Bulk Vessel Inspection Questionnaire Software Development

Location: Brisbane, QLD or Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 6 months

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project.

Project Background

MER Solutions in conjunction with BHP, TMS and the Pilbara Port Authority developed the Bulk vessel inspection questionnaire. This questionnaire consists of a standardised basis for assessing and reporting on the physical condition, operation and safety performance of bulk carriers.

MER Solutions are looking to continue developing existing questionnaire software.

A PhD is required with the ability to take the data and produce clear, concise reports (head up display) that assess and represent the risks associated with specific ships, and the ships operators needs that require development.

Research to be Conducted

To date the questionnaire database has been built from approximately 700 inspections. There are approximately 150 clients who can potentially access their specific data.

The database currently produces reports which need to be further developed and automated.

An ability to collect, customise and analyse data from the current database and external sources is required. This information will then need to be effectively presented to stakeholder’s dependent on their requirements.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • A strong background in IT with experience creating or developing software for business risk management applications.
  • An understanding of business and marketing.


  • An ability to free think and problem solve to develop software.
  • Experience with stakeholder management.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally.

Expected Outcomes

The applicant is expected to take our existing software which we term ‘immature’ and ‘raw’ and assist with its development.

It is hoped that the applicant will then stay with MER Solutions to assist with the development of other planned software products in the future.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

30 October 2019


APR – 1165