PhD Scholarship: Addressing the technology gaps in bio-composite materials


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually, with a $2,500 top-up, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 22 January 2020
Closing date 27 February 2020


We are seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform cutting-edge research in the field of biocomposites. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Dr Michael Heitzmann and Dr Luigi Vandi, to undertake their PhD as a member of the UQ Composites Group, within the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of Australia’s leading scientists in the fields of composites and advanced manufacturing with an international reputation for addressing complex problems in partnership with renowned global industry partners.

The PhD project aims to address some of the major technology gaps holding bio-composite materials back from finding widespread use. The project partners consist of industry and research partners based in Canada, USA and Australia. The responsibility of the successful candidate will be to undertake research on developing improved manufacturing and processing method, characterise multi-material interfaces and to develop a deeper understanding on the mechanisms driving bio-composite degradation and durability.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘BIO-COMPOSITEin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Selection criteria

Applicants should have the following attributes:

  • Experience in composite materials processing and manufacturing
  • Multi-disciplinary research skills in materials characterisation
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Independent and proactive attitude

Must be a team player

Applications are closed.


Dr Luigi Vandi
Applications are closed.

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.

Applications are closed.