PhD Scholarship in Computational Design of Protective Systems for Galvanised Steel

For PhD candidates interested in undertaking research into the use of multi-scale models to predict how inhibitors minimise electrochemical activity or corrosion on zinc and galvanised steel.

Computational or insilica design can estimate the performance of new green inhibitors on zinc and galvanised steel reducing the time required to develop such inhibitors. This research will also look at how inhibitors are placed in coatings and investigate its performance in the atmosphere.

The scholarship is suitable for applied mathematicians, chemists or chemical engineers with modelling skills.

Value and duration

The scholarship will provide a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Successful international applicants will be provided with a tuition fee scholarship that also covers the cost of the Overseas Student Health Cover.

The duration of this scholarship is three years with the possibility of a six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

It is preferred that applicants have an honours or four-year degree in applied mathematics, chemistry or chemical engineering.

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Professor Ivan Cole at

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close 5pm AEST Wednesday 28 February 2018 or when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) will apply to this scholarship.

Further information

The project is RMIT-funded and is one of two scholarships in this area. This scholarship involves computational design of inhibitors whilst the other scholarship involves high throughput experimentation. The successful candidate will join a group with substantial experience in developing and modelling new inhibitors with the development of inhibitors for zinc being the team's newest initiative.


Professor Ivan Cole