PhD Position Working in Train Dynamics Affiliated to Centre for Railway Engineering

Rockhampton, Australia
07 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

One PhD position working in train dynamics affiliated to Centre for Railway Engineering, CQUniversity - Rockhampton Campus, Australia

This new scholarship, funded by Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC) and its partners, focuses on the development of new rolling stock components to improve control of in-train forces. The working title of the project is ‘Heavy Haul Train Force Control Product’. This project will include innovative research exploring the latest advances in train dynamics modelling and simulation with a focus on new product designs. Emerging solutions will be evaluated by simulation and supporting laboratory tests.

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 components. The PhD scholarship is competitive by international and national standards (AUD 40,000 per year tax-free, for 3 years).


The ideal candidate holds a postgraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or similar in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering. Candidates with research or project experience in vehicle dynamics and simulation will receive additional merit in the selection process. It is also very 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 end of June 2018, but immediate start is possible. Preference will be given to suitable candidates who can start earlier. The application should be submitted by e-mail ( no later than close of business (5.00 pm EST) on 30th March 2018.

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:

Prof. Colin Cole

Centre for Railway Engineering

School of Engineering and Technology,

Central Queensland University,

Building 70, Room 1.18,

Bruce Hwy, North Rockhampton QLD 4701,Australia

Phone: +61 7 49309769:    Email: