PhD scholarship on the impact of wave energy converters on coastal processes

Perth (Region), Western Australia (AU)
Aug 31, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
Ocean Science
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

A PhD scholarship is available through the University of Western Australia Oceans Institute ( and School of Earth Sciences to conduct research on understanding and predicting the impact of wave energy converters on coastal processes. Please see details below.

Research project

Given their high energy density and persistence, ocean waves are an attractive source of renewable energy. However, there is very limited knowledge about how the range of wave energy converters (WECs) presently being developed modify incident wave fields (e.g. through dissipation and radiation), the wave-WEC interactions in arrays of multiple devices, and how WECs impact the near- and far-field wave conditions that influence sediment dynamics in the coastal zone. The PhD project will addresses some of these knowledge gaps by investigating how WEC devices can be optimally placed in coastal and continental shelf waters, based on how surface wave properties transform from deep to shallow waters, how the dynamics of wave-device interactions vary under increasingly nonlinear waves, the device-device interaction within WEC arrays, and how WEC arrays can attenuate the wave energy reaching shorelines. We seek a PhD student to conduct research within this topic area with a background in coastal engineering, oceanography or a related field. The successful candidate will have some flexibility to develop a research project in this area using numerical modelling, laboratory experiments in a wave flume, and/or field data, and also will work to integrate their results with other PhD students and researchers focusing on WEC device foundation and mooring systems. The candidate will join a growing marine renewable energy research group at UWA covering both the engineering and oceanographic aspects.


This position includes an annual tax-free stipend of $30,000 (approx.). Qualified applicants who obtain an RTP scholarship (available for both domestic and international students) will be eligible for a stipend of up to $35,000 p.a.


Applications are invited from both Australian and international students. Applicants should possess an Honours or Masters degree (or equivalent) in environmental or coastal engineering, oceanography, or related fields (including environmental science, civil/mechanical/chemical/ocean engineering and physics).

Please send a cover letter describing your research interests and experience, a CV and the names of two referees to both:

Dr. Jeff Hansen, email: jeff.hansen, and

Professor Ryan Lowe, email:

The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 September