Naval Ship Response under Extreme Loads

Closing Date: 15 November 2021Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

The central objective of the project is to ascertain the feasibility and the economics of applying a meshless numerical technique, the so-called Finite Pointset Method, based on Lagrangian principles, to generate (numerical) sea states for application to finite element models of naval vessels.

Ship and wave

The project will be supervised by Prof. Robert E. Melchers, in conjunction with researchers from University of New South Wales and Pacific-ESI.

Please review the DIN Project Outline for additional information

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: The research scholarship provided by the University of Newcastle is valued at $28,597 p.a. (2021 rate, indexed annually) (tax exempt) for 3.5 years. The DIN providing an additional top-up of $5,000 p.a. Pacific-ESI (in conjunction with their international partner ESI Group) is providing up to $10,000 p.a. of in-kind support. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance

Supervisor: Professor Robert Melchers

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

Potential security issues require that the successful applicant is an Australian citizen.

The location within Australia of the successful candidate is open to negotiation but will most likely have to be limited to one of Newcastle, Melbourne, or Sydney.

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

All enquiries should be directed to either Prof. R.E. Melchers or Mr Damian McGuckin

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 15 November 2021.

Applications Close 15 November 2021 Apply Now

Contact Professor Robert Melchers
Phone +61 2 4921 6044

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