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Space Engineering Technology PhD Scholarship in Australia – Ceramic Composite Materials and Processes

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Space Engineering Technology PhD Scholarship – Ceramic Composite Materials and Processes

UniSQ is offering two stipend (living allowance) scholarships for students studying or commencing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2022/2023. It is part of the CRC-P project DART CMP Airframe: A composite reusable hypersonic platform. The PhD students will be working with Hypersonix Launch Systems Pty Ltd, LSM Advanced Composites Pty Ltd, and Romar Engineering Pty Ltd.


Focus: DELTA-VELOS ORBITER is a hypersonic UAV travelling at speeds up to Mach 12.  It is powered by the SPARTAN hydrogen fuelled scramjet engine. This project takes advantage of the weight savings and reusability of high temperature composites as aeroshell (heat shield and fuselage).

Background: Scramjets are airbreathing hypersonic engines. They have been an area of research since the 1950’s but are now a leading technology through improvements in computing power, high temperature materials and hydrogen technology. Scramjets have significant benefits over rockets including higher fuel efficiency, no need to carry an oxidiser (60% of rocket weight) and the ability to manoeuvre at hypersonic speed. Australia is in the forefront of hydrogen fuelled scramjet technology based on 30 years and $70M of government sponsored research. The lead industry partner, Hypersonix, has developed the world's most advanced hydrogen fuelled scramjet, called SPARTAN, which can operate between Mach 5 and 12 and is fixed geometry. It has applications to space launch and defence.

Hypersonic vehicles powered by scramjets can be made light weight and reliable through the use of Ceramic matrix composites (CMC's).





·         Stipend of AUD $32,000 per annum.

·         Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.




To be eligible applicants must:   

·         have completed a bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent level.  

·         have applied, or currently enrolled in the PhD at UniSQ.

·         be an Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen or US citizen or Canadian citizen or British citizen.

·         not be receiving equivalent support providing a benefit greater than 75% of the student’s stipend rate.

·         commence the PhD in Semester 3, 2022 or Semester 1, 2023.


Selection criteria


Applicants will be assessed on:

·         alignment with the research topic area – Space/Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Material Engineering/Science.

·         academic merit, previous research outputs and research experience of the applicant.

·         research track record of the proposed supervisory team.

·         quality of the research proposal.


How to apply


To apply, please ensure you have digital copies of the below information:

• Curriculum vitae;
Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOC 53KB), to be completed with A/Prof Xuesen Zeng at
• Education qualifications (testamur and academic transcripts for all undergraduate and postgraduate awards);
• List of any research presentations and/or publications
• Documentation confirming citizenship.

Application must be made via the UniSQ Scholarship Application Management System by the closing date.

If you require assistance in completing your application please download the Scholarship Online Application Manual (PDF 2.14MB).  



Closing date


13 Oct, 2022


Further information


Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from A/Prof Xuesen Zeng at



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