The University of Queensland is offering a PhD scholarship in Addressing the technology gaps in bio-composite materials in the 2020/21 session.

They are seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform cutting-edge research in the field of biocomposites. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Dr Michael Heitzmann and Dr Luigi Vandi, to undertake their PhD as a member of the UQ Composites Group, within the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of Australia’s leading scientists in the fields of composites and advanced manufacturing with an international reputation for addressing complex problems in partnership with renowned global industry partners.

The PhD project aims to address some of the major technology gaps holding bio-composite materials back from finding widespread use. The project partners consist of industry and research partners based in Canada, USA and Australia. The responsibility of the successful candidate will be to undertake research on developing improved manufacturing and processing method, characterise multi-material interfaces and to develop a deeper understanding on the mechanisms driving bio-composite degradation and durability.

Worth of Award

  • $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually, with a $2,500 top-up, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.


To meet the Graduate School admissions requirements for a PhD, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A research master’s degree; or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.

Applicants with overseas qualifications should refer to the GPA equivalency table.

  • English language proficiency requirements apply.

How to Apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Dr Luigi Vandi ([email protected]) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  • Select ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’.
  • Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘BIO-COMPOSITE‘ in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.

Applicants should have the following attributes:

  • Experience in composite materials processing and manufacturing
  • Multi-disciplinary research skills in materials characterisation
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Independent and proactive attitude

Deadline: send in your application by February 27, 2020.


Click here for more details and to apply

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