PhD Scholarship In High-Speed Laser Cladding

  • Industry placements with leading industry partners
  • Development of thermal spray coatings onto novel substrates
  • $34,013 p.a. for up to 3.5 years (full-time, fixed term)

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 at

About this Scholarship(s)
SEAM is looking for candidates who will work on a specific project on the research and development of state-of-the-art high-speed metal alloy laser cladding processes. The candidates will be working closely both with Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, as well as the primary industry partners, located in Queensland, Australia. The successful will spend a period of up to one year placed on-site with the industry partner.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Essential: Strong metallurgy and materials science background;
  • Desirable: Experience in surface engineering, especially thermal spray coatings;
  • Desirable: Experience in understanding and managing wear and corrosion processes;
  • Desirable: Experience with modelling or simulation of heat-transfer processes.
  • Desirable: Experience with processes involving advanced alloys and/or composite materials.
  • Desirable: Experience with metallurgical microstructure and phase analysis

To be eligible for this scholarship you need to have:
  • First-class or 2A honours, or a Masters by research in engineering/science;
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills, in English;
  • 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;
  • Applicants with publications will be highly regarded.
  • Must meet Swinburne’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy;
  • Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.
  • Must be in a position to enrol and commence the PhD candidature by June 2020.

Close date
Applications will close when the successful candidate has been appointed.

Start date
Local applicants are encouraged to apply, envisaging an immediate start date, pending satisfactory entry criteria.

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

How to apply
Start your application by clicking the "begin" button to upload a resume, cover letter and a copy of your academic transcript.

Applications close when the successful candidate has been chosen.