Current PhDs on Offer

The Blue Economy CRC places heavy emphasis on Education & Training, with an unprecedented scale of research opportunities on offer, including fully funded Higher Degree by Research (HDR) PhD scholarships across its five research programs.

PhD scholarships will be funded up to 3.5 years in duration at the equivalent Research Training Program (RTP) full-time base stipend rates provided by the Australian Government Department of Education.

PhDs will be linked to industry-driven research topics and part of their candidacy will be embedded with industry and government partners. This will help ensure candidates are work-ready and are connected to potential employers.

Successful candidates will be enrolled with one of our University partners and will be supervised conjointly with research organisations, industry and government participants in the CRC.

The Blue Economy can deliver many benefits. But ethical concerns about its operations can threaten its social licence to operate. To ensure their legitimacy, Blue Economy industries need to consider, prioritise and implement the values justifying their operations to the communities in which they operate. The project will produce a world-first account of the ethical values at stake in the Blue Economy.

The PhD project will be an integral part of this project. At present in the literature, there are very few engagements with this rapidly growing area of industrial development and ecological concern, presenting an exciting opportunity for original agenda-setting research.

This PhD requires a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., philosophy, law, political theory, sociology) that is applicable to ethical analysis of applied case studies. The candidate will need to be open to interdisciplinary work, to be fully engaged in the broader research project.

Dr Hugh Breakey, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (IEGL), and Professor Charles Sampford, Project Leader and Director IEGL will supervise the PhD.

This PhD will be hosted by Griffith University and the link below will take you to the relevant area of the University’s website.

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The engineering simulation and analysis of offshore aquaculture structures has a unique set of challenges. Analysis is required that facilitates an optimal cage and mooring system design. The project will employ several existing and new analytical methods to simulate the structural components of offshore aquaculture systems, as well as their mechanical interaction with the confining environment, while considering the effects of field conditions in both low- and high-energy areas.

The project leader and primary supervisor will be Dr. Ali Tolooiyan, of the University of Tasmania. The commercial partner for this project will be BMT Commercial Australia Pty Ltd.

The essential skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • The candidate needs to have completed one of the following degrees in Civil, Mechanical, or Maritime Engineering:
    • Australian Honours degree with a First Class or 2A Honours or internationally equivalent degree
    • Masters by research degree
    • Masters by coursework degree, with at least 25% research component
  • The candidate must meet the minimum English language requirements

The desirable skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • Solid knowledge of soil-structure and fluid-structure interaction
  • Solid knowledge of numerical modelling methods (e.g. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Finite Element and Computational Fluid Dynamics)
  • Solid knowledge of marine hydrodynamics
  • Knowledge of a programming language (e.g. Python and MATLAB).
  • Strong academic background in engineering and capability to work independently
  • Motivated to learn and have a scientific mindset and team spirit

Please apply for this scholarship by lodging an application directly to the Blue Economy CRC, via the link below.

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Mobile robotic platforms such as USVs (Unmanned Surface Vessels) and UUVs (Unmanned
Underwater Vehicles) used in offshore or open ocean aquaculture, rely on an on-board power supply (e.g., battery). This project aims to develop energy-optimal control schemes to allow a robotic platform to achieve its operation objectives with minimum energy consumption. The developed control schemes will not only extend the operation time and the working range of the robotic platform, but also reduce the size of the power supply, leaving room to enhance the payload capacity of the platform.

The project leader and primary supervisor will be Dr. Loulin Huang, of the Auckland University of Technology and co-supervised by Prof Shuhong Chai from Australian Maritime College (AMC), UTAS. The commercial partner for this project will be New Zealand King Salmon Co Ltd.

The essential skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • System modelling of mobile robotic platforms and hydrodynamic environment
  • Multiple-input-multiple output (MIMO) nonlinear control theory
  • Embedded control system
  • Computer programming skills

The desirable skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • Working experience in aquaculture or offshore engineering
  • Power electronics

Please apply for this scholarship by lodging an application directly to the Blue Economy CRC, via the link below.

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To develop successful offshore aquaculture management strategies, it is essential to better understand the risk posed by biofouling in these new situations, in particular the species present and the timing of fouling. This project will provide the critical baseline data with which to understand how environmental conditions and farm management, influence the nature of biofouling in salmon aquaculture around Tasmania.

The project leader and primary supervisor will be Dr. Camille White, of the University of Tasmania. The commercial partner for this project will be Tassal Group Pty Ltd.

The essential skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • First Class Honours or equivalent in biology, ecology or a related field of research
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal English language

The desirable skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • Knowledge of hard substrate or biofouling assemblages
  • Experience in working with aquaculture industry
  • Coxswains certificate, or the ability to obtain one

Please apply for this scholarship by lodging an application directly to the Blue Economy CRC, via the link below.

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Digital-Twins (DT) is an emerging area of research in the offshore industry, with different applications in system optimisation, predictive maintenance and life-cycle simulations. This project will assess the application of DT for reliability assessment of Multi-purpose offshore platforms, including a study on risk associated with uncertain and/or incomplete physical models and other parameters used within the DT framework. This will assist the offshore aquaculture and renewable energy industries to safely co-locate their systems and benefit from all the advantages of such a co-operation.

The project leader and primary supervisor will be Dr. Vikram Garaniya, of the University of Tasmania. The industry partner for this project will be BMT Singapore Pte Ltd.

The essential skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • To qualify for entry to this PhD project at the University of Tasmania, applicants need to have completed one of the following degrees in Mechanical, Civil, or Maritime Engineering:
    • Australian Honours degree with a First Class or 2A Honours or internationally equivalent degree
    • Masters by research degree
    • Masters by coursework degree, with at least 25% research
  • Candidates must have an excellent academic background in engineering and have a strong capability to work independently

The desirable skills and experience for PhDs to undertake this Scholarship are:

  • In-depth understanding of Hydrodynamics and Maritime Engineering
  • Solid knowledge of materials science
  • Proficient in a programming language (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Experience in statistical/probabilistic modelling

Please apply for this scholarship by lodging an application directly to the Blue Economy CRC, via the link below.

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