs. Stable isotope tracking to the level of specific amino acids will be developed and provide further detail on metabolic pathways and specific amino acid retention efficiencies (e.g. Barreto-Curiel et al 2019). Targeted transcriptomics will then be used to understand how gene regulation relates to differences in amino acid fluxes. The research will ultimately help explain mechanisms that underpin differences in whole-animal growth efficiency and provide a detailed basis for feed formulation.

Eligibility
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar
  • Research experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific)
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis. Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

2nd November 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This PhD will investigate the feasibility of using trans-generational immunity as a health management strategy in lobster aquaculture. Trans-generational immune priming (TGIP) is the ability to impart immune responses from the parent’s immunological experience to enhance the immune responses of their offspring. The incorporation of into a health management strategy has the potential to control diseases in crustacean aquaculture. Therefore, before the potential benefit of these phenomena can be realised it is important that the life stage‐specific host–pathogen interactions are understood in the context of the specific disease to be managed.

The test species will be the slipper lobster (SL) Thenus australiensis, culture of this species is in its infancy and to date very few diseases have impacted any stage of the culture. Despite this apparent relative freedom from disease several microorganisms have been identified as potential disease-causing agents in this species. The putative pathogen Aquimarina sp. is believed to be responsible for a condition termed ‘white leg’ disease and has been identified as a health priority. When present this bacterial pathogen results in significant mortality of SL phyllosoma.
Research will be performed to characterise the ontogenic immune response of the SL and investigate the host-pathogen interaction during ‘white leg’ disease both within and across generations.

Eligibility
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar
  • 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 experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific)
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis. Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

24th July 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The project will provide crucial insights into the role of kelp forests in dampening waves, and currents and preventing coastal erosion due to increased storminess and amplified wave heights. It will also contribute key knowledge of how kelp forests can be used to buffer seawater pH to prevent the disruption of important coastal resources through ocean acidification.

Eligibility
  • The successful applicant should have a background in one or more of the following fields: marine ecology, engineering or quantitative ecology, with an interest or experience in working across multiple disciplines
  • Scientific diving qualifications are a must
  • Experience in the use of statistical software (Matlab and R gui) is also desirable

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

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, Beth Strain for further information.

Closing Date

1st September 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Aquaculture is an important industry that is developing rapidly in temperate coastal regions worldwide. While soft-sediment impacts have been relatively well described, there is much less know regarding trophic interactions and how marine food webs may uptake and assimilate additional organic carbon loadings. As aquaculture continues to expand, a greater understanding of these trophic linkages is vital for sustainable development.

Sponges are sessile filter-feeders that are a ubiquitous feature on temperate reefs worldwide. They can be sensitive to organic enrichment, with increases in sedimentation potentially smothering sponges and limiting their capacity to feed and respire effectively. However, they also have the capacity to remove both particulate organic carbon (POC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from the water column. With a high filtering capacity and association with diverse microbial communities, they are a key link in carbon flow from pelagic to benthic systems and a potential pathway for mitigating aquaculture waste into marine ecosystems. While the role of sponge communities in POC and DOC cycling in tropical reef systems is acknowledged, the capacity for this in temperate reef systems is less well understood. This PhD will explore the assimilatory capacity of temperate reef sponge communities and their potential interaction with finfish aquaculture.

Eligibility
  • Applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in biological science or human impacts research, with demonstrated experience in the key research areas. Scientific Diver, or similar relevant qualifications or the ability to obtain these are also required
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory based respiration or metabolism experiments would be beneficial, along with knowledge of temperate reef ecosystems or experience in natural resource management

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, Camille White for further information.

Closing Date

2nd November 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will examine the effect of behaviour and social structures on growth, survival and feeding from the 1st juvenile stage lobsters to market size. High mortality can occur in the early juvenile rearing of P. ornatus. One of the contributing factors is the tendency for cannibalism, particularly in the early juvenile stages. This behavioural trait will be one of the focal points for this study. As spiny lobsters have complex social structures further aspects of their culture performance is very likely to be influence by behaviour. Social structures are likely to influence feeding (disparity and timing) and growth (disparity) with size, gender, stocking density, shelter availability, tank configuration and ontogeny.

Much of the behavioural data of this study will be collected via the use of videography and may also include the use of hydrophones to explore acoustic communication to better understand social structure and behaviour. There will also be a molecular analysis (e.g. transcriptome profiling) within the study of aggression, dominance-subordinance and cannibalism. Experimentation will include both longer term trials that mimic commercial rearing and short term experiments where animals will be held in various combinations on smaller scales to better characterise behaviour.

Eligibility
  • Research experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific).
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis
  • Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

*unless filled earlier

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

Funding

This project will include a AUD$28,092 per annum living allowance scholarship for 3.5 years with no extension.

The scholarship is funded by ARC DECRA, via the College of Sciences and Engineering, UTAS.

The Research Project

Ocean warming is driving radical changes to coastal ecosystems worldwide. However, not all locations or species are affected equally by warming, meaning that important ecological processes may manifest differently through space and time. Among the most important biotic relationships on temperate reefs are plant–herbivore interactions involving foundation species such as kelps and fucoids, and herbivores such as fishes and sea urchins. Herbivores play a core role on temperate reefs, overgrazing structural seaweed canopies and reinforcing alternative turf- or barren-dominated ecosystem states.

Moreover, warm-affiliated herbivores are rapidly extending their range into cool-temperate ecosystems, resulting in new plant–herbivore interactions with diverse implications. Currently, we have a rudimentary understanding of the effects of temperature on species interactions and how interactions change across the thermal distribution of species.
Differences in thermal performance between trophic levels has the potential to fundamentally modify the intensity of species interactions both across species ranges' and in response to warming. For example, higher thermal sensitivity of seaweeds than consumers could facilitate over-grazing and exacerbate the loss of kelp forests and diverse seaweed communities.

This project aims to determine how the thermal performance of dominant kelps and herbivores, changes across the biogeographical distribution of species and what this means for temperate reef resilience in a warmer future.

Eligibility
  • High proficiency in scientific writing with 1+ first author peer-reviewed publications
  • Training and experience analysing big data
  • SCUBA certification + >30 hrs experience underwater.

Applicants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply.

Selection 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 Scott Ling 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This PhD project supports the ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture. The overall goal is to 'domesticate' one or more tropical seaweed species not previously grown in on-shore aquaculture, and test their suitability for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture with the rock lobster (Panulirus ornatus).

Eligibility
  • Experience in marine macroalgal (seaweed) nutrient and photosynthetic physiology
  • Experience cultivating seaweeds
  • Experimental design
  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

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

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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Marine environments are under increasing stress from organic pollution, generated from anthropogenic sources such as sewage outflows and aquaculture activities. In soft-sediment environments, organic pollutants can result in changes in the community structure of the bacterial and macrofauna communities (i.e. OTU or species density and richness and abundances of opportunistic or pollution sensitive species). This project will develop critical insights into how to effectively monitor organic pollution in the marine environment using newly developed molecular and functional approaches.

Eligibility
  • First class honours
  • The successful applicant should have a background in one or more of the following fields: marine ecology, quantitative ecology, molecular ecology with an interest or experience in working across multiple disciplines
  • Experience in field sampling, molecular ecology, and use of statistical programs including R gui

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

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, Beth Strain 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Significant quantities of plastic debris pollute nearly all the world’s ecosystems, where it persists for decades. Much of the focus has been on the considerable threat posed to flora and fauna, with little information on techniques to mitigate harm to tourism or other industries, particularly on remote islands where debris often accumulates.

