Masters scholarship in the development of spacesuits for preserving human health and mobility

This RMIT-Human Aerospace project aims to develop garment-based countermeasures to preserve the health and enable safer and more effective mobility of astronauts.

The successful applicant will be a key part of a team working on a project to develop:

  1. Gravity loading countermeasure skinsuits
  2. Alternatives to gas-pressurised space suits
  3. Compression garments to mitigate orthostatic intolerance.

This scholarship provides a stipend of $31,260 per annum (pro-rata) for two years. A successful international applicant will also be awarded an International Tuition Fee Scholarship.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a first-class honours or high second-class honours or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline of engineering/science
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements
  • Provide evidence of adequate oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Masters by Research degree.

To apply, please submit the following documents to Professor Rajiv Padhye

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Thesis or research reports
  • Prior publications (if any).

Once approved, prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the Master of Technology (Fashion & Textiles) program (MR214) as per instructions on the Master of Technology (Fashion and Textiles) by Research program webpage.

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

Applications will close when candidates are selected.

This is an opportunity to be an integral team member in a wider project focused on the development of garment-based countermeasures for:

  1. Preserving human health in space during intra-vehicular activity (IVA), via further development of the gravity loading countermeasure skinsuit
  2. Enabling safer and more effective spacewalks/surface exploration missions during extra-vehicular activity (EVA), via exploration of mechanical counter pressure as an alternative to traditional gas-pressurised space suits
  3. Protecting astronaut health upon return to Earth, via the development of compression garments for mitigating orthostatic intolerance (OI).

We are looking for candidates who have an enthusiastic and collaborative mindset, a purposeful and reliable working style, and an interest in space/spacesuits research. Key experience includes:

  1. Material or textile science/engineering or related technologies, and/or
  2. Computer modelling of physical systems (e.g. MATLAB).

This project is an industry sponsored collaboration between RMIT University and Human Aerospace Pty Ltd based in Melbourne, Australia. Parts of this project will also be completed in conjunction with collaborators at universities in the United States and International Space Agencies.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Professor Rajiv Padhye -

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