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 Ph.D. 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.

Higher Degree Research PhD Scholarship

Development of high-strength, micro-alloyed, hot-rolled steel strip
Scholarship for 3.5 years full-time study

AUD$ 33,413 p.a

Expressions of interest are sought from potential PhD candidates to develop a fundamental understanding and processing schedule for high strength, hot-rolled micro alloyed steels. This R&D project will involve extended fundamental understanding of clustering, nanoscale precipitation and their strengthening mechanisms which will provide the basis to future steels design.

You will work within the new ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation, which is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, well-qualified candidate with high-quality communication skills and a passion for applied, industry-focused research. You will have strong time and project management skills to ensure project deliverables are met and be prepared to spend significant time in the industry partner’s facilities, to better understand their strategic issues. You will contribute to a collaborative team consisting of academic and industry-based technologists.

You will be supported through additional mentoring, training and personal development designed to help prepare you for a career in academia or industry.

Selection criteria


  • Academic qualification. Applicants should hold a Masters by Research, or an Honours 1st class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering or a relevant discipline or the equivalent combination of professional experience and academic qualifications
  • Written and oral communication skills, presenting research work and outcomes to different audiences

Highly Desirable

  • Knowledge of physical metallurgy of steels
  • Experience in scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy

Conditions for application

  • Capacity to be based at the Wollongong campus.
  • Applicants should submit cover letter detailing relevant experience and research interest; CV with names and addresses of two referees; and Academic transcripts.
  • Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply.
  • Female applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • The EOI should be sent via email to Elena Pereloma (

Closing date: 13 November 2021

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