PhD Scholarship in Chemical and Rheological Assessment at RMIT in Australia 2020

RMIT University in Australia invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in Chemical and Rheological Assessment of Rejuvenated Asphalt Material in the 2020/21 academic session.

Project details:

Our roads are mainly made of asphalt, a combination of aggregates and bitumen. Due to traffic loads, environmental conditions (e.g. temperature) and UV radiation, asphalt is subject to ageing and the bitumen hardens and loses the initial viscoelastic properties. The road becomes stiffer and more prone to deterioration; small cracks evolve in large cracks and potholes and other distresses start to form on the pavement.

Bitumen is a by-product from crude oil and it is mainly composed by two fractions: asphaltenes (solid at ambient temperature) and maltene fraction (oils and resins).

One of the possible approaches to recycle asphalt material and build new roads, hence benefiting the environment, is through the use of rejuvenators. These products are commonly oil-based and tend to restore the initial viscoelastic properties of the bitumen. Many proprietary products are available on the market; this study will investigate the use of Waste Cooking Oil (WCO) as possible asphalt rejuvenator.

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Worth of Award

  • $27,000 per annum for three years.


Applicants with an honours degree or graduates with a research Masters in experimental and/or analytical work with a civil engineering or chemical engineering background are invited to apply. Previous experience in rheology and chemistry of bituminous products is highly regarded.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • international candidates with a proven background in the specific topic of the scholarship could eventually be evaluated.

Prospective candidates are required to meet the program entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at RMIT University.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Filippo Giustozzi:

  • curriculum vitae
  • relevant publications
  • expression of interest (one page)

Please address applications to:

Dr. Filippo Giustozzi
RMIT University
School of Engineering,
Melbourne, VIC, 3001

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Email: [email protected]

  • Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Civil Engineering (DR218) program as per instructions available on the website.
  • Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Deadline: Applications will close once the candidate is appointed.


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