Expression of Interest - Victorian Hydrogen Hub Impact PhD

Swinburne University of Technology

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Drive hydrogen advancement working alongside a variety of industry partners
About the Scholarship
Swinburne University of Technology has received funding through the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund to build the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) to drive hydrogen advancement in partnership with CSIRO and ARENA2036 in Germany. Jointly funded by CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology, we have 8 Impact PhD scholarships available for students to undertake PhDs as part of this Australian-first international hydrogen development partnership. To learn more about the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2), please click here.

The Impact PhD model has students forming a multidisciplinary cohort and undertaking their research studies working closely with partners. Students will have individual projects, but the group will collaborate to share knowledge, experience and contribute to solutions. A tailored training program focused on collaboration, innovation and research translation has been developed for this cohort.

The successful applicants will have an Honours or Masters degree or a combination of study and research experience. Research experience in the workplace will be viewed favourably. We are seeking people who wish to work at the interface between technology, society, businesses and applications and have the aptitude to undertake solution focused research as part of a broader team.

We are interested in applicants that have an interest to work with industry partners on the following themes:
  • The role of hydrogen in decarbonising ports
  • Hydrogen in steel making
  • Options for hydrogen adoption in aviation
  • Modelling to help industry understand different scenarios e.g supply chains, techno-economic, lifecycle assessment, systems analysis
  • Education and Skills as it relates to a hydrogen economy
  • Social license/Community acceptance of hydrogen.

  • About Research & Development at Swinburne
    Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

    About you
    To be successful in the role, you will have:
    • A Bachelor degree with 1st or 2nd class honours and/or a master’s degree in any field related to one or more of the themes or a Bachelor degree with relevant work experience.
    • The ideal candidates are expected to be enthusiastic, self-motivated with a demonstrable aptitude for research and development.
    • Research and/ or work experience relevant to one of the themes
    • Good team-working, observational and communication skills

    A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

    How to apply and further information
    To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter stating the thematic area and reasons for interest as well as a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. Please state the thematic area that you are interest to apply for.

    For further enquires please contact Gordon Chakaodza (VH2 Director) via email:

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

    Diversity and Inclusion
    Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:
    • Reconciliation Action Plan
    • Charter of Cultural Diversity
    • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
    • Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

    For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

    Assistance and Support
    We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

    Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

    Applications close at 5pm on Friday 21st January 2022

    Study Rights:
    This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate student visa.

    Vaccination Information:
    Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Swinburne workers to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 22 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.


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