Scholarship available for PhD in Airline Fuel Policy Modelling and Optimisation

School of Aviation

Closing date: 2nd March 2015

A full scholarship is now available for a PhD candidate on the topic of Airline Fuel Policy Modelling and Optimisation. This project is collaboration between the School of Aviation, UNSW and Qantas. The scope of the PhD project surrounds the modelling of airline fuel policy, risk modelling of flight operations, and optimisation of fuelling policy that is aimed at reducing fuel loads and the costs associated with carrying and burning fuel. Specific works of this project may include:

  • Data modelling: vast amount of data is available for modelling fuel usage during phases of aircraft operations.
  • Fuel policy review: reviewing existing in-house fuel policy, CASA fuel regulations and ICAO fuel policy. Review may also extend to other airlines and regulations from other countries while the project progresses.
  • Fuel and operations risk modelling: assess the risk of fuel burning along the operating phases of an aircraft.
  • Fuel policy optimisation: revise exiting and create new fuel policy that minimises the cost of carrying extra fuel, while maintaining operational safety standards.

Desired skills and background of applicants are:

  • First-class honours degree or Masters degree from Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Aviation with strong track records in academic performance and creative thinking. Candidates with publication records are welcome.
  • The following skills may be needed but not entirely compulsory: programming (C/C++, Java, Matlab ... etc), experience with large data processing and data analytics (good statistics knowledge), statistical modelling, risk modelling, and perhaps MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo) simulations.

Scholarship is worth $26,000 per annum and is tax-free. Interested applicants should send a CV (with two references) and past/current academic transcripts to Dr. Wu (C.L.Wu(at) by 2 March 2015. This position is open and immediately available at the School of Aviation, UNSW.

Dr. Cheng-Lung Wu, UNSW Aviation

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