PhD Scholarship - Surface Engineering - Thermal Spray Coatings


About the Centre

Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM), led by Swinburne Distinguished Professor Chris Berndt, with 18 Chief Investigators, will be the first ARC funded training Centre of its kind in Australia, delivering commercial benefits for industry. The Centre will integrate industry-university cooperation for applied training within an industrial setting, cover a spectrum of important research themes and applications including biomaterials, graphene layering, high temperature coatings, laser metal deposition for materials repair and Industry 4.0 manufacturing processes, and aspires to provide pathways for job creation and a high-quality workforce in manufacturing. Further information on SEAM can be found here

About this Scholarship(s)

SEAM is looking for candidates who will work on a specific project on the development of thermal spray coatings onto novel substrates. The candidates will be closely integrated with key industry partners, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Working with leading industry partners, industry placements for up to a year

Development of thermal spray coatings onto novel substrates

$34,013 p.a. for up to 3.5 years (full-time, fixed term)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Essential: Strong metallurgy and materials science background;
  • Highly desirable: Experience in surface engineering, especially thermal spray coatings;
  • Desirable: Experience in understanding and managing wear and corrosion processes;
  • Desirable: Experience in using composite materials.
  • To be eligible for this scholarship you need to have:
  • First-class or 2A honours, or a Masters by research in engineering/science;
  • Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team;
  • Evidence of good oral and written communication skills;
  • Applicants with publications will be highly regarded.
  • Must meet Swinburne’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy;
  • Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, or ability to self-obtain an Australian visa.
  • Must be in a position to enrol and commence the PhD candidature by July 2020.


  • All scholarship specific queries can be directed to SEAM Business and Operations Manager via (03) 9214 3497 or

Terms and conditions

  • The scholarship will be governed by the Swinburne Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.
  • All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.
  • If you require support due to special needs or alternate considerations, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact
Close date
  • Applications will close when the candidate has been selected.
Start date
  • Local applicants are encouraged to apply, envisaging an immediate start date, pending satisfactory entry criteria.

How to apply

  • Start your application by clicking HERE
  • Applications close at 5pm on the 31st of May, 2020.​​​​​​​

You did not use the site, Click here to remain logged. Timeout: 60 second