The University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD scholarships and opportunities

Solar

Solar and Stellar Physics

Closing Date: 06 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We are seeking applications to fill a PhD Scholarship in solar physics (helioseismology) in the dynamic and growing Centre for Space Physics under the supervision of Dr. Hannah Schunker at the University of Newcastle.

KAU-TILLIKO PhD Scholarship

Closing Date: 08 December 2020 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.

Eruption on Sun

Modelling Explosive Energy Release in the Sun’s Atmosphere

Closing Date: 10 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

We invite applications for a PhD Scholarship in Solar Astrophysics under the supervision of A/Prof David Pontin in the Centre for Space Physics at the University of Newcastle. The project will address explosive energy release in the Sun’s atmosphere.

Centre for Drug Repursosing and Medicines Research

Drug Repurposing for Treatment-Resistant Ovarian Cancer

Closing Date: 11 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The Centre for Drug Repurposing and Medicines Research is seeking expressions of interest from suitable candidates for the inaugural Jill Emberson Pink Meets Teal PhD scholarship in ovarian cancer research.

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Impact of Fires on Threatened Mammals

Closing Date: 11 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Two (2) 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 impact of the ‘Black Summer’ fires on threatened species under the supervision of Associate Professors Matt Hayward, John Clulow and Andrea Griffin.

Cannabinoids and the use of Cannabis Medicines in the Therapeutic Setting

Closing Date: 14 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program looking at cannabinoids and the use of cannabis medicines in the therapeutic setting. This is an open call for candidate-proposed projects.

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Singularities in Geometric Flows

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The candidate will analyze singularity formation in geometric evolution equations through the application of (local) a priori estimates and/or the analysis of ancient solutions.

Oyster

Molluscan Biomonitor of EDCs

Closing Date: 25 January 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can produce alarming detrimental impacts on the reproduction and survival of aquatic species, though little is presently known in terms of their effect and impacts on sensitive marine invertebrate species. We propose the development and validation of a marine mollusc(oyster) as a biomonitor for the detection and impact assessment of estrogenic contaminants in Australian marine waterbodies.

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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
PhD Scholarship

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.

Laser Carrying Spider Robots (Robo-Laser) for Remediation of Marine Corrosion within Navy Ships and Submarines

Closing Date: 31 January 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Corrosion damage to naval platforms is a leading cost driver to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and its allied forces such as the US Navy (USN). Corrosion damage increases maintenance requirements and creates difficulty for naval assets to achieve their expected service life. The cost of corrosion damage has increased dramatically over the last decade and is currently about $5 billion per annum for the USN alone. While a range of new corrosion prevention methods are available for corrosion control, the options are far more limited as far as the remediation of damaged naval assets is concerned. There is a clear technology gap in this space and as recognised by the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) stakeholders, there is a need for a laser-based approach to corrosion management.

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Mathematical Analysis of a Novel Method of Mineral Fractionation

Closing Date: 31 January 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

You will work as part of a team led by Associate Professor Jeff Hogan and Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin as part of the ARC 2020 Discovery Project “Enhanced fractionation of mineral particles according to density". This is cross-disciplinary research involving the application of advanced mathematical techniques to a problem in particle separations, relevant to the resources industry.

Algal Bacteria

Microbial Genomics for Assessing the Health of Water Resources

Closing Date: 01 February 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.

Deoxyribonucleic acid

Exploring Cyanobacterial Specialised Metabolism Using Heterologous Expression

Closing Date: 02 February 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.

Climate Change

Ramifications of Climate Change on Microbial Ecology in the Pacific Ocean

Closing Date: 02 February 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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Assessment of the Translation and Impact of Chronic Disease Prevention Implementation Research in Community Settings

Closing Date: 01 March 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The PhD will involve conducting research to inform the application of a Framework to Assess the Impact of Translational (FAIT) health research within an implementation science research program, concentrating specifically on chronic disease prevention programs, policies and practices in community settings.

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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
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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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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P46 – The Adsorption of RAFT Polymer Collectors for Selective Flotation of Specific Minerals

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 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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P47 – Development of Bio-inspired Polymers for Sustainable Mineral Beneficiation

Closing Date: 31 December 2020 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”

Recently expired PhD Scholarships

Royal Newcastle Hospital Heritage Dr Chris McCaffrey HDR Scholarship Equity and Quality of Healthcare in an Australian Context

Closing Date: 26 November 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The main purpose of the Royal Newcastle Hospital Heritage Dr Chris McCaffrey HDR Scholarship is to continue the tradition of Royal Newcastle Hospital in Equity in Healthcare and to assist students undertaking PhD studies focusing on research that promotes ‘Equity in Healthcare’.

Eye

In Vitro Human Corneal Epithelial Cell-Culture Disease Models to Develop Topical, Sustained Release Drug Delivery Platform for Ocular Pain.

Closing Date: 27 November 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Foray Therapeutics, with researchers at the University of Newcastle and CSIRO, are developing a novel technology to deliver drug substances to the ocular surface. The project will involve biochemical characterisation of new drugs using human corneal epithelial cell culture-ocular disease models.

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Conduct Research that will Contribute to the Health Economics Program of the Value in Health Economics and Policy (VHeP) Research Group

Closing Date: 30 November 2020 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Our group is multidisciplinary, which allows us to research a range of topics and provide valuable cross-disciplinary insight with the purpose of adding value to people’s health, and includes health economists, psychologists, statisticians, behavioural economists, marketers, and financiers.

Smoking Sunset

Outback Quit Pack - A Cancer Risk Reduction Trial for Rural, Regional, and Remote (RRR) Smokers in NSW

Closing Date: 01 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

A PhD opportunity is available to work on an exciting program of research that will examine a novel smoking cessation intervention to address high tobacco smoking rates among rural, regional, and remote Australians. This PhD will be supervised by Professor Billie Bonevski and Dr Eliza Skelton from the University of Newcastle.

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Understanding and Addressing the use of Tobacco and Smoking Cessation Services by People from Multicultural Communities in NSW

Closing Date: 01 December 2020 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

We are seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program focussing on the use of tobacco and engagement with telephone quitline in NSW.