Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Wollongong, Faculty of Engineering
App. deadline 11/06/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Smart Sodium Storage Solution (S4) Project - Energy Management System development

The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) is seeking a high-calibre candidate to undertake a PhD in cutting-edge Energy Management Systems for renewable energy storage. This research is part of a 4 year, $10.5m project to develop and demonstrate sodium-ion batteries in residential and utility settings.

The APQRC at the University of Wollongong is an internationally recognised centre of excellence which supports research, education and consulting in distribution and transmission system power quality, reliability and renewable energy systems. The focus of the APQRC is to work in conjunction with industry to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply for the benefit of all consumers. This focus is achieved through education (undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing), research and consulting activities. The APQRC conducts applied research into a wide range of power quality issues including network and equipment performance, monitoring and reporting and standards. Research is also being undertaken in the areas of distribution system reliability and renewable energy system integration.

The PhD candidate will work closely with the world-renowned researchers at the APQRC, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) and also with the industry partners involved in the S4 Project. The candidate will play a key role in developing an innovative Energy Management System that meets the requirements of the project, and will get to see their work demonstrated in real-world applications.

Successful applicants will have a bachelor degree in electrical engineering majoring in power engineering, or related disciplines. Experience in software and hardware design of power electronics circuits, energy management system, and/or battery system integration with PV would be extremely beneficial, and will be highly valued during the selection process. The successful candidate will be expected to be able to clearly and concisely report on their research and findings to a number of different audiences, and excellent communication skills are essential.

Applicants must address the selection criteria listed below, provide a CV, include a brief cover letter outlining their research interests and provide the names of at least two referees. For further technical information about the project and PhD position, please contact Prof. Danny Sutanto (, or for details on the scholarship and application process contact Jonathan Knott (

Key Details


$26,682 per annum, tax free - 3.5 year term. Top-up scholarships may be available for exceptional candidates.

Closing date for Applications:

Sunday 11th June 2017


Applications must address the selection criteria outlined below, and should be sent to:

Prof. Danny Sutanto (

Jonathan Knott (

Selection Criteria:


  • Bachelor degree in electrical engineering majoring in power engineering, or related disciplines;
  • Knowledge of power electronics, renewable energy, energy storage systems and/or their integration into power grid;
  • Demonstrated experience in building and controlling power electronic circuits and drives (final year project or industrial experience);
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills;
  • English language proficiency: IELTS of 6.5 or above or equivalent.

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Mr Jonathan Knott
+61 2 4298 1424