PhD top-up scholarship is available on Rare Event Simulation funded by the Australian Research Council to be supervised collaboratively across leading Australian Universities and researchers, including opportunities for travel and learning in reputed institutions in the USA.

Project goal:

This research aims to develop Rare Event Simulation to quantify the future risk of very rare to extreme floods. Expected outcomes include a framework for the design and maintenance of critical Civil Engineering infrastructure such as dams, extrapolation of extreme storm events beyond the observed record, and an assessment of change in rare flood risk across Australia. The significance of this world-first research lies in adapting rare event simulation techniques that have only been applied to computer system failure before, to water engineering design. With Australian riverine flooding projected to cause $170 billion in losses by 2050, the benefit of this proposal in reducing future infrastructure damage costs and liability is overwhelming.

Supervision team:

Prof Ashish Sharma

Who we are looking for:

Applications from domestic PhD candidates with excellent academic credentials and interest in handling large data using high-end mathematical/statistical methodologies.

How to apply:

Please e-mail Professor Ashish Sharma ( for additional details