The PhD candidate will investigate examples of successful waste mitigation, and oceanographic factors influencing debris accumulation rates, and new development/tourisms opportunities that will enable remote island communities to manage and adapt to changing conditions. The candidate will benefit from existing stakeholder and community networks to identify and prioritise mitigation options while being supported by a diverse supervisory team.

Eligibility
  • First-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in environmental science
  • High level oral and written communication skills including at least one publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Experience in applied research, working with the community, government, or in natural resource management
  • Detailed knowledge of oceanography or engineering systems
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant work experience, and referee’s reports

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

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

21st February 2020*

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

The Research Project

This project will develop a new Gravest Empirical Model climatology of physical and biogeochemical watermass properties and use it to examine long-term change in Antarctic Circumpolar Fronts, and small-scale variability in Southern Ocean watermasses.

Eligibility
  • Experience working in a Unix environment, Experience working in a high performance computing environment. Ability to produce high quality graphics to illustrate results.
  • Strong mathematical background.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High-level programming experience in Matlab,Python or equivalent,
  • Good understanding of dynamical oceanography.
  • Experience working in a Unix environment.
  • Experience working in a high performance computing environment.
  • Ability to produce high quality graphics to illustrate results.

Applications from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply.

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 Nathan Bindoff for further information.

*unless filled earlier

Closing Date

1st July 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will focus on understanding of the energetics of mesoscale eddies in the East Australian Current region, with an emphasis on the energy routes to dissipation and mixing, and the eddy contribution to the shelf-open ocean exchange of tracers, using a fine-resolution, regional model of the EAC region.

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
  • Strong background in Mathematics and Physics. Matlab or Python coding experience.
  • Ocean model development, experiments, and model output 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

Please contact, Maxim Nikurashin for further information.

Closing Date

2nd November 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This PhD will aim to quantify mineralisation of the exoskeleton of juvenile tropical and slipper lobsters as a function of endogenous (stored) and exogeneous (food and environment) mineral sources. Mineral fluxes in crustacean around moulting signifies specific physiological adaptations particularly aiming at maintaining the acid-base homeostasis. It is a common knowledge that at the pre-moult stage, minerals are resorbed from the old cuticle and at post-moult stage, the new cuticle is mineralised. Crustacea have some specific mechanisms to store resorbed minerals, particularly calcium from the old cuticle and which is made available to mineralise the new cuticle at post-moult. However, this endogenous source of mineral is not considered significant in marine crustacea due to it being readily available in the environment. Therefore, it is generally accepted that food and the environment are the main source for minerals in marine crustacea and the relative importance of these two sources are species dependent.

At present, the ability for juvenile tropical and slipper lobsters to store and reutilise resorbed minerals is unknown. Similarly, the relative contributions of minerals from food and the environment is as well unknown for these two species. A quantitative assessment of the three potential mineral sources (stored, food and environment) which makes up the exoskeleton is key to feed formulation. The PhD will employ a wide range of analytical tools to further understanding of the mechanism by which the acid-base balance in juvenile tropical and slipper lobsters is maintained.

Eligibility
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar
  • 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 experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific)
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis. Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon for further information.

Closing Date

30th October 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will characterize the physiological response, impacts and tolerance levels to environmental factors associated with live transport and investigate novel transport processes for the optimum delivery live lobster seed to grow-out industries around Australia and the globe. Initial research will focus on characterizing metabolic demands (oxygen) and excretory production (ammonia and CO2) of tropical and slipper lobster post-larvae (puerulus and nisto, respectively) and early juveniles.

The project will investigate the impacts and tolerance levels of environmental stressors associated with live transport (temperature and water quality deterioration) and examine novel processes minimize stress and optimize transport performance. Novel processes will include the use of water quality buffering/conditioning systems, anaesthetics and innovative moist and dry transport systems. The Ph.D. will employ a range of techniques including metabolic physiology (respiratory metabolism, heart rate, excretory metabolism), health and stress assessments (biochemistry, microbiology, histology, immunology) and explore practical tools and systems for effective and efficient transport of live lobsters.

Eligibility
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar
  • Research experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific)
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis. Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

During the last glacial period, and during previous glacial periods of the late quaternary, atmospheric CO2 was 80 – 100 ppm lower than during interglacial periods, representing a potent agent of climate feedback. Changes in ocean carbon cycling, including increased biological carbon export and a decreased rate of ocean overturning circulation, contributed to carbon drawdown from the atmosphere during glacial periods. However, the relative importance of these mechanisms across the last glacial cycle, both temporally and spatially, remains poorly resolved.

Working within an international team, this project will explore ocean carbon uptake mechanisms in the poorly sampled southern Indian Ocean across the most recent glacial cycle. The student will analyse geochemical proxies of biological productivity and bottom water oxygen in a suite of sediment cores collected in 2018. The cores were collected from water depths ranging from ~1000 – 5000m, and present an opportunity to use past changes in carbonate preservation with depth to constrain deep ocean carbon storage.

In the second year of the project there may be an opportunity to join a voyage to collect new sediment cores from the far southern Indian Ocean, on the Antarctic slope.

Eligibility
  • A background in chemical oceanography, paleoceanography or geochemistry would be advantageous
  • Familiarity with quantitative data analysis approaches and tools, including scripting languages (Matlab/R/Python) is highly desirable
  • This project requires a student with strong chemistry lab skills

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

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 June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will use data from ice cores, tree rings and marine sediments to reconstruct changes in the Southern Annular Mode over the past 2,000 years. Climate modelling will be used to understand the drivers of long-term variability and change, improving our ability to generate future climate projections.

Eligibility
  • Strong numerical analysis skills (R, Python, Fortran or similar), strong written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of palaeoclimatology and palaeoclimate reconstruction, particularly using data from ice cores, tree rings and marine sediments. Experience working with the output of numerical climate models

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, Steven Phipps for further information.

Closing Date

2nd November 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This Ph.D. will aim to identify potential disease-causing agents in onshore lobster culture systems. With the intensification of lobster culture there is the suggestion that many putative pathogens will emerge that are yet to be identified or their associated diseases observed and reported.

Biosecurity is an essential aspect of this emerging aquaculture industry and it is vital to ensure that cultured lobsters are healthy to ensure the sustainability of lobster aquaculture. The closed-nature of onshore RAS provides the ability to monitor and treat all inputs and outputs to the system. This research will use portable real-time third generation nucleic acid sequencing to characterise the microbiota of the TRL/SL rearing system to provide a baseline as to what microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and eukaryotic microbes) are associated with the culture of healthy lobsters. This will allow the detection and identification of known and unknown pathogens that may enter the system or opportunistically impact the culture environment. It is envisaged that detailed knowledge of the microbiota and the ability to archive this information for future interrogation will lay the foundations for and allow onshore RAS lobster aquaculture to set a new standard for aquaculture biosecurity.

