PhD Top-up in Soft Underwater Robotics

July 9th, 2019

Do you want to work for one of the world’s leading research organisations, doing ground breaking Robotics research to solve real-world challenges? Then read on.

The opportunity

The Robotics & Autonomous System Group at CSIRO’s Data61 are seeking a motivated PhD student to create bioinspired, soft, underwater robots.

The successful candidate will harness the latest in 3D printing, CAD, and modelling to generate novel solutions for monitoring and assessment of Coral Reef environments.  Such assays are an important part of Australia’s efforts to protect and preserve the Reefs.

You will be provided with access to our leading scientists and mentors, and real-life experience working in the robotics area while completing your studies.  You will also see your solution deployed in the real-world, in collaboration with marine scientists.

The top-up is available to any PhD student enrolled at an Australian University and will provide $10,000 p.a. for 3 years. The successful applicant will be expected to have already secured an RTP or similar ‘main’ scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on experience, programming and communication skills, as well as academic record.

How to apply

Prospective students should send the following documents in .pdf file to Dr. David Howard with the subject “Soft Robotics Topup”, including:

  • a current c.v.
  • details of grades or an academic transcript
  • one page cover letter explaining your research background and suitability for the position.


Dr. David Howard –

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