PhD scholarships and opportunities

Coal Conveyor

Pressurised Steam Pyrolysis of Brown Coal for Hydrogen-rich Gas Production

Closing Date: 31 July 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We invite applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship for our new Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery Project on Novel H2 production technology using brown coal for clean power generation. The project focuses on pressurised steam pyrolysis of brown coal for hydrogen-rich gas generation.

NSW Waratah Scholarship

Waratah Scholarships (NSW Department of Education)

Closing Date: 31 July 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The NSW Department of Education would like to support current and future RTP candidates with an additional $10,000 in areas that address state research priorities.

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Estimating the Topology of Low-Dimensional Data Using Deep Neural Networks

Closing Date: 31 August 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

This project will expand on the superhuman visual capabilities of deep neural networks to allow us to analyse the topology of 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds. While these spaces still count as low-dimensional, 4-dimensional manifolds typically are beyond human visual comprehension. The topology of a manifold describes its essential properties such as the number of connected components, holes, tunnels and cavities of various dimensions. The aim of this project is to achieve a better understanding of these spaces and a computationally efficient approach that can be used for their analysis in real-world applications.

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Evaluation of A Time-Efficient School-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Older Adolescents Living with Disability

Closing Date: 31 August 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

This PhD program funded by the Medical Research Future Fund will focus on the effectiveness of a time-efficient school-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents living with disability.

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Treatable Traits in Asthma During Pregnancy

Closing Date: 31 August 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

This project will examine the prevalence of ‘treatable traits’ among pregnant women with asthma, and examine which traits predict asthma exacerbation risk. The project will involve a pilot clinical trial to determine efficacy of a treatable traits approach for asthma management in pregnancy. This project will be conducted within the Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits.

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Zero-Dimensional Symmetry

Closing Date: 31 August 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Symmetry is a fundamental organising principle in mathematics and human endeavour. This project aims to advance our knowledge of zero-dimensional symmetry, a frontier in symmetry research, by developing new theoretical and computational tools.

RNA

Airway Epithelial Cell-Targeting Nanoparticles to Harness RNA Interference Therapeutics for Respiratory Virus Induced Diseases

Closing Date: 01 September 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We have developed novel polymer hybrid nanoparticles that specifically target airway epithelial cells. These will delivery respiratory virus RNA targeting siRNAs to specifically degrade viral RNA, halt replication and, in vivo, prevent respiratory virus-induced diseases.

Deoxyribonucleic acid

Exploring Cyanobacterial Specialised Metabolism Using Heterologous Expression

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

Microbial natural products have served as a major inspiration for the development of novel pharmaceuticals. Cyanobacteria are a largely untapped phylum that produces a multitude of natural products, including toxins, anaesthetics, antibiotics and sunscreens. A limitation for the exploitation of these molecules is the lack of accessibility in the natural host due to slow growth rates, relatively low production levels, and limited resources to genetically manipulate the cyanobacteria. This project will involve the isolation of cyanobacterial natural product biosynthesis genes, engineering them for heterologous expression in Escherichia coli, and gene knockouts to characterise the enzymology of biosynthesis.

Algal Bacteria

Microbial Genomics for Assessing the Health of Water Resources

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

Disruption of the chemical and physical balance of aquatic microbial communities can result in the proliferation of harmful organisms, including toxic cyanobacteria (“blue-green algae”) and opportunistic pathogens. In all ecosystems, from the human gut to rivers, these tiny organisms are the "first responders" to environmental health and disease. Characterisation of the microbial and biochemical basis for water quality in resilient and impacted ecosystems will be invaluable for establishing future guidelines for water quality and safety. The innovative approach, predictive nature and translational capacity of this research project will enable water quality managers to develop contingency plans to reduce threats to freshwater supplies.

Climate Change

Ramifications of Climate Change on Microbial Ecology in the Pacific Ocean

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

Microbial biodiversity in the tidal zone is responsible for important biological processes such as geochemical cycling and carbon sequestration. Climate change in the Pacific Islands has resulted in the restructuring of these zones affecting local marine ecology.

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

Closing Date: 31 December 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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

Closing Date: 31 December 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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.

Theology

Progressive Voices/Movements in Islamic Theology in the (Post-)Secular Society of 21st Century

Closing Date: 31 December 2025 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

PhD research on “Progressive Voices/Movements in Islamic Theology in the (Post-)Secular Society of 21st Century”

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Automated Farm-to-shop Freight Quality Monitoring and Assurance System

Closing Date: 15 June 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We seek applications for a full PhD scholarship to pursue a PhD degree in internet-of-thing (IoT)-based food supply chain management systems. This project aims to develop a monitoring-and-control system to maintain the quality of perishable goods during transport and handling from farms to shops. The PhD candidate is to conduct research in the areas of wireless sensor networks, IoT, and condition monitoring techniques. This is a multidisciplinary research project, and the candidate will have the chance to work with academics from different disciplines

Design of Novel Massive Access Techniques for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Closing Date: 25 June 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We are looking for applicants for a fully funded PhD scholarship for our new Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery Project on Novel Uncoordinated Massive Access Techniques for the Internet of Things (IoT). This project will combine our individual expertise in telecommunications, signal processing and machine learning, aiming to enable the billions of expected IoT devices to transmit data opportunistically with uncoordinated non-orthogonal multiple access.

KAU-TILLIKO PhD Scholarship

Closing Date: 30 June 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The Kau-tilliko PhD Scholarship is a donor funded scholarship established by Joss De Iuliis following the success of his own innovative land management technics. The research will draw inspiration from an emerging network of people who see the need for regenerative agriculture and sustainable land management in Australia today, and believe that the knowledge and practices of Indigenous Australians will prove invaluable in that process. In the context of climate change, the engagement of Indigenous people and increasing the use of native species are both seen to be vital in the coming years.

Measuring Neuronal Activity of Sensory Cells at the Neural Interface with Organic Semiconductors

Closing Date: 15 July 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

In this project the student will measure neural activity using physiological and optical techniques from sensory cells that interface with newly developed biocompatible organic semiconductor materials.

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

Closing Date: 31 December 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

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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