Eligibility
  • Graduates with a strong academic record (e.g. BSc Hons, MSc or equivalent qualifications demonstrated by publication record) in aquaculture, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology and zoology or similar
  • 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 experience or undergraduate training in aquaculture, physiology, nutrition, animal behaviour and/or molecular biology (project specific)
  • Demonstrated experience in aquaculture growth or feeding experiments and laboratory analytical analysis. Keen interest in and desire for a career in aquaculture and/or marine ecology

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

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, Quinn Fitzgibbon 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Quantifying the distribution and variability of phytoplankton abundance in the global oceans is a formidable challenge that has generated numerous instruments and approaches – all with their respective advantages and disadvantages. In the Southern Ocean, cloud cover frequently hampers satellite assessment of chlorophyll concentrations (Chl), and fluorescence sensors mounted on autonomous platforms may overestimate chlorophyll concentrations by up to a factor 8 (Roesler et al. 2017, L&O Methods, 15(6), 572-585). Confident estimates of global ocean productivity are similarly hampered by a lack of information regarding the physiological status of phytoplankton.

In this project, the successful candidate will explore data from optical instruments on moorings and biogeochemical Argo floats as well as satellites to improve estimates of Chl and of the physiological status of phytoplankton in the Subantarctic Southern Ocean. Most of the work is based on existing data, but oceanographic field work is a possible component of this project.

Eligibility
  • First-class Honours or Masters equivalent research in a quantitative physical or biological science or engineering
  • High level of programming experience, preferably in Matlab, R or Python
  • Interest in ocean optics and phytoplankton photophysiology
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal English language
  • Familiarity with ocean biogeochemistry

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

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, Christina Schallenberg 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This is an exciting opportunity for a field-based PhD project focussed on climate change and fishing impacts on rocky and coral reefs around the world. It will require learning the identifications for thousands of reef species and undertaking surveys using Reef Life Survey (www.reeflifesurvey.com) methods in a diverse range of reefs from high latitude rocky reefs to tropical coral reefs.

Given the opportunity to analyse a large dataset of change in reef communities globally over a 10 year period, the project will also require some advanced data handling and statistical skills. Contribution to project design is expected, but fieldwork plans must necessarily be aligned with a larger project to survey previously surveyed reefs.

Eligibility
  • SCUBA diving experience and qualifications sufficient for registration on the UTAS dive register
  • Reef species identification capacity (ability to learn fish and invertebrate species identifications rapidly – good visual memory required)
  • Proficient with statistical analyses in R, including multivariate community analyses
  • Mapping skills (either GIS or R)
  • Familiarity with general ecological and marine climate change literature
  • Evidence of publication of research in peer-reviewed literature
  • Familiarity with general ecological and marine climate change literature
  • Ability to work remotely, sometimes in difficult conditions and basic living arrangements

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

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, Rick Stuart-Smith 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Antarctic seabirds are susceptible to a range of influences at and near their breeding sites during the summer months, and across their extensive winter migratory ranges. Identifying how changes in marine and terrestrial habitats will effect seabirds will aid in their conservation.

This project will investigate the relationship between snow petrels and their environment using seabird foraging, at-sea, and breeding habitat observations and physical characteristics of the environment including sea-ice and wind field data. Data will be used to establish species-environment links and projected in line with CMIP6 climate model output to predict population changes in the future. Analyses will initially use statistical methods to identify key environmental factors that likely influence their distribution and abundance.

The snow petrel is an iconic species breeding in ice-free areas around the Antarctic continent. They feed primarily on fish and krill in the loose pack ice within reach of their colonies. Nesting locations are governed by their distance and access to productive feeding grounds as well as the availability of suitable cavities. Snow petrel performance is linked to regional sea ice concentration and extent through their dependence on sea-ice for foraging and the association between sea-ice and krill. Their main prey, Antarctic krill, depend on sea ice for their winter food supply and are the focus of a large fishery which make snow petrels an important indicator of ecosystem change.

Eligibility
  • An understanding of ocean and/or seabird ecology and ecosystem dynamics
  • Strong quantitative skills, Experience with analysis software such as Matlab, R, Python or GIS
  • An understanding of oceanographic fundamentals, An ability to work at sea, Ocean-going fieldwork experience focusing on bird observations
  • Experience/understanding of Southern Ocean birdlife Field work experience , Ability or capacity to develop the ability to work with complex datasets or model output

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

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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

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, conference presentations, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant work experience, and referee's reports
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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The physical environment of the Southern Ocean is already experiencing many changes due to the impacts of climate change, including overall warming and freshening, and regional hotspots of warming where climate change is manifesting more rapidly than the global mean. These changes include a decrease in sea ice extent and duration, intensified warming, as well as possible increases in variability.

This project will use ocean-sea ice model output to investigate properties and quantify changes in sea ice over the past 60 years, with a specific focus on how those changes are likely to impact upon key Southern Ocean species (such as Antarctic krill, penguins, seals and whales) and the ecosystem as a whole.

Eligibility
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Experience with ocean or climate model output
  • Experience with programming languages and analysis software such as python and Matlab
  • Understanding of the Southern Ocean marine-ecosystem
  • Understanding of sea ice formation and processes

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

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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project seeks to investigate both the potential and actual predictability of marine heatwaves. This project aligns with the goals of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Eligibility
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class or equivalent)
  • Background research in marine heatwaves; experience with coding in MATLAB or python; experience handling climate data in a Linux environment; demonstrably strong quantitative skills (mathematics and physics background)

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, Neil Holbrook for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2020*

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

The Research Project

This project seeks to integrate metagenomics and traditional
underwater visual surveys of reef communities around Australia to
better understand the richness and distribution of marine
biodiversity, and the full complexity of food webs. The work will
provide a unique test and validation of eDNA/RNA approaches at a
range of scales that is currently unprecedented.

Eligibility
  • Training and experience in molecular biology techniques.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class or equivalent) or Master of Science with independent research project.
  • Ability to complete requirements and register for diving at the University of Tasmania.
  • Extensive SCUBA diving experience.
  • Proficiency in R.
  • Training and experience in molecular biology techniques.

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

Selection 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 Graham Edgar for further information.

*unless filled earlier

Closing Date

31st May 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor (Frances.Sussmilch@utas.edu.au), and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

Funding

This project will include a AUD$28,092 per annum living allowance scholarship for 3.5 years with no extension.

The scholarship is funded by the College of Sciences and Engineering in support of Dr Sussmilch's ARC DECRA grant.

The Research Project

Most plant water loss occurs through stomatal pores, which open to allow plants to acquire carbon dioxide, but close to prevent excessive water loss in dry conditions. Some plants respond to sudden decreases in air humidity by synthesising the stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which rapidly closes the stomatal pores (within as little as five minutes) and also triggers longer-term changes to protect cells from the damaging effects of dehydration.

This project will examine the transcriptomic changes that occur during plant exposure to low humidity during the timeframe of stomatal closure, test candidate genes for a role, and investigate the evolution of key genes involved in dehydration stress responses. Techniques from each of the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics and plant physiology will be used to gain valuable understanding of this important biological process across molecular, physiological and evolutionary levels of scale.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must be available to commence in 2020.

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Molecular biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genetics
  • Plant science

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

Assessment Criteria
  • Research experience in the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics and/or plant science.
  • Excellent written and verbal scientific communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team.
  • Quality of academic 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 Frances Sussmilch 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.

