PhD Scholarship in Structural Optimisation for Aerospace Applications

This PhD project is aimed at developing new design techniques for structural topology optimisation integrated with additive manufacturing technologies in designing aircraft components in collaboration with Boeing.

Value and duration

Up to $40,000 per annum for 3 years with possible six month extension.

  • $30,000 per year funded by the School of Engineering, RMIT University
  • up to $10,000 per year top up scholarship from Boeing.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident
  • have a first class honours equivalent in aerospace, mechanical or civil engineering or equivalent
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Distinguished Professor Mike Xie:

  • curriculum vitae
  • academic transcripts.

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the Masters by Research Chemical Engineering program (MR217) as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with RMIT University and Boeing.

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 once the candidate is appointed.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB 10p).

Further information

One PhD scholarship is available for a candidate interested in undertaking cutting edge aerospace research as part of the RMIT Boeing Research Alliance. Working in close partnership with Boeing technical experts in a multi-disciplinary team environment, this PhD project will have commercial impact relevant to aerospace in the development of advanced structural optimisation techniques for aircraft design applications.


For further information please contact:

Distinguished Professor Mike Xie
+61 3 9925 3655

Professor Stuart Bateman
+61 3 9925 6672