PhD scholarship: Methods for siting low and zero emission vehicle refueling infrastructure

University of Queensland


August 8, 2021


PhD scholarship: Methods for siting low and zero emission vehicle refueling


Apply now Job No:515349 Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00) Work type:Full Time - Scholarship Location: St Lucia

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

School of Civil Engineering

UQ's Transport research group in the School of Civil Engineering is a strong and growing research group with a vibrant and collaborative environment for transport research and application to industry. The group has access to large real-world mobility datasets and a broad range of traffic and transport analysis software.

The award

Supervisor – Professor Mark Hickman

Various levels of government in Australia are devising policies that might encourage the adoption and use of low and zero emission vehicles (LZEVs). To support these vehicles, refueling / recharging infrastructure is necessary; both the public and private sectors have interest in developing this infrastructure, as the market for LZEV refueling and recharging facilities grows. The goal of this project is to explore methods to determine the location of recharging facilities. The project is sponsored by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (a state agency), but will look at these facilities more generally.

These locations are likely to be affected by multiple factors, such as: the proximity to specific fuel distribution networks; the proximity to major road networks; a choice of vehicle and fueling capacity of the facility, the distance between facilties, or the travel distance expected among vehicles fueled at the facility; and, the emerging demand profile in time and space for the facility. There has been considerable research in this area over the past 10 years.

For this project, we wish to look more holistically at a variety of transport vehicles and modes. This approach would include traditional private cars and light trucks, but also a variety of trucks across the freight distribution and supply chain, as well as buses and other forms of e-mobility. In this broad context, the challenge of siting refueling and recharging infrastructure is clearly multi-dimensional. These dimensions will form a critical part of this analysis, and should guide the research going forward.

A working knowledge of life cycle assessment, network analysis and/or network science and geographic information systems would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of transport systems analysis and network analysis and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of operations research/optimization, network analysis methods and geographic information systems is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years, with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Professor Mark Hickman at +61 7 3365 3692

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Professor Mark Hickman ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship
  • When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
  • Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  • Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘REFUELING-HICKMAN' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
  • See an example of what you have to do

    Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

    Applications close: 8 August 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

    Advertised: 20 Jul 2021 Applications close: 10 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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