University of Western Australia (UWA) is offering multiple PhD scholarships to excellent international and domestic students interested in studying at the university. The scholarships are available in different academic disciplienes in cluding; Physics, Electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Civil engineering, Geosciences, Conservation & Heritage.

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian, the main campus is located in Perth, along with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere. UWA was established in 1911, the university has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a staff of 3,700.

UWA is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia, and has been ranked at #92 by the QS world university rankings 2021. UWA is divided into 4 faculties, namely; 1) Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education, 2) Faculty of Science, 3) Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical sciences, 4) Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences.

UWA is located by the Swan River and only minutes from Perth’s city centre, and is often described as one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. The city of Perth offers an affordable study environment, with sunny weather, a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and beautiful natural scenery.

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Electrical Engineering PhD Scholarship

A scholarship is being offered at UWA at the Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical sciences in the project titled “Optimisation of techno-economics for batteries in microgrids”. The PhD scholarship award is AUD$30,000 per year based upon candidate’s academic achievement, and will be offered on a fortnightly basis.

This project aims at the creation and implementation of real-time control strategy that can optimize the economics of batteries in microgrid while ensuring good state of health of batteries throughout their lifespan. The proposed real-time control strategy will also assist in providing load demand management Mathematical modelling and microgrid simulation of batteries will be carried out to determine the proposed control strategy.

A minimum of bachelors in Electrical engineering, Power systems/electronics, or control degree is required for this position. The position is open to Australian citizens, Permanent residents, as well as International students. The deadline to apply for this position is July 31, 2020. To apply for this position please visit this website link and apply accordingly as per instructions.

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Biomedical Engineering PhD Scholarship

A scholarship is being offered at UWA at the Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical sciences in the project titled “Meshless frameworks for automated, fast and robust patient-specific biomechanical computations for medicine”. The scholarship award is AUD$30,000 per year based upon candidate’s academic achievement, and will be offered as a fortnightly stipend. The project is related to Mechanical engineering, Biomedical engineering, and Biomedical sciences.

The project goal is to develop framework for computational biomechanics in terms of computing body organ and soft tissue deformations that supports automated generation of patient-specific computational grids ensuring fast and robust solution under large strains and deformations resulting from surgery, so that it can be applied by end-users (medical professionals) who are not experts in computational mechanics.

The framework will be based on meshless discretisation (with a cloud of points as a computational grid) of equations of mechanics governing soft tissue biomechanical behaviour. To be specific, the project will focus on overcoming challenges associated with several different application of meshless methods, including: automation of computational grid refinement, spatial integration, and fast computations through parallel software implementation on commodity hardware.

A bachelor or master degree in engineering is required for admission to the PhD program. Previous experience in software development and implementation of algorithms of computational biomechanics/mechanics for problems involving finite deformations is required. The position is open to Australian citizens, and Permanent residents. The deadline to apply for this position is July 31, 2020. To apply for this position please visit this website link and apply accordingly as per instructions.

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Civil Engineering PhD Scholarship

PhD scholarship is being offered at UWA in the project titled “Artificial Intelligence based Smart Design for Conductive Pavement”. The scholarship award is AUD$30,000 per year based upon candidate’s academic achievement, and will be offered as a fortnightly stipend. Applicants are required to have a bachelor/master in civil engineering and meet the university’s academic requirements.

In recent times, conductive pavement are being created to minimize issues related to traffic, e.g. road icing and improving the sustainability of the pavement by reducing cracking. Several conductive materials (steel fibers, carbon nanofibers) are utilized as fillers in asphalt concrete. Heat can then be generated inside the pavement through the conductive fillers to overcome problems related to ice and micro-cracking of asphalt pavement efficiently.

However, the electrothermal and mechanical properties of pavements are significantly affected by several factors including: filler types, dispersion methods, mix proportions, etc. High costs of conductive fillers also decrease their feasibility of applications. Which is why, the current project proposes a smart material design for the conductive pavement by using the artificial intelligent method to fully consider material diversity and complexity of the pavement mixtures.

