HDR scholarships for domestic and international

HDR scholarships for domestic and international

HDR Scholarships for Domestic and International

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Department

Big History Institute

Project Name

Big History Institute Anthropocene Project

Project Description

We invite expressions of interest from current and prospective PhD candidates to apply for a Big History Institute Anthropocene Scholarship. In 2016, ten scholarships will be awarded. Big History Institute Scholars will pursue a Cotutelle PhD on a transdisciplinary theme.

Under the Cotutelle model a PhD student is/will be enrolled at both Macquarie University and an international university. Both universities will appoint at least 1 of its staff as the supervisor and these supervisors will jointly guide the research. At the conclusion of the research a single thesis is prepared that is submitted for individual examination by both universities.

The Big History Institute is currently seeking expressions of interest in the scholarship from current and prospective PhD candidates. PLEASE NOTE: students who are currently PhD candidates at an international university are also eligible to apply.

Expressions of interest should include: details on academic background, research interests, and an attached Curriculum Vitae and list of any publications. Attachments should be in word or .pdf format.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr David Baker.

Contact

Dr. David Baker
david.baker@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 8839

The Big History Institute Scholarships are Cotutelle scholarships that include:

  • Tuition fees at Macquarie for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

Should your expression of interest be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship.

Department: Cognitive Science

Project Name:Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Project Description:

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in joining us in the study of a new field of research: Cognition of Coding.

The successful completion of this project will result in a Joint PhD from the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (Sydney)

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international training activities from IDEALAB, Graduate School for Humanities Groningen, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The PhD student will be supervised by Wim Tops and Roelien Bastiaanse (University of Groningen) and Eva Marinus and Lyndsey Nickels (Macquarie University). The PhD student needs to start on 1/1/2017 latest and will spend 50% of the time at Macquarie University and 50% of the time at University of Groningen.

There are two general aims of the research project. First to study which cognitive skills are involved in learning to code and how these skills relate to natural language learning. Second, to compare computer­programming skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with those of typically developing controls and to examine how these differences can be mapped onto cognitive differences between individuals with and without ASD.

The PhD candidate will have considerable freedom in shaping the project

Application procedure:

Please send your application as a single PDF­file to w.tops@rug.nl and eva.marinus@mq.edu.au

Submission should contain the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to do scientific research and to do this project in particular;
  • A full CV, including publications (also submitted and in progress) and conference presentations;
  • A copy of your BA and MA diploma showing academic record (marks per topic);
  • Names and contact details of two academic references.

We will start reviewing applications from 15 September onwards and will start interviewing in October. We will continue reviewing until the position is filled.

Should your interview be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship. Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to How to apply for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship application name ‘Cognition of Coding’ on your application.

Contact:

For more information or project proposal please contact: Dr. Eva Marinus via eva.marinus@mq.edu.au or Dr. W. Tops, RUG via w.tops@rug.nl

The Joint PhD scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

Department

Environmental Sciences

Project Name

The timing of the great ape's last stand in southern Asia; defining a precise extinction window

Project Description

A highly motivated student that is passionate about Quaternary Science is invited to join an international research team supported by an ARC funded Discovery Project (“Unravelling the mystery of the great ape’s last stand; primate extinction versus human survival in southern Asia”) led by Dr Kira Westaway in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University. The aim of the project is to determine precisely when and why a large megafaunal species become extinct in Southern China

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest ever primate, has never been resolved despite evidence for contemporaneous human survival in the region. This project will provide critical new insights into the fate of primates in southern Asia where evidence for megafaunal extinction is rare. Applying multiple dating techniques modelled across key sites will identify a precise extinction window and enable a focused comparison of behaviour and past environmental conditions to determine why the ape failed and humans persevered. This will generate a new understanding of past extinction in comparison with human adaption and survival.

The successful candidate will join the team at the MQ luminescence dating facility and apply luminescence and U-series dating techniques to cave sites in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi to define a precise window of extinction for G.blacki. Knowledge or experience of geochronological and/or luminescence techniques is recommended but not required.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This project will involve fieldwork to remote areas in Southern China, working in cave environments and laboratory analysis of luminescence samples in red light conditions and therefore requires experience in science related disciplines and/or geoscience fieldwork. Interested candidates are encouraged to get in contact with Dr Kira Westaway to discuss the project before applying.

(associated with DP170101597)

Contact
Dr Kira Westaway
kira.westaway@mq.edu.au
02 9850 8429 or 0424285977

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.  

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Architectures and algorithms for 5G wireless networks

Project Description

5G wireless networks will be totally different from the networks of today. New spectrum will be opened up at millimetre wave (mmWave) bands, spectrum that has totally different propagation characteristics than conventional microwave frequencies. Radio waves in the mmWave bands behave more like light than conventional radio, and require beamforming techniques to propagate over even small distances. Conventional cells are no longer relevant, and a new architecture must be developed that takes account of the bursty, on-off nature of the mmWave links. The other totally new ingredient of 5G will be machine-to-machine networks (M2M) involving massive connectivity, and, in some cases, high reliability and low latency. There are many research questions in mm-wave, M2M, cloud-RAN, massive MIMO,…and specific choices for your project will depend on background and interests. All these research questions will have impact on the design of 5G wireless networks.

