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PhD Scholarship in Civil Engineering Sparc Hub at Monash University

Applications are invited for a PhD position in water resources to join Monash University, Australia. Applicants should apply before April 26, 2019.

Job No.: 591559

Location: Clayton campus

Employment type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: Stipend can range from $27,872 to $32,300 per annum, tax-free

The ARC Smart Pavements Hub (SPARC) invites applications for a PhD-position in remote sensing moisture measurement techniques.

SPARC Hub, which is a partnership between Monash and 7 other Australian Universities and 20 Industry Partners, is embarking on a range of exciting research projects, offering an unprecedented opportunity for recent graduates to establish their postgraduate career in various engineering fields. The Hub offers a coherent PhD and Masters by Research program for high achieving passionate students and is committed to create an intellectually exhilarating and vibrant environment towards excellence.

The moisture content level during and after road pavement construction plays an important role in road pavement performance under repeated heavy traffic loading. However, it has been difficult to monitor the moisture content in pavement layers spatially along construction corridors in an economically feasible manner. Current state-of-the-art practice includes manually taking small samples from a few isolated locations along the construction corridor, often in carefully selected sites that are expected to pass. This approach is not only subjective but costly and laborious, leading to serious quality assurance concerns. This project seeks to apply the passive microwave measurement techniques developed for satellites in the context of water resources management, to vehicle-based or drone-based applications in road pavement construction and maintenance. Potential use of this technique in Intelligent Compaction (IC) of soils using automated rollers is also a major consideration.

The Theme Leader, Lead Chief Investigator and Department Head, Professor Jeffrey Walker, Dept. of Civil Eng., Monash University, Clayton Campus (Australia)


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