Free open Job in Australasia PhD Scholarship – Future Submarines at Swinburne University of Technology

  • APA Rate: $26,288 (year 1) – $27,889 (year 3)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design
  • Defence focused PhD project

Swinburne has an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and the community. Our commitment to high-quality teaching and research is reflected in our place within a number of prestigious world academic rankings.

We are currently partnering with The Australian Department of Defence. The Defence Science and Technology (DST) is looking for an Engineering PhD student to work on an exciting new study focusing on potential aspects of the design and operation of vessels in Australia’s Future Submarine program. This program will study fundamental aspects of the production of underwater sound and vibration by bubbles formed from the hull of a navy vessel.

As our PhD student, you will develop and utilise advanced mathematical and numerical modelling techniques with the aim to understand and predict the multiphase and compressible gas-liquid processes that lead to the underwater noise signatures of bubbles.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with academics at Swinburne and the University of Melbourne who have combined two decades of research experience in bubble acoustics, and with specialists at DST.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated understanding of fundamental fluid mechanics
  • Demonstrated high level of tertiary engineering mathematics
  • Demonstrated programming skills in one or more of C, C++ and Matlab

It is a requirement of DST that only students with Australian citizenship will be considered.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description.

Swinburne are a Child Safe Organisation, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online by visiting

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Richard Manasseh (Professor, Fluid Dynamics) on +61 (0)3 9214 8929.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 (0)3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5pm on Friday the 25th of May 2018