PhD Scholarship in Ocean Renewable Energy and Computer Science

University of Adelaide



The Joint Research Centre

Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy is a transnational research body jointly funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, via the ACSRF-JRC scheme . The Joint Research Centre involves over 10 partners across the two nations with expertise in both offshore wind and wave energy industries, led by the University of Adelaide and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The aim of the Joint Research Centre is to reduce costs of ocean renewable energy and make it a competitive sustainable energy source for the future.

The Project

This project will offer you an exceptional opportunity to work within a large international and multidisciplinary team, studying hybrid wind and wave energy conversion systems.

Based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide, you will undertake research activities in surrogate modelling and genetic/multi-objective optimisation of hybrid wind- and wave- energy converter array, a complex mechatronics system demonstrating strong nonlinearities. You will work closely with academics and postgraduate students from various academic backgrounds across the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. You will engage with researchers and engineers at other nodes of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre, both interstate and overseas.

The Applicant

Applicants interested in the ocean renewable energy harnessing, genetic optimisation algorithm, machine-learning based modelling, and complex mechatronics system who hold an Honours degree in Computer Science (or Engineering with strong computer programming skills) will be considered favorably. Strong Matlab programming skills (or equivalent) are also desirable. For more information about the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at University of Adelaide, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s website.

Students who meet the University’s conditions of admission and wish to be considered for a tuition fee waiver, are expected to have completed a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or a Masters degree that contains a significant (and relevant) research component with equivalent academic performance.

Outstanding international applicants who are eligible for admission and have achieved a 1st class Honours grade or masters equivalent may also qualify for a tuition fee waiver as approved by the Faculty.

Remuneration and additional benefits

The selected student will receive a tax free stipend to the value of AU$27,596 per annum for 3 years. The stipend will be awarded on a yearly basis according to satisfactory progress.

Access to authorised travel, tailored professional development training, and world-class research infrastructure such as the wave tank facility at the State Key Lab of Ocean Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Research project funds will also be available.

Upon successful completion, the PhD candidate will receive a joint PhD Degree awarded by the University of Adelaide (one of Australia’s Group of 8 research intensive universities) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (one of the nine members of the elite C9 League in China), both consistently ranked in the top 150 universities globally. The discipline of Computer Science within the University of Adelaide is ranked within the top 50 in the world and Ocean Engineering within Shanghai Jiao Tong University is ranked within the top 10 globally.

To be eligible you will need to

  • Be studying full-time and onshore in Adelaide, Australia (no less than 24 months) and in Shanghai, China (no less than 12 months).
  • Fulfil the minimum English language requirement. This is mandatory and cannot be waived.
  • Be assessed by the Adelaide Graduate Centre as meeting all conditions for admission to the Doctoral program.
  • Be willing to provide your personal details to the institutes by way of a Student Deed Poll.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate AU$27,596 to undertake the research higher degree program.

Your faculty’s broader role

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science - including machine learning - and high-level mathematics. Studying with the Faculty will prepare you to play a leading role in numerous industries. Many of its academic staff are work leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at:

If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below, upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in applying for the scholarship.

Applications close 21 July 2019. Students applying for this scholarship should plan for a start date of October 2019 but no later than 30 November 2019. Please note that Australian visa application for international students can take two months or even more time.

For further information please contact

Dr Markus Wagner
Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science
P: +61 8 8313 5405

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

In your application, please refer to