PhD Scholarship - Additive manufacturing of medical implants University of Queensland, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Australia

PhD Scholarship - Additive manufacturing of medical implants


Job no:507369

Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech

Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($27,596.00 - $27,596.00)

Work type:Full Time - Scholarship

Location: St Lucia

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The University of Queensland's School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world-class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering.  The School’s reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development.  The School’s established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology, are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, steels, surface engineering, metals manufacturing and rock mechanics.


The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices (led by researchers in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering) aims to transform Australia’s $10.8Bn medical technology by developing cost competitive technologies for the rapid production of devices for Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR). To ensure that the Australian industry remains globally competitive, the Hub seeks to concurrently develop materials, technologies and flexible manufacturing processes.


The role

Additive manufacturing is emerging as a disruptive technology for the production of medical implants. This PhD project will explore novel alloy compositions produced through a suite of additive manufacturing processes and understand processing-microstructure-property relationships.


The successful candidate will work alongside our industry partners to produce prototype medical devices and receive training in the physical metallurgy of metals, selective laser melting and advanced characterisation techniques.


Selection criteria

Domestic candidates should have an Honours degree or equivalent in Materials Engineering, mechanical engineering (or related engineering disciplines). All candidates must meet the requirements of admission into the PhD program (  Applicants should also be eligible for an Australian government-funded or UQ-founded Scholarship or equivalent (


Successful students will be required to have the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Sound knowledge of the science and engineering of metals.
  • Sound knowledge of solidification processes, such as casting welding and additive manufacturing.
  • Well-developed laboratory and practical skills, including safe operation of equipment, accurate measurements and data recording.
  • Ability to solve problems including day-to-day practical problems associated with experimental research as well as overarching programmatic problems.
  • Ability to independently drive a research project to achieve desirable outcomes as well as the ability to work in a research team including capacity to assist and take direction from others.
  • Capacity to manage collaborations with industry partners and/or external researchers to achieve desired project outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and the logical “story” of the project in clearly written English so that research outcomes can be disseminated (i.e. quality journal publications).
  • Competency to safely operate experimental instrumentation including Selective Laser Melting machine, SEM, mechanical testing machines or similar.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.


Candidates will also need to be aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including:

  • the University’s Code of Conduct;
  • requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School;
  • the adoption sustainable work practices and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures;
  • requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation.



$27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.



For specific questions about the role please email Dr Michael Bermingham (



To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Dr Michael Bermingham ( 

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s


Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.


Before you apply:
  • You are encouraged to read the definitive rules for this scholarship prior to application, in particular any specific eligibility conditions and check the FAQs if you have any questions.


Application closing date

21 April 11:55pm E.Australian Standard Time


Advertised: 03 Apr 2019 

Applications close: 21 Apr 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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