Impact PhD Scholarship - Social licence to operate for the hydrogen industry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 16 May 2024

  • Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2)/CQUniversity collaboration
  • Full-time, fixed term role at CQUniversity campus in Gladstone, Queensland.
  • $33,500 (2024 rate) p.a. for 3 years (with possible 6- month extension)

About the Scholarship

Join the Future of Hydrogen Innovation! One scholarship awaits an ambitious student for a PhD opportunity in the dynamic 'Social Licence to Operate for the Hydrogen Industry' research project. As part of the collaborative Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) at Swinburne University of Technology and CQUniversity, this is your chance to be part of innovative research. 

Led by Swinburne, in partnership with CSIRO and Germany’s ARENA 2036, VH2 brings together researchers, industry partners and business to drive the implementation of the hydrogen industry. Testing, trialling and demonstrating new and emerging hydrogen technologies, VH2 supports sustainable manufacturing and the ability to store clean energy from renewable sources, striving to create a sustainable future for all. 

CQUniversity, with its $13.5 million School of Manufacturing and upcoming Hydrogen Community Information Centre, recognises Gladstone as Queensland's hub for hydrogen development. CQUniversity  is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the development of Australia's multibillion-dollar hydrogen industry. By completing this PhD, you can become part of this emerging industry.

Project Background 

Social licence to operate (SLO) is increasingly seen as important by organisations globally. However, despite it increasing usage, the meaning and application of SLO is poorly understood. As SLO moves from the forest and mining industries to resource development industries more generally, it is a research and commercial priority to develop a clearer understanding of SLO and the way in which this concept can be used to build and maintain meaningful, trustworthy relationships between communities and organisations to the benefit of all. This PhD project will focus on understanding SLO in the context of Australia’s emerging hydrogen industry, with a particular focus on the hydrogen industry in Gladstone, Queensland.

About you 
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An Honours or Master’s degree in a relevant social science disciple (e.g., psychology, marketing, sociology). Please see the Entry Requirements for Research Degrees Swinburne.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, including problem scoping, academic literature reviews, data analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management, including personal resourcefulness, individual initiative, ability to work independently, and ability to complete research deliverables with tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team, as well as ability to interact with multiple levels of industry contacts.
  • Be located in Gladstone QLD or willing to move to primary location.

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

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position.  

For further information about this position, contact Associate Professor Sam Wilson ([email protected])

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected]  

Applications Close: Thursday 16th May 2024 at 11pm. 

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

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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 [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)


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