*unless filled earlier

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: 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

1st June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project aims to discriminate between competing explanations for vegetation patterns in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: (a) fire (the legacy of Aboriginal burning), or (b) soil. We will do this through a novel, trans-disciplinary research program.  The PhD project will address the following question: Are sedgeland–forest boundaries controlled by soil factors shaped by fire and vegetation, or geophysical factors? This will be approached using a combination of field surveys, soil chemical analyses, micro-climate measurements, dendrochronological studies of tree growth and pot trials.  These studies will be used to contribute to fire management in this region by providing new evidence to inform an enduring debate about whether skillful Aboriginal burning or soil properties caused the vegetation mosaics present in the area today.

Eligibility
  • Interest/experience in vegetation survey and soil analysis, and greenhouse experiments
  • 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
  • The student will need to be physically fit and mobile to undertake field work

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

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 Bowman for further information.

Closing Date

1st June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

12th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) was previously widely distributed across northern and eastern Tasmania. It has progressively disappeared from the Tasmanian Midlands over the last 30 years and small populations in the north and northeast are under threat. Bandicoots forage in open grasslands, which puts them at higher risk of predation by feral cats. Key threats are thought to be a combination of high cat densities and destruction of structurally complex ground cover, in combination with a warming and drying climate. These threats coalesce in the most productive parts of the landscape, where soil moisture and structure provide the best conditions for both bandicoots and agriculture. The project will use wildlife cameras, trapping and movement tracking techniques to study eastern barred bandicoots in northern Tasmania to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the species abundance across the West Tamar and northern part of the Northern Midlands (Longford, Carrick, Perth etc)?
  2. How do bandicoots use the landscape? Where do they forage and take refuge and how far from cover do they move? This information will show what elements of habitat bandicoots need to persist and flourish in these landscapes.
  3. Can changes in abundance be measured in response to restoration interventions (revegetation or stock exclusion)?
  4. Is toxoplasmosis a significant threat to bandicoot populations?

Project results will provide knowledge and recommendations for habitat restoration and recovery of eastern barred bandicoots in Tasmania. This knowledge will be grounded in an understanding of the ecological interactions between bandicoots, their habitat and predators, the processes which influence their abundance and persistence in the landscape.

Eligibility
  • 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, substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must hold a current driver's licence

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Ecology, Conservation Biology, Zoology

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

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

1st June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor (david.bowman@utas.edu.au), and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The City of Hobart, capital of the Australian island State of Tasmania, has high vulnerability to catastrophic wildfire. This risk profile reflects a constellation of biophysical and social geographic factors including a highly flammable landscape, extensive urban-bushland fringe, poor social engagement with bushfire risk, aging housing stock that is not compliant with modern bushfire building and planning codes, and pockets of socio-economic disadvantage, and under-insurance patterns that cut across low and middle Australian households.

In this project we will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative social research combined with biophysical and geospatial modelling of fire risk to assess human vulnerability to bushfire. We will contextualise this research globally by ensuring we are following comparable social and biophysical approaches that have been developed elsewhere in Australia and in North America. Our research will lead to policy recommendations to the City of Hobart to increase community and individual household resilience to bushfire. This project will develop approaches that can be applied to other Local Government Areas in Tasmania and elsewhere.

Experience and skills that will be ranked highly include:
Degree-level undergraduate education in ecology, environmental sciences or geography or a related subject; Experience in geographic information systems.

Eligibility
  • The student will need to be physically fit and mobile to undertake field work
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

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

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 Bowman for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2022*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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 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

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Chemistry

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

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*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

31st December 2022*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

In the absence of a magnetic field, certain molecules can retain magnetisation; they exhibit a hysteresis (or a lagging) in the magnetisation below a certain temperature. The term Single Molecular Magnet (SMM) has been coined to describe such molecules. The origin of the magnetic hysteresis is not from long range magnetic ordering as seen in classical magnetic materials, rather is intrinsic to the molecular features of the molecules. The best lanthanide SMMs are usually based on monometallic complexes. However, radical bridges have been used to provide a very strong interaction between the unpaired electrons in the contracted 4f orbitals in dinuclear lanthanide complexes. This project involves the synthesis of new dinuclear complexes involving the verdazyl ligand.

Eligibility
  • The project is open to 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 and analytical skills

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

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 Fuller for further information.

Closing Date

31st August 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

In October 2020, the RV Investigator will collect sediment cores at Havre, Macauley and Healy silicic submarine caldera volcanoes in the Kermadec arc. The project aims at understanding the behaviour of submarine volcanism during silicic caldera-forming eruptions. This fantastic project will include analysis of pre-existing cores and new cores collected during the 2020 voyage. The student will be part of the research voyage (1 month at sea) and carry out research in collaboration with our international research team. This research will include core logging, stratigraphic correlations, analysis of volcanic textures, pumice density and vesicularity, and flume experiments.

Eligibility
  • Experience in volcanology and sedimentology
  • Experience in analysis of volcanic textures
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a research team and individually

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Volcanology
  • Sedimentology

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

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 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

In early 2019, IODP expedition 379 in the Amundsen sea (offshore Western Antarctica) collected hundreds of metres of cores containing Ice Rafted Debris, and possible turbidites from the Miocene to present. This project aims at identifying volcanic components within these cores and carry out geochemical analysis to infer their provenance. The student will carry out geochemical analyses on volcanic glass shards and correlate this data with existing data from other expeditions and drill cores. Particle morphology will be analysed to infer transport and depositional processes. This study will allow identification of marker beds that may be dated by U/Pb on zircons with LA-ICP-MS to further extend our understanding on the temporal stability of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Eligibility
  • Experience in volcanology and clastic sedimentology
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a research team and individually

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Volcanology
  • Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology

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

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 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project aims at using seismic reflection data to identify the internal structure of giant sediment waves linked to caldera-forming eruptions. The student will be part of a 1-month voyage with the RV Investigator to conduct the seismic surveys at three large submarine calderas in the Kermadec arc, north of New Zealand. The overarching aim of the research is to quantify the magma flux of submarine silicic eruptions at various vent water depths, by using the morphology of the giant proximal sediment waves (anti-dunes) deposited by pumice-rich eruption-fed sediment flows.
This framework will provide a benchmark assessment of the tsunamigenic potential of submarine volcanism. Collaboration with international teams will be key for this research program.

Eligibility
  • Experience in processing and interpretation of seismic reflection data
  • Experience in Kingdom suites software
  • Excellent written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a research team, individually, and participate to a 1-month voyage

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Marine Sciences
  • Geophysics

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

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.

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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.

*unless filled earlier

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: 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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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: 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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Modern cosmology is based on the fact that the universe expands. The present rate of the expansion is measured in terms of the Hubble constant. One of the most intriguing problems of modern cosmology is discrepancy in the measurements of the Hubble Constant. The estimation of the Hubble constant based on observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation is inconsistent with measurement of the Hubble constant based on supernovae observations. Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation was emitted when the Universe was very young. On the other hand supernovae are located in nearby galaxies. Thus, possible explanation of the Hubble constant tension range from hypotheses concerning the early Universe or late stages of our Universe's evolution.

This PhD Project will focus on the problem of the Hubble constant tension. It will involve investigations of various scenarios either concerning the early universe, or intermediate universe, or its recent stage. The project is mostly theoretical and involves numerical modeling. However, it will also require the use of cosmological data.  

The candidate should have solid foundations in the theoretical cosmology as well as numerical skills. Statistical analysis and data handling skills are preferred but not essential.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • 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 from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply.

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

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to competitively assess applicants for this project/scholarship:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, or a related subject.
  • Familiarity with numerical and analytical modeling.

