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  PhD opportunity – Properties of Slags in an Electric Smelting Funance


   Faculty of Engineering and Information Systems

  ,  Wednesday, July 31, 2024  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

An opportunity is available for a PhD candidate to undertake a research project on a low emission ironmaking technology – the Electric Smelting Furnace (ESF), in collaboration with BlueScope Steel at the University of Wollongong (UOW). The project aims to investigate key slag properties for slag metal reactions in the ESF. Working within a team of UOW and industry investigators, the candidate will focus on advanced numerical modelling of multi-phase and multi-physics phenomena in the ESF, with opportunities for both industrial and academic experience and career development.

An exciting opportunity is now available for a PhD candidate to undertake a research project on a future, low-emission ironmaking technology – the Electric Smelting Furnace (ESF). Based at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, the project is one of several related collaborations with BlueScope Steel.

The specific research aim is to investigate key slag properties on slag-metal reactions in the ESF. The research is part of the ESF program which includes complex physical experiments and numerical studies. The PhD candidate will work within a team of UOW investigators and their industrial partner investigators, and be trained to undertake high-quality, high temperature experimental research.

There will be ample opportunity for the PhD candidate to work in both industrial and academic environments, and hence, develop industry-related project management skills. The professional training and personal development through this project and the university’s overall mentoring scheme, will help prepare the candidate for a career in academia or industry.

Application process

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience and research interest; CV with names and addresses of two referees; and academic transcripts
  • We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, reflecting all facets of prior experience or history.
  • The EOI should be sent via email to Xuefeng Dong () AND Ray Longbottom ().

Application closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2024

Duration: 3.5 years.

Contact information:

Xuefeng Dong

Ray Longbottom

Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Successful candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $AUD 45,000 per annum for the duration of the award.


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