Expression of Interest for PhD Candidates

St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
APA Scholarship Non-Banded ($26,288.00 in 2016)
04 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Number:          499558

Area:                          School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Salary (FTE):          APA Scholarship Non-Banded ($26,288.00 in 2016)

Work Type:             Full Time – Scholarship

Location:                  The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering. 

The School's reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development. The School's established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, metals manufacturing, and rock mechanics.

The role

We seek at least two research scholars who can win a PhD scholarship to join a research project associated with a leading Chinese steel company Baosteel. The project is well funded by BAJC, the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre, and builds on a current BAJC project in this same research area.

The project is to be part of a study of the hydrogen embrittlement of new advanced high strength steels for auto applications (with strengths ~ 1000 MPa). The precise project details are open to negotiation. The overall project investigates (i) how hydrogen influences mechanical properties, and the relevance of this hydrogen influence to the steel performance in auto service, (ii) macroscopic hydrogen-microstucture interactions to be studied using (a) thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), and (b) hydrogen permeation using an electrochemical permeation cell, (iii) the detailed nano-scopic hydrogen-microstructure interactions to be studied using TDS and transmission electron microscopy, and (iv) the influence of hydrogen on the low cycle fatigue behaviour of these steels. There are expected to be at least two PhD candidates working on this overall research project.

 The person

Expression of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic engineering or science graduates who have a four-year bachelor degree with Honours class I in materials engineering, mechanical engineering, mechanical and materials engineering, chemical engineering, chemical and materials engineering or physics; and have an intense interest in the interaction of hydrogen and medium strength steels.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English Language requirements and demonstrated excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.

Entry requirements can be found at


Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for either the APA or for international students, an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). The current APA scholarship rate is AUD$26,288.00 per annum (2016 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with a possible six month extension in approved circumstances.

For further information on scholarships please refer to:



Enquiries related to this position should be directed to Professor Andrej Atrens either via email or telephone +61 7 3365 3748.

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • A cover letter that addresses you meet the requirements for the PhD program;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • The name and contact details of three referees.

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as published on their website:

Expression of Interest Closing Dates

 International Candidates: 31 December 2016 – for consideration in relation to the next available UQ International scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 3 (July) 2017.

 Domestic Candidates: 1 April 2017 – for consideration in relation to the next available UQ domestic scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 3 (July) 2017.

Advertised – 4 October 2016

Applications Close – 1 April 2017 (11:55pm) Eastern Australia Standard Time.