If you're interested in studying a research degree at UniSA, browse our available research projects by category below to see what opportunities are currently available.

 
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    Biological Sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Plant Biology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Ecology

    • Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Never closes
      PhD Project: Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests

      Tropical cyclones are frequent, large-scale events that cause severe damage to nature and ecosystems but their long-term impacts have been little studied. They are predicted to increase in intensity and to occur at higher latitudes due to anthropogenic climate change.

      This project investigates the impacts of tropical cyclones on the structure and functioning of rain forests and how these are likely to change as a result of climate change. It will use published literature and available plot data to investigate the short- and long-term impacts of cyclones on forests using meta-analyses of data globally and for the South Pacific region (for which we have a good plot dataset available). Functional trait data will be related to cyclone intensity to infer how the functioning of forests is impacted by cyclone regimes and how this is likely to change under ongoing climate change. Multi-level analyses will be used to predict the effects of climate change on forest structure and functioning.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         experience in plant taxonomy and ecology

      ·         experience in using the statistical package R or similar

      Additionally, applicants who meet the project desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      ·         knowledge of functional and / or phylogenetic diversity

      ·         experience undertaking botanical field work

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

      Dr. Thomas Ibanez (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel
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    Biomedical and clinical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Biomedical engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Cardiovascular medicine and haematology

    • Can advanced automation on an echocardiography machine reduce risk of sonographer injury without impacting on the result of the scan?
      Dr Bec Perry Closing 13 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project - Can advanced automation on an echocardiography machine reduce risk of sonographer injury without impacting on the result of the scan?

      Sonographers are exposed to different stressors on the body due to holding a probe in position on a patient and reaching out to perform measurements on the ultrasound images for extended periods of time. This can result in work related musculoskeletal disorders which impacts the sonographer and the workplace. Furthermore, in infectious patients (particularly in the current environment of the COVID19 pandemic), it has been suggested that sonographers should reduce scanning time by performing limited studies or measuring offline which has the potential to negatively impact patient outcomes.

      Work related musculoskeletal disorders in sonographers are an enormous issue for sonographers and their workplace. It has been estimated that approximately 90% of sonographers have experienced symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders which has been estimated as costing employers over $120 billion dollars per year.

      Recently, novel software incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) has been developed which may reduce scanning time as well as keystrokes during the study and may therefore reduce sonographer injury by reducing static time holding the probe and taking away some of these tedious tasks. These techniques involve using AI to identify each echocardiographic view, take routine measurements (including 2D and spectral Doppler) as well as changing ultrasound modality (i.e. turning on colour imaging). However? these novel techniques have not been tested clinically to determine if there is any benefit to the sonographer and if this has any detrimental impact on the results of the scan. This may result in improved workflow for sonographers resulting in less exposure to infectious patients or allowing more time to spend with the patient to obtain an accurate history and other clinical measures. It may also result in less time performing tedious, repetitive tasks. The flow on effect would be reduced sonographer injury without compromising the standard of results.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research and additionally must meet the selection criteria for the project:
      • The candidate must be an accredited cardiac sonographer

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, whilst working as a sonographer.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Bec Perry - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Steven Milanese

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday, 13 June 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Bec Perry

    Medical biotechnology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • The role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers
      Scholarship Available Dr Zlatko Kopecki Never closes
      About this project 
      A PhD scholarship is available within the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Future Industries Institute and Clinical Health Sciences at the University of South Australia commencing February 2021.

      You will be based at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes Campus however, the project will involve experiments at UniSA’s South Australian Cancer Research Institute, with close collaboration with clinical collaborators within the Dermatology Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

      The PhD project will investigate the role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers. Flii has previously been identified as a potential therapeutic target for squamous cell carcinoma (Kopecki et al., Oncotarget 2015) but it remains to be determined its precise mechanism of action in the development and metastasis of these cancerous lesions.  

      You will use precancerous and cancerous cell lines and an array of invitro approaches to investigate the function of Flii in melanoma cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, invasion, and spheroid formation. You will also investigate the function of Flii in human precancerous skin lesions as well as developed melanomas and blood samples of patients attending the Dermatology Department of Royal Adelaide Hospital. Subsequently, the project will use animal models of skin cancers and metastasis to determine the effect of altering Flii gene expression on the development of melanomas. As part of this project you will investigate avenues to manipulate the expression and function of Flii to determine if this can reduce or prevent development, severity and progression of melanomas.  

      This project is supported by the Lions Medical Research Foundation and is aligned with their efforts to reduce the skin cancer burden in the community by early detection of skin cancers. 

      Skills and experience in any of the following areas will be advantageous but not essential. General molecular and cellular cancer biology, mammalian tissue culture, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, animal models. The successful candidate will be provided training in all relevant areas and techniques.

      Financial Support
      A living allowance scholarship of $28,597 for up to three years is available to all applicants.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the available scholarships.

      Eligibility and Selection
      All completed applications that meet the eligibility criteria for admission into a PhD will be considered for this project.  A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the selection criteria.

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Scholarship open to both Australian and international applicants currently residing in Australia
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Kopecki

    Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

    • Predictive Modelling for Safety Signal Detection with Biologic Medicines
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Nicole Pratt Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Predictive Modelling for Safety Signal Detection with Biologic Medicines

      A pharmacovigilance project suitable for a PhD candidate is being offered at the Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre. Your Project will focus on the use of biologic medicines to treat one or more autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis). With a primary focus on the safety of biologic treatments, your project will look at the utilisation and treatment patterns of these medicines before establishing known risks of these medicines in spontaneous adverse drug event databases such as the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). With known risks quantified, used as baseline true positive signals, you will find unknown signals concerning medicine safety to be studied further in a predictive framework on prospective cohort data.

      This opportunity could accommodate either a pharmacist who is interested in developing their data analysis skills or a quantitative scientist (E.g. statistician or data scientist) who has an interest in biological applications of their skills. You will collaborate with pharmacists, epidemiologists, statisticians and computer scientists to develop highly relevant skills in pharmacovigilance and related biological and data sciences as well as undertake important research that aims to benefit patients around the world.

      This PhD project aligns with a NHMRC project grant: Large scale evidence generation for the utilisation and safety of biologic medicines which seeks to:

      • Utilise global research data networks to monitor the safety of biologics
      • Profile trends and treatment patterns of biologics globally and investigate how these treatment patterns contribute to harm.
      • Generate evidence on the risks and extent of harm of biologics in real world practice
      • The grant team includes leading international biostatisticians, clinicians, pharmacoepidemiologists and data scientists. Come and join our team to improve global medicines safety!
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria  for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants who are able to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas will be highly regarded:

      • An undergraduate degree in a healthcare-related discipline or biostatistics, with an understanding of quality use of medicines issues
      • Highly proficient in software applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
      • Skills in analytical software packages such as SPSS, R or STATA
      • Honours project or masters (by research or coursework)
      • Good written and verbal communication skills combined with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $6,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant commensurate with experience (e.g. clinical knowledge, previous publications in discipline).

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Wednesday 16 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Nicole Pratt
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    Built environment and design

    There are no research projects currently available in this topic of research.

    More research projects are added regularly, so if you’d like to be notified when new projects are available, please register your expression of interest. Alternatively, you can contact Research Degrees Admissions with any questions you may have about creating a project.

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    Chemical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Physical chemistry

    • Application of synthetic and biopolymers in selective recovery of minerals
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 26 June 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)

      PhD project: Application of synthetic and biopolymers in selective recovery of minerals

      This study is concerned with exploiting the full potential of new chemistry to enhance selectivity and recovery in flotation. The project will be primarily undertaken by the project PhD student, with support from a postdoctoral research associate. The student will investigate the ability of novel designed reagents (synthetic and bio-based) in preventing or enhancing bubble-surface attachment, the fundamental colloidal process of mineral flotation. The project will focus on the use of dewetting studies using bubble-surface collisions, and single bubble flotation studies, in combination with characterisation of adsorbed reagent layers using atomic force microscopy. The information gained will give insight into how and why the new reagents affect the fundamental steps of bubble-particle attachment, and therefore flotation depression or recovery.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants currently residing in Australia are also invited to apply.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or equivalent.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship (provided by the funding agency, the Australian Research Council) of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor.

      A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie
    • Development of bio-polymer collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 26 June 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD project: Development of bio-polymer collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals

      This project aims to develop biomolecule-based collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals. The project will be conducted in two nodes. At the University of Queensland, peptide polymers will be synthesised for the project. At UniSA, the selective adsorption of the biomolecules on target surfaces (model or real minerals) will be systematically studied using techniques of physical and colloid chemistry, such as quartz crystal microbalance and infrared spectroscopy. The effect of different parameters including pH, salt on selective adsorption will be investigated. The resultant design, testing and deployment of these new biomolecules will enhance selectivity in flotation for the recovery of important metal-containing minerals.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants currently residing in Australia are also invited to apply.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or equivalent.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship (provided by the funding agency, the Australian Research Council) of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie
    • Integration of in-stream and particle size measurements in flotation
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Never closes
      PhD project - Integration of in-stream and particle size measurements in flotation

      This HDR project is concerned with the measurement of particle size in mineral processing streams, using novel fluid flow systems, and in-line detection of slurry characteristics using light scattering/obscuration and ultrasonic techniques. Mineral processing is heavily dependent on particle size, in almost all methods of separation and concentration. Flotation recovery relies on both the size of the particles (optimally between 10 and 50 microns), and the liberation of the particles (whether each particle is solely one mineral). Treatment of tailings is dependent on the size of the waste particles, with smaller particles being less likely to undergo rapid settling. And lastly, particle size, and thus available surface area, will critically influence leaching rate in material for hydrometallurgical extraction.

