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Location University of Queensland, Faculty of Engineering Architecture and Information Technology
App. deadline 29/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 504274
Eligibility Open to international applicants

PhD Research Scholarships in Development of an Instrumented Rock Bolt using Fibre Optic Sensing Technology

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The University of Queensland's School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world-class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering. 

The School’s reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development.  The School’s established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology, are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, steels, surface engineering, metals manufacturing and rock mechanics.

The role

The candidate will develop and test an instrumented rock bolt using Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors for real-time underground geotechnical stability monitoring. The objectives of the project are:

  • Develop a critical review of existing roof monitoring sensors and systems in underground mines;
  • Carry out a detailed review of potential fibre-optic sensing systems suitable for underground roof monitoring;
  • Develop and optimise an instrumented rock bolt using FBG sensors; and,
  • Examine the performance of the instrumented rock bolt by conducting laboratory tests.

The person

Domestic candidates should have an Honours degree or equivalent in Mining, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering and must meet the requirements of admission into the PhD program ( The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression.  

International candidates will be considered if they have attained a Masters degree (by course work or by research) and have published at least one journal paper.  International applicants must meet the University of Queensland's English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements ( 

Candidates will also need to be aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including:


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of two six month extensions in approved circumstances. 


For specific questions about the role please email Associate Prof Saiied Aminossadati ( or Associate Prof Mehmet Kizil (


To submit an application for this role, please apply now. Please list Associate Prof Saiied Aminossadati and Associate Prof Mehmet Kizil as the Principal Advisors and list Development of an Instrumented Rock Bolt using Fibre Optic Sensing Technology as the Scholarship being applied for. All applicants will be required to supply the following documents:

  • A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for the PhD program and addressing the desired skills and attributes;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale;
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • Evidence for meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements; and
  • The name and contact details of three referees who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.

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