Curtin Corrosion Centre-Orthopaedic Research Foundation WA PhD Scholarship

Hip replacement implant

Curtin Corrosion Centre and Orthopaedic Research Foundation WA ORFWA are pleased to offer a PhD scholarship under a collaborative sponsorship effort between Curtin University, East Metropolitan Health Service, and ORFWA. The program will determine the real-world combination of corrosion and wear mechanisms of metal implants used in total hip and knee arthroplasty. Implant degradation is often associated with a mode of attack referred to as dynamic crevice corrosion, which occurs due to micromovements in a narrow gap (e.g., head/taper junctions) between components. For this purpose, a unique test method has been developed at Curtin Corrosion Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Implant Technology and Retrieval Analysis (CITRA) from the East Metropolitan Health Service. This PhD program will investigate different alloys and combinations of materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, and Co-Cr alloys. Effects of different parameters, e.g., dissimilar alloy design, surface roughness, and pH on infection, will be investigated. It is expected that the program will help surgeons to select the best combination of alloys and materials for joint arthroplasty, tailored to the lifestyle and overall health of patients.

Student type

  • Current student
  • Future student


  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)

Course type

  • Higher degree by research (HDR)


  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student

Scholarship base

  • Merit-based

Important Dates

  • The application is open until filled.  

How to Apply to the HDR Scholarship?

Please visit our official Scholarship page to find out more.