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV, copy of academic transcripts for undergraduate and any postgraduate qualifications, and a one page cover letter addressing their background and how it is appropriate for this project. Please send it to stephen.hanly@mq.ed.au with the subject heading “Application for 5G wireless networks PhD project”..

Contact
Professor Stephen Hanly
Stephen.hanly@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 4243

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Localisation in wireless networks

Project Description

Wireless localisation is an important and active topic with diverse applications in inventory management, sensor networks, healthcare, security, the proximate internet, and many other areas. There are two main approaches: 1) using a model of the propagation environment, and 2) using the results of extensive measurements to fingerprint the different locations in the network. Approach 2) does not require a propagation model and avoids the problem that estimating the parameters of a single model may be a very complex task. This project aims to overcome the latter difficulty by building local models based on measurements and local collaboration between nodes in the network. We are focused on situations where there are no anchor nodes with global position knowledge. Rather, the objective is to use collaboration between nodes to find the relative position of a transmitter in the network. Techniques from optimization and machine learning will be used to obtain robust localisation algorithms that will work indoors in channels with significant multipath, and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions.

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV, copy of academic transcripts for undergraduate and any postgraduate qualifications, and a one page cover letter addressing their background and how it is appropriate for this project. Please send it to stephen.hanly@mq.ed.auwith the subject heading “Application for Wireless Localisation PhD project”. Please note that this project is in collaboration with CSIRO and successful applicants will be eligible for a CSIRO topup scholarship (up to an additional $11,000 p.a.).

Contact
Professor Stephen Hanly
CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications
Stephen.hanly@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 4243

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Extrusion Computational Fluid Dynamics research project

Project Description

An exciting and unique opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake research at Macquarie University to investigate the potential of applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to the extrusion process. Located in Sydney Australia, Macquarie University is located approximately 30 minutes from the Sydney CBD and iconic beeches. It is also located at the heart of a technological precinct within Sydney providing easy access to many advanced companies.

This project is being undertaken in collaboration with an innovative Australian company with a desire to enhance their ability to predict the performance of their dies to better serve their local and international clients. During the course of this research project the successful applicant will be required to investigate the feasibility of modelling the extrusion process in order to predict the performance of an extrusion die with the aid of CFD. In addition to establishing simulations, experiments will be required to be designed, manufactured and undertaken to validate the simulations capabilities. Site visits to the industry partner will be vital to allow the applicant to enhance their understanding of the extrusion process, collate data to compare to simulations and establish a close technical relationship with the industry partner.

The successful applicant will:

  • be required to be self-motivated and an enthusiastic individual with a passion for developing simulation techniques
  • be required to have demonstrated knowledge of CFD and modelling of two-phase flows and an understanding of the governing equations used by this simulation tool
  • have excellent English reading, writing and speaking ability
  • have some previous experience with computer programming
  • be knowledgeable of material mechanic properties
  • have experience with CAD and other simulation tools such as FEA
  • be eligible to obtain an Australian student visa
  • have completed an equivalent bachelor of engineering degree with honours as categorised by NOOSR, a Masters degree will be considered more favourably
  • meet the entry criteria for PhD at Macquarie University http://www.mq.edu.au/research/phd-and-research-degrees/how-to-apply/entry-criteria

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV and a cover letter addressing the requirements listed above to sammy.diasinos@mq.ed.au with the subject heading “Application for extrusion CFD research project”.

Contact
Dr Sammy Diasinos
Sammy.diasinos@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 9146

This scholarship/s is/are available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • For international candidates, the scholarship includes Macquarie University tuition fees for up to three years 

Applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest in the first instance.

Applicants will then need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie Universityand arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.
The form can be downloaded from the Forms page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the scholarship code on your application.

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Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Technology platform for noninvasive measurement of intracranial pressure

Project Description

The project aims to develop technology for noninvasive measurement of fluid pressure in the brain. Engineering approaches will aim to characterise relationships between arterial and intracranial pressure from experimental data, computational models and signal processing of noninvasive blood pressure in the aorta, pressure in the eye and blood flow in brain and retinal vessels. Findings are expected to produce novel engineering advances in development of techniques and devices for intracranial pressure measurement, a procedure currently limited to high-risk invasive methods. This technology is anticipated to enable measurement of intracranial pressure in non-acute screening procedures for improved assessment of brain function.

The candidate will be expected to have a solid grounding in basic circulatory physiology and experience in signal processing. The project will involve laboratory experiments in rats to measure arterial and intracranial pressure with fluid interventions to alter cerebral tissue compliance. System identification techniques will be applied to estimate models parameters. Data will also be collected from human subjects with indwelling intracranial catheters together with transcranial blood flow measurements. There will be substantial interaction with the collaborative industrial partner to implement the existing technology of obtaining the central aortic pressure waveform from the peripheral arterial pulse and applying this to obtain a continuous calibrated intracranial pressure waveform.

Contact

Professor Alberto Avolio
alberto.avolio@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2747

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship/s is/are:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26 288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)

For international candidates, the scholarship includes Macquarie University tuition fees for up to three years/four years

Applicants will need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie Universityand arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.
The form can be downloaded from the Forms page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the scholarship code on your application.

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