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PhD Scholarship - Autonomous Microwave Inspection for Civil and Marine Industry

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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):School Schol (RTP Rate) NONBAND ($27,596.00 - $27,596.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

The University of Queensland

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UQ has an outstanding track-record in commercialisation of our innovation with major technologies employed across the globe and integral to gross product sales of $11billion+ (see

The award

We are currently looking for a prospective PhD candidate to work on the development of novel robotically-assisted microwave inspection technology for automated and expedited image-based detection and diagnosis of deep-interior structural defects in civil and marine infrastructure, including buildings, roads and bridges.

This research project aims to obviate the need for current industry practices based on inaccurate and tedious manual inspections, effectively yielding billions in cost savings and reductions in hazard associated with unanticipated structural failures.

The combination of modern electromagnetic imaging techniques with robotic technology and machine learning algorithms is expected to pave a path for leading-edge systems and methods of the future.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering.

Selection criteria

First Class Honours or Masters degree in electrical or mechatronic engineering, or related field. Hands-on experience developing and programming electromechanical systems is preferred. Background in electromagnetics, as well as modelling and or programming skills are desirable.

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Please visit the Graduate School's website.

The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2020. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons. 

What we can offer

This PhD Scholarship is valued at AUD $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), for 3 years, indexed annually (with possibility for 6 month extension).

The PhD applicant might additionally request to apply for tutoring opportunities during the PhD program (in accordance with UQ policy).


For further information, please contact Dr Adnan Trakic

How to apply

Please visit the advertisement on the Grad School website for information on how to apply. Please do not click the apply button.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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