PhD scholarship – Composite Materials

Two PhD scholarships are available in Deakin Institute of Frontier Materials. The PhD student, under the guidance of the Chief Investigator, will initiate and conduct research on the topic of ‘Composite Materials’ led by Professor Russell Varley.

Research topic

Composite Materials.

Aim of the project

The project aims in creating composite materials systems with new multi-functional capabilities using polymer science and advanced manufacturing methods.

Lightweight, high strength, corrosion resistant polymer composites are the material of choice for many applications in industries from aerospace to construction. However, this growth is dependent upon the creation of new functionalities and properties, such as self-healing, damping, conductivity, fire resistance and high strength and high temperature performance, to name a few.

These PhD scholarships will access the latest advances in materials chemistry and composite fabrication technologies to create and characterise new families of new high performance multi-functional resins and composites for the next generation of high performance applications.

Value and duration


  • A stipend of $26,682 (2017 rate) per annum tax exempt
  • A relocation allowance up to $1,500 (2017 rate) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • Paid sick, maternity and parental leave


3 years

Important dates

Opening date

 7 October 2016

Closing date

 30 November 2016

Applicant type

Domestic candidate  only (Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizenship)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in in materials, manufacturing or mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team

How to apply

Please refer to the how to apply for a research degree page for application information.

Further information

For further information please contact Professor Russell Varley via email.