      In spite of this importance, there are few straightforward methods to provide real time measurement of particle size and particle size distributions directly in mineral processing streams. This project will involve the development of a slurry handling/fluid flow device that will sample mineral suspensions, and the use of a combination of light scattering/obscuration (and potentially the use of ultrasonics) to determine the range of particle sizes. This sensor will be integrated with a sensing platform (Pulp Chemistry Monitor, developed and commercialised by Magotteaux), to give combined size/pulp chemistry information, which can be used a means of advanced process control to optimise flotation.

      Applicants are required to have Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant disciplines.  Applicants are required to have experience in particle sizing or sensor development.

      Additionally, applicants with MSc in one of the disciplines listed above will be highly regarded.

      Eligibility and Selection 

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant disciplines.

      ·         Experience in particle sizing or sensor development

      ·         MSc in one of the disciplines listed above (highly regarded, but not essential)

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our - Mawson Lakes in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      An ARC funded living allowance scholarship of $28.597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for  domestic students  or international students .    

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Principal Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek – Co-Supervisor

      Professor William Skinner – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Greet – Industry Advisor, Magotteaux

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
    • Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 26 June 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD project: Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications

      New sensors using hybrid fluorescent organic/inorganic materials will allow for simultaneous in-line measurement of pH, Eh, and metal ions, and small organic molecules. Metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials are porous inorganic/hybrid crystalline solids that have applications in catalysis, separation analytics, and in sensing. They are increasingly being developed and tested in the areas of metal ion, small molecule, and biomolecule sensing in aqueous media. The sensing modality is primarily based on absorption of emission of light, often with fibreoptic light delivery and recovery, making it ideal for sensing in complex mixtures and in harsh environments. The project will comprise the development, fabrication and testing of fibreoptic probes that use MOF materials as the sensing medium. This will be followed by the design and implementation of fibreoptic sensing in the existing pulp chemistry monitoring platform of the industry partner, Magotteaux.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants currently residing in Australia are also invited to apply.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or equivalent.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship (provided by the funding agency, the Australian Research Council) of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor.

      A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie
    • Wetting, spreading, and adhesion of oils on composite mineral surfaces
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Never closes
      PhD project - Wetting, spreading, and adhesion of oils on composite mineral surfaces

      This study seeks to understand the mechanism involved in oils wetting and spreading across patchy/heterogeneous surfaces so that oils can be used to enhance the contact area for bubble attachment on composite mineral particles. This work will help make coarse particle flotation more robust. The major technique to be used in the project is droplet rise/collision studies against planar surfaces, using high speed video-microscopy to probe the timescale of droplet attachment, droplet spreading kinetics, and extent of spreading across heterogeneous surfaces. The surfaces to be interrogated will include model heterogeneous surfaces, with two or more surface types, patterned onto solid materials using microfabrication methodologies. The surfaces to be studied will also include macroscopic composite mineral surfaces that have been sectioned, characterised with QEM-Scan, and composed of target mineral phases representative of gangue and value minerals. The Project will also involve an exploration of different oils, and different wetting agents (oil wetting agents – at least two – one, with high affinity for the value phase to cause rapid spreading over exposed value regions, and one for the gangue phases to encourage more extensive spreading). In addition to this core experimental platform, complementary techniques for the characterisation of adsorption from non-aqueous mixtures will be used to determine the affinity of wetting agents for both target mineral phases (value and gangue). This will include the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and Raman spectroscopy.

      Applicants are required to have MSc in Chemistry and experience in working with any of these techniques: QCM, FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, AFM, image processing. Additionally, applicants with publication(s) in good journals will be highly regarded.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         MSc in Chemistry

      ·         Experience in working with any of these techniques: QCM, FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, AFM, image processing

      ·         Publication(s) in good journals (highly regarded, but not essential)

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our - Mawson Lakes in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      An ARC funded living allowance scholarship of $28.597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for  domestic students  or international students .    

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Principal Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Erica Wanless - Associate Supervisor

      Essential Dates: Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska

    Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Commerce, management, tourism and services

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Accounting, auditing and accountability

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Business Systems in Context

    • Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions
      Scholarship Available A/ Prof. Sally Weller Closing 13 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions

      This PhD opportunity is a component of and Australian Research Council grant examining the longer-term economic development trajectories of deindustrialising regions. The Chief Investigators, who will also supervise the PhD project, work in the broad area of Geographical Political Economy and have long term interests in regional development and global production networks. The overall project involves the preparation of case studies on twelve selected regions and comparison of their trajectories using a Boolean method called Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The PhD project will complement this work by working on firm entry and exit patterns in particular the spatial and temporal patterns in firm entry and exit. This work will draw on Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources, in particular the relatively new BLADE dataset (Hansell & Rafi, 2018). There is scope for the selected candidate to build a unique PhD project within the broad focus on evolution of firms and the role of space and positionality in that evolution.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Confident with numerical data, spreadsheets and basic statistics
      • Familiarity with ABS datasets and systems
      • A background in geographical political economy, economic geography, political economy or related discipline

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.   Additionally,   UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,092 per annum paid fortnightly is available to eligible applicants. Note that living allowance scholarships are only available to students studying full time, except in exceptional circumstances and when approved by the University. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Supervisor Team

      Associate Professor Sally Weller - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Al Rainnie

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday 13 June 2021
      Principal Supervisor: A/ Prof. Sally Weller

    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

    • Exploring Wellbeing Outcomes in the Aquatic and Recreation Industry
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Ian O’Boyle Closing 27 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project - Exploring Wellbeing Outcomes in the Aquatic and Recreation Industry

      UniSA Business is seeking applicants interested in pursuing a Masters by Research to investigate wellbeing outcomes within the aquatic and recreation industry in Australia. This project aims to investigate the impact on individual wellbeing through use of public aquatic and recreation centres in Australia. Through the use of mixed methods across multiple locations, the project expects to generate new knowledge on the effect on users of different management and service models for the provision of aquatic and recreational infrastructure. Expected outcomes include a quantifiable measure of social and emotional wellbeing that can be utilised by centre management and government. This will help assessment of best practice for maximising community wellbeing and can guide investment decisions by state and local government.

      Specific project aims are:
      • Develop a measure for the impact of PARCs on their community’s wellbeing
      • Determine how different governance and management models impact wellbeing outcomes
      • Identify the types and patterns of usage that lead to specific wellbeing outcomes
      • Understand the role of user experience and employee engagement in shaping wellbeing outcomes
      • Investigate whether the benefits to public aquatic and recreation centre users are unique compared to those provided by similar sport and leisure outlets in the non- profit and private sectors
      This dissertation will involve collecting archival, interview and focus group data. The Masters will commence in 2021 and conform to UniSA’s general requirements. A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Social Science, Health, Sport Management or a related field is necessary. The following experience will be viewed favourably in applications:
      • Experience working in the aquatic and recreation sector
      • Interest in sport management or wellbeing in the community setting
      • Some experience with qualitative or quantitative data collection
      The Masters research will be undertaken as part of a larger research program funded by the Australian Research Council.

      The exact details of the thesis topic will be developed by the interested candidate in close consultation with the supervisory team. CERM PI and UniSA Business have strong research environments and are deeply committed to world-class research performance.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria  for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Supervisor Team

      Professor Ian O’Boyle - Principal Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Sunday, 27 June 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Ian O’Boyle
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    Creative arts and writing

    Other creative arts and writing

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
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    Earth sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Geochemistry

    • Generating synthetic data for training predictive spectroscopic models
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy Closing 17 June 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Generating synthetic data for training predictive spectroscopic models

      Global demand for metals required to build green technologies such as solar and wind farms is increasing exponentially, however, the rate of discovery of mineral deposits that provide these metals is decreasing. This is because undiscovered mineral deposits exposed at the Earth’s surface are rare, meaning mineral explorers are being forced into deeper search space and are looking for potential mineral deposits in old, prospective basement rocks that are buried by young, barren cover rocks. The Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (MinEx CRC) is addressing this issue through development of new drilling and sensor technologies that will deliver more efficient and environmentally friendly methods for mineral exploration in buried terranes.

      This PhD project will sit within MinEx CRC Project 3: Real-time Downhole Assay. MinEx CRC Project 3 aims to develop a new sensor for downhole geochemical data analysis using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The LIBS sensor has the potential to collect large volumes of spectroscopic (geochemical) data to which machine learning algorithms may be applied to allow rapid, automated data interpretation. However, predictive models in mining and exploration are often limited by the available training data because the training data may not be practical to acquire due to time, cost, and other resource constraints. Therefore, our ability to create well-fitted models capable of capturing complex predictive relationships is limited.

      This project aims to generate and undertake testing of synthetic training datasets for spectroscopic data for development of predictive models to be used in automation and machine learning in the context of advancement of downhole spectroscopic instruments. The candidate will be required to conduct laboratory experiments for collection of LIBS geochemical data and develop machine learning methods that utilise real and simulated data and incorporate domain knowledge for improved prediction.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application for domestic and onshore international applicants only. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         Experience with development of machine learning methods that utilise real and simulated data and incorporate domain knowledge for improved prediction.

      Additionally, applicants who meet the project specific desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      ·         Laboratory experience

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students and international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy

      Dr Ben van der Hoek

      Dr Yulia Uvarova (CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Perth)

      Mr Neil Francis (CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Perth)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

      Application closing date is 16 June 2021, 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy
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    Economics

    Applied Economics

    • Consumer preferences for Electric Vehicles in Australia, and the role government should play in supporting uptake
      Scholarship Available Dr Akshay Vij Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Doctor of Philosophy Project: Consumer preferences for Electric Vehicles in Australia, and the role government should play in supporting uptake

      Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly commercially feasible. While high costs, low driving ranges, long charging times and limited public charging infrastructure continue to be major impediments to adoption, most experts agree that the electrification of our transport infrastructure is a question of when, and not if. Public benefits are overwhelmingly in favor of the technology. Electric cars could provide cost effective emissions reductions, address issues of fuel security, produce air quality benefits, etc. However, EV sales in Australia are among the lowest in the world.

