This research project will foster improved consideration of factors which influence long-term structural integrity of Australian Defence Force vessels.

PhD scholarship - Life and Safety of New and Existing Defence Force Assets

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to investigate life and safety of new and existing Defence Force assets under the supervision of Dr Igor Chaves.

This research project will foster improved consideration of detrimental life cycle factors which influence long-term structural integrity of the Australian defence force vessels, platforms and other infrastructure. This aligns directly with one of the major priorities of the defence industry which is investing heavily to ensure safety and longevity of its assets. Moreover, at a high level of impact, the successful project outcomes will strategically push to develop competitive as well as outstanding ship building practices in Australia. The candidate’s contributions will deliver improved scientific understanding of material deterioration prevention, as well as enable defence vessels and assets to optimally sustain their fleet for optimal operational performance. Employment possibilities after completion are possible with the Defence Science and Technology Group and with the emerging defence force marine platforms construction industry. The project is expected to take some 3 years (with a possible extension of 6 months).


Research Advantage Defence Innovation HDR Scholarship Scheme with an annual living allowance $26, 288 per annum (2016 rate - indexed annually) The scholarship may also include: a relocation allowance (up to $2,020) and a thesis allowance (up to $500).


Candidate must be an Australian Citizen.


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