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 webpage.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Krzysztof Bolejko for more 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Under contract with Geoscience Australia, UTAS operates a continental-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 such as polar motion and the rotational speed of the Earth.

The next generation VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS), comprising new broadband receivers is expected to improve the current measurement precision from the centimetre level to a few millimetres or better.

The main research goal is the improvement of the current precision of Australian VLBI sessions from about one centimetre to the millimetre level. While the successful candidate is expected to pursue her/his independent research, testing new modes, optimising the allocated frequency bands and developing new correlation and fringe-fitting procedures are possible areas of research.The successful candidate will support the implementation of the VGOS system for the AuScope VLBI antennas and conduct Australian VGOS observations.

This project includes a lot of technical work, hence the candidate should not be afraid of using new programs. The candidate will further have an opportunity to actively test the solutions they identify through taking an active role in supporting the AuScope operations.

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 Masters degree or First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • A good level of spoken and written English is necessary for this project

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

  • Education in geodesy and spatial sciences - familiarity with space geodetic techniques is welcome
  • Education in Physics or Astronomy
  • Experience with Linux and software development
  • Signal processing

More information

Please contact Dr Lucia McCallum for more information.

Closing Date

27th November 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The project aims to explore a unique niche in exoplanet detection: searches for cold planets down to Earth mass, including ice giants and rogue free-floating planets. These are significant because they are completely different from most known exoplanets, being far from their host stars and unique probes of planet formation theory. They may include Earth-mass planets around the most common type of star in the galaxy, red dwarfs. Discovering these planets and learning whether their frequency varies with location in the Galaxy can only be done with gravitational microlensing experiments.

This project involves collaboration with a large international research group using telescopes in Tasmania, North and South America, and in space. The duties of the PhD candidate will involve observing and measuring candidate planetary events from the University of Tasmania 1.27 and 0.5 metre telescopes and modeling the time series photometric light curves of the events in order to determine their planetary nature. Depending on the details of the systems discovered, this may involve additional visible and infrared wavelength data from a variety of telescopes. Planetary system parameters will be determined by applying Bayesian models in a variety of computing environments.

Eligibility
  • Applicant to be assessed according to the same criteria used for any other scholarship ranking round, according to performance in the BSc/Hons/MSc degrees & referees

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Astronomy, physics, or a closely-related subject

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

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 Cole for further information.

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Associate Professor David Beynon invites expressions of interest from those thinking of undertaking a PhD into the cultural, historical and compositional dimensions of architecture.

Dave’s research involves investigating, and adaptations of architectural content and meaning in relation to urban renewal, migration, and multicultural/intercultural aspects of architecture and built environments.  Areas of possible thesis investigation within the project include:

  • Architecture, migration and changing built environments
  • Alternative Architectural Histories, particularly in relation to notions of modernity and postcoloniality
  • Inter-Regional Architectural Futures: Analysing parallels between Tasmania and other Asia-Pacific locations
  • Digital Heritage: Developing modelling and visualisation technologies for interpreting and visualising ancient and historic architectures
  • Ex-Industrial Built Environments: Developing the cultural and practical re-purposing for a post-industrial future.

Explorations may employ historiographic, discursive or creative methods. Depending on your individual research topic, potential co-supervisors may include: Dr Georgia Lindsay; Dr Helen Norrie; Dr Mark Sawyer; Dr Louise Wallis; Professor Julian Worrall

If your topic brings a specific interdisciplinary focus to the above area, co-supervision might also include academics from Geography and Spatial Science, Information and Communication Technology or Arts and Social Sciences.

Eligibility
  • 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

While candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Background in architecture, urban design, urban planning or related social sciences. Depending on which area of investigation you are focusing on, background in cultural studies, digital modelling, archaeology or particular regional studies may be advantageous
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

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

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 Beynon for further information.

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The University of Tasmania is undertaking a development project, shifting towards engaging closely with central business districts and connecting more closely with communities. According to the website, the new campuses built under the Northern Transformation Project (NTP) “will become central to the life of each city and region – vibrant places where the community, business and industry, and the University can connect and collaborate.”

This project will use the NTP as the topic and site of research. Students could propose projects to work with a variety of Architecture and Design staff, including:

  • Work with Dr. Georgia Lindsay on understanding the social outcomes of the building project. Georgia’s research focuses on how institutions use buildings to create identity and branding, to connect with community, and to educate. She welcomes project proposals in that realm.
  • Work with Dr. Mark Sawyer to articulate how the NTP has developed through various forms of ‘media-construction’ in the public realm, even before any building has begun. Mark’s research considers how the development of buildings and cities is understood by representations in the media. He welcomes proposals addressing this area of interest.
  • Work with Dr. David Beynon on exploring the cultural implications of transforming built environments, focusing on post-industrial landscapes as foundations for redefining the futures of regional cities, and the roles of art, architecture and communities in the transformation process.
Eligibility
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to create a compelling proposal and expression of interest
  • Background in social science, media studies, or design fields
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

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

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, Georgia Lindsay for further information.

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Green building certification systems, such as LEED for Schools and the Living Building Challenge, encourage design teams to use green buildings as educational "teaching tools." However, we have much yet to learn about the social performance of green buildings and how to engage occupants in the sustainability narrative of buildings. This project seeks to remedy that gap through understanding the mediated meanings of sustainable building features. 

Dr. Georgia Lindsay has been studying the problem using green museums in the US. Increasingly, museums are using green-building construction practices for new buildings, and some go so far as to consider the surrounding landscape as part of the museum's "collection" to be preserved. Moreover, with the growth of the Green Economy, sustainability has a cache among institutions and businesses seeking to build green branding. Science museums, especially those with green buildings, are uniquely positioned to advance architectural literacy while communicating the values of earth stewardship to the general public.

Georgia invites expressions of interest from those interested in pursuing research about how architecture communicates sustainability. Topics might include green museums in a global or Australian context, sustainability communication in building types other than museums, and how to invest architecture with legible pedagogical content. Please note, while this project has aspects that strongly align with the technical side of building science, projects should propose move beyond the merely technical to engage in some way with the social or communicative aspects of green buildings.

Eligibility
  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to create a compelling proposal and expression of interest
  • Background in social science or design fields
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

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

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, Georgia Lindsay for further information.

Closing Date

31st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen is seeking expressions of interest from prospective HDR students interested in the complex relationships between the design of the environment and health and wellbeing. The shift from pathogenic (factors causing disease) to salutogenic (factors supporting health) approaches in healthcare has seen an increased emphasis on and understanding of the role of design in promoting health and wellbeing. Projects can explore psychological as well as bio-physical health outcomes across a diversity of contexts and scales encompassing cities, buildings, spaces and objects.

Potential topics include:

  • Critical and conceptual interpretations of therapeutic landscapes as they relate both to healthcare settings, urban environments and/or public institutions
  • The intersection between design and health in acute care settings
  • Design for cognitive and sensory diversity
  • Neuroscience and design

Explorations may employ a range of qualitative research methods. Of particular interest are projects that integrate visual-based, creative and participatory design approaches.

Candidates will typically be supervised by colleagues across multi-disciplinary teams relevant to the specific project including Geography, Health Science, Medicine and Nursing.

Eligibility
  • 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, Research Masters or Masters by Coursework with a substantive research component or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial academic research experience evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and/or creative works
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research, critical thinking and analytical skills

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

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, Ceridwen Owen for further information.

