Research Scholar, Multi-scale Modelling in Incremental Sheet Forming

Brisbane, Australia
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The University of Queensland's School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world-class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering. 

The School’s reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development. The School’s established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology, are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, steels, surface engineering, metals manufacturing and rock mechanics.

The role

The candidate will work as part of a multi-university and multi-national team, embedded in the Advance Queensland Incremental Sheet Forming project here at the University of Queensland to deliver the goals of the large collaborative research.

The aims of this PhD project are: 

To develop a multi-scale simulation model to assess and improve advanced numerical simulation tools for sheet forming. These tools will in turn be used to predict the microstructural behaviour and help inform the next generation of constitutive models for anisotropic plasticity. We will research efficient and reliable crystal plasticity models to homogenise the material micro properties (crystallographic texture and its evolution during the forming process) to macro scale (anisotropic plasticity yield and damage limits).

As part of this project you would be expected to perform the following:

  • Develop C++ and CUDA codes for the generation of Representative Volume Element (RVE) and Crystal Plasticity simulation.
  • Research and implement various polycrystalline constitutive models into the FLEX solver for sheet forming prediction.
  • Analyse experimental data for validation of multiscale models
  • Write high quality journal papers and conference proceedings

Working as part of this multi-national project will create opportunities for the candidate to form an international network with our collaborators and also to spend time overseas to enhance their research skills.

The person

Applicants should have a degree in either Physics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Material Science or Computer Science with a very strong interest in programming numerical methods. The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program. The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression. A sound understanding of programming numerical methods (i.e. finite difference, finite element etc.) is essential. Familiarity with material science is preferred but not essential. The application should have experience with a scientific programming language such as MATLAB or Python. Experience with a low level language such as C,C++,Fortran is considered an advantage.


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $27,082 per annum (2018 rate). The successful applicant is expected to obtain their own tuition fee and living allowance scholarship. For information on scholarships, see

The successful applicant will receive additional funding in the form of a top-up scholarship (up to $7918 per year). 


Enquiries related to this position should be directed to Dr Bill Daniel –


To submit an application for this role, please complete an application to the PhD program online here: Please list Dr Bill Daniel as the supervisor and list Multiscale Modelling in Incremental Sheet Forming as the project title. All applicants will be required to supply the following documents:

  • A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for the PhD program and addressing the desired skills and attributes;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale;
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • Evidence for meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements; and
  • The name and contact details of two referees who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.

Application closing date

Friday, 27 April 2018 (11:55pm Eastern Australia Standard Time)