      This project will examine what role, if any, government should play to support and encourage the uptake of EVs in Australia. The project will use a combination of different quantitative economic frameworks and methodologies to: (1) examine consumer preferences for EVs; (2) assess the impacts of different policy interventions on consumer response; and (3) identify specific policies that governments should use to incentivise greater uptake.

      Candidates with strong mathematical skills, some experience in computer programming, and an interest in econometric methods and data analysis, are especially encouraged to apply.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the west of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Akshay Vij - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Stefanie Dühr
      Dr Helen Barrie

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer as extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 16 June 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Akshay Vij
    • Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions
      Scholarship Available A/ Prof. Sally Weller Closing 13 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions

      This PhD opportunity is a component of and Australian Research Council grant examining the longer-term economic development trajectories of deindustrialising regions. The Chief Investigators, who will also supervise the PhD project, work in the broad area of Geographical Political Economy and have long term interests in regional development and global production networks. The overall project involves the preparation of case studies on twelve selected regions and comparison of their trajectories using a Boolean method called Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The PhD project will complement this work by working on firm entry and exit patterns in particular the spatial and temporal patterns in firm entry and exit. This work will draw on Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources, in particular the relatively new BLADE dataset (Hansell & Rafi, 2018). There is scope for the selected candidate to build a unique PhD project within the broad focus on evolution of firms and the role of space and positionality in that evolution.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Confident with numerical data, spreadsheets and basic statistics
      • Familiarity with ABS datasets and systems
      • A background in geographical political economy, economic geography, political economy or related discipline

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.   Additionally,   UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,092 per annum paid fortnightly is available to eligible applicants. Note that living allowance scholarships are only available to students studying full time, except in exceptional circumstances and when approved by the University. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Supervisor Team

      Associate Professor Sally Weller - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Al Rainnie

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday 13 June 2021
      Principal Supervisor: A/ Prof. Sally Weller

    Econometrics

    • Value of Solar Forecasts
      Dr John Boland Closing 04 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Value of Solar Forecasts

      Numerous methods have been developed during the last decade to forecast the solar resource and the generation of solar renewables. These forecasts can be deterministic, also called point forecasts, when they provide a single value to predict the future energy production. But they can also be probabilistic, when they give the probability associated to the future level of production. The quality of solar forecasts is assessed by comparing predictions with measured solar data. However, this methodology does not consider the added value of the forecasts for a particular user’s applications.

      The aim of this PhD is to bring new knowledge about how to assess the quality of solar forecasts by taking into account their added value for specific applications. For instance, the financial return generated by a solar system is commonly a non-linear function of the expected future production. In an ARENA project, prospective supervisors Boland and Kay, along with colleagues, showed how improvements in forecasting lowered the frequency control and ancillary services fees for solar farms. This research needs extension to wider applications.  The results of the PhD are essential to define which characteristics of a forecast need to be improved, in order to be of increased value, rather than simply to be evaluated as to how closely they match the observed data.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 


      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 4 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Boland
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    Education

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Education policy, sociology and philosophy

    • School Exclusionary Policies and Practices and their Impact
      Scholarship Available A/Prof. Anna Sullivan Never closes
      Doctor of Philosophy project: School Exclusionary Policies and Practices and their Impact

      This project is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP210100116). The successful candidate will join a highly experienced team, undertaking their doctoral research as part of the broader study, which aims to examine how and why Australian schools use exclusionary practices such as suspensions and exclusions to manage student behaviour.

      Research shows that exclusionary practices are widely used in Australian schools, however, they are often used as a quick fix for removing problematic students, and can negatively impact on students’ health, wellbeing and academic achievement. Evidence also suggests that these practices are disproportionately applied towards ‘at risk groups’ including students from different racial or cultural backgrounds and students with disabilities.

      The larger project will use a multi-phased approach to generate new knowledge in understanding the extent and impact of school exclusionary practices. This will entail: 1) a critical analysis of state and territory legislation and policy; 2) secondary analysis of quantitative data on the use of exclusionary practices; 3) illustrative case studies with young people and their families; and 4) the development of a set of policy alternatives to change the ways in which student behaviour is currently managed.

      The successful candidate will contribute towards Phase 3 of the research, undertaking illustrative case studies which investigate the short term impact of exclusions on students and their families. In doing so they will be supported by a highly experienced research team with a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise including critical policy analysis, behaviour management and student wellbeing.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD or Masters by Research. Additionally, applicants must address the following selection criteria in the application form:
      Work experience in educational settings
      Teamwork experience in a collaborative and an investigative environment

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Magill campus in the east of Adelaide. Applications from interstate students seeking to study externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,092 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Supervisor Team

      Associate Professor Anna Sullivan - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Neil Tippett
      Professor Barry Down

      Essential Dates

      Applicants must be able to commence in 2021.

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: A/Prof. Anna Sullivan

    Specialist studies in education

    • Children’s problematic sexual behaviour in schools: Identifying and addressing collaborative responses to incidents
      Scholarship Available Dr Lesley-Anne Ey Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Doctor of Philosophy project: Children’s problematic sexual behaviour in schools: Identifying and addressing collaborative responses to incidents

      This PhD scholarship will contribute to a Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Project exploring responses and challenges to responding to problematic sexual behaviour (PSB) in primary schools and whether collaborative responses to PSB can mitigate barriers to meeting children’s needs. Although police are not part of the ongoing supportive response, it is important to understand their role in the initial response to primary school aged children who display PSB.

      The successful candidate will contribute to this broader study by exploring the role of police in responding to reports of PSB from primary schools: initial police responses and what informs them (e.g. knowledge of typical sexual development vs PSB, policy, principles for responding, discretion, and law); ongoing responses (e.g. court proceedings); facilitators and barriers to working with schools in responding to PSB (agency roles, knowledge of other agencies protocols, information sharing policies attending schools, privacy/confidentiality concerns, interviewing teachers/leadership, children, feasibility of reports); and potential strategies to support police and school collaborations.

      The PhD project will identify existing police responses and the rationale for current police responses to PSB including reviewing current Police directives to support responses. This will involve reviewing policy and procedure documents for responding to children with PSB in a school environment, interviewing techniques, and decision making about prosecution. Explore the facilitators and barriers to working with schools in responding to PSB: needs and challenges in responding to children who display PSB in South Australian primary schools; identify strategies for interagency collaboration to support the development of a framework to support collaborations between South Australian primary schools and external agencies.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants who are able to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas will be highly regarded:

      • Knowledge of South Australian Police Systems
      • Knowledge of Problematic/Harmful Sexual Behaviour
      • Knowledge of South Australian Education Systems

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Magill campus in the east of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA) living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. For many applicants scholarship payments will be tax free, however, we recommend you seek independent financial advice. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Lesley-Anne Ey - Principal Supervisor
      Dr James Herbert
      Professor Leah Bromfield-Smith

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 16 June 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Lesley-Anne Ey
    • Examining the impact of self-regulatory learning on mathematics anxiety of middle school students
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Simon Leonard Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Examining the impact of self-regulatory learning on mathematics anxiety of middle school students

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:

      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.

      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Simon Leonard
    • Exploring the impact of the Personal and Social Responsibility pedagogical model on the development of physical literacy and positive self-efficacy in physical education
      Dr Alison Wrench Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project: Exploring the impact of the Personal and Social Responsibility pedagogical model on the development of physical literacy and positive self-efficacy in physical education

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:

      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Alison Wrench
    • Improving computational thinking through the development of a low Earth orbit satellite
      Dr David Cropley Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Improving computational thinking through the development of a low Earth orbit satellite

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:
      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr David Cropley
    • Understanding the impact of improved self-regulation on self-efficacy in mathematics and science
      Associate Professor Simon Leonard Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Understanding the impact of improved self-regulation on self-efficacy in mathematics and science

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:
      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Simon Leonard

    Other Education

    • Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency
      Prof David Cropley Never closes
      Masters by Research or PhD Project - Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency

      As society moves deeper into the era of Industry 4, and as more and more routine, algorithmic work is carried out by AI and automation, the competencies needed for success in the Future of Work are changing. Around the world organisations are calling for a greater emphasis on the development of what were previously regarded as "soft skills": complex problem solving, critical thinking, persuasion, negotiation, emotional intelligence, and, of particular importance, creativity. Governments around the world are refocusing education, with many curricula now including cross-disciplinary requirements for creativity. Although creativity has been the focus of research, in particular in educational psychology, since the 1950s, there remain many questions to be addressed concerning the development of creativity as a broad competency, across all levels of education, and in specific disciplines clusters such as STEM. As the Future of Work becomes a reality, how can societies ensure that their education systems are preparing students for with creativity as a core competency? This project offers the opportunity to carry out research into the development of creativity as a multifaceted competency, across all levels of education, and with a special focus on preparing the next generation of STEM professionals. 

      Applicants should possess an honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline, OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.  Additionally applicants with strong written communication skills will be considered favourably. 

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • An honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.
      • Familiarity, experience with statistical analysis and related tools.
      • Strong written communication skills.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates). 

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor – Prof. David Cropley

      A/ Prof. Simon Leonard

      Dr. Florence Gabriel
      Dr. Rebecca Marrone

      Prof. James Kaufman (University of Connecticut)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof David Cropley
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    Engineering

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Civil Engineering

    • Bio-cementation for ground improvement
      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman Never closes
      Masters by Research and PhD Project - Bio-cementation for ground improvement

      Bio-cementation for ground improvement is a relatively new area and a potentially sustainable alternative technique. Microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and enzyme induced calcium carbonate precipitation (EICP) are the most widely studied bio-cementation techniques. MICP and EICP achieve soil improvement through calcium carbonate precipitation facilitated by urease enzymes produced by bacteria cells or plants, respectively. The precipitated calcium carbonate binds soil particles, influencing some engineering properties (e.g. improved strength and reduced hydraulic conductivity) of the soil. This process may also be used in the production of “bio-bricks”.

      During the MICP process, microbes attach themselves to soil particles providing effective nucleation sites for mineral precipitation, which enhances both the morphology of the precipitated calcium carbonate polymorphs and also the strength and stability of the treated soil. However, the MICP process requires the growth and culturing of bacteria, which can be a complex process since certain species of bacteria requires particular growing conditions such as oxygen availability, optimum pH and temperature. The applicability of the technique can also be limited to certain coarse-grained soils due to the size of the bacteria cells (typically 0.3-0.5µm) in relation to the pore throat size of the soil, which may lead to bio-plugging in fine-grained soils.  

      The EICP process involves precipitation through urea hydrolysis catalysed by plant urease enzymes. One advantage of EICP is the smaller size of the urease enzyme (typically 0.012µm), rendering the process effective for a wider range of soils, including fine-grained soils. This study aims to research on EICP, in particular, the biogeochemical processes, influencing factors, behaviour of EICP-treated soils and modelling together with various application areas of EICP.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes in the north heart of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Simon Beecham - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Rajibul Karim - Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman
    • Encased stone columns for soft ground improvement
      Dr Rajibul Karim Never closes
      PhD Project: Encased stone columns for soft ground improvement  

      Soft soil deposits are common in many parts of Australia and around the world. These soils are often associated with low shear strength, high compressibility and low permeability and are challenging for the construction of any type of civil engineering structures. Soft soils often show creep or stress relaxation behaviour which adds to the design/construction challenge. Due to the rapid growth of population and infrastructure development, these days, it is often necessary to construct on such soils. Different pre-construction soil improvement methods are used to improve its strength and stiffness. Stone column is one of the most commonly used method. However, the improvement efficiency of stone columns are often low due to low lateral support from the soft soils. Lateral support can be increased by encasing stone columns with reinforcing elements and it has been shown to improve its performance.

      Effect of different factors influencing the behaviour of encased stone columns, including, reinforcement stiffness, construction technique, surrounding soil properties, length to diameter ratio and spacing have been investigated in the past. However, one of the most important aspects of soft soil and reinforcement behaviour, i.e., creep has often been overlooked and can affect the long term stability of the improved ground. Using a combination of finite and discrete element modelling, this project investigates the influence of creep on the long term behaviour of encased stone columns. Alongside, the effect of changes in infill material properties (conventionally crushed natural stones are used) on the overall behaviour will be investigated. This will allow design for a wider range of materials including recycled concrete aggregates, construction demolition wastes or recycled tyre chips to be used as infill in stone columns leading to preservation of natural resources, recycling of waste products, reduction in the carbon footprint of the construction industry and so forth.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Dr Rajibul Karim

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman

      Dr Khoi Nguyen

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Rajibul Karim
    • Hydrogen carbon waste into high performance concrete material
      Scholarship Available Professor Yan Zhuge Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Hydrogen carbon waste into high performance concrete material

      To address the increased world energy demands and the critical global warming issues, hydrogen has been promoted by many nations as a prime new clean energy source. Currently, 96% of hydrogen production worldwide is based on non-renewable fossil fuels, generating considerable carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, exerting a huge burden on the environment. On the other hand, concrete is the most widely used construction material and its annual worldwide production can reach over 4.5 billion metric tons. With increasing demand and tightening environmental restrictions, the concrete industry is under pressure to consider its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy consumption. One promising way to solve the carbon waste issue from hydrogen production is to integrate that carbon waste into concrete.

      This project aims to convert the carbon waste from hydrogen production into carbon nanosheets for the creation of stronger and more durable concrete. Cutting-edge nanoscience-based experiments, as well as sophisticated modelling techniques including microstructure characterisation and discrete element modelling, will be employed. In the stage 1 of the project, carbon nano sheet (CNS) converted from carbon waste will be developed, specially designed blends of sand, fly ash and waste concrete powder will be used as carbon capture substrates. The dispersion behaviour of CNS grown on specifically designed blends will also be studied as well as microstructure characterisation. At the stage 2, Blends with CNS coating developed at stage 1 will be added into cement paste and its effects on cement hydration, mechanical strength and durability will be investigated. Finally, the mechanical and durability behaviour of concrete using the cement blends developed earlier will be investigated both experimentally and numerically. This proposal forms part of a recent successful ARC Discovery Project application.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to domestic applicants, and international applicants currently onshore in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants who meet the project desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Masters by Research degree in the area of sustainable concrete materials incorporating nano technology
      • Masters by Research degree with Journal publications in English

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is supported by the newly funded ARC Discovery Project grant and is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students and international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Yan Zhuge- Principal Supervisor
      Professor Jun Ma
      Dr Khoi Nguyen

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Yan Zhuge
    • Soil behaviour in the earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunnelling
      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman Never closes
      Doctor of Philosophy Project: Soil behaviour in the earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunnelling

      The significant shortage of land due to rapid urbanization and population growth has been triggering the development of underground spaces. Shield tunnelling is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to open-cut excavation for underground space development due to its highly efficient construction and minimal ground disturbance. In conventional methodology, the performance of tunnelling is evaluated based on laboratory experiments, which are often expensive, time-demanding, and involve many uncertain variables. Further, there is limited understanding of the mechanism involved as the soil goes through changes in its boundary conditions and thus how to estimate the earth pressure on the cutting face. Researchers have been using the discrete element method (DEM) as an alternative tool that can capture the discrete nature of the soil and the soil fabric (affecting the stresses in soil), and simulate the tunnelling process. Most DEM studies in the literature have used spheres as representative granular material to reduce computational complexity. However, most granular materials, such as sands, are not rounded and possess angular features. Also, different natural soil often possesses different particle size distribution (PSD), which also contributes to the contact force network and stresses in soils. Nonetheless, the influence of PSD on soil fabric and contact force in DEM studies in tunnelling is still yet to be explored. In this study, a more realistic particle shape will be used in DEM simulations to better understand the involved transition mechanism in earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunnelling. The study also aims to examine both effects of PSD on soil behaviour during the tunnelling process.

      Furthermore, the fluid mechanical interactions have been ignored in most past DEM studies which can be an influential factor in controlling soil behaviour. A fluid-mechanics coupled approach will be used in this study to investigate the effect of fluid/water in tunnelling.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria  for entrance into a PhD.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman (Principal Supervisor)
      Dr Khoi Nguyen
      Dr Rajibul Karim
      Dr Abdullahil Baki (JK Geotechnics)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman
    • The role of soil fabric in geotechnical engineering design
      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman Never closes
      Doctor of Philosophy Project: The role of soil fabric in geotechnical engineering design

      Critical state (CS) theory is widely used to explain soil behaviour and failure assessment of structures such as building footing, tailing dams or embankments. Most developments in this area have been predominantly based on laboratory experiments. Laboratory investigations are often associated with the difficulties in the replication of the field condition, controlling feedback of loading and inability to capture the micromechanical entities such as soil fabric (contact force network), which is understood to significantly influence the behaviour of soil. Due to the limitations of laboratory testing, the practitioners have varied perception of the reliability of the conventional failure assessment or design methodologies.

      The discrete element method (DEM) has become popular for its ability to capture the micromechanical aspects of soil behaviour and overcome most of the technical limitations of the laboratory-based study. However, level of sophistication of contact models, limited boundary condition options, and particle characteristics are often treated as some of the limitations of DEM. For instance, the researchers have been using both periodic and rigid boundaries and reporting several disadvantages. Rigid boundary introduces additional contact forces at wall-particle contacts, which results in higher effective stresses. A periodic boundary can minimize the effect of rigid wall, but it cannot replicate real testing condition. Although DEM results are believed to represent qualitative behaviour of real soil, improvement needs to be made to apply it as a quantitative tool. This research will adopt an open-source DEM code, YADE, with the flexibility of modifying the existing contact mechanisms and boundary conditions, to develop simulating techniques capable of replicating real soil behaviour. The insight developed from DEM will help the development of a better constitutive model based on CS theory and thus lead to better design and failure assessment practices.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria  for entrance into a PhD.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus  in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman (Principal Supervisor)
      Dr Khoi Nguyen
      Dr Rajibul Karim
      Dr Abu Rabbi (CMW Geosciences)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman

    Electronics, sensors and digital hardware

    • Learning to Sense: Next generation photonic sensors enabled by machine learning
      Scholarship Available Dr Stephen Warren-Smith Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Learning to Sense: Next generation photonic sensors enabled by machine learning

      What is considered the worst fear in sensor development? It is arguably cross-sensitivity, where the sensor is not only sensitive to the intended measurand but also to many other environmental effects. Significant time and effort in sensor development is spent on dealing with cross-sensitivity by designing a sensor transducer with a desired response while avoiding crosstalk. Based on a profound shift in thinking for how to approach measurement in the world around us, our recent work has shown that this hardware complexity can be avoided through the application of machine learning methods and even outperform conventional sensors.

      This PhD project aims to investigate this next frontier in sensing, particularly in optical fibre sensing: the use of machine learning to shift the complexity out of conventional sensor hardware and into smart software. The complexity and instability of multimode photonic waveguides, traditionally a hinderance to sensing, will be used to advantage to train deep learning models for sensing. We aim to create intelligent photonic sensors that can, in principle, measure any environmental parameter using any optical waveguide material.

      We are seeking an eager and dynamic student to help us realise the potential of this approach, from understanding the fundamental physics and computational algorithms through to real world applications.

      You will join the Laser Physics and Photonic Devices Laboratory, with access to over 330 m2 of well-equipped optics laboratories as well have access to the High Performance Computing cluster at UniSA (Tango 2.0). Our laboratory has expertise in laser technology, nonlinear optics, and sensing, and now the emerging area of machine learning in photonics. We seek to make fundamental advances in the knowledge of optical systems and apply them to wide-ranging real-world applications such as defence, telecommunications, heavy industry, agriculture, biology, and renewables technology.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently residing in Australia. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.  Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Willingness to learn skills, and work in, a range of discipline areas to achieve the project goals, including optical theory, experimentation, computer programming, machine learning, and device fabrication

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas will be highly regarded:

      • Studies or experience in physics or engineering, particularly the field of optics and photonics
      • Studies or experience in computer programming

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team



      Essential Dates

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Wednesday 16 June, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Stephen Warren-Smith

    Engineering practice and education

    • Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency
      Prof David Cropley Never closes
      Masters by Research or PhD Project - Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency

      As society moves deeper into the era of Industry 4, and as more and more routine, algorithmic work is carried out by AI and automation, the competencies needed for success in the Future of Work are changing. Around the world organisations are calling for a greater emphasis on the development of what were previously regarded as "soft skills": complex problem solving, critical thinking, persuasion, negotiation, emotional intelligence, and, of particular importance, creativity. Governments around the world are refocusing education, with many curricula now including cross-disciplinary requirements for creativity. Although creativity has been the focus of research, in particular in educational psychology, since the 1950s, there remain many questions to be addressed concerning the development of creativity as a broad competency, across all levels of education, and in specific disciplines clusters such as STEM. As the Future of Work becomes a reality, how can societies ensure that their education systems are preparing students for with creativity as a core competency? This project offers the opportunity to carry out research into the development of creativity as a multifaceted competency, across all levels of education, and with a special focus on preparing the next generation of STEM professionals. 

      Applicants should possess an honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline, OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.  Additionally applicants with strong written communication skills will be considered favourably. 

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • An honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.
      • Familiarity, experience with statistical analysis and related tools.
      • Strong written communication skills.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates). 

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor – Prof. David Cropley

      A/ Prof. Simon Leonard

      Dr. Florence Gabriel
      Dr. Rebecca Marrone

      Prof. James Kaufman (University of Connecticut)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof David Cropley

    Maritime engineering

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 04 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition

      This project will contribute to smart buyer initiative that department of defence actively pursues. Military vessel acquisition and sustainment projects consume billions of taxpayer money annually. By enabling future proof and smart vessel acquisitions this research will contribute to the goal of ensuring return on value for taxpayer money spent on military vessels. This project is in collaboration with DST group, Maritime division. The objective is to improve value for money and operational effectiveness of vessels primarily by accurate estimation of vessels operational requirements at the outset of acquisition process.

      Observed difference between predicted and actual operational profiles suggests that vessel design that was acquired and built is not the most optimal. However, formal methods for comparing actual and conceptual operational profiles and using insights from this process to inform requirements development process are lacking. Operational data can be large, complicated, and discontinuous, and quality of information is dependent on appropriate parameters being recorded. Finally, new, or unconventional systems engineering principles need to be explored to enable in-service design information to play a role in requirements development process and help manage dynamic state of requirements through life.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. 

      Eligibility Criteria 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants are required to be eligible for base line security clearance and will need to hold Australian citizenship.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Hold a bachelor or masters degree in engineering or computer science,
      • The ability and strong desire to work and liaise with the defence industry.
      Additionally, applicants who meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Knowledge and experience in systems engineering;
      • Knowledge and experience with data mining/artificial intelligence tools.
       The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 4 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

    Materials engineering

    • Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system
      Dr Haolan Xu Never closes
      PhD Project - Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system

      This project aims to develop an advanced and multi-functional solar-thermal desalination system to simultaneously produce clean water and electricity. Interfacial solar evaporation-based desalination technology has the unique advantage of using solar light as the sole energy source for affordable clean water production. However, its absolute evaporation rate is still too low for practical application and all of the latent heat released from vapor condensation during desalination is wasted. Solving these two critical issues by study of energy nexus, design and fabrication of advanced photothermal materials and desalination devices could accelerate practical adoption of this technology and benefit millions of people who desperately need clean water.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         Have research experience on photothermal materials and solar steam generation.


      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support 

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).   

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Haolan Xu – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Gary Owens – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Xuan Wu – Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Haolan Xu
    • Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces
      Scholarship Available Professor Nikki Stanford Never closes
      PhD Project - Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces

      The project will carry out computational modelling of crystalline interfaces. The modelling will be atomic-scale, and will determine parameters such as the coordination number for the boundary and its mobility. Once a database of numerical outcomes has been collated, this library of information will be used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. This can then be used to predict the properties of boundaries that are too large to be examined from first principles.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 

      • Masters or honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or similar
      • Willingness to be co-supervised by an expert in computational materials science at the University of Nantes, and ability to live in France in the latter half of the PhD project
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide, before transferring to the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials in Nantes for the second half of the program.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Additional funds will be made available for conference attendance and travel.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nikki Stanford
    • Hydrogen carbon waste into high performance concrete material
      Scholarship Available Professor Yan Zhuge Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Hydrogen carbon waste into high performance concrete material

      To address the increased world energy demands and the critical global warming issues, hydrogen has been promoted by many nations as a prime new clean energy source. Currently, 96% of hydrogen production worldwide is based on non-renewable fossil fuels, generating considerable carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, exerting a huge burden on the environment. On the other hand, concrete is the most widely used construction material and its annual worldwide production can reach over 4.5 billion metric tons. With increasing demand and tightening environmental restrictions, the concrete industry is under pressure to consider its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy consumption. One promising way to solve the carbon waste issue from hydrogen production is to integrate that carbon waste into concrete.

      This project aims to convert the carbon waste from hydrogen production into carbon nanosheets for the creation of stronger and more durable concrete. Cutting-edge nanoscience-based experiments, as well as sophisticated modelling techniques including microstructure characterisation and discrete element modelling, will be employed. In the stage 1 of the project, carbon nano sheet (CNS) converted from carbon waste will be developed, specially designed blends of sand, fly ash and waste concrete powder will be used as carbon capture substrates. The dispersion behaviour of CNS grown on specifically designed blends will also be studied as well as microstructure characterisation. At the stage 2, Blends with CNS coating developed at stage 1 will be added into cement paste and its effects on cement hydration, mechanical strength and durability will be investigated. Finally, the mechanical and durability behaviour of concrete using the cement blends developed earlier will be investigated both experimentally and numerically. This proposal forms part of a recent successful ARC Discovery Project application.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to domestic applicants, and international applicants currently onshore in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants who meet the project desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Masters by Research degree in the area of sustainable concrete materials incorporating nano technology
      • Masters by Research degree with Journal publications in English

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is supported by the newly funded ARC Discovery Project grant and is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students and international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Yan Zhuge- Principal Supervisor
      Professor Jun Ma
      Dr Khoi Nguyen

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Yan Zhuge
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    Environmental sciences

    Environmental Management

    • Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Never closes
      PhD Project: Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography

      Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity and biodiversity on our planet. Topography and vegetation can moderate prevalent weather conditions. For example, on a hot day south-facing slopes in the Southern Hemisphere and locations shaded by vegetation will experience cooler temperatures. However, vegetation cover is decreasing on a global scale, reducing the climate buffering potential of landscapes. Furthermore, landscapes are increasingly fragmented, meaning that the total proportion of habitat bordering to the edge of vegetation is increasing. Although it is therefore important to understand the buffering of prevalent weather condition by vegetation and topography, most of our knowledge is based on weather stations, which by definition exclude the effects of vegetation and topography.

      This project will focus around an existing dataset along the edges of five South Australian woodlands. For each of these woodlands we have temperature and humidity data for transects from the edge for a 12 months period, data on canopy cover and ground cover, and LiDAR and infra-red imagery from a sunny summer day in 2019/20. The data is therefore is ideal for investigating how habitat clearing and fragmentation are affecting available microclimates in South Australia. Your thesis could either solely focus on this dataset or integrate different aspects, such as a meta-analysis of global microclimate studies or adding field data within the theme of the thesis.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         statistical and computational skills, including preferably knowledge of R

      ·         experience in applied remote sensing and GIS

      ·         knowledge of ecology and ecosystem processes

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

      Dr. Greg Guerin (University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network/ TERN)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel
    • Environmental and biokinetic behaviour of technology critical elements
      Professor Albert Juhasz Never closes
      PhD project: Environmental and biokinetic behaviour of technology critical elements

      Technology critical elements (TCE) including platinum group elements and rare earth elements are of significant importance for the development of future technologies in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electronics, photonics, telecommunication and transport. Whilst the development of these technologies is vital in the implementation of the Paris agreement and the United Nation's sustainable development goals, the increased usage of TCE has brought with it a series of environmental, socio-economic and ecological implications that remain poorly understood. As most TCE are not included in regulatory frameworks, the potential long-term consequences of increasing exposure cannot be regulated to minimised adverse socio-economic impact. This project aims to assess the fate, transport and biokinetic behaviour of TCE in ‘natural’ (e.g. mine impacted soil, acid mine drainage / surface run off) and built environments (house dust, e-waste recycling) in order to identify risk pathways and scenarios which enable quantitative risk assessment for environmental protection and sustainability.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • 2-5 years experience in the environmental sector undertaking human health exposure assessment,
      • A working knowledge of environmental regulation and guidance in Australia.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Albert Juhasz
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    Health sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Health services and systems

    • Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care
      Scholarship Available Professor Nicholas Procter Never closes
      Doctor of Philosophy Project: Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care

      This project aims to produce high quality research which is an original contribution to the field of crisis response in mental health care. Funded by and undertaken in collaboration with the Neami National Urgent Mental Health Care Centre in South Australia, this research will focus on clinical and peer support based services, novel service design, unique philosophy of care, and innovative governance arrangements. It will examine how these key elements of the service contribute to improving pathways of care and integration on the systems level. Coproduction of the research process, involving key partnerships with lived experience advisors and leaders and service partners, will be a strong feature of the study.

