One PhD position working with Advanced Braking Technologies

Rockhampton (Suburb), Central Queensland (AU)
27 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

CQUniversity Rockhampton Campus, Australia

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.

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 ( 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 offer will also include a 50% tuition fee waiver for international applicants.


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.

Submit your Application:

The candidate should be able to commence in the position before May 2017. The application should be submitted by e-mail ( no later than close of business (5.00 pm EST) on 19th March 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: