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, and (3) demonstrate practical solutions for enhanced protective clothing systems. The research will use RMIT’s new flame mannikin.

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:

Value and duration

$31,260 per annum for three years

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a Master 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, or Science, or another suitable field.

Applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are preferred.

How to apply

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

  • A cover letter briefly outlining your interest in the project
  • Evidence of research ability, such as a digital copy of a Master’s or Honours’ thesis
  • A digital copy of academic transcripts
  • A CV including any publications, awards, relevant professional experience, and the name of 2 referees

Open date

Applications are open now.

Close date

Applications will close when the two PhD candidates are selected.

Terms and conditions

Please refer to RMIT University’s Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.


For further information please contact:

Professor Lijing Wang
Centre for Materials Innovation and Future Fashion (CMIFF)