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Bamboo has been utilised as a construction material for thousands of years and has a strong connection to local craft in various cultures around the world. Whilst there is a strong intrinsic knowledge of bamboo within these societies, it is only within the last 50 years that designers and academics have begun to thoroughly research the capacity of bamboo to be utilised a contemporary building material. This has process has led to seminal projects that have structurally pushed bamboo beyond what it was traditionally capable of through the development of new methods of connection and treatment.

However bamboo faces a number of challenges when utilised as a round pole. The proposed PHD would look to investigate how bamboo has been traditionally utilised in construction and how the lamination of bamboo strips into engineered bamboo products offers an opportunity for bamboo to become a standardised product that can be utilised in mainstream construction. The project would focus upon a proposed case study of utilising laminate bamboo elements to prefabricate housing stock whilst also documenting the process of manufacturing this product from harvest to construction.

Eligibility
  • 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

While candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Background in architecture, engineering and/or specialist knowledge of bamboo and/or construction systems
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking

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

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, Helen Norrie for further information.

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Dr. Georgia Lindsay invites expressions of interest from those interested in undertaking a PhD. Broadly speaking, Georgia's research emphasizes the human side of design, including pre-occupancy analysis and programming, use and behaviour-focused post-occupancy evaluation, and studying the meaning and effects of architecture. More specifically, her work focuses on museum buildings, and how architecture is used by institutions and cities to communicate values and brand places. 

Working with Georgia will allow you to define and develop your own area of focus. Some general areas might include:

  • Making meaning within constructed ecologies – projects that help frame and analyse how sustainable building features   are used and understood
  • Understanding and responding to participatory practices in design  – studies relating to stakeholder and community needs, including addressing mixed methods for both engagement and data collection practices
  • Branding and communication – projects investigating the social uses  and meanings inherent in architecture and design at a variety of levels of analysis

Students work with supervisory teams of at least two, and other supervisors might include David Beynon, Julian Worrell, or Ceridwen Owen.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to create a compelling proposal and expression of interest
  • Background in social science or design fields
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

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

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, Georgia Lindsay for further information.

Closing Date

15th May 2020

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

The Research Project

Reflecting the strategic focus of the College of Sciences and Engineering on climate change and sustainability, this project explores the role of emotions in shaping understandings of and responses to global environmental futures. Based in qualitative methodologies and building on recent geographical and sociological research on emotion and affect, the project challenges dominant representations of emotions as a primarily personal and private experience that lies outside the remit of the physical and social sciences. Rather, understanding feelings as a key constitutive aspect of social discourse and practice, this project seeks to understand how knowledge, emotion and action are co-produced in the context of growing awareness in the 21st Century of the extent of human transformation of the biology and geology of the Earth. Encapsulated in the figure of the Anthropocene, this awareness is prompting new expressions of feeling about what comes next. This project will contribute important new insight into the role of emotions in co-constituting different futures.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Studies

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

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, Aidan Davison for further information.

Closing Date

31st May 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This PhD project will focus on the development of a hyperspectral imaging sensor for a new stratospheric drone platform, also known as a high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS). The PhD is part of a larger research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Scheme and in collaboration with the British Ordnance Survey and Astigan (https://astigan.uk/), a company which is developing the HAPS platform. The PhD project will assess/analyse aspects of sensor integration, fusion with GNSS/IMU position and attitude data, georeferencing, data storage and transmission, and environmental impacts on sensor data quality. Applications of hyperspectral remote sensing from the HAPS platform include ecosystem monitoring, precision agriculture, forest management, disaster response, and Antarctic science. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be involved in a state-of-the-art project, and to be part of the TerraLuma research group (https://terraluma.net/) at the University of Tasmania advancing drone remote sensing. The PhD project comes with a funded PhD scholarship and operational support for equipment, airborne testing, and travel. Application from those with foundations in a range of disciplines are welcome! Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Arko Lucieer (Arko.Lucieer@utas.edu.au) before submitting an application.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • 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, such as a research Master's degree or a coursework Master's degree with a substantial research component awarded high marks, or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.

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

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

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to competitively assess applicants for this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills, evidenced by a publication record and/or substantial research thesis in a relevant area.
  • Background in technical aspects of remote sensing and/or sensor development.
  • Demonstrated experience with hyperspectral imaging sensors and data 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 webpage.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Arko Lucieer for more information.

Closing Date

30 May 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

18th December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will tackle the strategic management of environmental risks such as invasive plants with a particular focus of invasive plants in the Kimberley region. The project will aim to identify optimal management strategies for management of weeds that increase management costs and pose risks to biodiversity and traditional use. To tackle this challenge we will undertake a Rapid Prototyping exercise (Blomquist 2010) to identify focal weeds that pose the greatest combined challenge for multiple species and objectives (including management cost, biodiversity risks and traditional values), and where the greatest long term benefits could be achieved (e.g. through eradication) across the region.

This project is in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (main co-supervisor Megan Barnes).  We will collaboratively formulate management alternatives with Kimberley staff, local managers from other agencies and other stakeholders, to inform a scenario analysis approach underpinned by an existing general spread risk model (Adams 2015, Adams 2016) parameterised with Kimberley and invasive species experts to inform identification of optimal management strategies and key risks.

Eligibility
  • Quantitative modelling and statistical skills
  • Spatial analysis skills and familiarity with ArcGIS
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Java are favourably weighted

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

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

14th February 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 aims to develop a better understanding of what features attract people to urban green spaces (to encourage their use), and whether these features significantly compromised the conservation value of these environments. The project will explore the synergies and trade-offs of human-made infrastructure (e.g. walking paths, night lighting and recreational features) in urban green spaces for human engagement and wildlife conservation. This will be done by working in collaboration with local stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of current green space initiatives. This project will focus on regional cities and aims to make recommendations for urban planning and regional development that positively improve human health and wildlife conservation outcomes. Supervisors are Dr Dave Kendal and Dr Emily J Flies, Other possible supervisors include: Dr Pauline Marsh, Dr Penelope Jones, Dr Kate Booth

Eligibility
  • Relevant research experience
  • First class honours in a relevant discipline

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

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

1st September 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Facial Emotion Recognition is the process of identifying human emotion, most typically from human facial expressions. AI-based facial emotion detection can be applied in a variety of fields such as Driver Fatigue Monitoring, Marketing, and Entertainment. Driver Fatigue Monitoring employs facial emotion detection to determine whether a driver is in a state of fatigue so as to appropriately intervene in the behaviour of the driver to avoid possible accidents. Advertisers and market researchers try to use consumer emotional engagement with digital content, such as videos and ads, to create the best ads and optimizing media spend.

The popularity of deep learning approaches in the domain of emotion recognition may be mainly attributed to its success in related AI applications such as Computer Vision. Well-known deep learning algorithms include different architectures of Deep Neural Network (DNN) such as Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), Long Short-term Memory (LSTM), and Extreme Learning Machine (ELM). Deep Neural Networks have increasingly been employed to learn discriminative representations for automatic facial emotion recognition with some success, however, certain significant issues remain unresolved. Such issues include: Occlusion-robust and pose-invariant issues; Dataset bias and imbalanced distribution; Optimal DNN parameter set; Multimodal effect. In this project, you will develop new deep learning algorithms to overcome these and possibly other issues for faster, more reliable, and more accurate facial emotion detection.

