Study with us

The Institute for Frontier Materials would like to hear from dedicated, smart and curious students and postdoctoral fellows who are keen to further their careers in the field of materials science and engineering research. We have a range of opportunities available, including PhD positions, scholarships and short-term projects.

PhD positions

Students can apply at any time for PhD studies at the Institute for Frontier Materials. Our key research areas are listed below:

Alloy design and processing

Research into metals and alloys focuses on a number of areas, including new refined multi-phase structures for automotive steels and ways of producing them; optimising processing and properties of light metals; sheet metal forming research; and development of new surface treatments.


Helen Woodall


Biomaterials research at IFM is focused in two areas:

  • Improved production of haematopoietic stem cells
  • Development of a new method for large-scale production of short nanofibres.


A/Prof Mark Kirkland

Corrosion and protection

Our corrosion research targets desalination and water infrastructure, oil and gas refining and production, defence and aerospace, mining and power industries.

Contact: Prof Mike (Yongjun) Tan

Electromaterials and membranes

Energy and electromaterials research focuses on developing new energy storage and conversion technologies through the creation of new electroactive materials.


Prof Maria Forsyth (electromaterials)
Prof Lingxue Kong (membranes)

Fibres, polymers, composites and textiles

Research into fibres and textiles is carried out as part of the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC). Our facilities include Carbon Nexus – a $34 million pilot-scale carbon fibre research facility.


Prof Xungai Wang (green natural fibres)
Prof Tong Lin (functional fibres and nanofibres)
Prof Qipeng Gao (polymers)

Materials and process modelling

IFM researchers use computer models to predict material properties in a number of areas. Advanced molecular modelling based on fundamental scientific principles is helping to predict properties and behaviours of atomic and molecular structures.

Numerical modelling is being used to help design lightweight structures, which are important for the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Advanced computer simulation technology can help explain the properties of fluids, model flow and heat transfer problems in engineering applications.


Delete Weimin Gao

Nanotechnology and plasma technology

We aim to develop new nanomaterials and nanotechnology to support the development of advanced materials, energy storage technologies and environmental/medical applications with improved protection of the environment and health as well as advanced manufacturing.

The aim of plasma research at IFM is to develop a fundamental understanding of a platform technology, in order to generate improved processes and materials.


Prof Ying (Ian) Chen (nanotechnology)
Dr Weiwei Lei (plasma)


Deakin University offers a number of postgraduate research scholarships to domestic and international students each year.