Automotive Control Module

Location: Bayswater, VIC (may be some requirement to travel to Ararat, VIC)

Duration: 5 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
  • This research internship is funded in partnership with Defence Science Institute

Project Background

AME Systems is one of Australia’s largest electrical wiring harness manufacturing company situated in south-west Victoria, operating in global markets, with representation in Australia and Malaysia. Opportunity exists to assist industry in the research, design, development, and validation of a microcontroller-based control module, taking low current inputs (DC), and providing appropriate voltage / current output to power various peripherals. There is an aspect of Human-Machine interfacing via mobile device development required in the project in subsequent stages after a proof of concept and base architecture is ascertained.

End use is for automotive applications, with a view for pre-production launch in late 2020. Additional details will be made apparent to the successful applicant.

Research to be Conducted

At least 2 stages of research and development are required from start to end of the project including, but not limited

Stage 1:

  • Legal implications & Legislation concerning mobile devices and driving.
  • Current sensing of small DC currents
  • Optimised wireless connection strategies
  • Hardware Selection
  • Electronic Architecture
  • PCB layout
  • Prototyping
  • Validation Program

Stage 2:

  • Optimised wireless connection strategies
  • Hardware Selection
  • Electronic Architecture
  • PCB layout
  • Prototyping
  • Validation Program

Tools used will be primarily Autodesk AutoCAD / Inventor, MS Office and/or PCB design software.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • Mobile device application development (iOS / Android – WiFi / Bluetooth)
  • Embedded Systems Development (ATMEL Microcontroller or similar)
  • Knowledge of programming languages (C/C++ or similar)
  • PCB design
  • Strong communication, presentation, and report writing skills


  • Apply Failure Modes and Effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Familiar with Design for six sigma (LEAN) methodology

Expected Outcomes

  • Working Prototype design and build of phase 1 (wired connections, no wireless communications)
  • Testing and validation of phase 1 prototype (bench testing, fitment trial, on-road trial proof of concept)
  • Research & design into phase 2 (integrating wireless communications for Industry 4.0 / IoT useability)
  • Input into FMEA
  • Research into legal implications
  • All documentation to be kept and commented (including all code) given to AME Systems at any point through the project upon request
  • Component Design of new parts

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

23 October 2019


APR – 1135