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Our interdisciplinary approach unites experts in diverse fields. We provide a hub for industry, government and community groups to collaborate with us and connect with our researchers and students. We are home to over 100 world-renowned multidisciplinary research and teaching centres that work alongside some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics to tackle some of the worlds most pressing issues.

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Scholarships in focus:

We're committed to fostering the best and brightest researchers, and have a wide range of scholarship options to support international research students. Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher.

Research Projects

SYD Projects

University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:30.11.2022
Application Deadline:31.12.2022
Supervisor Name:Craig Jin, craig.jin@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:

The Computing and Audio Research Lab at the University of Sydney, Australia has a fully funded PhD position open in augmented reality for the visually impaired, in partnership with ARIA LLC.

Applicants with a strong background in psychoacoustics and audio signal processing and computer science or similar programs are encouraged to apply.

We take a broad view of auditory sensory augmentation as comprised of three parts:

(1) sensors and machine artificial intelligence extract information for a targeted objective;
(2) this information is rendered via the auditory channel as sound;
(3) we enable efferent feedback control via hand/wrist or other sensors.
Experiments are run using motion capture and the latest AR/VR/XR equipment. The challenges are to convey navigation, social, or symbolic information via the auditory channel in perceptually consistent and meaningful ways.


The project's aims include:

(1) Establishing a psychoacoustic simulation environment to support rapid development and evaluation of novel auditory sensory augmentation paradigms,
(2) Adapting computational imaging technologies to propose novel methods for auditory sensory augmentation,
(3) Characterising and calibrating auditory sensory augmentation paradigms via simulation, controlled lab experiments, and user trials,
(4) Developing auditory sensory augmentation algorithms to best make use of incoming machine vision sensor information, and
(5) Supporting development of the high-level sensory augmentation algorithms and the full sensory augmentation pipeline.

The Research Environment:
Embedded in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the Computing and Audio Research Lab (CARLab) is focused on auditory sensory augmentation, machine hearing, and morphoacoustics (morphoacoustics.org). We employ audio signal processing and machine learning techniques to develop new concepts and understandings that will provide new technologies for auditory sensory augmentation and machine hearing.

CARLab offers specialised acoustic facilities (anechoic chambers, semi-anechoic chamber, loudspeaker arrays, linear and spherical microphone arrays, AR/VR/XR platforms). You will have access to mechanical and electronics workshops and a pool of technical staff to help realise your research ambitions. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with Project ARIA’s engineers and make use of their extensive development and testing facilities. The University of Sydney offers a rich academic setting in a world-class city, and CARLab has strong ties to a network of nearby and international academic and industrial collaborators.

Funding Information:Fully-funded Phd Scholarship covering tuition fees and stipend
Admission Requirements:

Successful candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Interest in developing novel auditory sensory augmentation systems and working with AR/VR/XR simulation environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with one or more of psychoacoustics, computer science, software engineering, audio signal processing, sound design and engineering
  • Hands-on experience with Python, Matlab, C++, and one or more video game simulation environments would be an asset
Categories : PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:30.11.2022
Application Deadline:31.12.2022
Supervisor Name:Craig Jin, craig.jin@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:

The Computing and Audio Research Lab at the University of Sydney, Australia has a fully funded PhD position open to support real-time magnetic resonance imaging (rtMRI) and analysis together with acoustic-phonetic analysis. A particular focus for the imaging/acoustic processing and analysis is to support a study of the developmental trajectory of tongue control.

This project is conducted in collaboration with University of York, Macquarie University, and the Discipline of Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney. Applicants with a strong background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or similar programs are encouraged to apply.

This research seeks to develop rtMRI capabilities for vocal tract analysis in Australia, expand our knowledge of the morphoacoustics of the vocal tract and assist with improved understanding and techniques within the field of Speech Pathology.

Challenges arise to validate, correlate, and relate the imaging and acoustic data obtained from vocal tract rtMRI (VT-rtMRI). We will be creating, collecting and analysing an Australian speech database. Research areas of interest are statistical and machine learning techniques to assist with the data analysis and processing. In particular, VT-rtMRI offers the ability to form an improved understanding of the relationship between articulation, acoustics and perception.

The project's aims include:

Characterising the relationship between dynamic tongue configuration and speech acoustics, and how this relationship changes as the participants grow,
Developing computational imaging and acoustic analysis technologies for establishing these links including novel methods for processing rtMRI images of the vocal tract, and
Supporting development of tools to support rtMRI vocal tract imaging and analysis.

