PhD Scholarship in Mesoscopic Simulation of Complex Lubricants Under Extreme Conditions

Develop continuum simulation methods to study the stick-slip and shear banding behaviour of complex lubricants under extreme conditions.

This PhD project involves collaboration between teams at RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and Imperial College London on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project to study complex lubricants under extreme conditions.

$31,000 per annum over 3 years with possible 6 month extension.

Graduated with either a first-class Honours or Masters degree with a significant research component in physics, physical chemistry, mechanical/chemical engineering or an equivalent discipline.

Submit the following documentation to Peter Daivis at

  • A CV and both undergraduate and Honours/Masters transcripts
  • A letter clearly motivating the interest of the applicants for the topic
  • Names of two referees.

18 May 2020.

Open until a suitable candidate is found.

A strong background and interest in thermal and statistical physics and some scientific programming experience are essential. The position will be located in the physics discipline in the School of Science at the Melbourne City Campus of RMIT University. The physics discipline at RMIT University provides a vibrant research environment for PhD students, with a strong Soft Matter Physics group and active research across a wide range of other areas of physics.

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

Professor Peter Daivis at

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