PhD scholarship: Development of a mechanical tensioner for wave energy harvesting


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 19 October 2020
Closing date 2 November 2020


Supervisor – Dr Michael Heitzmann

The project is related to the development of advanced composite structures for a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC). The PhD will focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the durability and fatigue aspects of composite materials in the marine environment for a specific application in the WEC design. As part of the PhD it will also be investigated how concepts developed for WECs can be employed in other marine applications such as the aquaculture industry.

The PhD candidate will be undertaken in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM). The project is part of the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (BE-CRC). The candidate will work directly with the industry participants as part of a larger team. Principal supervision and project lead is carried out by Dr. Michael Heitzmann.

A working knowledge of composite materials, processes and manufacturing with a specific knowledge in testing and durability would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘WAVE ENERGY’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of composite materials and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of fatigue testing, durability analysis and numerical modelling is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Michael Heitzmann
+61 (0) 422 298 155
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.