PhD Scholarship in New Aero and Space Technology Research (BOGGI-DC1) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in Italy at BOGGI .

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the University of Bologna as a Doctoral Student. 

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REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University (Australia) and BOGGI (Italy) on one of the following research projects:

Project 1: Unmanned Aerial Systems for commercial operations

The development of Unmanned Aerial Systems is at a mature stage where regulation plays an important role in further advances. EASA certified autopilots, lightweight structures, reliable dynamics simulation models, automated image analysis from payload video stream, telecommunication systems for BLOS operations, environment for mission planning, application of artificial intelligence are worth of investigation in the near future. These technologies could be tested on the Boggi’s Eagle Scan UAV.

Research Fields: Aerospace engineering and aviation, Environmental and sustainable engineering, Artificial intelligence, Telecommunications engineering, Computer and network engineering. 


Project 2: Electric Hybrid General Aviation Aircraft

The need for preserving the environment is pushing aviation towards a more sustainable approach to travel. However, nowadays electric technologies can only assure low endurances and a realistic approach to the green transition could be the hybrid aircraft concept in General Aviation. The development of a methodology to design hybrid aircraft in compliance with EASA rules deserves a deep investigation. A market analysis, the use of flight simulators and the development of dynamics models are part of the work.

Research Fields: Aerospace engineering and aviation, Environmental and sustainable engineering, Electrical and electronic engineering, Sustainability and urban planning, Project management. 


Project 3: Smart Space Structures

Space structures must be lightweight and sustain high vibrations during the launch. Therefore, innovative optimized structures must be developed, based on recent manufacturing technologies and new materials. On the other hand, NASA, ESA and Australian Space Agency regulations must be considered in the development of these structures to allow further introduction into the market. CAD and FEM tools can support this effort and reduce the need for experimental tests. 

Research Fields: Aerospace engineering and aviation, Environmental and sustainable engineering, Advanced manufacturing and mechatronics, Digital design, Industrial design.

The Researcher will be supervised by MSc. Stefano Boggi (BOGGI), Prof. Pier Marzocca (RMIT), Prof. Cees Bil (RMIT) and Prof. Alessandro Ceruti (UNIBO).

The Researcher will be based at BOGGI (Italy) for at least 36-month and will be awarded a dual PhD by the University of Bologna (UNIBO) and RMIT.

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders

will consist of a gross annual salary of est. 29.078 EUR (gross amount before employee's taxes and contributions). Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived by the Researcher is est. 1.490 EUR net per month. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

Benefits include:

  • Approximately 20 days paid holiday leave
  • Sick/injury leave
  • Parental leave
  •  Social security contributions
  • Family allowance as per Italian law
  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual
  • workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona (Spain)
  • 010,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia

One position valued at up to 29.078 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12 month extension.

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Applications close 19th September 2022.

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 
  • AND the following criteria:  Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 

In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to: 

Apply for a working visa in Italy 

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