Eligibility

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

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, Shuxiang Xu for further information.

Closing Date

10th February 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

31st October 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

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

30th December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

As learner interaction in an online educational environment leaves a lot of digital traces behind, vast data sets of students’ online activities are available, which is known as Big data. Data and analytics in education, teaching and learning has attained great interest, resulting high-quality research into models, methods, technologies, and impact of analytics in education area. Big data and learning analytics with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is greatly extending the power of computers to revolutionise education sector. Educational data mining techniques discover meaningful patterns in these large datasets to create probabilistic and predictive models such as student success algorithms, understand and optimise learning and the environment. Learning analytics and AI are not panaceas for addressing all the issues and decisions faced by higher education but become part of the solution to enhance and transforms the way to support learning process.

The aim of the project is to investigate the deployment of AI techniques and analytical model/algorithm for improving learning analytics and for discovering the meaningful patterns in the large datasets of students to improve educational processes.

Eligibility
  • Experience with programming
  • Critical thinking

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

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, Soonja Yeom for further 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Digital twins are a virtualized description including data and mathematical models of a real-world object. It enables easy sharing of the objects by digitally re-producing it's features for understanding of its functionalities. Such features often do not replicate physical effects accurately in the cyberspace but are useful to visualize any object without actually creating it.

Digital twins can be created in Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) for emulating IoT devices in real-time to provide a wide range of user experiences. This project intends to investigate the methods of creating Digital twins for both single device systems typically small enough to fit on a desk and multi-device complex systems spread over a room or building.

The research can look into various areas including:

  • Methods of constructing IoT devices and large IoT system as a digital twin in VR/AR interconnecting the virtual objects and the real world physical IoT counterparts
  • Classification of desktop VR and in-room VR and how it is impacted by the IoT device's construction and operation
  • Use of VR/AR digital twins when applied in Education/Training purposes

The application area could be Remote Laboratories which is meant for education and training using a range of electromechanical systems. However, other applications areas may be chosen as well, depending on candidate's area of expertise.

Eligibility

Useful skill set of the candidate:

  • Basic concepts of VR/AR technologies; preferably ThreeJS or similar
  • Programming in Raspberry Pi or Arduino or other µController

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

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, Ananda Maiti for further 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

In this project, HDR students implement and develop of state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning models, especially in deep reinforcement learning 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 OpenAI Gym and Unity platform, which have 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 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

28th February 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Deep Learning recently lends itself extremely well to the research in computer vision domain where hierarchical structures of computational neurons can learn predictive features to effectively make predictive decisions. For example, in health care, deep learning is becoming also popular among medical imaging researchers who are looking for great tools to process a large number of images produced by scanners.

The impact of this to the society is potential and attract more and more attention from health care experts who have been looking for better methods to reduce the error rates in diagnosis. However, the most common deep learning models used for image processing are CNN-based which is a complex black-box consisting of millions of parameters that confused the experts of why the decisions are made. As a result, there is an increasing scepticism from those who do not want to use deep learning because of the lack of explainability.

In this research, the student will improve the transparency of deep neural networks to provide insights of the decision-making process. The topics of interest are (but not limited to):

  • Medical imaging (eye disease detection, knee pain prevention, etc.)
  • Visual reasoning, image captioning
Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and international candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Honours degree/Master degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must meet English requirements, or be able to do so before commencement

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

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, Son Tran for further information.

Closing Date

24 May 2020*

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

*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

30th June 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are predicted to be used in millions in near future. One type of these devices are the personal devices. Personal IoT devices interact a lot with their human owners as opposed to Industrial IoT devices. As such these devices need to guide or provide support to their users in certain conditions in the proper ways to use themselves.

This project will focus on creating smart algorithms and data structures where the device stores data and advise the users on how to use them in suitable ways. The devices can create usage profiles specific to their users. This would allow the device to rate and analyse the users on how effectively the devices are being used.

Furthermore, the personalized IoT devices can compare their states with other devices of same nature and determine the overall problems with themselves e.g. a specific action that every owner gets wrong. This could pave the way for improvement in the device or it's firmware.

Potential research contributions include a mathematical model based on a suitable data structure used to store the proper usage patterns and the actual usage patterns. It can also produce a method to rate the user's actions. It can share and compare this to other devices to identify potential problems with its own design.

IoT devices vary a lot in terms of constructions and usage. Some devices which can be used for training purposes need to measure the performance of the users. Other devices simply need to guide their owners. These proposed approaches could create personalized IoT devices that can collectively provide feedback to individual owners.

Eligibility

Preferred skill set of the candidate:

  • Basic concepts of machine learning with python or NodeJS
  • Programming in Raspberry Pi or Arduino or any other µController

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

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, Ananda Maiti 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.

*unless filled earlier

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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The innovation of artificial intelligence and cognitive science aims to explore and simulate the complex and powerful information processing mechanism of the human brain and promote machines to a higher intelligence level as human brains. Visual neural calculation aims to "do what the brain does", the central idea of which is to explore the mysteries of the human visual system. It is a complex interdisciplinary problem to establish an appropriate neural computing model and simulate the visual information processing mechanism in the human brain so as to better extract feature information.

With the continuous development of brain cognitive science, there have been more opportunities for visual neural calculation. Its development direction is to investigate the knowledge learnt in the visual domain by popular pre-trained vision models (CNN-based framework) and use it to teach a recurrent model being trained on brain (EEG) signals to learn a discriminative manifold of the human brain's cognition of different visual object categories in response to perceived visual cues.

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

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

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

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Pulse grain storage for extended periods of time has been observed to experience biochemical and physical changes that affect the hydration properties of pulses. This affects the processing and nutrition quality of pulse grains and the quality of products made from them.
Extended storage, particularly under unfavourable conditions of high temperature and low relative humidity, is known to result in two undesirable phenomena:

  • "hard shell (HS)" phenomenon, where seeds fail to imbibe water when soaked and remain hard (associated with impermeability of the seed coat and postharvest dormancy)
  • and the "hard-to-cook (HTC)" phenomenon where the seeds imbibes normally, but the cotyledon fails to fully hydrate and soften during cooking

This project is designed to better understand the genetic basis for HS and HTC in order to support a better mechanistic understanding and support the identification of genetic markers for use in quality assurance and breeding.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

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

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, John Bowman 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project is to develop and substantiate the benefits of cereal and pulse grain based infant/toddler food through germination technology that protects infants/toddlers in developing countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from infant/toddler malnutrition disorder (muscle wasting, stunted growth, pallor, lethargy, increased susceptibility to infection, and fatigue).

In 2016, the global infant/toddler food market is expected to rise by 9.3% and reach US$ 24.5 billion in revenues. The project addresses the issue of product development and infant/toddler nutrition with a view to increasing the nutritional quality and the retention of the nutritional properties of infant/toddler food, especially targeting infants/toddlers who are subjected to malnourishment because of the socioeconomic conditions of their country of birth. We propose a dietary approach of modifying the current infant/toddler food formulation which is generally dairy based to include cereal and pulse grain that will include a variety of nutritionally and health functional components:

  • Develop and upscale for food manufacturing a shelf stable infant/toddler food
  • Provide a nutritionally balanced breast milk supplement or substitute
  • Provide a prebiotic enhanced plant-based food that is genetically modified organism (GMO) dairy, gluten, lactose and soy free
  • Provide adequate energy requirement
Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

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

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, John Bowman 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Brewers Spent Grain (BSG) is a major by-product of the brewing industry equating to around 85% of the total by-products. BSG is rich in nutritional functional food components and protein isolates. BSG is currently used in the animal feeding industry and as organic fertilizer for soil improvement with the remainder going to landfill or dumping sites which result in environmental concern.

