PhD Scholarship, Material and Processes for UAVs and AAM

Hawthorn, Australia
Stipend of $30,000 p.a for 3.5 years
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Tailored training program focused on collaboration, innovation and research translation
  • Full time, fixed term position with a stipend of $30,000 p.a for 3.5 years
  • Located onsite at Swinburne University, Hawthorn

Please note: Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

About the Role

The Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIRHub) will be a world-class, collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, industry and research partners. AIRHub has been designed with industry and research leaders at the forefront of Australia’s Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing industries to reinforce the Australia’s pre-eminent position in advanced composites manufacturing for civil aerospace projects and accelerate development of composites manufacturing for integrated structures and airframes in eVTOL urban passenger, cargo and aeromedical air vehicles.

Commercial state of the art manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) relies on low rate or niche production techniques that do not scale or meet future certification requirements. In the future, UAVs are expected to become commonplace with huge numbers of aircraft to be produced each year and recent updates on guidelines and certifications will require higher quality, traceability and process control. With this demand in mind, industry needs to understand different manufacturing processes and materials to be able to manufacture these high volume, high quality and low-cost aerospace structures.

This project aims to utilise the advanced manufacturing and testing facilities of the Swinburne-CSIRO Industry 4.0 Testlab for composite manufacturing of complex structures and develop an understanding in aerostructure cutting edge part production for UAV’s. As a PhD student within the AIR Hub, you will be working as part of an exciting team of Master, PhD students and experienced engineers on real life aerospace problems due to a great industry partner network. You will also have an allocated project budget for consumables and a travel budget for conferences.

About You

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

  • Composite manufacturing techniques and processing technologies
  • Communicating effectively with peers, industry partners and suppliers to achieve collaborative outcomes, including in cross-functional teams
  • Working both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative manner
  • Being enthusiastic, self-motivated with a demonstrable aptitude for research and development.


A 4 year Bachelor/Honours degree or a coursework Masters degree with a minimum average of 70% in the final year of study (H1 or H2A) or a Research Masters in Material Science, Chemistry, Mechanical/ Chemical Engineering or equivalent.

Meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at Swinburne University of Technology

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

Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position.

For further information about this role and to review the position description; please click apply or click onto it at the bottom of the advert.

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

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on

Applications Close: Saturday 10 September, 11 pm

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

Women Only Special Measure

As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. Department of Education, Skills and Employment data (2020) showed that 46% of University staff in teaching and research roles were women but women only filled 28% of STEM teaching and research roles. While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women. We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders.

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:

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