Two PhD scholarships available in materials science

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Materials science research within the Chevron-Woodside Alliance

The PhD candidates will work within the renowned Curtin Corrosion Centre team as part of the new Chevron and Woodside partnership in materials and corrosion. The first PhD project will focus on polymers and composites to replace carbon and low alloy steels in selected critical oil and gas applications. The work will challenge the present state of knowledge that mandates the use of "steels" and limits the selection of alternative materials.

The second project will investigate methods to detect affected microstructures non-destructively and establish acceptance criteria. Affected microstructures can arise from different manufacturing methods such as welding or during heat treatment operations. The focus will be on low alloy steels and nickel-based alloys.

For both projects, the candidates are expected to have a strong background in materials science and engineering. For project 1, the candidate should demonstrate competence in polymeric materials and composites. For project 2, the candidate should demonstrate expertise in metallic materials, physical metallurgy, and non-destructive methods.

Student type

  • Current student
  • Future student


  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)

Course type

  • Higher degree by research (HDR)


  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student

Scholarship base

  • Merit-based

Important Dates

  • The application deadline is 17/12/2021.  

How to Apply to the HDR Scholarships?

Please visit our official Scholarship page to find out more.