Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Smart battery management systems

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project in ‘smart battery sensing systems between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).'

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Deakin School


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (Australia) and  Coventry University (UK)

Research topic

This is a doctoral cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 4 years and scheduled to commence in May 2023.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend up to 12 months of the total period of the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

The Smart Battery Management Systems project includes scope of estimation of battery working status, software and hardware control method development for battery cells, and integration of battery systems into power grid, electric vehicles, and residential and commercial buildings with renewable energy sources. In the project, in the above three main aspects new estimation and control algorithms are expected to be developed and hardware implementation and verification is expected to be achieved.

Project aim

The expected outcome is to implement local battery management systems, sensing and communication at cell level within a battery pack, with the intention to fully integrate the circuit into a cell. The “smart” cells will then be built into a module for demonstration.  The management systems and devices will be cell and chemistry agnostic and will therefore be suitable for various types of battery technology.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 15 January 2023

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.
  • Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years.
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and Coventry University.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements
  • have a masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum 80%
  • be enrolling full time
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should firstly contact Dr. Samson Yu to discuss the project. After discussing your application with the Deakin Supervisor, you will be required to submit an Expression of interest directly with the relevant Faculty.
If successful, you will be invited by Deakin University to lodge a formal HDR application.

The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the 'Making an Application' page.  

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Dr. Samson Yu
+61 3 522 73783