Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Thong Pham

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
05 Jun 2024

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:

All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No stipend available

About this project

Revolutionise construction processes with innovative precast joints

If you are motivated to advance your career in construction engineering and passionate about developing more sustainable methods of construction, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a hands-on project-based PhD with real-world impact within UniSA STEM.

Our project aims to propose new precast joints in reinforced concrete structures. By leveraging innovative dry and hybrid joints, our focus is not only on strengthening structures during seismic events but also on transforming construction dynamics. 

Picture faster construction timelines, reduced costs, and heightened sustainability across various settings. Our novel approach also tackles corrosion challenges, making it ideal for coastal areas. Our comprehensive initiative seeks to redefine construction practices, ensuring durability, cost-efficiency, and eco-consciousness in a wide variety of scenarios. 

Join us in shaping a future where precast joints transcend traditional boundaries, offering versatile solutions for resilient and sustainable structures. Our design is for next generation structures and infrastructure which are sustainable, durable, multi-hazard resistant, and resilient.

You will join a dynamic research community within UniSA STEM. Our supportive cohort includes HDR students, and early career and senior researchers. Our well-equipped facilities provide you with access to advanced technology and resources for conducting in-depth research, and your supervisory team is an esteemed group who are experts in their fields.

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will undertake both lab-based activities and numerical simulations. This will require lab testing and analysis with specific activities established with your supervisors.  

You will benefit from a stimulating learning environment, with regular seminars and networking opportunities. Additional benefits include conference attendance support, collaboration opportunities, publication support, and industry engagement. Overall, the research environment offers a platform for academic growth, research excellence, and professional development.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in the UniSA STEM Unit. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. 

Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology. 

We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities. What’s discovered one day is taught the next.  

In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.

Supervisory team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $50,291 per annum (2024 rates). Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$41,700 per annum (2024 rates).

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
  • Ability and willingness to work with mouse models of disease
  • A good background (Hons) in molecular biology, cellular biology, histology or a related discipline
  • Laboratory experience in a molecular biology laboratory
  • A good understanding of research ethics and animal ethics.

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time (in special circumstances), and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Wednesday, 5 June, 2024

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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