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PhD opening in Computational Mechanics and Optimisation at University of Technology Sydney, Australia

The project “Computational mechanics and optimisation for energy absorption of materials” is calling for applications for PhD scholarship commencing in 2021. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Candidates with knowledge and research experience in computational mechanics, design optimisation and machine learning are encouraged to apply.


Project description:

This project aims to develop a new approach to design of new lightweight, crashworthy and manufacturable structures by taking advantage of the latest technologies in computational optimisation, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. The study intends to develop a new machine learning-based multiscale design framework to seek optimal materials and structures, considering fabrication-induced defects and uncertainty. The expected outcome of this project is new methodologies for generating eco-friendly structures with robust mechanical properties in crashing applications. This should provide significant benefits to transport industries by enhancing structural safety and energy saving for next-generation vehicles.

In your application please outline how you meet the following criteria:

  • Master Degree by research or Bachelor Degree with a strong academic record which is equivalent to First -Class Honours
  • Major: Mechanics, Mechanical, Civil, or related disciplines
  • Domestic students or international students (meeting UTS English Proficiency requirement) currently residing in Australia (preferred)             
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and commitment to work on research topics.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking research in the fields of computational mechanics, design optimisation and machine learning.
  • Excellent written skills evidenced by scientific journal papers, conference papers, or technical reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills


About the Scholarship

This project includes funding for a living stipend scholarship at the Research Training Program rate of $28,092 per annum (tax-exempt). Fee waivers may also be considered for the successful international candidate.

The scholarship is for 3 years with a potential 6-month extension.


How To Apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, brief (maximum one page) supporting statement, 3 referees and publications (if applicable) to Dr Jianguang Fang at and following the initial endorsement by the supervisor, applicants will go through the UTS online application process.

Applicants must meet the eligibility and address all the selection criteria. In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the scholarship, students should meet the UTS admission requirements to UTS PhD program. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission are available at


Dr Jianguang Fang

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

University of Technology Sydney


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