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PhD Scholarship in Civil Engineering (Structural Health Monitoring)

School of Civil Environment & Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide has a long tradition of excellent research outcomes and collaboration between
researchers in the fields of engineering. The research quality of School of Civil, Environmental & Mining
Engineering is reflected in the School achieving an ERA ranking of 4, which is a performance above world
standard. The School is one of the top three Schools in The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and
Mathematical Sciences (ECMS). The School and Faculty well equipped structural health monitoring
facilities, such as 3D scanning laser vibrometer, ultrasonic and vibration measurement equipment.

The project:

Monitoring the safety of structures in order to improve reliability and reduce life-cycle costs is an issue of
worldwide importance across a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, as well as civil and mechanical
engineering. The need has motivated much research into structural health monitoring in recent years. SHM
system is defined as the monitoring of a structure over time using periodically spaced measurements from an
integrated system. It should ideally be able to detect and locate damage in structures, then estimate its
severity and monitor its evolution over time.

An excellent opportunity exists for civil, mechanical or applied mathematics graduates. The position is
directly linked to a new ARC Project in the research area of structural health monitoring. The project
explores a new methodology for structural safety diagnosis in fibre composite structures using guided wave.


The projects are well suited for applicants with civil or mehcanical engineering or applied mathematics background.


  • - Have a minimum of a Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent; preferably First Class
    Honours or Master with a research component.

  • - Demonstrate ability to undertake a broad range of analytical tasks.

  • - Demonstrate computer programming skills.

  • - An ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.

  • - Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills.

  • - Knowledge in area of solving inverse problems and/or damage mechanics are highly desirable.

  • - Experience and knowledge in composite materials are highly desirable.


The scholarships will be AUD$25,000 per annum (nominally tax-free) for 3 years plus tuition fee


Applicants are invited to contact Dr. (Alex) Ching-Tai Ng, for further information. Applications must consist of a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for
the positions, a detailed
curriculum vitae.

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