Expression of Interest for PhD Candidates University of Queensland, Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech Australia

Expression of Interest for PhD Candidates

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Job no:500256

Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech

Salary (FTE):APA Scholarship NON-BANDED ($26,682.00 - $26,682.00)

Work type:Full Time - Scholarship

Location: St Lucia

PhD Expression of Interest – Novel geometry generation and meshing for radial turbines


School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering


The 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, metals manufacturing, and rock mechanics.


The role


Current methods to generate radial turbine geometries are generally based on CAD tool (e.g. ANSYS Bladegen). The resulting aerodynamic features are not necessarily optimum in regards to fluid dynamic performance. To address this we have started the development of a novel geometry generation code which uses streamlines and parametric cross-sections to generate rotor shapes.


This approach has a number of advantages, including better optimisation possibilities and integration with additive manufacturing methods.


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


  • Develop code in python to enhance geometry generation and meshing capabilities
  • Couple outputs with Finite Element Analysis tools to assess structural performance
  • Interact with manufacturing engineers to correctly incorporate additive manufacturing capabilities
  • Run CFD simulation of the rotor (and stator)

A sound understanding of CAD, compressible fluid dynamics and programming (python) are essential for successful completion of this project


The person


Applicants should have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering, with a very strong interest in Fluid Dynamics, Design or Materials/Manufacturing. 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.




Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for either, the APA or for international students, an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). The current APA scholarship rate is AUD$26,682.00 per annum (2017 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with a possible six month extension in approved circumstances.


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In addition a there will be a top-up stipend of $5000 per annum for the first year, which may be extended on an annually basis, based on progress and performance. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to supplement this stipend with paid casual teaching and tutoring.



Enquiries related to this position should be directed to Dr Ingo Jahn either via email


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:


  • A cover letter that addresses you meet the requirements for the PhD program;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • The name and contact details of three referees.

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as published on their website:


Expression of Interest Closing Dates


Domestic Candidates: 1 April 2017 – for consideration in relation to the next available UQ domestic scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 3 (July) 2017.


International Candidates: 30 June 2017 – for consideration in relation to the next available UQ International scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 1 (January) 2018.


Advertised: 20 Feb 2017

Applications close: 30 Jun 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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