HDR Scholarship: Additive Manufacturing of Medical Implants


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually.
Scholarship duration PhD: three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances; or MPhil: two years (24 months) with possible extension up to 28.5 months.


Additive manufacturing is emerging as a disruptive technology for the production of medical implants. This project in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is open to PhD or MPhil candidates and 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.


Due to project funding constraints, this scholarship is only available to domestic students that can commence as soon as practically possible.

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 HDR program (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees).  Applicants should also be eligible for an Australian government-funded or UQ-founded Scholarship or equivalent (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships).

    Before you get started

    If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

    How to apply

    To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Dr Michael Bermingham (m.bermingham@uq.edu.au

    • 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 HDR 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.

    Selection criteria

    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.


    Dr Michael Bermingham
    +61 7 334 69571

    Terms and conditions

    Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

    A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.