MPhil Research Scholarships in Materials Engineering

University of Queensland


MPhil Research Scholarships in Materials Engineering


Job no:506804

Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech

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

Work type:Full Time - Scholarship

Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering


Job reference number - 506804


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 role

The MPhil project will be conducted within the framework of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency (mineAlloy,, which is a collaboration between Deakin University, The University of Queensland and Monash University. The topic of the MPhil projects is “Advanced approaches to performance enhancement of NiHard white cast iron for ore chute liners”.


The successful candidate will receive training in the technology of abrasive wear in the mining & minerals industries, and will gain exposure to both supplier (manufacturing) and end-user (mining) industries. The topic might have the capacity to be extended from MPhil to PhD scholarship, depending both on the student’s prior qualifications and on performance in the first year of the project.


The person

Domestic candidates should have an Honours degree or equivalent in Materials Engineering (or related disciplines) and must meet the requirements of admission into the MPhil program ( The research group is dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that the candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression.


The student should have and/or develop the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Capacity to participate in production of experimental iron castings in the University’s experimental foundry. 
  •  Well-developed laboratory and practical skills, including safe operation of rotating equipment, sample traceability and accurate measurements.
  • Ability to operate SEM and EDS instruments.
  • Demonstrable commitment to good practice in data management.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and the logical “story” of the project in clear written English.
  • Previous research and/or industry experience in foundry technology would be viewed favourably.


International candidates will be considered if they have published at least one journal paper. International applicants must meet the University of Queensland's English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements (


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 of 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.



The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $32,788 per annum (2019 rate) tax-free for two years. 


For specific questions about the role please email Dr Jeff Gates,



To submit an application for this role, please complete an application to the MPhil program online here: Please list Dr Jeff Gates as the supervisor and list the MPhil project as the Scholarship being applied for. All applicants will be required to supply the following documents:


A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for the MPhil program and addressing the desired skills and attributes; 
A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies; 
Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale; 
Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study; 
Evidence for meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements; and
The name and contact details of three referees who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.


Application closing date - 10th March 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time


Advertised: 23 Jan 2019 

Applications close: 10 Mar 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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