UniSA Surface Nanoengineering international awards in Australia

  • Phd
  • $28,092 p.a.

The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for two PhD and Masters by Research positions to work on an ARC funded project entitled “Directing nanofluid adsorption to surfaces will transform the Energy and Biotechnology Industries”
From the way we taste food to self-cleaning solar cells, the adsorption of colloids to nanostructured materials is key to countless natural phenomena and industrial processes. Controlling or even predicting how proteins, surfactants or nanoparticles stick to nano-engineered surfaces is a challenge.
We will aim to determine how minuscule particles behave on surfaces with features of comparable size. These multidisciplinary projects will include nanofabrication, coatings and microfluidics design, surface characterization, as well as the study of interfacial phenomena via electron and fluorescence microscopy. The two projects will be conducted in collaboration with academic and industry partners interested in using these materials for biotechnology and energy production.
The students will be primarily based at the University of South Australia, Future Industries Institute (FII). The FII provides world-class research facilities including the South Australian nodes of the ANFF (Australian National Fabrication Facility) and Microscopy Australia, as well as state of the art PC2 and plasma research laboratories. As part of the training package, the student will also have the opportunity to visit (inter)national collaborators at ANU, UQ, University college London, and ETH Zurich.
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We are seeking high calibre candidates with an undergraduate or masters degree in science or engineering with knowledge in on or more of the following specialized field: chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, plasma physics, energy or materials, and surface science.
Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.


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The scholarships will be at the full-time base Research Training Program rate ($28,092 per year is the 2020 rate) for 3 years.


In the first instance, interested applicants will send the required documents to the contact person and following the initial endorsement by the relevant supervisor, they will go through the UniSA online application process.
Applicants to submit a cover letter, with a CV, academic transcript to Dr Melanie MacGregor at Melanie.macgregor@unisa.edu.au.

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