PhD Scholarship in Multilayered Safety Clothing for Personal Protective Equipment

Develop potential material solutions for firefighters’ protective clothing systems with a high level of fire protection and improved thermal comfort.

The ARC funded project will create multifunctional fabric designs & engineering techniques integrating improved heat and flame protection, comfort and smart features into multilayered personal protective garments.

Two doctoral scholarships are available for outstanding applicants to work on this multidisciplinary research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The three-year project will

  1. Study protective textile materials against fire
  2. Identify and develop material solutions with specific characteristics using textile functional design
  3. Demonstrate practical solutions for enhanced protective clothing systems. The research will use RMIT’s new flame mannequin.

The successful applicant will have good lab skills and a background in fibre technology, textile chemistry and/or material science. It is desirable that the applicant have training relevant to fibre materials or work experience in the textile/garment industry.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with local sportswear manufacturer Ventou Garment Technology with periodic trials in their pilot plant facility enabling rapid translation and industrial implementation so that it may be deployed into the firefighting services sector.

The research supervision team include:

$31,260 per annum for three years.

Two (2).

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a Masters by Research degree or
  • A Master by Coursework degree with a significant research component graded as high distinction or equivalent or
  • An Honours degree achieving first class Honours in engineering, science or another suitable field.

Applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are preferred.

To apply, please submit the following documents to Professor Lijing Wang via

  • A cover letter briefly outlining your interest in the project
  • Evidence of research ability, such as a digital copy of a Masters or Honours thesis
  • A digital copy of academic transcripts
  • A CV including any publications, awards, relevant professional experience, and the name of two referees.

Applications are open now.

Applications will close when two PhD candidates are selected.

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

Professor Lijing Wang via

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