We are looking for a PhD scholar to work as part of a multi-party project on cooling - and thereby saving - the Great Barrier Reef. The PhD project will contribute to the development of clean energy systems that power the equipment that increases the thickness of marine clouds above the reef. These systems may feature solar photovoltaics, wind power, bio fuels, wave power, batteries and other technologies. The project will assess the technical, economic, and social feasibility of these technologies and design systems to meet the needs of the reef cooling applications. The student will work closely with the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at ANU (www.bsgip.com), as well as researchers at Southern Cross University and the broader Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (see https://gbrrestoration.org/program/cooling-and-shading/).
Applicants will need to have expertise in a relevant field, such as electrical, mechatronic, or mechanical engineering, physics, techno-economic analysis, or systems modelling. Experience with modelling energy systems, coding in Python, and/or prior experience in renewable energy systems analysis is an advantage, as is experience in working in diverse teams.
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To apply, please send a 1 page cover letter and CV (including results for relavant degrees) to Dr Bjorn Sturmberg before mid October to allow time for a full application.