The Research Environment:
Embedded in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the Computing and Audio Research Lab is focused on signal processing and machine learning approaches to support morphoacoustic and auditory sensory augmentation research.

It offers rich collaboration and supervision spanning multiple departments and universities: (Amelia Gully, forensic and acoustics, University of York), (Kirrie Ballard, Speech Pathology, The University of Sydney), (Michael Proctor, speech production, perception, and phonological organisation, Macquarie University), (Luping Zhou, medical imaging and machine learning).

We will conduct our research using imaging facilities at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Funding Information:Fully-funded Phd Scholarship covering tuition fees and stipend
Admission Requirements:

Successful candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline,
  • Interest in developing acoustic and imaging analysis systems for VT-rtMRI,
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Experience with one or more of acoustics, audio signal processing, imaging, image processing and/or computer vision,
  • Hands-on experience with MATLAB, Python, and Deep Learning frameworks would be a strong asset.
Categories : PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine and Health
Project Start Date:01/01/2023
Application Deadline:30/12/2022
Supervisor Name:No specific Supervisor. Contact fmh.research-opportunity@sydney.edu.au for further information
Location (City/Campus):Sydney
Project Description:

This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a master's by research or PhD student to undertake research in the cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention fields as part of a NHMRC Synergy Grant.

The aim of SOLVE-CHD is to transform post-discharge secondary prevention and reduce the burden of heart disease by decreasing deaths, hospitalisations and costs via a program of work that integrates data, technology, partnerships and capacity building.

This Scholarship is funded by a NHMRC Synergy Grant entitled Solving the long-standing evidence-practice gap associated with cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (SOLVE-CHD).Use paste as text if you have formatting problems.

Funding Information:

The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $32,000 per annum, subject to satisfactory academic performance for:

  •     up to two years for a master's by research recipient who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2019
  •     up to 1.75 years for a master's by research recipient who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2019
  •     up to three years for a PhD recipient.
Applicantion Information:

You must:

  •     have applied for admission or be enrolled to study full-time in a master's by research or PhD at the Faculty of Medicine and Health. If you have an unconditional offer of admission or are currently enrolled to study part-time and will change to full-time enrolment prior to the scholarship commencement you will also be eligible
  •     work within a multi-disciplinary research group investigating the health impacts of extreme heat and hot weather for people with cardiovascular disease, implementing evidence-based guidelines to reduce the burden of extreme heat and develop new communication strategies to help build community resilience to extreme heat
  •     be willing to conduct research closely in line with one of the aims of SOLVE-CHD Synergy Grant (a list of potential topics are provided below as a guide):
    •         Practice change amongst cardiac rehabilitation providers – barriers, enablers and learnings aiming to support patient level electronic record collection
    •         Potential and evaluation of data-driven quality improvement in sustained management of CHD and cardiac rehabilitation
    •         Evaluation of service and patient level data to improve reach and equity in sustained managed of CHD
    •         Virtual reality advice from future self in secondary prevention, and
    •         Expanding peer support in secondary prevention
  •     be primarily supervised by one of the chief investigators from SOLVE-CHD team member.
Categories : PhD Health Sciences | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Science - School of Geosciences
Project Start Date:01/03/2023
Application Deadline:31/12/2022
Supervisor Name:No specific Supervisor. Contact science.hdrofficer@sydney.edu.au for further information
Location (City/Campus):Sydney
Project Description:

This Scholarship aims to support a student undertaking a PhD in Geography within the School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science.

The focus of the research will be on the geographies and materialities of flood protection infrastructures in the context of rapid urbanisation and climate change in Jakarta, Indonesia and/or Suva, Fiji. We will investigate how key materials – including water and sand – are assembled to build resilient urban infrastructure in Jakarta and Suva. Using social science research methods, we will identify the impacts of these landscape, market, and labour transformations across sites of extraction, circulation, and use.

This Scholarship is funded through ARC DECRA Project on ‘Building Urban Resilience: Adaptation Economies in the Asia-Pacific’ (DE210101443) and School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science.

Funding Information:

The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

The PhD recipient may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is also provided for a successful international applicant for up to twelve research periods with a possible two research period extension (full-time equivalent), subject to satisfactory academic performance.

The Scholarship will also cover overseas health cover for a successful international applicant (single cover only) for the normal full-time duration of their higher degree studies at the University of Sydney.

Applicantion Information:

You must:

  •     have an unconditional offer of admission to study full time in a PhD within Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney
  •     be willing to undertake research independently about urban resilience infrastructure in either Jakarta or Suva
  •     must also hold at least an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or a Masters degree in Geography or a related field, with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

Please Note: An Applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | SYD Projects