PhD Scholarship in Coastal Engineering at the University of Queensland

Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship in Coastal Engineering at the University of Queensland.

 Topic: Physical and numerical modelling of beach profile evolution

 Supervisors: Prof. Tom Baldock, Dr David Callaghan, Prof. Peter Nielsen.

 Availability: The position commences as soon as practical following approval of the scholarship.

 The scholarship will support a PhD research project that aims to develop improved physical and numerical models for studying beach erosion and coastal morphology and is quite open, enabling candidates to pursue topics aligned with their own interests within this area.

 The physical modelling will perform novel tests on beach profile evolution in newly commissioned wind and wave flumes equipped with state-of-the-art wave generation and instrumentation. The numerical modelling will use an advanced coupled hydrodynamic and sediment dynamics model, embedded within the Open Foam framework. Fieldwork opportunities will also be available along the QLD and NSW coasts, in collaboration with PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working on a diverse range of Coastal Engineering topics.  International collaboration with Deltares (Netherlands) and UNESCO-IHE provides potential opportunities for travel to Europe.

 Australian residency status is essential.  The scholarship is conditional on the successful applicant receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award from the University of Queensland.

Candidates should have a 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours in Engineering. A background in fluid mechanics, hydraulic or coastal engineering plus mathematics and knowledge of physical oceanography and relevant computer languages will also be an advantage.

 For further details, how to apply or to discuss the research topic please contact me as below.

 Kind regards


Prof. T.E. Baldock

School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland,
Brisbane, QLD, 4072, Australia.
Tel: (61) (0)7 334 69432, Fax: (61) (0)7 336 54599

Office: 49-443,