Tuesday, June 30, 2015

[DMANET] PhD Position: Maintenance Optimization for Rail Infrastructure Systems

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of
Newcastle is offering an Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry)
scholarship worth AU$25,849 per annum. The scholarship will be funded
under an Australia Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, and is
collaborative with Martin Savelsbergh and Natashia Boland from Georgia
Institute of Technology's ISyE School, and with Aurizon, Australia's
largest rail freight operator.

Coal and iron ore export supply chains critically depend on the
transport capacity provided by Australia's rail infrastructure.
Increasingly so, because coal and iron ore export supply chains are
literally getting longer: mineral bodies closer to ports have been
exploited first, and as these become exhausted, supply chains are
stretching further to reach harder-to-get-at resources. Combined with
increasing export volumes, this makes intelligent, efficient, and
effective management of this critical piece of infrastructure vitally
important. Maintenance plays a crucial role in the management of rail
infrastructure as it ensures that infrastructure components, e.g.,
track, signals, and rail crossings, are in a condition that allows
safe, reliable, and efficient transport. This project will investigate
the key planning activities in preventive maintenance of rail
infrastructure systems, and seek to develop effective optimization
algorithms for their solution.

This PhD will contribute to a larger team activity, addressing the
whole system; the successful candidate will join a team of several
other researchers working on complementary aspects of the system.

Expressions of interest are preferred before August 1, 2015, however
later interest will be considered until the position is filled. To
express your interest in a scholarship please send your CV, together
with an academic transcript showing details of all courses you have
taken, the grades you were awarded, an interpretation of those grades,
and the names and contact details of at least two persons who can
provide confidential references, to the contact person at the address
shown below. If your transcript is not in English, please provide an
English translation.

This project will be supervised by Dr Thomas Kalinowski.

Main contact:
Dr Thomas Kalinowski
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle
T: +61 2 4921 6558
E: Thomas.Kalinowski@newcastle.edu.au

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