Help Design a Prototype aimed at Improving Fencing in the Agricultural Industry

Location: Ballarat, VIC

Duration: 4-5 months

Project Background

The FenceBoss system is a modular system for use in the agricultural industry. When strip grazing cattle, temporary electric fencing is deployed and retrieved. Currently this is done using reels and posts. When moving the fence, the reels are wound up by hand.
The FenceBoss Powered Cradle is used to carry the reels in a safe manner, allowing the operator to feed out the poly wire and to wind up the polywire in an easier and more time efficient way.
The team is seeking a PhD candidate who can assist in the design of the functionality, parameters and the circuitry of the J box.

Research to be Conducted

The proposed research entails the following:

1. Understand the required functions of the FenceBoss powered cradle
2. In consultation with the wider team, propose a design concept that includes the required parameters
3. Develop a working prototype

Skills Required

If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:

  • Qualifications in electrical/mechanical engineering
  • Programming skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to write a research project
  • Passionate about the agricultural industry and new technologies/innovations

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes to be agreed upon with the selected academic mentor and candidate but will include a working prototype of an electronic control box (J Box).

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

5 February 2020


APR – 1225