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ARC Research Hub for Floating Facilities Scholarships

An exciting opportunity exists for academically excellent candidates to join a multi-disciplinary team working on the critical engineering challenges facing the next generation of floating offshore oil and gas projects.

The project involves industry partners Shell, Woodside, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register. Each partner organisation is committed to help shape the research directions, drive the technology transfer and assist with the mentorship of the researchers and students. This ARC Research Hub for Floating Facilities involves five interlinked projects in the areas of ocean forecasting, riser and mooring longevity, vessel motion and offloading, and novel anchoring and subsea foundations. An opportunity exists for four PhD students to work on the novel anchoring project.

The projects on offer are:

  1. Integrated system design for novel subsea anchors and moorings

  2. Optimising anchor design to promote diving under extreme loadings

  3. Whole life modelling of plate anchors: centrifuge, numerical and analytical modelling

  4. Whole life modelling of plate anchors: field performance

Further details on the projects are available at 

Prospective students may contact Associate Professor Conleth O'Loughlin, at

Available in the International/Domestic Scholarships Round 1 2018

Payment type
Living allowance
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement

The successful applicants should have a first-class honours degree or equivalent in civil engineering or interest in offshore geotechnical engineering.

To submit your interest to do a PhD in one of these projects, please email your expression of interest, including resume/CV, full academic transcripts and degree certificates, details of any published papers and your English test results (academic IELTS/iBT TOEFL) to the COFS Administrative Officer Monica Mackman -

Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen, International
Study area
Civil Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering, Engineering
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University of Western Australia
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