Flinders University and the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) :PHD scholarship in Material Science "Corrosion Mechanism of Alloys at High Temperatures in Concentrated Solar Thermal Plants".

Opening Date: 24-06-2020   Closing Date: 17-08-2020  

ASTRI & Flinders University PhD Scholarship.

The Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Flinders University in collaboration with ASTRI invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD in Material Science. One Ph.D Scholarship is available to work on the project.


The project broadly aims to focus on concentrated solar thermal technologies to that are capable of large scale, long term, continuous power generation. A concentrated solar thermal plant (CSP) consists of a solar collector, thermal capture, thermal heat storage and in case of electricity generation a power block. All these elements use materials at elevated temperatures for components that should last around 30 years which requires an advanced understanding of materials compatibility and degradation mechanisms to make adequate design decisions, material selection and cost estimates. The project focuses on various components used between the receiver and the power block with a focus on the thermal heat storage. The project includes collaborations with other Australian Universities.



At Flinders University, a range of processing, testing and analysis facilities are available to perform advanced testing and characterisation on application specific materials operating at elevated temperatures in a CSP system. The project makes use of a range of world-class analytical techniques at Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis (https://www.flinders.edu.au/microscopy).




A scholarship equivalent to Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTPS) ($28,092 per annum 2020 rate) is provided for up to 3 years.




Applications are invited from students who are eligible to enrol at Flinders University as PhD students. Candidates must be able to start by August 2020.


Applicants must hold a Master or First- or second-class Honours (2A) degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the chosen field of study (BSc, BEng or Master with research component in Metallurgy, Nanotechnology, Material Science, Physics or Chemistry or equivalent discipline) and have demonstrated strong research and communication skills.


Applicants should preferably have demonstrated expertise in material or surface analysis. Training in material and surface analysis will be provided.



To register your interest, please provide the following documents via email to Gunther.andersson@flinders.edu.au


  • CV, including contact details of two academic/industry referees
  • Academic transcripts
  • A 1-page cover letter outlining your research skills, experience and interest in this PhD opportunity


For more information, please contact Prof. Gunther Andersson (Email: Gunther.andersson@flinders.edu.au, Tel: (08 82012309).


Scholarship Type: research, commencing, continuing,