      The outcome of this project will be to generate new knowledge on how the contributions of peer workers is expressed in team-based crisis work in the context of a novel service design and innovative governance arrangements. The research you undertake in this project will generate at least four peer-reviewed publications.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Scholarship Value

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $37,500 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      An additional $2,500 per annum funding will be available to support project costs.

      Supervisor Team

      Professor Nicholas Procter (Principal Supervisor)
      Dr Mark Loughhead

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Nicholas Procter or Dr Mark Loughead in the first instance to discuss their academic back-ground prior to submitting an application.

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Procter
    • Improving the safety of implantable medical devices
      Scholarship Available Dr. Marianne Gillam Never closes
      Masters by Research or PhD Project - Improving the safety of implantable medical devices

      Medical devices provide benefits but also have the potential to cause harm. Large amounts of data exist on medical devices after they have entered the market, but methods for analysing the data and rapidly detecting safety issues are lacking. The aim of the research is to improve the safety of implantable medical devices by using novel methods on existing data sources to develop an efficient and accurate post-market surveillance system.

      Applicants should possess a qualification in population health, epidemiology, statistics, informatics, computer science or a relevant discipline. Qualifications should include courses in statistical analysis, biostatistics, or quantitative modelling. Additionally experience in statistical software such as R or SAS in large datasets, and methodological skills in undertaking analyses in a health related area will be highly regarded.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally applicants will be required to address the following selection criteria in the application:
      • Qualification in population health, epidemiology, statistics, informatics, computer science or a relevant discipline
      • Coursework in statistical analysis, biostatistics, or quantitative modelling
      • Experience in data analysis using statistical software such as R or SAS in large datasets
      • Methodological skills in undertaking analyses in a health related area

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the centre of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A NHMRC/ UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Supervisory team

      Dr Marianne Gillam

      Prof. Libby Roughead
      Principal Supervisor: Dr. Marianne Gillam
    • Use of wearable activity monitors in South Australian clinical settings: protocol development and evaluation
      Scholarship Available Professor Carol Maher Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Doctor of Philosophy project: Use of wearable activity monitors in South Australian clinical settings: protocol development and evaluation

      Poor lifestyle activity patterns (physical inactivity, excessive sedentary behaviour and poor sleep) are major contributors to chronic disease. There is growing recognition that these behaviors contribute to suboptimal patient outcomes across a wide variety of health populations and are exacerbated during periods of hospitalisation.

      Wearables (e.g. Fitbits and research accelerometers) show great potential for helping clinicians measure and/or intervene on patients’ activity patterns in a range of inpatient, outpatient and community settings. However, this field of technology is expanding quickly, with many devices available, each with different movement detection algorithms, user experiences, and data capabilities. At present, South Australian (and, in fact, national and international) use of wearables in clinical practice is piecemeal and fails to leverage collaboration.

      The project will involve working with a range of clinical and government stakeholders and research experts to explore the needs and opportunities for large-scale use of wearables in South Australian clinical practice. It will culminate in a pilot study of the protocol devised through stakeholder consultation. The project will use a systems theory approach, to meet the needs of consumers, clinicians and health services and policy makers.

      The successful candidate will be positioned in an internationally outstanding research group. Principal supervisor Prof Carol Maher is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, placing her in the top 0.1% of researchers worldwide. This project will lead to numerous high-quality publications and is poised to change ongoing clinical practice. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to contribute to research projects beyond their direct PhD project.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • be an allied health professional with clinical experience; and
      • have demonstrable high-level communication skills for dealing with stakeholders

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Carol Maher (Principal Supervisor)
      Dr John Arnold
      Tony Hewitt (Southern Adelaide Local Health Network)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 16 June, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Carol Maher

    Nursing

    • Activation in care partners of people living with end-stage kidney disease
      A/Prof. Paul Bennett Never closes
      Masters by Research project: Activation in care partners of people living with end-stage kidney disease 

      End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is a chronic condition that requires renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation) to maintain life. The chronic and ever-present nature of ESKD and its treatment has led patients, clinicians and dialysis providers to encourage a person’s own self-management of their care in order to promote optimal quality of life. Unfortunately, people receiving incentre haemodialysis (HD), can become disempowered as time-poor clinicians provide limited encouragement to self-management. 

      Patient activation refers to the willingness and ability of a person to manage their own healthcare, that is reliant on knowledge, skills and confidence. Patient activation is measured using the Patient Activation Measure 13 item survey (PAM13). A high proportion of people receiving haemodialysis have low activation levels. However, little is known about the activation levels of their care partners or caregivers.

      This project will measure the levels of people living with end stage kidney disease and their care partners in South Australia. A cross-sectional survey design will be undertaken using the PAM13 and Caregiver PAM13 instruments. The study will be used to generate new knowledge and inform future haemodialysis self-management programs. 

      Eligibility and Selection

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. All applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and be based at the City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team
      Associate Professor Paul Bennett - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Andie Xu


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered
      Principal Supervisor: A/Prof. Paul Bennett

    Public Health

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Human society

    Human Geography

    • Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions
      Scholarship Available A/ Prof. Sally Weller Closing 13 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Firm Birth and Death in Troubled Regions

      This PhD opportunity is a component of and Australian Research Council grant examining the longer-term economic development trajectories of deindustrialising regions. The Chief Investigators, who will also supervise the PhD project, work in the broad area of Geographical Political Economy and have long term interests in regional development and global production networks. The overall project involves the preparation of case studies on twelve selected regions and comparison of their trajectories using a Boolean method called Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The PhD project will complement this work by working on firm entry and exit patterns in particular the spatial and temporal patterns in firm entry and exit. This work will draw on Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources, in particular the relatively new BLADE dataset (Hansell & Rafi, 2018). There is scope for the selected candidate to build a unique PhD project within the broad focus on evolution of firms and the role of space and positionality in that evolution.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Confident with numerical data, spreadsheets and basic statistics
      • Familiarity with ABS datasets and systems
      • A background in geographical political economy, economic geography, political economy or related discipline

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.   Additionally,   UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,092 per annum paid fortnightly is available to eligible applicants. Note that living allowance scholarships are only available to students studying full time, except in exceptional circumstances and when approved by the University. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Supervisor Team

      Associate Professor Sally Weller - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Al Rainnie

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday 13 June 2021
      Principal Supervisor: A/ Prof. Sally Weller

    Policy and administration

    • A Comparative Discourse Analysis of SA local government Disability Inclusion Action Plans
      Dr. Richard McGrath Never closes
      Masters by Research project - A Comparative Discourse Analysis of SA local government Disability Inclusion Action Plans

      Recently the SA government launched the State Disability Inclusion Plan 20192023. The aim of the SDIP was to bring ‘State Government agencies and local councils together to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability’. To assist with enabling outcomes to occur the SA government required all local governments (LGs) to develop Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) by October 2020.

      Previously SA LGs were encouraged to develop Disability Action Plans (DAPs) to assist in eliminating barriers faced by people with disabilities (PWD). While many SA LGs had developed DAPs, many of these plans focused on the built environment as a barrier for PWD (McGrath 2011), with little focus on social or organizational barriers.

      With the requirement of SA LGs to develop and implement DAIPs a few questions arise:

      Are SA LG DAIPs simply modified versions of previous DAPs?
      In what way are SA LG DAIPs addressing the State government priority themes?
      How have SA LG DAIPs been developed (i.e. to what degree has collaboration and consolation occurred)?
      What discourses/understandings/definitions of ‘disability’ do SA LG DAIPs use?
      How do SA LGs propose to evaluate progress or completion of actions concerning inclusive practices?

      This proposed study will adopt a Comparative Discourse Analysis (CDA) approach to reveal the ideologies, perspectives and aims embedded with SA LG DAIPs.

      This will involve accessing electronic copies of publicly available SA LG DAIPs.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.  All applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the centre of Adelaide.

      People living with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of South Australia prides itself on its inclusive educational environment minimising barriers to study. If you need any assistance with preparing your application please feel free to contact the Research Admissions Team at 08 8302 5880 from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, or at research.degrees@unisa.edu.au.

      Financial Support

      A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is included.

      Supervisory team

      Principal supervisor - Dr. Richard McGrath

      Co-supervisor - Dr. Janette Young

      Co-supervisor - Dr. Carmel Nottle
      Principal Supervisor: Dr. Richard McGrath

    Other human society

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
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    Information and computing sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Artificial intelligence

    • BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Never closes
      About this Project
      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      Discrete manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain. Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacture, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency.

      The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Candidates born in ITAR-proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $32,285 per year for 3.5 years with an option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer
    • BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Never closes
      PhD Project - BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Immersive Analytics and Data Storytelling to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      You will explore and develop visualisation and data storytelling systems in immersive environments-including virtual reality, augmented reality, and tabletop displays-to elucidate insight in advanced manufacturing environments. Manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain.

      Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacturing, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency. The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility and Selection 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.


      Candidates born in ITAR- proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $37,285 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Supervisory team

      Dr Andrew Cunningham - Principal Supervisor

      Essential dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham
    • Controlled Natural Language for UAV Traffic Management
      Scholarship Available Professor Markus Stumptner Closing 26 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Controlled Natural Language for UAV Traffic Management

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science to work on the project "Controlled Natural Language for UAV Traffic Management" funded by the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre.

