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Location Swinburne University of Technology, Dept of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design
App. deadline 01/10/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

PhD Scholarship with Tata Steel

• Dept of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design
• Oxygen steelmaking focus
• 3 years, PhD scholarship

About the scholarship 
A PhD scholarship is available for a suitable candidate to develop new dynamic heat generation and heat transfer models for the Oxygen Steelmaking process. The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Geoffrey Brooks and Associate Professor Akbar Rhamdhani from Swinburne University of Technology, and a research engineer from Tata Steel Technology (in the Netherlands). The project undertaken by the successful applicant will build on previous work by the same partners that successfully developed a multi-zone kinetic model of Oxygen Steelmaking. Dynamic models for heat generation, scrap melting, flux dissolution and heat transfer in droplets travelling in the emulsion will be developed and validated against existing laboratory and plant data, before being incorporated into an overall kinetic model. This new integrated model will be used to assess such issues as the impact of different scrap size, scrap / hot metal ratios, flux types and flux addition strategies on the overall performance of the process. The scholarship funding is for 3 years but a 6 month extension may be possible upon application. 

The successful applicant will have to apply for entry into a PhD and satisfy the general requirements of entry into a PhD program at Swinburne University of Technology (see Funding is also provided to facilitate annual visits to the Netherlands to interacts and work with staff from Tata Steel. 

The scholarship offered will be consistent with the SUPRA scholarship at the University. The 2018 SUPRA stipend rate is $27,082 per annum with the following make conditionsi. Annual indexation.ii. A potential 6 month scholarship extensioniii. Provisions for paid leave (maximum of 12 weeks/84 days of paid leave, plus provision for paid maternity/paternity leave)iv. A thesis allowance (maximum $840 for a PhD)v. A relocation allowance ($505 for each eligible adult and $255 for each eligible child – maximum total allowance is $1,455)
Skills and experience
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:o Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Applied Scienceo Training in Mathematical Modellingo Training in software programmingA full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

Further information, contacts and support
To start an application click on begin at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description below.
Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Geoffrey Brooks (Research Centre Director) at

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Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1st October 2018

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