PhD Scholarship in Lunar Circularity

Swinburne University of Technology

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Contribute to Swinburne’s progressive lunar research

About the Job
Working on this PhD research project, you will be part of the movement of Australia’s aim to become a leader in lunar exploration. The project works to enhance Swinburne’s research on electrolysis and solar thermal processing of materials and our recent work on producing a usable material feedstock for construction processes and increasing technological viability of lunar missions.

On this project, you will work on three main targets:
  • Identifying sustainable materials to be used on the Moon, considering constraints of the lunar environment and the economic reality of transporting materials to the Moon
  • Enhance our already progressive lunar research of thermal processing and/or electrolysis of regolith into usable construction materials to potentially enable self-supported venturing on the Moon
  • Strategize methods of recycling and reforming materials on the Moon to serve new or adjusted purposes to facilitate pre-selection of equipment and technologies with the highest efficacy under lunar conditions

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • Bachelor (Honours) or Masters degree mechanical engineering, material science, aerospace engineering, engineering design, process engineering, product design engineering or a similar discipline
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Proactive, solution-oriented mindset
  • Industry experience in space applications or experience with manufacturing/recycling processes will be highly considered

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

How to apply and further information
Interested candidates should submit a complete CV and cover letter outlining why they are interested in this research topic through the Swinburne e-recruitment page.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed either in person or via Skype.
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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on 18 February 2020.

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