PhD Scholarship: Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program - Onshore Gas


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually. For International students, Overseas Student Health Cover is also included.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Number awarded 3
Opening date 14 January 2020
Closing date 31 May 2020


Centre for Natural Gas (CNG)

The University of Queensland's Centre for Natural Gas (UQ-CNG) purpose is to contribute to the onshore gas sector via research and education, as well as providing independent science and evidence-based advice to stakeholders (government, regulators, community, and industry). UQ-CNG provides an avenue for growing and sharing knowledge in the onshore gas research field. It carries out research on coal seam gas related issues across petroleum engineering, geosciences, water, data analytics, ecology, sustainability, economics, business and social science fields. The Centre is funded through a membership model, and the current member organisations are Arrow Energy, Santos and APLNG and The University of Queensland. UQ-CNG engages researchers from a variety of schools and centres at UQ to deliver individual research projects.

In particular, research in technical areas are conducted in close collaboration with the School of Chemical Engineering, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Energi Simulation Industrial Chair in (Unconventional) Onshore Gas Reservoir Modelling has been established at UQ in 2017 and is based in UQ-CNG. Prof Suzanne Hurter (Chair) is leading a geoscience and reservoir modelling research program relevant to the unconventional onshore gas industry. This program will provide a number of higher degree research opportunities for quality candidates.  

Three PhD positions are being recruited.

Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program 

Energi Simulation, a Canadian foundation, and The University of Queensland have recently established the Industrial Research Chair in Unconventional Gas Reservoir Modelling. The research program aims to address the knowledge challenges of the unconventional onshore gas industry. The projects are managed by the UQ Centre Natural Gas in close collaboration with other schools. PhD students will be working on applied projects often with industry data that will qualify them to work at the research-industry interface or take up industry-based positions in the future. Once the candidate has achieved confirmation, he or she will attend at least one annual Energi Simulation Technical School and Summit in Calgary, Canada, to present their research work and network with other PhD students from the international Energi Simulation network of universities. The candidates will also have the opportunity to engage with technical experts from the Queensland gas industry throughout the course of their research. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop a practical understanding of current research challenges and current industry work practices.

The role

Three PhD candidates are being sought for commencement in the second or third quarter of 2020. Three positions will be awarded. The Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program spans a variety of applied research themes, including:

  • Unconventional hydrocarbons with a focus on coal seam gas
  • Geological Modelling
  • Dynamic Modelling of Multi-phase Flow (gas, water) and Transport
  • Reactive Flow Modelling
  • Geostatistics, scaling and uncertainty
  • Geomechanics and Dynamic Permeability
  • CO2 Sequestration/Storage
  • Gas and water resources nexus

The Program is multidisciplinary and research projects are undertaken with the UQ Centre for Natural Gas in collaboration with the Centre’s industry members (Arrow Energy, APLNG and Santos). Research projects often involve collaboration with several schools across UQ. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage with senior academics in their field and work with subject matter experts from industry and government.


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 the link on the upper right of this page. 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:

  • check your eligibility 
  • prepare your documentation 
  • contact Professor Suzanne Hurter ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

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 'ENERGIin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applicants should have an excellent academic record of accomplishment in Geosciences or Engineering (Petroleum, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Environmental) or a related discipline such as Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics (Statistics) and an Honours degree or equivalent. You are required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program.

Additional skills that would be favourable are any previous experience in geostatistics, geological or flow modelling or coding/programming (MatLab, Python, R, etc.).

You should be a team player with a strong professional work ethic. Applicants should have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English Language as you will be expected to produce high quality journal articles and present to international audiences.

Depending on your research project and academic background you will be enrolled in the School of Chemical Engineering, School of Mechanical and Mining or Engineering or the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Applications are closed.


Professor Suzanne Hurter
+61 7 3346 4116
Applications are closed.

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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.