PhD Student - Ergonomics Human CoboticsBrisbane, Queensland
Innovative Boeing Defence aerospace project seeks PhD candidates
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.
Join the team working to advance Boeing Australia's partnership with the Queensland Government to create an advanced manufacturing and new aerospace capability in Queensland. Announced in October 2020, the partnership could culminate in Queensland becoming the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Imagine, your PhD work contributing towards a range of defence aerospace manufacturing programs, including one of most exciting aircraft projects in recent Australian aerospace history - the first military combat aircraft in 50 years to be designed, built and manufactured in Australia.
There are four fully funded PhD Scholarships availablefor outstanding candidates to work on a project at University Queensland in collaboration with Boeing Defence Australia. This PhD project aims to look at design for Ergonomics & Human/cobotic task allocation.
This industry partnership project aims to extend ergonomic sensor systems and modelling to include real-time evaluations, via computer vision and wearables, with co-botics and exo-skeletons to make a step change in workplace safety, performance and health measurement, design, and operations.
Specifically, this project envisions a people-centric 'Worker 4.0' framework, in which cognitive and physical fatigue, injury risk, and job sequencing between workers and machines are considered holistically and in a combined digital twin.
To achieve this vision, an interdisciplinary approach will be required combining research threads in:
1. Biometric and location sensing
2. Modelling of human factors such as cognitive load and ergonomics
3. Manufacturing modelling, planning and optimization
4. Data analytics
5. IoT, Mobility, and User interface design
The successful candidates will work in an industry/academic team and individually to architect, develop and physically prototype a holistic system for industry use.
This project would suit someone interested in Environmental health and safety, Physical education, Human movement and behaviours, Bio-mechanics, Engineering, Mechatronics, Model-based systems engineering, Robotics, Computer sciences, Digital twins, Virtual world modelling, Synthetic data creation, Artificial intelligence or other relevant fields.
We are seeking students to help make a step change in safety and quality and change the way we build aircraft. We are bringing together multiple persons to bring the variety of skills required across academia and industry. So, an ability to work with others is desirable.
- Be nominated by the Advisory team and enrolling school or institute at UQ
- Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program and be competitive for scholarship.
- Obtain security clearance from Boeing as part of the application process
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.
How to Apply
Apply for this scholarship when you apply for a higher degree by research program at UQ.
Applicants for this scholarship should be aiming to commence in research quarter 3, 2021.
However, an October 2021 start date may be possible. If this interests you please notify us as part of your application.
Before submitting an application you should:
When you apply, make sure that you:
- Tick 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
- Enter 'Boeing' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
- Enter 'UQ Graduate School' as the 'Sponsor / organisation'.
Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.