University of Adelaide Research Scholarship - Structural Logistics of Repair in Lunar Habitat Design using Sintered Regolith Blocks - PhD Scholarship Opportunity

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13 May 2022
Payment per year
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
International Students
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Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
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This project lies at the intersection of In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU), Robotic Construction, and specific disciplinary challenges of Form and Tectonic Culture. Based at the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources, it engages with new materials and technologies being developed at the University of Adelaide. The project will develop a structural solution that engages small building blocks developed from laser sintered regolith as an alternative to monolithic 3D printed solutions. It will further help develop construction logistics based on new work being done in the area of swarm robotics, especially using soft robots. Beyond the use of new materials and processes, the project will focus on the specific challenges of repairability and falsework in the lunar context. It will address the environmental concern of micro-meteorite attacks by incorporating design solutions and processes for repair that reduce dependencies on falsework and human labour.

The Lunar Construction Group Scholarship is funded by the Adelaide Graduate Centre to support a full-time PhD student who is undertaking research in Space Architecture and Construction.


Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.



The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $28,854 (indexed annually) per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. 



Contact Person: Dr Amit Srivastava

School/Discipline of: Architecture and Built Environment

Tel: (08) 8313 5742




Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted to by no later than 13 May 2022 with the name of scholarship in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:


  • Completed Expression of Interest form (available below)
  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status (if applicable)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of non-English documentation
  • Curriculum vitae