PhD scholarship: In-situ characterisation of next-generation batteries


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions
Opening date 29 July 2020
Closing date 19 August 2020


Li-ion batteries have penetrated into many aspects of our lives. However, due to limited Li resources in the world, researchers are looking for alternative battery systems. Na-ion batteries are emerging as a new technology to replace Li-ion batteries.

This PhD focuses on developing in-situ techniques for characterising Na-ion battery systems. More specifically the candidate will work on the design, development and testing of a model Na-ion battery for in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterisation. In-situ TEM characterisation of the Na-ion battery system will provide a unique insight into the Na-ion battery and will be key in developing better electrode materials. In-situ or operando techniques allow us to observe the materials in their native state and allows for material characterisation to occur under real or close-to-real conditions.  

A working knowledge of Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline such as Physics or Chemistry would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


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 this link. 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 ‘BATTERIES’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A background, knowledge or interest in experimental research, batteries, electron microscopy or electrochemistry is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Ruth Knibbe
+61 7 3365 4500
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.