PhD Scholarship, Aerostructures and Aeroelasticity

Australia / France
$30,000 p.a
12 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
09 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 and for a minimum of 12 months in Meudon, France

About the Role 

This PhD is jointly supported by the Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub), and l’Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA), France. ONERA is the national aerospace research facility in France, supporting both civil and military aerospace development.

Both the AIR Hub and ONERA are leading the design of innovative air vehicles, particularly airframes in eVTOL urban passenger, cargo and aeromedical air vehicles. These new aerospace applications present unique aerodynamic challenges in aeroelasticity, i.e., understanding how the aerodynamic forces exerted on them can cause the aircraft to deform, morph or vibrate. Understanding this is crucial both from an aerodynamic performance and efficiency perspective, but also for aerostructure design, accounting for structural performance, design for manufacture and damage mitigation or avoidance where unwanted vibrations can diminish aerodynamics and prematurely fatigue and fail the structures.

Our team is investigating how these vibrations arise, how they may be controlled, and how they will impact new air vehicle performance and design. This PhD will focus on developing the fundamental knowledge required to allow designs to be successful and to be manufactured. Simulation and digital twinning, experimentation and manufacture of wings and similar structures, and optimisation will underpin this research effort.

The AIR Hub is seeking people who wish to work at the cutting edge of technology and application and have the aptitude to undertake solution focused research. Students will have individual projects, working within a collaborative team including industry and research stakeholders to deliver impactful outcomes for next generation aerospace technology. Through the international collaboration with AIR Hub and ONERA, students will have the opportunity for a global team approach and exchange.

About You

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

  • 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. 
  • Eligibility to work in Australia, travel to France and seek temporary working or movement rights within both countries


  • 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 Engineering or Science or a Bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience.
  • 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.

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Applications Close: Friday 9th September 2022

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

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We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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