Current opportunities


We are seeking dynamic, self-motivated and well-qualified candidates with high-quality research experience in the fields of expertise applicable to the relevant opportunity. You must have a passion for applied, industry-focused research, and high quality communication skills to support successful industry collaborations. You will require strong time and project management skills to ensure project deliverables are met, and you must be prepared to spend significant time in industry partner’s facilities in order to understand and work collaboratively to address the issues faced by the industry.

 You will be supported through additional mentoring, training and personal development designed to help prepare you for a career in both academia or industry. You will be working closely with some of Australia’s best researchers and industry technologists and will form a vital part of a nationally significant research centre.

Current Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and PhD opportunities are shown below, and further opportunities will be added regularly in the coming months. To stay up to date, please register for the Steel Research Hub newsletter. All applications will need to go through the relevant recruitment processes within the host institution, or as detailed on the opportunity advertisement.

A UOW collaboration with the University of New South Wales and BlueScope Steel

Scholarship for 3.5 years of full-time study

AUD33,143 per annum

The ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation (Steel Research Hub), led by the University of Wollongong, is a 5 year, $28m research program bringing together 9 Universities and 8 industry partners, to deliver innovative research designed to enable a necessary technological shift across the entire Australian steel supply chain. This includes projects covering steel sustainability, recycling, energy efficiency and circular economy.

This project will be undertaken at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

Working within Program 4 (Steel supply chain transformation) of the Steel Research Hub, the PhD Candidate will be involved in Project 4.1.4 - Machine Learning. This is a collaboration with BlueScope Steel, the candidate will work closely with staff at the Port Kembla Steel Works. The project proposes to use machine learning and knowledge acquisition techniques to capture the knowledge of expert metallurgists in different aspects of steel manufacturing. The prototype is being developed for the plate mill.

Working within a large-scale, multi-disciplinary research entity (30+ PhDs, 20+ Post-Docs), the appointee will have contact with BlueScope Steel on aspects of applied, industry-focussed research. As well as collaborating with the wider Steel Research Hub research team, the successful appointee will be supported through additional mentoring, training and personal development.

Selection criteria

Essential academic qualification

Applicants should: 

  • hold a Masters by Research, or
  • an Honours 1st class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in either
    • Materials Science
    • Chemical
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • or a relevant discipline
  • or the equivalent combination of professional experience and academic qualifications
  • have written and oral communication skills
  • have skills in presenting research work and outcomes to different audiences.

Highly desirable

  • Knowledge and ability in programming with Python or C/C++
  • Knowledge and ability in machine learning or other topics in artificial intelligence

Conditions for application

  • Capacity to work for extended periods with officers from BlueScope Port Kembla Steelworks.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience and research interest; CV with names and addresses of two referees; and Academic transcripts.
  • Both domestic and international prospective candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Contact for the position is Claude Sammut (

Closing date

The position will close once the appropriate candidate has been recruited.

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