Master’s by Research Position Working with Railway Vehicle Dynamics and Inertial Measurement Systems

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

One Master’s by research position working with railway vehicle dynamics and inertial measurement systems affiliated to the Centre for Railway Engineering, CQUniversity, Rockhampton Campus, Australia

This new scholarship, funded by the Australasian Centre for Railway Innovation (ACRI) and its partners, focuses on evaluating responses of railway vehicles to track defects in order to investigate and develop equivalent methods of specifying track quality with inertial instruments. The associated project title is called “Inertial Track Geometry Defect Levels” and will investigate the dynamics currently accepted in typical road worthiness standards and the development of equivalent inertial measurements. At least five typical railway vehicles will be studied in depth and the research program will be an excellent opportunity to gain expertise in rail vehicle system dynamics.

Working Environment and Scholarship Conditions:

The scholarship is for a student studying a Master’s Degree by research. The student will be based at the CQUniversity, North Rockhampton Campus and the research is affiliated with the 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 scholarship is competitive by international and national standards (AUD 35,000 per year tax free, for 2 years).


The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree or similar in Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering. Candidates with research or project experience in vehicle system dynamics and simulation will receive additional merit during the selection process. It is desirable to have relevant publications in recognised conferences/journals. This project will require the candidate to be highly autonomous but he/she must also be a good team player. Excellent English language skills are mandatory.

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: