School of Mechanical Engineering - Non-Linear Vicro-Acoustic Meta-Materials and The Unversity of Adelaide PhD Scholarship Scheme

Applications open
6 August 2019
Applications close
15 October 2019
Payment per year
$27,596 tax free per annum + $15,000 per annum top-up scholarship
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Available In
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Available To

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide is committed to delivering outstanding research that helps solve complex global problems and contributes to national priorities.

We’re home to a number of world-class research institutes and centres, where our students learn from internationally renowned academics at the cutting edge of research and discovery. We address global needs in collaboration with industry, government and the broader community.

The project:

Based within the School of Mechanical Engineering our Acoustics Vibration and Control researchers undertake fundamental and applied research to solve significant industry challenges, and consistently deliver tangible, real-world impact. A couple of recent examples include the use of our innovative commercial active noise and vibration controllers and acoustic and vibration technologies.

The research focus for these two PhD projects is on acoustic meta-materials, and, in particular, exploiting non-linear material behaviours to enhance or customise acoustic absorption properties.

The exact details of the project will be negotiated with the candidate prior to submission of an application for an Australian Postgraduate Award. Suggested topics to be investigated include:

  • Highly absorptive acoustic meta-materials for use in air or underwater.
  • Non-linear vibration isolation materials.
  • Non-linear acoustic materials.
  • Adaptive-passive acoustic absorptive material that can be dynamically adjusted.


The candidate:

  • The successful candidate is expected to conduct research involving numerical and theoretical analyses to design a non-linear material that will be fabricated and experimentally tested.
  • Applicants are required to have a minimum of 1st class honors or a master degree in the area of acoustics or signal processing or a related discipline and demonstrated excellent academic results and research capability. 
  • Be assessed by the Adelaide Graduate Centre as meeting all conditions for admission to the Doctoral program
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident
  • Be studying full-time and onshore in Australia
  • Be living in, or able to relocate to, South Australia for the duration of the Scholarship
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or at a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the research higher degree program

For more information about the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at the University of Adelaide, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s website.

Scholarship available: 
A top-up scholarship of $15,000 pa (tax-exempt) will be awarded to the successful RTP Scholarship applicant. RTP scholarship is valued at AU$27,596 per annum (tax-exempt).

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To apply email a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in applying for a scholarship to Professor Carl Howard on