Scholarships 2021-2022

PhD Scholarship in Chemical and Rheological Assessment of Rejuvenated Asphalt Material

We seek a PhD Student to work on sustainable and recycled materials for road pavement applications.

Value and duration

$27,000 per annum for three years.

Number of scholarships available



Applicants with an honors degree or graduates with a research Masters in experimental and/or analytical work with a civil engineering or chemical engineering background are invited to apply. Previous experience in rheology and chemistry of bituminous products is highly regarded.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • international candidates with a proven background in the specific topic of the scholarship could eventually be evaluated.

Prospective candidates are required to meet the program entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at RMIT University.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Filippo Giustozzi:

  • curriculum vitae
  • relevant publications
  • expression of interest (one page)

Please address applications to:

Dr. Filippo Giustozzi
RMIT University
School of Engineering,
Melbourne, VIC, 3001

Email: [email protected]

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Civil Engineering (DR218) program as per instructions available on the website.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open

Closing date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected

Terms and conditions

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

Further information

Our roads are mainly made of asphalt, a combination of aggregates and bitumen. Due to traffic loads, environmental conditions (e.g. temperature) and UV radiation, asphalt is subject to aging and the bitumen hardens and loses the initial viscoelastic properties. The road becomes stiffer and more prone to deterioration; small cracks evolve in large cracks and potholes and other distress start to form on the pavement.

Bitumen is a by-product of crude oil and it is mainly composed of two fractions: asphaltenes (solid at ambient temperature) and maltene fraction (oils and resins).

One of the possible approaches to recycle asphalt material and build new roads, hence benefiting the environment, is through the use of rejuvenators. These products are commonly oil-based and tend to restore the initial viscoelastic properties of the bitumen. Many proprietary products are available on the market; this study will investigate the use of Waste Cooking Oil (WCO) as a possible asphalt rejuvenator.


For further inquiries, please contact: Dr. Filippo Giustozzi, [email protected]

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