RMCRC Phd Scholarship 'Advanced Braking Technologies'

This new scholarship, funded by Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC) and its partners, focuses on the development of new approaches to contact modelling, detection and monitoring of the contact conditions between wheels and rails for rail vehicles. The working title of the project is ‘Estimation of adhesion conditions between wheels and rails for the development of advanced braking control systems’. This project will include fundamental research and explore innovative new approaches that could be implemented in improved braking control devices.

Scholarship Value: $40,000 pa

Length of Scholarship: 3 years (Doctoral Candidates)

Number Available: One

Opening Date: 22 November 2016

Closing Date: 21 April 2017

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident; Permanent Humanitarian Visa; International; New Zealand Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander; South Sea Islander; Non Indigenous
Study RegionRockhampton
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this Scholarship an applicant must:

  1. have completed a Bachelor Degree with First or upper Second Class Honours, or be regarded by CQUniversity as having an equivalent level of attainment.
  2. be approved for admission and enrolling in, a Doctor of Philosophy program at CQUniversity.
  3. enrol full-time and be an internal candidate at CQUniversity’s North Rockhampton campus.
  4. not previously have held a Commonwealth Government-funded or CQUniversity-funded postgraduate research scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing; and
  5. must not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the Scholarship stipend rate to undertake a research higher degree.

Selection Criteria

The ideal candidate holds a postgraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or similar in Mechatronics Engineering or Instrumentation and Control Engineering or relevant areas. Candidates with research or project experience in areas such as Finite Element Modelling, Multi body Simulation, Simulation and Instrumentation and Control, Data Acquisition will receive additional merit in the selection process. It is also desirable to have relevant publications in recognized conferences/journals. This project requires the candidate being highly autonomous but he/she must also be a good team player.  Excellent English language skills are required.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees

The successful candidate should note the following information regarding tuition fees:

A successful Domestic Candidate will be allocated a Commonwealth-funded tuition fee-free place as a Research Training Program candidate.

A successful International Candidate will be allocated a CQUniversity International Research Award which provides a scholarship covering 50% of the cost of tuition fees for up to three years.

Working Environment and Scholarship Conditions:

The student will be based at the CQUniversity-North Rockhampton Campus and the research is affiliated to Centre of Railway Engineering (http://www.cqu.edu.au/cre) at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. This will allow her/him to have access to laboratory infrastructure and all the required software packages and hardware systems for safe testing and the development of new technologies. The PhD scholarship is competitive by international and national standards (AUD 40,000 /year, 3 years).

The Centre for Railway Engineering

The Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) is an internationally recognised research group in the railway engineering field and has built an excellent reputation over the last two decades at the CQUniversity.  The CRE is regarded as an above world-class standard research environment in the field of railway engineering, employing highly experienced researchers and research support personnel supported by state of the art research infrastructure, equipment and technical personnel. It has a reputation for high quality and professional research project management, reinforced by its continuing association with the CRC for Railway Engineering & Technologies and the CRC for Rail Innovation, through which the Centre has completed 53 projects over the past ten years with a total value of more than $10million. The CRE continues to be highly engaged in collaborative research and is currently a strategic research participant in the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) and is an essential participant in the recently formed Rail Manufacturing CRC. CRE is well known for its research expertise in train dynamics, locomotive traction, wagon and bogie dynamics, wagon/track system dynamics, simulation, instrumentation and field testing. Our physical resources include a unique laboratory that was purpose designed for full scale testing of bogies, wagons, locomotives and civil infrastructure components. CRE engages and works with all sectors of the rail industry: railway owners, train operators, engineering consultants and manufacturers. CRE is therefore an excellent choice for higher degree training for those with aspirations for rail focused career development in either academia or industry.

Supporting Documentation

How to apply

The candidate should be able to commence in the position in 2017. The application should be submitted by e-mail (m.spiryagin@cqu.edu.au) no later than close of business (5.00 pm EST) on 21st April 2017.

Please include: 

  • A letter of motivation describing your skills and research expertise
  • Your current resume and a list of your publications and projects
  • A list of three references together with contact information

If you have any inquiries about this position, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Professor Maksym Spiryagin,
Deputy Director of the Centre for Railway Engineering,
Central Queensland University,
Building 70, Room 1.08,
Bruce Hwy,
North Rockhampton QLD 4701,
Phone: +61 7 4930 9677;    Email: m.spiryagin@cqu.edu.au

How will I know the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application after the closing date.

Donor details

Rail Manufacturing CRC and CQUniversity