PhD Scholarship in Crumb Rubber Asphalt Binder Characterisation for Road Pavement Applications

We seek a PhD Student to work on sustainable and recycled materials for road pavement applications.

Value and duration

$27,000 per year for three years

Number of scholarships available



Applicants with an honours degree or graduates with a research Masters in experimental and/or analytical work with a civil engineering or chemical engineering background are invited to apply. Previous experience in rheology and chemistry of bituminous products is highly regarded.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • international candidates with a proven background in the specific topic of the scholarship could eventually be evaluated.

Prospective candidates are required to meet the program entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at RMIT University

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Filippo Giustozzi:

  • curriculum vitae
  • relevant publications
  • Expression of interest (one page)

Please address applications to:

Dr. Filippo Giustozzi

RMIT University

School of Engineering,

Melbourne, VIC, 3001


Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Civil Engineering (DR218) program as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

Read the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB).

Further information

This scholarship is funded by TyreStewardship Australia. The successful applicant will be required to sign a written declaration relating to Intellectual Property and publication.

Research Area: Recycling of ground tyre rubber as modifier in bituminous binders for road construction provides a high-value application of the recycled material. According to literature, up to 1250 waste tyres can be used for a simple 50 mm asphalt overlay of one lane per one kilometre.

The available body of knowledge shows that the use of crumb rubber modified (CRM) binder in both asphalt and sprayed seals can lead to improved field performance; specifically, durability, cracking and skid resistance, and reduced traffic noise. CRM asphalt binder could be engineered to achieve similar performance of polymer-modified binders, widely adopted in Australia. Besides performance, environmental impacts and life-cycle costs of road maintenance can also be reduced by using CRM.

The candidate will investigate and develop binder characterisation methods that (1) can be used to rank different CRM binder types, (2) can be applied to compare the performance of CRM binders directly to conventional polymer modified bitumens (PMB), (3) are representative of field performance, (4) can be used for both asphalt and spray seal binders, (5) are applicable to different manufacturing technologies of CRM binders, e.g. wet blends and no-agitation blends, (6) take into account possible additives (i.e. extender oils or small percentage of other polymers) and base bitumen requirements, (7) incorporate and enhance current Australian bitumen standards, which are mainly based on empirical testing of physical properties of the binder.


Dr. Filippo Giustozzi