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TfNSW-UTS Tech Lab Research Scholarship

Value

Successful domestic candidates will receive a scholarship stipend ranging from $28,500 to $35,000 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications) for three years tax exempt to assist with general living costs.

Tuition fees for domestic students are currently covered under the Research Training Program (RTP) https://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program.

Status

Open

Open.
Opens
12/10/2020
Closes
23/12/2020

Overview

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is calling for expressions of interests from candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship in Civil Engineering commencing in 2021. The successful candidate will commence work on the high volume use of ground granulated blast furnace slag as a supplementary cementitious material addition in concrete for subbase and base mixes in rigid pavements. This research is partly sponsored by Transport for NSW (TfNSW), Pavements and Geotechnical section.

The use of fly ash as a traditional supplementary cementitious materials in concrete is no longer considered a viable option in Australia. This project topic therefore investigates high volume use of ground granulated blast furnace slag for the partial replacement of ordinary Portland cement in rigid concrete road pavements.

This project aims to address the need to provide sustainable solutions to key challenges faced by the cement and concrete industry in Australia. Additionally, this project also promotes the resourcefulness to utilise a circular economy to recover and reuse materials in concrete to curtail these materials ending up in landfill.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work at UTS Tech Lab and utilise start-of-the-art research and contract testing facilities to undertake their research programme: https://techlab.uts.edu.au/

Who is eligible?

  • Domestic candidates only (Australian citizens or permanent residents). Applications from international candidates will not be considered;
  • Relevant master’s degree by research or coursework, or relevant bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, materials science or engineering, chemistry or chemical engineering with first or second class honours, or be regarded by the university as having an equivalent level of attainment of minimum 5 years’ relevant industry experience;
  • Familiarity with the value and use of a wide range of construction materials including cement, supplementary cementitious materials, concrete and/or road pavement construction materials; and
  • Relevant experience in materials and/or structures testing, numerical modelling and/or analytical instrumentation and/or characterisation techniques.

Selection process

  • Demonstrated self-motivation and commitment to work on research topics;
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking research in the fields of civil engineering, materials science or engineering, or chemistry or chemical engineering and industry-focused projects;
  • Excellent written skills evidenced by scientific journal papers, conference papers, or technical reports;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work with a team or researchers;
  • Availability to commence the project straight away; and
  • Ability and capacity to implement required health and safety policies and procedures.

How to apply

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and the selection criteria, and

  1. demonstrate academic merit in previous undergraduate (including honours) or postgraduate study; and
  2. submit along with their application a research proposal in the form of a literature review relevant to the research topic described (limit 5000 words)

In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the scholarship, students should meet the UTS admission requirements and successfully secure an admission offer to UTS PhD program. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission as well as relevant application deadlines are available at https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/postgraduate/essential-info/admission-requirements.

Need more information? Contact...

Candidates must lodge their applications by email (including a full transcript of academic results and research proposal) to the following recipient:

Dr Kirk Vessalas

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

University of Technology Sydney

Email: kirk.vessalas@uts.edu.au

Other information

Application period: Monday, 12 October 2020 to Friday, 23 October 2020

Early submission of applications is highly encouraged. The selection committee will also consider the applications on an ongoing basis before the highlighted deadline and also for future projects.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and the selection criteria, and

  1. demonstrate academic merit in previous undergraduate (including honours) or postgraduate study; and
  2. submit along with their application a research proposal in the form of a literature review relevant to the research topic described (limit 5000 words)

In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the scholarship, students should meet the UTS admission requirements and successfully secure an admission offer to UTS PhD program. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission as well as relevant application deadlines are available at https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/postgraduate/essential-info/admission-requirements.