Scholarship in Integrated Brillouin microwave photonic signal processing

1. Background

a. This Scholarship aims to support a student undertaking a PhD on approved projects funded by ARC within the Faculty of Science.

2. Eligibility

The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to undertake a PhD full-time in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

b. An applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

c. Applicant must be willing to conduct research into harnessing integrated photonic circuits to process microwave signals with low latency over wide bandwidths.

d. Applicant must be a domestic student.

e. Applicant must also hold at least one of the following degrees, with a focus on disciplines relevant to Mathematics and Statistics:
I. an Honors degree (First Class) or equivalent, or
II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

f. The applicant’s primary supervisor must be Prof Alvaro Casas Bedoya

3. Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. demonstrated research experience,
III. area of ​​study and / or research proposal,
IV. curriculum vitae,
V. feedback from two academic referees,
YOU. personal statement that demonstrates deep understanding of nonlinear optics, in
in particular, Brillouin scattering and knowledge of microwave photonics and
integrated optics.

b. Preference will be given to applicants who have hands-on experience in optics research lab and expertise with optical and RF test and measurement equipment and those who have knowledge of radar systems, beam forming, antennas and RF front ends.

c. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

d. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor (s), or their nominated delegate (s).

4. Value

The Scholarship will provide a scholarship allowance equivalent to the ARC Discovery Project Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The PhD recipient is encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but may apply for an extension of the scholarship allowance for up to 6 months.

c. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding any potential extension period.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of ​​research without prior approval.

e. No other amount is payable.

f. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

Progression is subject to attending and passing the annual progress evaluation.

6. Leave Arrangements

The Scholarship recipient receives up to 20 working days of recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor’s agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate (s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of the award.

b. The recipient is required to follow official advice from the University and Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

c. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student’s supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC) and will only be granted if the research is essential for the completion of the degree.

d. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 Response Plan.

e. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student’s candidature. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

f. If the recipient is conducting research outside of Australia, the recipient acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not liable for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: cost of travel and transfers (unless stated under section 4 (Value) of this scholarship to amount listed), delays due to travel restrictions or State and / or Federal quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.

8. Changes in Enrolment

The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid scholarship.

9. Termination

The Scholarship will be terminated:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree,
II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
III. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis,
IV. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary scholarship scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative scholarship scholarship where it is of higher value,
YOU. if the recipient does not resume the study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. if the recipient ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave).

b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
II. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any inquiry / appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

10. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made in connection with the Scholarship. Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship.

b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and / or any relevant professional body.

11. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

12. Confidentiality

The successful applicant is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by a project participant or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or project participant as appropriate, or as required by law.

13. Publications and Acknowledgment

a. The successful scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research. This must include acknowledgment of the ARC funding and comply with the guidelines as outlined on the ARC Open Access Policy.

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