FULL PHD SCHOLARSHIP: Researching the Social Aspect of Solar Energy Distribution in Australia

Australia has one of the highest numbers of households with solar panels. Solar energy can help households to reduce their energy bills. Rebates for installation and buy-back policies (feed-in-tariff) are in place to help people adopting rooftop solar panels. However, there are two groups who are missing out: renters and apartment occupants.

New solar energy production and storage pathways are needed to help every Australian to access cheap solar energy. Microgrids and neighbourhood power sharing set to transform how people benefit from and use renewable energy.

This research project aims to investigate how these new pathways are used in Australia, their economic impacts and what is needed to implement them in the Greater Darwin Area.

We are seeking a PhD student with the following desired skills:

  • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in the field of renewable energy engineering, energy economics or environmental economics;
  • Experience in data analysis and modelling
  • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
  • Very good English skills (IELTS score of at least 6).

What we offer:

  • A stipend of approximately $30,000 per year (adjusted yearly) for 3 years, with an additional one-off $5,000 allocated to support part of the student’s medical insurance and relocation.
  • Tuition fee waiver of the PhD course (approx. $28,000 per year, adjusted yearly) for 3 years.

The application is open for Australian and international candidates. Please apply by sending:

  • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
  • A cover letter outlining your research interests in the field;
  • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;

Email your application and documentation to kerstin.zander@cdu.edu.au.

Closing date is 31 May 2021.

Associate Professor Kerstin Zander
Northern Institute
E Kerstin.zander@cdu.edu.au
T (61+) 08 8946 7368
W cdu.edu.au/northern-institute 

Masters Opportunity: Towards Zero Waste Construction

Charles Darwin University is funding a Masters by Research position to work on a project researching ways towards designing and constructing zero-waste buildings. This project will explore methodologies and processes to design and construct with the aim of reducing construction waste stream to landfill. In 2018-19, construction waste stream was one of the largest generators of waste in Australia with an increase of 22% since 2016-17. This is an opportunity to work on identifying ways of managing this waste and achieving circular economy in the design and construction sector.

The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities. CDU is an exciting and progressive research-intensive university with a regional focus that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We have developed cross-disciplinary research teams as well as partnerships and collaborative relationships with external agencies to build world-class research capability. Our goal is to maintain and conduct meaningful and beneficial research in areas of strength including Economics; Environment and Livelihoods; Human Health and Wellbeing; Social and Public Policy; Education at the interface with Health; and Energy. Indigenous Knowledges underpins many of our research endeavours.

CDU is currently awarding one potential candidate to undertake their Masters by Research degree on topics leading to Zero Waste construction. CDU seek expressions of interest from Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. It is preferable that the successful candidate resides in Alice Springs while completing the project. They will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and industry skill.

The scholarship offers a living allowance of $28,597 (2021 rate) per annum and a tuition fee waiver for up to two years.  Applicants should hold minimum qualifications equivalent to Second Class Honours A. The scholarship will be competitively awarded, available during the relevant research period only, and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

Expression of interest (EOI):

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following details  

  • A statement addressing your research interests and suitability for the project and scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Copy of their undergraduate transcript

Email your EOI to Dr Deepika Mathur at Deepika.mathur@cdu.edu.au by 5:00 pm (ACST) March 1, 2021.

Applicants will need to attend an interview and must meet the Charles Darwin University Master’s by Research entry requirements. The preferred applicants will be invited to submit a full application on-line.

View brochure for more details (PDF1.7KB)

Dr Deepika Mathur
T 08 8946 5214

PhD Opportunity: Workforce planning in Tiwi Islands[i] and development of employment pathways for the tropical forestry sector (Full-time)

We are seeking an enthusiastic current or future student who is passionate about exploring the best way to create effective pathways for Tiwi residents to play active and diversified roles in local tropical forestry plantations, and integrate those in a broader Tiwi workforce strategy. Your opportunity is to undertake a PhD by research with Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory of Australia, in the context of a new project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia entitled ‘Maximising northern tropical forestry - linking communities and cutting-edge technology’.

The broad CRC project supports the expansion of tropical hardwood plantations in Northern Australia (with several research partners providing expertise on plantation productivity, planting, genomics and related science), and establishes a collaboration with Tiwi-based forestry corporations, large forest product exporters, forestry scientists, and Tiwi Aboriginal communities and education/training institutions to provide new options for economic development and employment on Aboriginal owned lands.

The CDU-based PhD opportunity itself will consider ways to expand Tiwi residents’ engagement with the forestry and allied sectors, map skills requirements for the industry to grow in terms of scale, productivity and local employment outcomes. Although the shape of the PhD and related publications are negotiable and will be developed by the candidate, a number of planned activities (endorsed by the project and Tiwi stakeholders) are to be managed and conducted by the successful candidate. These include:

  • reviewing past workforce composition and projected employment opportunities in Tiwi overall;
  • mapping of education and training programs;
  • potentially developing cadetships around involvement in new technologies for Tiwi students with potential in forestry sciences;
  • producing a workforce profile for Tiwi (likely based on NTG regional workforce profile workforce assessment tools currently deployed by DTBI in other regions and implemented by CDU);
  • examining alternative employment models to support potential local students and workers;
  • profiling potential micro-business opportunities created by forestry expansion and supply chains;
  • involving Tiwi residents in the development of further research activities and opportunities  around employment, workforce preparation and the forestry plantation sector;
  • examining the impact of improved rotation planting and harvesting on forestry-related local jobs and opportunities; as well as
  • preparing a long-term Tiwi employment strategy considering skills development and retention around forestry, to contribute towards long-term Aboriginal participation.

Candidates are encouraged to expand and suggest alternative/complementary approaches.

The successful applicant will be required to reside in Darwin, and receive an annual stipend (circa $28,000AUD per annum). Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave and a relocation allowance of up to $2,000. This position is full-time. 

Interested candidates are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) including [a] a statement addressing your research interests and suitability for the project and scholarship and [b] a brief CV. EOI closing date: TBC. 

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • A passion for research in the topic
  • Demonstrated ability to qualify for and complete a PhD by research
  • Strong communication and academic writing skills
  • Keenness to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to work independently

The applicant must be already be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency in Australia.

There may be opportunities to work with researchers on other projects on a paid basis and to attend international conferences, however this is not guaranteed. 


Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay
T 08-8946-7256
E pascal.tremblay@cdu.edu.au


PhD and Master by Research courses

Charles Darwin University (CDU) offers students the opportunity to undertake one-year or three-year full time study in key areas. With opportunities to undertake dual or joint degrees through partnership arrangements to ensure students have access to the supervision panel that will challenge and support them.

Northern Institute Higher Degree Research (HDR) students undertake research in research topics of importance to their own work and plans. HDR students work with supervisory teams, led by key researchers to develop their thinking and undertake research that not only builds their research skills but also explores issues critical to their context.

HDR students also receive additional support through the range of programs for students available across CDU.


CDU offers a number of prestigious domestic and international scholarships to students every year. These scholarships can assist with fees, living and study expenses. There also a number of external scholarships students can apply for. Further information is available at: http://www.cdu.edu.au/research/ori/scholarships


Prospective CDU Students

Current CDU Students