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Spectral Instrumentation Development for Remote Observations Scholarships

The University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) is a dynamic regional University committed to developing research solutions that deliver a global impact. With a vision to be a leading discovery partner in priority research areas, UniSQ aligns its research with regional and global agendas in agriculture and natural resource management, regional development, regional health and wellbeing, engineering, education and digital literacy. 

The Hypersonics Group is a rapidly growing research group which has Australia’s only long duration hypersonic test facility. The ‘TUSQ’ Ludwieg tube is the core around which  the group has been developed. The group is based at the UniSQ Toowoomba campus.  Major activities include facility development, optical diagnostics, hypersonic inlet investigations,  supersonic combustion, hypersonic fluid-structure interaction, and field measurements  of rockets and hypersonic craft re-entering the atmosphere. Our innovative approaches to experimentation in hypersonics are world-leading and have attracted international sponsored research projects. We are the only civilian group outside on NASA who has a demonstrated track record of undertaking airborne observation missions to measure hypervelocity phenomena, having recently observed the Hayabusa2 capsule re-entry and the Tau Herculids meteor shower.

The Hypersonics Group is an integral part of Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics (iLAuNCH) Hub which was awarded under the Australian Universities Trailblazer program.

These two PhD topics will support the remote observation capability being developed within the Hypersonics Group. The work will focus on instrumentation development, calibration, and deployment. This will be done across a range of ground test facilities, for ground based observations, and potentially for an airborne observation campaign. The specific focus will be on spectral measurements of high temperature gases across different wavelength ranges, including both the instrument development and the data analysis pipeline.

This work will be supported by the iLAuNCH Hub and will include close collaboration with local industry and international research partners.

  • Stipend of AUD $32,000 per annum;
  • Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.