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Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarships for Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Closing Date: 15 August 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Expression of Interest for the 2020 scholarship are now invited using the Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarship Expression of Interest form. The successful candidate will join a diverse School of Humanities and Social Science with an active research culture and a lively HDR cohort.

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Climate Change Impact on the Spread of Invasive Weeds

Closing Date: 23 August 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Pacific nations face an increasing intensity of cyclonic activity because of the changing climate. Recent cyclones have caused devastation in many Pacific countries. Weeds and other invasive species can benefit from such events by increasing their rate of spread, and thereby further reduce the resilience of ecosystems and communities as they recover from cyclone impacts.

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Understanding the Human-Invasive Species Relationships for Climate Resilient Communities

Closing Date: 23 August 2020 Apply Now
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Understanding the relationship between people and their environment is crucial in determining how resilient ecosystems assist communities to adapt to climate change. Invasive species are arguably the largest driver of biodiversity loss in the Pacific, impacting on the critical ecosystem services that support local communities, yet very little is understood about the human-invasive relationship; about Pacific communities’ perceptions of both the invasive species and of invasive species management activities

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Conservation ecology of threatened wallabies

Closing Date: 01 September 2020 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

Two PhD projects are available within the Conservation Science Research Group of the University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences to study the conservation ecology of threatened wallabies under the supervision of Associate Professors Matt Hayward, John Clulow and Andrea Griffin, in association with staff from DPIE, DPI and UNE. One student will work on parma wallabies Macropus parma and the other on red-legged pademelons Thylogale stygmatica.

Movement Ecology of Migratory Shorebirds Within Port Stephens and Hunter Estuaries

Closing Date: 01 September 2020 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

One PhD project is available within the Conservation Science Research Group at the University of Newcastle to study the movement ecology of migratory shorebirds under the supervision of Dr Andrea Griffin and Associate Professor Matt Hayward, in association with staff from Hunter Local Land Services, Hunter Bird Observers Club, National Parks and Wildlife, and Birdlife Australia.

Understanding and Addressing Recruitment Challenges in NSW-Based Cannabis Medicines Trials

Closing Date: 18 September 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program looking at understanding and addressing recruitment challenges in NSW-based cannabis medicines trials. This is a qualitative research project to be undertaken with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE) through the University of Newcastle.

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Remediation of Emerging Contaminants

Closing Date: 01 October 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The fundamental research on advanced oxidisation, including electrochemistry and sono-chemistry towards the remediation of persistent and emerging contaminants. Under the team’s supervision and engagement, the remediation / destruction approach will be scaled-up from lab to field applications.

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Investigating the Link Between Cerebrovascular and Brain Structural/Functional Processes Contributing to Cognitive Ability Across the Lifespan

Closing Date: 30 January 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Using innovative optical imaging methodology that maps the brain’s regional arterial health, this research program aims to characterize the link between the brain’s arterial system and progressive changes in cognitive control ability and in brain structure and function in across the lifespan in healthy and clinical groups. This project is a collaboration between scientists at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who have pioneered and patented this optical method, and UON cognitive neuroscience researchers.

Exploring Multifaceted Clustering of Complex Electricity Time-Series Data to Support Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Energy Sector

Closing Date: 31 January 2021 Apply Now
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The primary goal of this project is to explore methodologies and processes available for clustering complex, long, low frequency time series with spatial, temporal, or categorical factors associated with them – such as those found in the energy sector. The focus will be on mapping out which tools are most appropriate for use, the various considerations that should be made when using those tools, the metrics that should be used in validating their success and, when applicable, possible amendments/adjustments and improvements that may be required depending on the application scenario in hand. Though the focus need not be strictly limited to energy related time-series only, this project will receive support from CSIRO researchers in the energy domain.

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P14 – Application of Inclined Channels in Enhancing Early Gangue Rejection through Gravity and Flotation Separation

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will investigate new ways to remove coarse particle gangue from grinding circuits to reduce energy and water consumption.

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P15 – Influence of Turbulence on Coarse Particle Detachment from Air Bubbles

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Elham Doroodchi - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This study uses new hydrodynamic techniques to quantify bubble-particle interaction in a turbulent environment, with the aim of determining how and why coarse particle detachment from bubble-multiparticle aggregates may occur in a flotation process.