      The rise of autonomous Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will lead to new requirements for the communication between air traffic controllers and UAVs as part of UAV Traffic Management (UTM).   Real-time requirements and the controller's need to interact with many vehicles will prevent the execution of complex queries or menu sequences. The need to express orders and potentially complex situation descriptions will exceed the capabilities of purely visual environments.  At the same time, the well-regulated professional terminology of air traffic control will facilitate the use of natural language understanding techniques.

      The project seeks to develop novel artificial intelligence techniques for conducting information exchange in the UTM environment, concisely conveying information about UAV and traffic status, and conveying commands to UAVs and/or their remote operators. The successful applicant will develop novel artificial intelligence methods for language understanding, situation modelling and dialogue execution building on an existing controlled natural language toolkit employed in other complex environments.

      The recipient should have an outstanding academic record and a background in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.

      Eligibility and Selection 

      This project is open to application from domestic applicants, and also international applicants currently onshore in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.  Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential:

      ·         Experience in software development/programming, knowledge representation and reasoning.

      Desirable:

      ·         Experience in natural language understanding

      ·         Experience in prototyping and evaluation of solutions

      ·         Experience with agent-based systems and BDI approaches

      ·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills


      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students  or international students.


      Supervisory Team

      Professor Markus Stumptner – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Matt Selway – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Annie Liang – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Javaan Singh Chahl – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Georg Grossman – Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 
      Applications close at 11.30pm, ACST, Friday, 26th July
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Markus Stumptner
    • FEnEx CRC PhD Digital Twins for Open Analytics Interoperability
      Scholarship Available Professor Markus Stumptner Never closes
      PhD Project - FEnEx CRC PhD Digital Twins for Open Analytics Interoperability

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science to work on the project “Open Analytics Interoperability” funded by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC). Applicants are required to have demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required) and experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required)

      ·         experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Prof Markus Stumptner - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Matt Selway - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer - Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Markus Stumptner
    • FEnEx CRC PhD Open Analytics Interoperability
      Scholarship Available Professor Markus Stumptner Never closes
      PhD Project - FEnEx CRC PhD Open Analytics Interoperability 

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science to work on the project “Open Analytics Interoperability” funded by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC). Applicants are required to have demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required) and experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required)

      ·         experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Prof Markus Stumptner - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Georg Grossmann - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Karamjit Kaur - Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.

       
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Markus Stumptner

    Data Management and Data Science

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Machine learning

    • Generating synthetic data for training predictive spectroscopic models
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy Closing 17 June 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Generating synthetic data for training predictive spectroscopic models

      Global demand for metals required to build green technologies such as solar and wind farms is increasing exponentially, however, the rate of discovery of mineral deposits that provide these metals is decreasing. This is because undiscovered mineral deposits exposed at the Earth’s surface are rare, meaning mineral explorers are being forced into deeper search space and are looking for potential mineral deposits in old, prospective basement rocks that are buried by young, barren cover rocks. The Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (MinEx CRC) is addressing this issue through development of new drilling and sensor technologies that will deliver more efficient and environmentally friendly methods for mineral exploration in buried terranes.

      This PhD project will sit within MinEx CRC Project 3: Real-time Downhole Assay. MinEx CRC Project 3 aims to develop a new sensor for downhole geochemical data analysis using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The LIBS sensor has the potential to collect large volumes of spectroscopic (geochemical) data to which machine learning algorithms may be applied to allow rapid, automated data interpretation. However, predictive models in mining and exploration are often limited by the available training data because the training data may not be practical to acquire due to time, cost, and other resource constraints. Therefore, our ability to create well-fitted models capable of capturing complex predictive relationships is limited.

      This project aims to generate and undertake testing of synthetic training datasets for spectroscopic data for development of predictive models to be used in automation and machine learning in the context of advancement of downhole spectroscopic instruments. The candidate will be required to conduct laboratory experiments for collection of LIBS geochemical data and develop machine learning methods that utilise real and simulated data and incorporate domain knowledge for improved prediction.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application for domestic and onshore international applicants only. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         Experience with development of machine learning methods that utilise real and simulated data and incorporate domain knowledge for improved prediction.

      Additionally, applicants who meet the project specific desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      ·         Laboratory experience

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students and international students.

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy

      Dr Ben van der Hoek

      Dr Yulia Uvarova (CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Perth)

      Mr Neil Francis (CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Perth)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

      Application closing date is 16 June 2021, 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy
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    Language, communication and culture

    Other language, communication and culture

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
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    Law and legal studies

    Environmental and resources law

    • Industry Led Product Stewardship Schemes consumer law issues
      Scholarship Available Professor Jennifer McKay Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Industry Led Product Stewardship Schemes consumer law issues

      Establishing effective national stewardship schemes is vital to building a strong, safe and sustainable recycling industry in Australia and to achieving Australia’s resource recovery rate of 80 per cent by 2030 outlined in the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan. The Government's preferred option are industry-led developments of product stewardship schemes to engage and support the entire supply chain. Various product stewardship schemes were developed in the recent past and are currently under development, which focuses on tangible outcomes. The schemes aim at increasing resource recovery in-line with circular economy principles, minimising negative impacts on health, safety and the environment, supporting the whole supply chain to take responsibility for waste, supporting the resource recovery industry, and  promoting research and innovative solutions for managing waste. The proposed project will focus on the question about how and to what extend consumer laws were considered in the development and implementation of the product stewardship schemes for e.g. batteries, electronic goods, paint. In addition, the project will study how consumer laws can help to define future product stewardship schemes for, e.g., solar photovoltaic panels, coffee pods, textiles, to name a few.

      Applicants are required to be a law graduate or have considerable legal experience, or governance knowledge, or political science knowledge.

      Additionally, applicants with legal practice experience or governance experience in the private or public sphere, and skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection will be highly regarded. 

      Eligibility and Selection 

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. 

      A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.  All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project.  Additionally, applicants will be required to address the following selection criteria:
      • Law graduate or have considerable legal experience, or governance knowledge, or political science knowledge
      • Legal practice experience or  governance experience would be an advantage in private or public sphere
      • Skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection
      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.  

      Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $32,600 per annum (2021 rates).   

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Jennifer McKay – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Peter Majewski

      Professor Eileen Webb

      Craig Wilkins – Conservation SA

      Kathryn Bellette - Environmental Protection Authority SA


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications will remain open until 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 16 June, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Jennifer McKay
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    Mathematical sciences

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    Applied mathematics

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 04 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition

      This project will contribute to smart buyer initiative that department of defence actively pursues. Military vessel acquisition and sustainment projects consume billions of taxpayer money annually. By enabling future proof and smart vessel acquisitions this research will contribute to the goal of ensuring return on value for taxpayer money spent on military vessels. This project is in collaboration with DST group, Maritime division. The objective is to improve value for money and operational effectiveness of vessels primarily by accurate estimation of vessels operational requirements at the outset of acquisition process.

      Observed difference between predicted and actual operational profiles suggests that vessel design that was acquired and built is not the most optimal. However, formal methods for comparing actual and conceptual operational profiles and using insights from this process to inform requirements development process are lacking. Operational data can be large, complicated, and discontinuous, and quality of information is dependent on appropriate parameters being recorded. Finally, new, or unconventional systems engineering principles need to be explored to enable in-service design information to play a role in requirements development process and help manage dynamic state of requirements through life.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. 

      Eligibility Criteria 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants are required to be eligible for base line security clearance and will need to hold Australian citizenship.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Hold a bachelor or masters degree in engineering or computer science,
      • The ability and strong desire to work and liaise with the defence industry.
      Additionally, applicants who meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Knowledge and experience in systems engineering;
      • Knowledge and experience with data mining/artificial intelligence tools.
       The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 4 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik
    • Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems
      Scholarship Available Dr Bronwyn Hajek Never closes
      PhD Project - Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems

      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an ARC funded PhD position in Applied Mathematics to work on a project titled “A Novel Geometric Approach to Shocks in Reaction-Nonlinear Diffusion Models”.

      Reaction-nonlinear diffusion models play a vital role in the study of cell migration and population dynamics. However, the presence of aggregation, or backward diffusion, leads to the formation of shock waves - distinct, sharp interfaces between different populations of densities of cells - and the breakdown of the model.

      The aim of this project is to develop new geometric methods to explain the formation and temporal evolution of shock waves in regularised reaction-nonlinear diffusion models and devise innovative tools in singular perturbation theory and stability analysis that will identify key parameters in the creation of shock waves, as well as their dynamic behaviour.

      To be successful in this project you should have a completed Honours Degree and have a strong background in mathematics. Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be highly regarded: differential equations, PDEs, symmetry analysis, dynamical systems, group theory.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes in the north  of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Some funding is available for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Jorge Aarao - Co-Supervisor

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Bronwyn Hajek
    • Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants
      Scholarship Available Prof. Stan Miklavcic Never closes
      PhD Project - Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants

      Salt and drought are the two major abiotic stresses affecting crop plant health, growth and development. The project aims to understand salt and water transport in plants and the physiological effects of soil salinity. Biophysical models will be used to quantify the movement of salt through plant organs, tissues and cells, from root to leaf. Using these models the project aims to answer the question of how salt moves across the different tissues and major organs, how salt accumulates in leaf cells, and how movement and accumulation is controlled by the diversity of transport mechanisms operating in plants. The project seeks to quantify tissue tolerance, osmotic tolerance and ionic tolerance and discover new mechanisms by which plants can stave off the effect of salt stress.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Demonstrated experience with mathematical modelling applied to one or more problems arising in physics, chemistry or biology
      • Demonstrated interest in plant science or an area of plant science relevant to the project

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Funds related to conference expenses such as travel and accomodation will also be available.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stan Miklavcic - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Megan Shelden - University of Adelaide
      Professor Steve Teyrman - University of Adelaide

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.