BSG functional food components
Post malt wort extraction, BSG contains a large amount of functional food components (Crude Lipid, Ash, dietary fibre, Polysaccharide arabinoxylans, Lignin, Minerals Vitamins Phenolic compounds) as well as insoluble proteins and essential amino acids (Threonine, Tryptophan, Phenylalanine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Valine and Histidine).

The aim of this study is to:

  • Develop the technologically for the isolation and concentration of functional protein ingredients from brewing waste
  • Investigate scale up potential for BSG protein extraction and concentration
  • Formulating and manufacturing consumer acceptable, commercially-relevant prototype food products that incorporating the optimal health enhancing BSG proteins.
Eligibility
  • Masters degree in food science
  • At least on first author published article in  scientific publication
  • Laboratory experience in food chemistry

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

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, Adel Yousif for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

A single major gene controls Al tolerance in barley. It was located on chromosome 4H. Gene specific markers have been developed and tested in a large number of germplasms. In our preliminary screening of an F2 population, we have identified a few acid soil tolerant lines that did not show tolerance alleles. Further mapping will be conducted to identify the potential new QTL and tolerance mechanism, including physiological studies which will assist the search of candidate genes. Both the known gene (HvMATE) and the new QTL will be introgressed to a commercial variety to study the effectiveness of the genes and potential effect of the gene/QTL on grain yield and quality.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Agricultural Sciences

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

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, Meixue Zhou for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Increasing the legume component pastures is beneficial for animal production and health, and environmental sustainability due to the fixation of nitrogen by legume-associated bacteria.

Sensitivity to drought is a major limitation to broader perennial legume adaptation across much of the high rainfall permanent pasture region of SE Australia. Strong evidence exists that elevated levels of phosphorus and lime improves pasture persistence and recovery following drought. Potassium (K) is also implicated in pasture response to drought due to its known internal function in osmoregulation, including the control of water loss through stomata. However, little previous research has explored the extent to which increased K nutrition may improve drought tolerance of pasture legumes, or through which mechanisms increased persistence might be achieved. Micronutrients such as molybdenum (Mo) and boron (B) are also very important in legume growth and persistence, but their effect on drought tolerance is also unknown.

This project will use a series of glasshouse and field experiments to examine the effect of K, Mo and B on the response of a drought-sensitive forage species that is of international significance, white clover (Trifolium repens L.).

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.
Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply:
  • Pasture science
  • Agronomy
  • Plant nutrition
Selection Criteria. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
  • Experience in pasture science is preferred
  • 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, Beth Penrose, for further information.

Closing Date

31st July 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for a wide range of characteristics have been identified in many different crop species based on either GWAS (Genome Wide Association Study) or mapping of bi-parental populations. However, in addition to the targeted one, many other characteristics also segregate in such populations. It has become clear that strong interactions may exist between a targeted characteristic and those non-targeted ones. For example, segregations of either plant height or flowering time make it difficult to detect loci controlling either drought tolerance or Fusarium crown rot resistance. It has also become well-known that a locus may confer resistance or tolerance to several different biotic or abiotic stresses. In this project, we aim to identify a few high-value genes conferring drought tolerance in wheat and barley and assess their effects on other biotic as well as abiotic stresses.

We plan to start this project by developing multiple pairs of near isogenic lines targeting several loci conferring drought tolerance. The NILs will initially be assessed under different levels of drought stresses. Selected NILs will be further assessed under other abiotic (including salinity, acid soil, and water logging) and biotic stresses (including Fusarium crown rot and head blight). Transcriptomic analyses against the selected NILs under the different stresses will then be conducted to study genetic relationship between biotic and abiotic stresses and identify those high value loci conferring tolerance to a wide range of biotic and abiotic stresses for breeding programs.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Agricultural Sciences

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

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, Meixue Zhou 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Understanding the dynamics of pests and diseases within farming systems and the ability to relate incidence and seasonal conditions to grain yield loss is the next challenge for the agricultural science community. Currently the management of many pests, diseases and weeds in crops relies on an estimated economic damage threshold. The threshold is used to help identify when a pest population needs to be reduced to prevent yield loss. However, this approach does not consider the environment, the timing of the pest control in relation to the crops development, the pest life stage or the economic cost to future crops. In many farming systems, the decision to control a pest or disease outbreak is required before the economic threshold is reached in which case identifying and forecasting drivers for epidemics can support and improve the outcomes of control decisions. In contrast to traditional reactive approaches, this project endeavours to be predictive, giving the farmer the ability to plan and proactively manage these pest populations.

Eligibility
  • Research must be undertaken full time
  • The applicant must relocate and be able to live in Brisbane, QLD, Australia for at least 3.5 years
  • Applicants can be Australian or international citizens. Eligible international applicants MUST have an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater (tested within 12 months)
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply
  • 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

Desirable skills:

  • Skills in population modelling using stellar or insect modelling using Dymex
  • Good knowledge of mycology or plant pathology

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

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, Matthew Harrison for further information.

Closing Date

2nd April 2021*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Pyrethrum is an important part of cropping production in Tasmania, being grown for the natural insecticides pyrethrins.  Diseases of pyrethrum are a major constraint on production in Tasmania caused by a complex of fungal pathogens.  Management of these diseases requires the use of multiple applications of chemical fungicides each year.  However, this exposes the industry to the risk of resistance building up within the pathogen population, reducing the efficacy of control leading to undesirable impacts on the economics and environmental sustainability of pyrethrum production.

This project will focus on understanding the risk of fungicide resistance in key fungal pathogens of pyrethrum.  Potential studies include looking into the genetic mechanisms that govern resistance, assessing the current extent of resistance present in field populations and evaluating the risk of resistance developing in the future.  Answering questions associated with these issues will help the pyrethrum industry better manage fungicide usage into the future.  As such, the project aims to produce impactful outcomes for Tasmanian agriculture.

In conducting this project, the candidate will be supported by, and collaborate with, Botanical Resources Australia, the commercial operator of the Australian pyrethrum industry.  The project will involve a combination of field-, glasshouse- and laboratory-based experimentation.  The project will be based at the Cradle Coast Campus of UTAS.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Plant pathology
  • Mycology
  • Molecular biology
  • Botany
  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture

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

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, Jason Scott 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.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Arabinoxylan is a non-starch polysaccharide found in many cereal grains and is considered a probiotic dietary fibre. Bacteria and other microbes in the gut help the body digest food. These bacteria may also play an important role in gut health and the bodies resistance to harmful bacteria, yeast, and other microbes.

Functional food components such as arabinoxylan dietary fibre have been found to promote gut health, act as prebiotics, feeding good bacteria and add helpful bacteria to the gut. The growth of good (beneficial) bacteria has been associated with lower inflammation and incidence of non-communicable disease such as metabolic disorders of heart disease and obesity. This project is designed to extract and concentrate Arabinoxylan for use in food everyday food stables such as bread pasta/noodles energy bars etc.

Eligibility
  • 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
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

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

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, John Bowman for further information.

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