PhD scholarship: Enabling the power systems of the future


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
Number awarded 2
Opening date 3 November 2020
Closing date 17 November 2020


Supervisor – Professor Tapan Saha

The Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development of the state Government of Queensland has recently funded a Project ‘Enabling the Power Systems of the Future’ at the University of Queensland. This project will develop a new power system simulation/analysis platform to investigate the security of Queensland’s power system and support the transition to integrate new energy platforms and achieve 50% renewable by 2030. This project will deliver an EMT platform incorporating new algorithms and state-of-the-art models for new interconnected technologies and other energy platforms. The analytics developed in this project will be useful to accurately assess security risks and optimise the design of new energy platforms, such as renewable generators, battery storage, synchronous condensers, VSC based HVDC interconnectors and new technology based pumped storage.

Globally there is an urgent need for a step change in the platform for monitoring and controlling electricity distribution networks to ensure safety, reliability, and support customer participation, via home energy management (HEM) platforms, in electricity supply and usage, including through distributed technologies such as household photovoltaics (PV), battery storage, smart appliances and electric-vehicle (EV) chargers. This project also develops and trials a scalable estimation and control platform to enable intensive, wide-scale integration of HEM platforms and associated distributed technologies across Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (LV) networks. This part of the project collaborates closely with an SME GridQube.

A working knowledge of power systems PSCAD modeling, python programming skill OR distribution network modeling, optimization and control systems tools would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

This project is being carried out at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. It is an exciting time to get involved with the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, located on UQ’s St. Lucia campus. By attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment, the School will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow.

The School recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. The School strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

Details of the School may be accessed on its website.


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 ‘POWER SYSTEMS’ 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 electrical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of optimisation/control is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Tapan Saha
+61 (0) 422 001 378
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.