Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Mahfuz Aziz

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
20 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project 

Develop sustainable charging options for electric vehicles

If you’re keen to pursue a career in energy and interested in addressing sustainability in the electric vehicle market, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a contemporary project-based PhD within UniSA STEM. 

Countries that aspire to become carbon neutral by 2050 as per the Paris Climate Agreement must tackle the challenge of increasing energy demands created by growing penetration of electric vehicles (EV). This project aims to investigate these challenges and explore sustainable EV charging solutions.

You will work within UniSA STEM in collaboration with researchers from across the unit, including but not limited to the Future Industries Institute. There will be opportunities to work with the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining as well as with industry stakeholders.

The EV market in Australia and worldwide is poised to grow very rapidly. Highly trained and qualified graduates will be in high demand to tackle the massive challenges faced by countries to support sustainable EV growth and the innovative use of renewable energy to support that growth. This project will give you the opportunity to engage in state-of-the-art research and prepare for current jobs and those likely to emerge in the future.

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will undertake a detailed review, and then modelling and simulation to investigate the challenges of large-scale integration of EVs into the Australian power grid. You will develop and test various smart EV charging strategies and their impact on the power grid. Your aim is to find efficient and sustainable solutions for EV charging and grid integration. With support, you will be expected to engage in preparing and submitting research publications for high-impact journals.

Upon completion of the project, you will be able to conduct investigative research in new and emerging areas of engineering and technology. In particular, you will have a sound understanding of the issues around the carbon footprint from fossil fuel-based cars and the challenges around EV charging and integration with the power grid.

Working with industry, government agencies and community stakeholders to find technically sound, efficient and sustainable solutions, you will develop valuable job-ready experience and start building your professional network. Upon completion, you will have an enviable bank of knowledge and skills in both technical areas and highly valued generic skills in problem-solving, lifelong learning and self-management. 

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology. 

We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities. What’s discovered one day is taught the next. In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.  

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 
  • Hold a degree in Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering or a related discipline
  • Have good skills and experience in computer programming and modelling
Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Research experience and previous journal publications
  • Experience in smart embedded/control systems
The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Tuesday 20 December 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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