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PhD opening in computational fluid dynamics at University of Technology Sydney, Australia

The project “Improving pollutants dispersion in street canyons for better urban living” is calling for applications for PhD scholarship commencing in 2022/23. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Candidates with knowledge and research experience in CFD modelling, vehicle emissions and air quality are encouraged to apply.


Project description:

Urban street canyons formed by tall buildings restrict dispersion of vehicle emissions. This poses severe health risks to the public by aggravating roadside air pollution, but is often overlooked in city planning. This project aims to uncover the mechanisms controlling vehicle emissions dispersion processes in urban street canyons by combining novel field experiments and numerical simulations. Expected outcomes include a validated tool for predicting roadside air quality, control measures for reducing air pollution and guidelines for better future urban planning. This project expects to critically assist policy makers and urban planners to effectively manage city development projects and safeguard a high air quality standard in our cities.


In your application please outline how you meet the following criteria:

  • Master Degree by research or Bachelor Degree with a strong academic record which is equivalent to First-Class Honours
  • Major: Environmental, Mechanical or Energy Engineering related disciplines
  • Domestic students or international students (meeting UTS English Proficiency requirement)
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and commitment to work on research topics
  • Demonstrated research experience in the fields of CFD modelling, vehicle emissions and air quality
  • Excellent written skills evidenced by journal or conference papers
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills


About the Scholarship

This project includes funding for a living stipend scholarship at the Research Training Program rate of $28,092 per annum (tax-free). Fee waivers may also be considered for the successful international candidate.

The scholarship is for 3 years with a potential 6-month extension.


How To Apply

Interested applicants should send CV, brief supporting statement (maximum one page), and publications (if applicable) to Dr Yuhan Huang at, and following the initial endorsement by the supervisor, applicants will go through the UTS online application process.

Applicants must meet the eligibility and address all the selection criteria. In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the scholarship, students should meet the UTS admission requirements to UTS PhD program. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission are available at .


Dr Yuhan Huang

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Technology Sydney



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