The Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) has a strong focus on education and training and offers scholarships for postgraduate (HDR) students to work within a global centre of excellence in collaboration with leading universities, international companies and space agencies.
The SERC scholarship selection panel meets in February and July of each year to select the upcoming scholarship awardees. Start preparing your application now to be in the mix for next semester.
SERC SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Students can study at their preferred Australian university with additional support and opportunities provided by SERC.
Successful scholarship candidates will also have the opportunity to apply for exciting short-term placements in space research centres internationally and within Australia.
Study can be in a broad range of fields including:
Based at the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, SERC is overseeing four Research Programs whose main objectives include:
- promoting the advancement of the safety and security of Australia and the Australian public by addressing the challenges of space environment management which directly impact Australia’s economy and national security (including but not limited to space debris management, orbital science and technology, space asset management and protection, intelligence, border security and diplomacy;
- pursuing world class scientific research and training relevant to the field;
- increasing the skills of persons already working in the field and to training and equipping new postgraduate and other students with the skills and attributes to continue being productive in the field;
- promoting a managed and cooperative approach to scientific research and education so as to maximise the benefits to Australia and internationally from that scientific research and education.
Offering an attractive combination of university and industry based research, SERC will award:
- up to 24 postgraduate HDR supplementary (top-up) scholarships to the value of up to $12,000 each per annum, plus up to $3000 for research support, to high calibre students (2017 full time).
SERC accepts applications all year round and strongly encourages students to obtain an APA, URS or other primary scholarship, however this is not essential. SERC top-up scholarships cannot generally be held simultaneously with other top-up scholarships.
- Consideration of all candidates will be given based on:
- academic merit;
- relevance of studies to SERC objectives; and
- potential for long term contribution to research outcomes;
- Priority is given to students with first class honours (or equivalent) from participating countries, currently Australia, Japan and the USA.
- The applicant is or will be enrolled in academic studies at an Australian University.
- In the case of an international applicant, the applicant is required to have a letter of offer from an Australian university, a valid passport, appropriate visa and may not be from a country subject to Trade Controls.
SERC education and training programs offer students an attractive combination of university and industry based research through the following programs:
Research Program 1
Identification of Space Objects and Preservation of the Space Environment
This program is extending the technology for optical space debris tracking to allow more accurate orbital information and identifying more objects in orbit.
Research Program 2
Orbit Determination and Predicting Behaviours of Space Objects
This Program is developing new tools to improve the accuracy and reliability of orbit predictions, including the development of new models for atmospheric mass density and earth gravitational field influence. Research Program 2 includes the sub-programs “Atmospheric Mass Density (AMD)” and “Reliable orbit determination (ROD)”.
Research Program 3
Space Asset Management
This program addresses the need for centralized robust tools and databases for effective conjunction analyses. It is developing theory, algorithms and databases to predict and avoid potential collisions in space. Program 3 will also investigate optimisation of tasking tracking network operations and create and maintain an accurate and well-characterised catalogue of key spacecraft and high-risk debris objects using semi-analytic and numerical orbit propagation methods.
Research Program 4
This program is researching technologies to mitigate the deterioration of the space environment by preventing debris-on-debris collisions between items of moving debris in space. Program 4 is researching concepts such as LightForce (photon pressure to manoeuvre debris), with the help of adaptive optics techniques to controllably propagate lasers through the atmosphere. This program will also oversee the development and launch of SERC experimental satellites.
Applications are currently being accepted from outstanding students in relevant fields of study at any Australian university.
SERC’s partner universities offer placement in the following projects:
Projects currently available at ANU:
The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) Adaptive Optics group is currently offering the following research projects to be undertaken at the Mount Stromlo Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre in Canberra:
* Adaptive Optics Demonstrator for Space Environment Management more ➠
* Optically-Pumped Solid-State Laser for Sodium Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics more ➠
* Adaptive Optics Astrometry for Precision Orbit Determination at GEO more ➠
* Laser Guide Star for Tracking Space Debris more ➠
Information about the ANU APA programs can be found at http://students.anu.edu.au/scholarships/gr/off/
For further information regarding these research projects, or to discuss other suitable research topics, please contact Ms Céline d’Orgeville.
In addition to the above-mentioned projects, ANU will also be offering scholarship research opportunities within the School of Physics and Engineering. For further information about these research projects or to discuss a suitable research topic, please contact Professor Daniel Shaddock.
Projects currently available at RMIT University:
RMIT University in Melbourne is offering SERC scholarships to eligible students in the areas of satellite orbit determination, orbit propagation, error propagation, conjunction analysis and atmospheric modelling.
Information about the RMIT APA and UPA programs can be found at http://www.rmit.edu.au/scholarships/apa
Please contact Dr Robert Norman to discuss SERC top-up scholarship opportunities at RMIT University.
For more information, please contact:
Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Australian National University
t: +61 2 6125 6374
|Dr Robert Norman
SPACE Research Centre
School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
t: +61 3 9925 3762
Professor Daniel Shaddock