PhD Scholarship, Multifunctional Composite Coatings for Passive Lunar Dust Mitigation Surfaces

Hawthorn, Australia
$28,854pa tax free PhD stipend
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Cutting-edge research addressing Lunar Dust Mitigation challenges
  • Full time, fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
  • $28,854pa tax free PhD stipend

About the Scholarship

An exciting PhD scholarship opportunity is available for cutting-edge research into addressing Lunar Dust Mitigation Challenges. Working within Swinburne's world-leading research team for Science, Engineering and Technology, the candidate will focus on the urgent requirement to address this challenge by developing sustainable and innovative solutions for future space exploration.

Lunar dust and Martian dust are one of the major challenges and the number one environmental problem for interspatial colonization and travelling. The Apollo missions were famously riddled with issues from the Lunar dust. The dust is formed from continuous high energy impacts from micrometeorites and each of the layers have several metres of thickness. As Lunar dust resides in near-vacuum conditions, the grain surfaces are very reactive, sharp and pointy. The lack of gravity, or the existence of microgravity, they stuck easily to spacesuits, can clog mechanical joints and restricting movement. As space agencies across the world consider more crewed mission to the moon, removing lunar dust is one of the critical challenge for future space exploration.

About You

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Preparing written research documents and oral presentations on research activities and outcomes
  • Preparing and submitting publications from research activities to peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • Analytical and numerical analyses
  • Participate in group development and research activities and contribute to other projects within the team


A Bachelor degree honours and/or a research master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic (or equivalent).

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply

To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Dr Nisa Salim

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

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Applications Close: Friday 30 September 2022, 5 pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Diversity and Inclusion

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator at or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)