       

      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Stan Miklavcic
    • Value of Solar Forecasts
      Dr John Boland Closing 04 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Value of Solar Forecasts

      Numerous methods have been developed during the last decade to forecast the solar resource and the generation of solar renewables. These forecasts can be deterministic, also called point forecasts, when they provide a single value to predict the future energy production. But they can also be probabilistic, when they give the probability associated to the future level of production. The quality of solar forecasts is assessed by comparing predictions with measured solar data. However, this methodology does not consider the added value of the forecasts for a particular user’s applications.

      The aim of this PhD is to bring new knowledge about how to assess the quality of solar forecasts by taking into account their added value for specific applications. For instance, the financial return generated by a solar system is commonly a non-linear function of the expected future production. In an ARENA project, prospective supervisors Boland and Kay, along with colleagues, showed how improvements in forecasting lowered the frequency control and ancillary services fees for solar farms. This research needs extension to wider applications.  The results of the PhD are essential to define which characteristics of a forecast need to be improved, in order to be of increased value, rather than simply to be evaluated as to how closely they match the observed data.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 


      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 4 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Boland
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    Physical sciences

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    Atomic, molecular and optical physics

    • Learning to Sense: Next generation photonic sensors enabled by machine learning
      Scholarship Available Dr Stephen Warren-Smith Closing 16 June 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Learning to Sense: Next generation photonic sensors enabled by machine learning

      What is considered the worst fear in sensor development? It is arguably cross-sensitivity, where the sensor is not only sensitive to the intended measurand but also to many other environmental effects. Significant time and effort in sensor development is spent on dealing with cross-sensitivity by designing a sensor transducer with a desired response while avoiding crosstalk. Based on a profound shift in thinking for how to approach measurement in the world around us, our recent work has shown that this hardware complexity can be avoided through the application of machine learning methods and even outperform conventional sensors.

      This PhD project aims to investigate this next frontier in sensing, particularly in optical fibre sensing: the use of machine learning to shift the complexity out of conventional sensor hardware and into smart software. The complexity and instability of multimode photonic waveguides, traditionally a hinderance to sensing, will be used to advantage to train deep learning models for sensing. We aim to create intelligent photonic sensors that can, in principle, measure any environmental parameter using any optical waveguide material.

      We are seeking an eager and dynamic student to help us realise the potential of this approach, from understanding the fundamental physics and computational algorithms through to real world applications.

      You will join the Laser Physics and Photonic Devices Laboratory, with access to over 330 m2 of well-equipped optics laboratories as well have access to the High Performance Computing cluster at UniSA (Tango 2.0). Our laboratory has expertise in laser technology, nonlinear optics, and sensing, and now the emerging area of machine learning in photonics. We seek to make fundamental advances in the knowledge of optical systems and apply them to wide-ranging real-world applications such as defence, telecommunications, heavy industry, agriculture, biology, and renewables technology.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently residing in Australia. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.  Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Willingness to learn skills, and work in, a range of discipline areas to achieve the project goals, including optical theory, experimentation, computer programming, machine learning, and device fabrication

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas will be highly regarded:

      • Studies or experience in physics or engineering, particularly the field of optics and photonics
      • Studies or experience in computer programming

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team



      Essential Dates

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Wednesday 16 June, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Stephen Warren-Smith
    • Triplet photon generation in optical fibres and their quantum properties
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Shahraam Afshar Never closes
      About this Project
      Are you intrigued by lasers and quantum physics and their role in shaping the future industry? The Commonwealth of Australia in collaboration with the University of South Australia and RMIT University have provided a PhD scholarship for a suitable candidate to work on the application of lasers and fibre optics for quantum application. The scholarship includes an attractive $40,000 living allowance plus equipment and conference travel funding. We are seeking high calibre and keen candidates with undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Knowledge of electromagnetic theory, optics and quantum physics are desirable.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available for Australian Citizens. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Scholarship Value
      The Scholarship is worth $40,000 for 3.5 years.

      An allowance of $5000/year for three years for domestic conferences and $10000/Year for two years for international conferences is available. Expenses for airfares, car travel or removals for individuals required to relocate their place of residence to South Australia may be paid, with a maximum value of $1,485.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.

    Condensed matter physics

    • Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces
      Scholarship Available Professor Nikki Stanford Never closes
      PhD Project - Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces

      The project will carry out computational modelling of crystalline interfaces. The modelling will be atomic-scale, and will determine parameters such as the coordination number for the boundary and its mobility. Once a database of numerical outcomes has been collated, this library of information will be used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. This can then be used to predict the properties of boundaries that are too large to be examined from first principles.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 

      • Masters or honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or similar
      • Willingness to be co-supervised by an expert in computational materials science at the University of Nantes, and ability to live in France in the latter half of the PhD project
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide, before transferring to the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials in Nantes for the second half of the program.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Additional funds will be made available for conference attendance and travel.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nikki Stanford

    Medical and Biological Physics

    • Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants
      Scholarship Available Prof. Stan Miklavcic Never closes
      PhD Project - Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants

      Salt and drought are the two major abiotic stresses affecting crop plant health, growth and development. The project aims to understand salt and water transport in plants and the physiological effects of soil salinity. Biophysical models will be used to quantify the movement of salt through plant organs, tissues and cells, from root to leaf. Using these models the project aims to answer the question of how salt moves across the different tissues and major organs, how salt accumulates in leaf cells, and how movement and accumulation is controlled by the diversity of transport mechanisms operating in plants. The project seeks to quantify tissue tolerance, osmotic tolerance and ionic tolerance and discover new mechanisms by which plants can stave off the effect of salt stress.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Demonstrated experience with mathematical modelling applied to one or more problems arising in physics, chemistry or biology
      • Demonstrated interest in plant science or an area of plant science relevant to the project

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Funds related to conference expenses such as travel and accomodation will also be available.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stan Miklavcic - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Megan Shelden - University of Adelaide
      Professor Steve Teyrman - University of Adelaide

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.

       

      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Stan Miklavcic

    Strategy, management and organizational behaviour

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Psychology

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Applied and developmental psychology

    • Examining the impact of self-regulatory learning on mathematics anxiety of middle school students
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Simon Leonard Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Examining the impact of self-regulatory learning on mathematics anxiety of middle school students

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:

      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.

      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Simon Leonard
    • Exploring the impact of the Personal and Social Responsibility pedagogical model on the development of physical literacy and positive self-efficacy in physical education
      Dr Alison Wrench Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project: Exploring the impact of the Personal and Social Responsibility pedagogical model on the development of physical literacy and positive self-efficacy in physical education

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:

      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Alison Wrench
    • Improving computational thinking through the development of a low Earth orbit satellite
      Dr David Cropley Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Improving computational thinking through the development of a low Earth orbit satellite

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:
      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr David Cropley
    • Understanding the impact of improved self-regulation on self-efficacy in mathematics and science
      Associate Professor Simon Leonard Closing 11 July 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Understanding the impact of improved self-regulation on self-efficacy in mathematics and science

      The so-called ‘STEM’ disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer a set of distinctive ways of thinking and doing that are increasingly important to our economic and social needs. Access to these STEM practices, however, is uneven. In Australia, as in most of the OECD, participation in STEM education pathways declines sharply during secondary schooling. This decline is particularly noticeable among girls, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Among the myriad reasons for this decline is the interaction of a complex set of factors such as self-efficacy, identify formation and anxiety with the development of key cognitive capacities such as executive functions, spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The literature reveals many pathways to support young people to improve these capacities. The translation of such approaches to sustainable and scalable practice, however, has been elusive.

      In this project Graduate Research students will work with the UniSA Connect STEM Outreach Program, our partner schools and senior researchers from the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion to investigate how the findings of the science of learning can best be translated to real-world school practice. Students will focus on issues including curriculum and pedagogical design, teacher professional learning, and the management and policy structures that best support the sustainable and scalable development of evidence informed practice. They will have access to the projects existing network of partner schools and to existing longitudinal data sets.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s essential selection criteria:
      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Science Communications or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      •  Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Experience in STEM education, the public communication of science or similar
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Supervisory Team

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. 

      Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 11 July 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Simon Leonard

    Social and personality psychology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Other Psychology

    • Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency
      Prof David Cropley Never closes
      Masters by Research or PhD Project - Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency

      As society moves deeper into the era of Industry 4, and as more and more routine, algorithmic work is carried out by AI and automation, the competencies needed for success in the Future of Work are changing. Around the world organisations are calling for a greater emphasis on the development of what were previously regarded as "soft skills": complex problem solving, critical thinking, persuasion, negotiation, emotional intelligence, and, of particular importance, creativity. Governments around the world are refocusing education, with many curricula now including cross-disciplinary requirements for creativity. Although creativity has been the focus of research, in particular in educational psychology, since the 1950s, there remain many questions to be addressed concerning the development of creativity as a broad competency, across all levels of education, and in specific disciplines clusters such as STEM. As the Future of Work becomes a reality, how can societies ensure that their education systems are preparing students for with creativity as a core competency? This project offers the opportunity to carry out research into the development of creativity as a multifaceted competency, across all levels of education, and with a special focus on preparing the next generation of STEM professionals. 

      Applicants should possess an honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline, OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.  Additionally applicants with strong written communication skills will be considered favourably. 

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • An honours degree in Psychology, Education or closely related discipline OR an honours degree in a STEM discipline plus a teaching qualification (e.g. a postgraduate certificate of education) or teaching experience.
      • Familiarity, experience with statistical analysis and related tools.
      • Strong written communication skills.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates). 

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor – Prof. David Cropley

      A/ Prof. Simon Leonard

      Dr. Florence Gabriel
      Dr. Rebecca Marrone

      Prof. James Kaufman (University of Connecticut)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof David Cropley

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