The project is related to Civil engineering and the position is available to Australian citizens, Australian Humanitarian Visa, Permanent residents, as well as International students. The deadline to apply for this PhD scholarship is 31 October 2020. To apply for this position please visit this website link and apply accordingly as per instructions.

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Physics PhD Scholarships

PhD scholarships in Physics are being offered at UWA in 3 different projects. The scholarship award is AUD$30,000 per year based upon candidate’s academic achievement, and will be offered as a fortnightly stipend. Applicants are required to have a bachelor/master in physics or a related discipline and should meet the university’s academic requirements. The PhD positions are open to Australian citizens, Australian Humanitarian Visa, Permanent residents, as well as International students.

1) Advanced control system for the vibration isolation for suspended optical cavities

Detecting gravitational waves started a new era of gravitational wave astronomy. While improvement in detectors and creation of new equipment is necessary for this field to advance further than it is today. The high performing isolation system developed at UWA utilizes several kinds of novel anti-springs and linkages to synthesis very low frequency isolation structures. These structures have been employed to suspend mirrors for experiments related to gravitational wave detection. The systems are able to reduce seismic vibrations that are normally in the micron range, down to nanometers.

Aim of this project is to apply advanced control techniques, and use various sensor signals such as the ultra-low frequency rotation sensor and seismic array to further improve the performance of the isolation system, especially at low frequencies.

Candidates interested in applying for this position should have a bachelors/masters in Physics, Engineering (or a related discipline) with some experience in control system and simulation skills (MATLAB, finite element modelling). The deadline to apply for this PhD scholarship is 31 October 2020. To apply for this position please visit this website link and apply accordingly as per instructions.

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2) Modernizing School Science: the Einstein-First Project

The project is involved with worldwide recognition of the need to modernize science education and make it consistent with the modern Einsteinian conception of space, time, matter, light and gravity. The Einstein-First project was funded by the Australian Research Council in 2019 for a 5-year program. The aim of the project has been to create a modern physics oriented school curriculum starting with primary and extending to high school.

To learn more about the project please visit the official website (www.einsteinianphysics.com). The project has been established with a set of partner schools (at both primary and secondary level). Meanwhile, teacher training workshops are in progress for the first year of school programs. The new curriculum is designed to open children’s minds to the Einsteinian concepts, which we teach through activity based learning.

Motivated PhD students are required who would work with teachers and analyze classroom results to determine the program efficiency and to add further improvements. The PhD thesis would consist of a series of chapters or published research papers analyzing aspects of teacher response and student learning, As the project is multidisciplinary, it is being led by the department of physics at UWA, along with other educationalists and physicists at universities in Australia and overseas. 

Interested Candidates should submit the following documents to Jyoti Kaur (Project Co-ordinator) via email (Tejinder.kaur@uwa.edu.au). While submitting the documents, please include; a letter of interest explaining your interest, motivation, and how you plan to contribute using your previous background), a detailed CV, and contact information for two academic referees. The deadline to apply for this PhD scholarship is 31 July 2020.

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3) Optical Springs and Optical Dilution Beating the Standard Quantum Limit

The PhD project investigate new methods in amplification and measurement based on optical photons and acoustic phonons interactions. Devices based on this frontier of measurement technology require very low loss opto-mechanical systems in which light and sound interact very strongly without being contaminated by thermal fluctuations.

Many novel opto-mechanical resonators (including nano-scale optical pendulums) created from synthetic crystalline mirrors, some made from photonic/phononic crystals, and others created from ultrapure quartz cystals will be tested. By the help of these equipment, it is possible to observe and predict many new phenomena such as optomechanically induced transparency, white light resonance, optical springs, optical dilution, frequency dependent optical squeezing, and negative dispersion. all of these phenomenon offers enormous opportunities for improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.

Interested applicants should have a bachelor or masters in Physics with experience in optics, and knowledge of simulation skills (MATLAB, finite element modelling) is highly desirable. The deadline to apply for this PhD scholarship is 31 October 2020. To apply for this position please visit this website link and apply accordingly as per instructions.

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