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P17 – Computer Modelling Investigation of a Novel Granular Separation Mechanism

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Dr Roberto Moreno-Atanasio and Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will develop a computer model to describe a novel method for dry separation of minerals.

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P18 – Water-efficient Electrostatic Beneficiation

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Dr Peter Ireland - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will explore novel electrostatic mineral processing methods using little or no water, in low gravity. Dry processing is critical to the prospective utilisation of resources on the Moon, Asteroids, and other extraterrestrial environments, as well as arid parts of Earth.

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P20 – Flotation Kinetics of Ultrafine Mineral Particles using a Sparger in a Downcomer

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project investigates the enhanced bubble-particle collision kinetics of ultrafine particles in a novel downcomer.

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P22 – Counter Current Washing in Flotation of Minerals to Establish the Limits of Cleaning

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will investigate the benefits of counter current washing of flotation product using the Reflux Flotation Cell.

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P24 - Hydrodynamics of Flow Regime Transition in a Reflux Flotation Cell

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Dr Subhasish Mitra and Professor Geoffrey Evans - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This Project aims to examine the flow regime transition in the downcomer region of the reflux flotation cell at a fixed gas flux when the gas bubbles are released as froth from the overflow at different liquid underflow fluxes.

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P26 – Ultrafine Recovery of Precious Metals using Nano-scale Permeable Films of Oil

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will investigate a novel agglomeration technology to transform the recovery of precious minerals.

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P29 - Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Modelling of Moisture Migration under Oscillatory Type Motions

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Kenneth Williams - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project investigates the fundamental mechanisms of moisture liberation and subsequent motion through particulate ensembles. This will provide advanced knowledge to drive innovative dewatering technology design.

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P37 – Ultrafine Particle Deposition and Adhesion with Permeable Hydrophobic Surfaces

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Dr Roberto Moreno-Atanasio - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will aim to demonstrate the benefits of using natural fibres to stabilise oil emulsions by allowing fluid to be exchanged across droplets surfaces.

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P42 – Guiding RAFT Polymerisation with Molecular Simulations to Control Hydrophobic Mineral Surfaces

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor Associate Professor Alister Page & Laurate Professor Kevin Galvin - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project aims to enhance mineral separation by controlling the hydrophobicity of mineral surfaces withnew RAFT polymers.

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P46 – The Adsorption of RAFT Polymer Collectors for Selective Flotation of Specific Minerals

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Professor Erica Wanless - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. In this project the adsorption of novel surface active polymers at aqueous-mineral interfaces will be assessed for their prospects as selective collectors (low molecular weight) or flocculants (high molecular weight). This will enhance value mineral flotation.

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P47 – Development of Bio-inspired Polymers for Sustainable Mineral Beneficiation

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Grant Webber - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. In collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne this project will design, synthesise and deploy novel bio-inspired polymers for processing clay-based suspensions to reduce water usage in mineral beneficiation.

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Improving the Translation of School-Based Interventions Targeting Health Risk Behaviours for Chronic Disease

Closing Date: 24 July 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Expressions of interest are sought from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program focused on chronic disease prevention within schools under the supervision of researchers from Hunter New England Population Health Research Group (HNEPHRG), the NHMRC-funded National Centre of Implementation Science and Cochrane Public Health.

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Characterising the Role of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Gonadal Function through Conditional Gene-Targeting

Closing Date: 31 July 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

This project will both increase our understanding of androgen signaling control within the reproductive system and have wider implications for other body systems, with obvious human relevance. The combination of these factors means this project is likely to produce a series of high impact publications.

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The Importance of Classical Versus Backdoor Androgen Production Pathways in Masculinisation, Fertility, and Lifelong Male Health

Closing Date: 31 July 2020 Apply Now
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Male development, fertility, and lifelong health are all androgen-dependent. Perturbed androgen action at any stage of life significantly impacts quality of life ([1]), and low androgens are an independent risk factor contributing to early death ([2]). The aim of the project is to understand the regulation of androgen production and identify factors that work to support this regulation. The final goal is to refine androgen-based therapies that support wellbeing through the course of life.

Interactions on the nanoscale: what happens when nanomaterials meet complex fluids

Closing Date: 01 August 2020 Apply Now
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Towards better treatments and diagnostic tools, this project will use state of the art methods to interrogate the surface and structure of particles to reveal the fundamental science behind interactions at the interface between physiological fluids and nanomaterials.