Research Topic: Research topic: Developing simulation models to analyse the potential impacts of emerging technologies on collective capabilities under uncertainty

UNSW are looking for a PhD candidate from the fields of operations research, systems science or other related fields such as computer science. Applicants must hold an Australian citizenship at the time of application.

The first round of evaluating the Expressions of Interests (EOIs) will start on the 15th December 2020, but we still welcome EOIs after this date and until the position is filled. The commencement of enrolment will be discussed with the successful candidate.

We offer an opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary research project in partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and a prestigious top-up scholarship of AUD $15,000 per year for up to 3.5 years.

Skills and Experiences

  • A Bachelor of system science, operations research, systems engineering, or related fields such as computer science, with first class honours or equivalent (e.g. Bachelor + Master by Research/Master by Coursework + publications).
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical and computational analysis is essential.
  • Demonstrated background in simulation modelling (in general) and system dynamics (in particular) is highly desirable.
  • Self-motivation and curiosity to work in an inter-disciplinary area and cross-institutional research environment.
  • Ability to work in a team and strive for research excellence.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application Process

To apply, please send the following documents in an email to:

  • A recent CV
  • An expression of interest document explaining why you are interested in this specific opportunity and how you meet the required skills and experience. It would be helpful to include information about the relevant courses/training you have completed.

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Professor Sondoss Elsawah (


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