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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.
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PhD positions

Students can apply at any time for PhD studies at the Institute for Frontier Materials.

For more information contact: Helen Woodall

HDR scholarship – 3D-printing nanoscale materials

This project is looking for ambitious, curiosity driven researchers looking to work at the cutting-edge to accomplish something no one in the world has done before.

HDR scholarship – Developing methods to monitor and analyse fibre formation in wet-spinning using advanced materials characterisation methods

The significance of this project lies in its aim to provide simple and widely-applicable tools to predict and monitor solidification of filaments in wet-spinning environments. The project will result in a tool-box for the experimenter who wishes to predict, model and test filament formation in wet-spinning, and will enable faster testing and development of novel wet-spinning combinations.

HDR scholarship – Development of new ionic electrolytes for energy generation and storage devices

The projects will develop new ionic electrolytes, both liquid and solid, with application in a range of electrochemical devices.

Learn more.

For more information, contact A/Prof Jenny Pringle.

Addressing global problems through material design

Master of Engineering (Research)

Help address some of today’s most challenging global problems in clean energy, advanced manufacturing and dwindling resources.

The Master of Research provides excellent research training to equip you for a range of careers.

  • a pathway to future PhD studies
  • training for careers in fields such as textiles, energy, 3D printing and health.

Choose from a number of units and a range of interesting and industry relevant research projects.

Research projects

Projects cover a diverse range of areas, such as:

  • next-generation smart materials
  • sustainable energy generation
  • new battery design
  • lightweight alloys
  • carbon fibre technology.

Choose from a range of units

  • Foundations of materials modelling
  • Advanced materials characterisation
  • Electromaterials synthesis and characterisation
  • Electromaterials fabrication and application
  • Advanced fibre science
  • Materials for additive manufacturing

Where: Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

How long: 2 years full-time study

When: all year round

Course code: S825

Course structure

Year 1: Choose 2 of the above units and a research project

Year 2: Research project and thesis.

This is a fee paying course. Learn more about fees.

For more information contact: Helen Woodall


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