PhD Scholarship in Optimization and Manufacturing of Tubular Lightweight Hybrid Structures

Boroondara, Australia
14 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Mechanical Engineering and Product Design Engineering
  • Material Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering
  • 3 year scholarship, Hawthorn location

About the scholarship

A 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship is available for a graduate with Masters or Honours Degree in Material Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering to develop new lightweight tubular hybrid structures for structural applications in transportation. This project builds on previous research outcomes on tubular aluminium alloy structures filled with polymer foams for crash worthiness. The scope of work ranges from the design stage through to fabrication of prototypes. The PhD student will develop an effective modelling methodology to optimize the design of the hybrid structure with selection of metal and foam materials to meet engineering specifications, as well as investigate ways to manufacture the hybrid structures.

The project provides opportunities for the student to gain extensive experience through working within multiple disciplines of material science, mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and to develop new skills through application of some advanced experimental techniques. 

The project requires interaction with Industry where professional documentation, presentation and timely reporting of research outcomes are very important. This is a very challenging project, which needs a dedicated, independent and solution-driven student.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree with Honours and/or a Research Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic (or equivalent)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0
  • Research experience in at least one of the following areas: metallurgical engineering, materials processing, engineering design, structural mechanics, modelling and simulation, metals manufacturing

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

How to apply

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description below.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Yvonne Durandet (Senior Lecturer Advanced Manufacturing) on +613 9214 5720. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday 7th March 2018