UNSW Sydney invites applications for the ARC Linkage Project on Disassembly Automation of End-of-Life (EOL) Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries for the 2022/23 academic session.

Three PhD scholarships are available. Thy are for work within the recently commenced ARC Linkage project on Disassembly Automation of End-of-Life (EOL) Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries.

  • PhD Project 1: The aim of this sub-project is to develop a cognitive robotic agent with learning by demonstration and reasoning capabilities. It will handle uncertainties around battery types and conditions.
  • PhD Project 2: The aim of this sub-project is to design, develop and operate a scalable, automated disassembly cell and tooling. This is to address the current volume as well as the projected volume growth in the near future.
  • PhD Project 3: The aim of this sub-project is to develop a vision system for safe disassembly of a de-charged battery pack to cell level.

The project will be undertaken through the Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group and the associated industry partner organization. Qualified candidates are expected to work closely with the project industry partner to deliver project outcomes


Worth of Award

  • A stipend of $33,281 per annum (tax-free) will be provided for three years (2021-2024).
  • Additional top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum may also be available for qualified candidates.


  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree at Honours 1 or equivalent in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics, Electrical, or Computer Science or allied disciplines.
  • Prior experience with EV batteries will be desirable.

How to Apply

Further information on the project and scholarships on offer may be obtained from Prof. S. Kara ([email protected]). Applications for the scholarship should include the following:

  • Cover letter and motivation,
  • Academic transcript and/or record, and,
  • CV.

Deadline: Applications are currently open.


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