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About the Project

We are seeking to recruit an ambitious and motivated candidate wishing to conduct PhD research in experimental development of a small, wearable, low-power GNSS module.

Applicants should have Australian domestic student status and a high-scoring Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in an engineering degree, preferably Electronic, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Biomedical Engineering.

About the Project:

GNSS are finding ever increasing uses across a range of industries. They are particularly effective for tracking of assets in real-time or for recording positional data in order to demonstrate the integrity of a product. GNSS devices must be mobile, yet this means they are reliant on portable power supplies, such as batteries, which might require frequent recharging. Some GNSS asset tracking devices are manufactured with long battery life (several years), but this usually requires large batteries and a device with a large form factor. This is not an issue for tracking large items, e.g. a shipping container, but can be a problem when the thing you want to track is much smaller. Small, non-invasive trackers do exist, e.g. for monitoring pets, but this lesser size is usually accommodated with a battery life of only a few hours or days. This project will investigate solutions to this size/battery-life trade-off, with the aim of produce a prototype wearable, low-power GNSS device. It will involve some/all of the following: (i) appraisal of the state-of-the-art in low-power GNSS devices; (ii) concept development, (iii) component selection and testing, including power requirements, (iv) consideration of power augmentation, including energy harvesting concept development, (v) considerations for the wearer, including comfort, (vi) other relevant issues, such as tamperproof operation.

About the Supervisors:

This project will be supervised by Prof David Eager and Dr Nick Bennett.

Prof David Eager is the Profession of Risk Management and Injury Prevention. He is the past Head of School (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering) and a Fellow of Engineer Australia. He has been the assistant UTS Student Ombud since January 2013. He Chairs a number of Australian and International Technical Committees. He has been the Chief Investigator of several successful research projects. David has a very successful track record, delivering more than 300 consulting projects on behalf of UTS to a wide range of clients in industry. This includes a strong history in the area of forensic engineering having been the Chief Investigator on more than 200 forensic engineering investigations. He has authored more than 300 academic publications. David is regularly invited to speak on his research both domestically and internationally.

Dr Nick Bennett recently joined UTS as a Senior Lecturer, having worked in the field of thermoelectric energy harvesting for most of the past decade. Previous to UTS, Nick worked at Heriot-Watt University in the UK between 2013 and early 2019. There he led seven projects in all, with total value above $1 million AUD, sponsored by the EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Energy Technology Partnership, the Energy Academy, and the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, as well as completing research contracts/consultancy for numerous industry partners, including the European Space Agency and Mitsubishi. Dr Bennett is a recognised expert in thermoelectric energy harvesting, having been an invited speaker at some of the world’s foremost conferences on thermoelectrics. He was the co-organiser of the UK’s 2018 annual thermoelectric meeting.

About the Faculty:

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS is a world-class faculty with a growing reputation for its quality and impact. Our research is highly advanced, industry-focused and part of the lively and rigorous research culture at UTS.

Focused on ’practical innovation’, our researchers are pioneering research solutions with real-world impact. They’re recognised leaders in their fields, responsible for delivering new, better and more cost-effective innovative solutions to current national and international challenges.

Funding Notes:

A scholarship of approx. AU$28,000 per annum stipend (tax free) + tuition fee waiver for domestic candidates is available for the full 3 years. Opportunities for funding to top-up the stipend will be available.

Enquiries:

Complete the form below for informal enquiries or to apply, remember to include...

(1) A brief covering statement and (2) your Curriculum Vitae.

Closing date for next intake: Australian Domestic students: 31 May 2020 (for commencement in July 2020).

Funding Notes

A scholarship of approx. AU$28,000 per annum stipend (tax free) + tuition fee waiver for domestic candidates is available for the full 3 years. Opportunities for funding to top-up the stipend will be available.

Applicants should have Australian domestic student status and a high-scoring Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in an engineering subject, preferably Electronic, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Biomedical Engineering. An interest and experience in thermoelectrics would be a distinct advantage.

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