PhD opportunities

PhD Positions in Robotics and Related Areas
(Domestic students & International students)

We are pleased to announce multiple exciting PhD positions in robotics and related areas at Monash University. Monash University has recently invested $7M AUD to expand its robotics program.

A new robotics hub is planned to open in October 2021, featuring 1,388 m^2 of new facilities, including shared, open laboratory space, two dedicated rooms for user studies, and a three-storey high robotics experiment space. These new facilities will house 7 academics, 9 postdoctoral research fellows, and 39 PhD students, providing them with world-class support to their research activities.

Monash University offers world-class robotics research, testing, and training equipment and facilities. Additional facilities devoted to technology, experimentation, education and entrepreneurship include our Drone Discovery Platform and the Monash Data Futures Institute.

We have recently also invested over $1M AUD to acquire multiple new robot platforms including Fetch Robots, Franka Emika Panda arms, and Clearpath Jackal mobile bases to bolster our existing equipment and facilities (Universal Robots, ABB Yumi, Baxter, MiR100, Microsoft HoloLens 2, HTC VIVE).

Successful PhD candidates will have to opportunity to conduct research on topics related to the following themes:

  • Human robot interaction
  • Robot learning
  • Robot control
  • Computer and Robotic vision
  • Machine learning
  • Multi-robot systems
  • Autonomous aerial robots
  • Industrial robotics
  • Construction robotics
  • Field and Agricultural robotics
  • Connected autonomous vehicles

As a PhD student at Monash, you will have the opportunity to work with world-leading researchers at the university ranked number one* in Australia for engineering and technology and among the top 100 universities in the world.

Successful candidates will be supervised by our Engineering Faculty members including:

Entry requirements

You can check the minimum entry requirements for the PhD or the Research Masters in the course handbook. Applicants must also satisfy Monash’s English Language Proficiency requirements.

Monash Engineering is seeking high calibre engineering students to take part in our graduate research degrees. Your application will be looked upon favourably if you:

  • Graduated in the top 10% of your year level
  • Graduated from a well ranked university
  • Have authored peer-reviewed research publications
  • Possess excellent written and verbal English skills
  • Scored well in a national graduate entrance exam

How to Apply

Submit Expression of interest

Once you have identified a supervisor in the research area of your choice, please complete the Expression of Interest(EOI) form. This form will be forwarded to your nominated supervisor for assessment and you may be requested to attend an interview.

Obtain an invitation to apply

If after assessing your Expression of Interest the potential supervisor has the suitable resources and expertise to take you on as a graduate research student, you will be supplied with an Invitation to Apply.

All applicants are required to upload a copy of their invitation to apply with their formal application. Applications without this will not be considered

Submit an application

After you have received an invitation to apply you can then proceed to submit an application via the online application portal.

Please note the following dates for Monash’s scholarship rounds:

Round Applicant Type Applications Open Applications Close Enrolment Period
1 International 1 September 31 March July - December of the current year
2 Domestic 1 November 31 May July - December of the current year
3 International 1 April 31 August January - June of the following year
4 Domestic 1 June 31 October January - June of the following year

We offer a range of scholarships for Australian and international graduate research students, including tuition fees, stipends and relocation allowances. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, and more information can be found at the webpage on Engineering Scholarship webpage.

Please see here for detailed information on how to apply.