The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD) Program and Scholarship with Fielders BlueScope Building Components (Industry Partner)

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Payment per year
$28,597 p/a (RTP Stipend) & $10,000 p/a (Supplementary Scholarship)
4 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
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Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
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The UAiPhD is an innovative 4-year program, which includes completion of a 6-month industry placement.

As a PhD student you will have the opportunity to work on an industry problem, while being supported by a University of Adelaide supervisor and an industry supervisor for the duration of the program.

In addition, you will undertake selected professional development activities offered through the University’s Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program or as directed by the industry partner. During your placement, you will gain valuable understanding on how organisations innovate and solve real world problems, and how you can make an impact with your research, while gaining a significant employment advantage.

Detailed information about the program can be found on the UAiPhD (iPhD) website.

Please see below for more information about this exciting project with Fielders, BlueScope Building Components

Industry Partner: Fielders, BlueScope Building Components

Research Project Title: Smart Steel Façades for Commercial Architectural Applications

Research Project Details: 

With growing global requirements to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, and buildings being one of the largest contributors, improving building energy performance is becoming increasingly essential. This brings corporate architectural responsibility for the production of smarter buildings through both the implementation of modern technology, and the development of insights from targeted interdisciplinary research campaigns.

Major digital trends are revealing new understanding about how information technologies can integrate into a changing building sector. The key research objective of the proposed project is to gather data to better understand how Fielders metal clad façade systems can be used to improve the performance of building designs. This data-driven experimental design based on multi-sensor data collection, analysis, visualisation, and insight generation, will benefit building end users to make informed decisions during the design as well as operation stages. This aligns with the requirements of a data-driven society and corporate social responsibility to improve building design. Research can involve: fabrication and testing of improved metal building skin configurations; temperature and energy modelling of metal façade materials in a commercial building simulation model; interviews with architects as to their architectural metal façade and smart building requirements, developing information transfer; application to a changing Australian climate; and urban environmental heat implications and minimisation. The final research objectives are to showcase best practices in integrated metal façade application and to provide solutions for a sustainable smart building system, to benefit both end users and building system operations.

The industry placement will be conducted at the Fielders Office and Factory located in Mile End, and if travel opens back up, there could be opportunity to travel to Port Kembla to see the Steel plant.


Applicants must be are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment, and would be able to commence in 2022.


The scholarship will be for 4 years and has a stipend of $28,597 p/a (RTP Stipend, 2021 Rate) & $10,000 p/a (Supplementary Scholarship) (indexed annually) per annum.  It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the Conditions of Award/Rules.

Application Instructions:

Expressions of Interest for this UAiPhD project should be submitted to Professor Veronica Soebarto at by no later than COB Friday, March 11 2022, with the title of the program and project in the subject heading. Please ensure that you include all of the following documents:

  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae

For further information about the UAiPhD Program, please visit the UAiPhD (iPhD) website in the first instance, and for further enquiries please contact or phone: 8313 6091.