PhD scholarships and opportunities

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Optimising the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Resistance Training Program in NSW Secondary Schools

Closing Date: 15 January 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Research project background National and international guidelines recommend children and adolescents do an average of 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and incorporate muscle-strengthening activities (e.g., resistance training [RT]) at least three days per week. Less than 2% of Australian adolescents meet both the MVPA and muscle-strengthening guidelines. Schools are ideal settings for health promotion, but few school-based interventions provide adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and competence to safely participate in RT, and none have been implemented at-scale.

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Creative Wellbeing through Transformative Engagement with Music

Closing Date: 31 January 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The focus of this project is music and wellbeing across the lifespan. Engaging with creative activities has been shown to be empowering and build social connections. The project sits within a creative ageing research group and investigates the mechanisms that deliver benefits from engagement with music

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Zero-Dimensional Symmetry

Closing Date: 31 January 2022 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.

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Creative Ageing through Transformative Engagement with Music

Closing Date: 11 February 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

This ARC-funded HDR project focuses on music and wellbeing in Australia’s growing older population. Engaging with meaningful creative activities has been shown to empower older adults. Your project focuses on music in First Nations communities, contributing to the larger project.

Microbes

Geomicrobial Biosensors: Microbial Diversity and the Genetics of Heavy Metal Resistance in Regolith

Closing Date: 28 February 2022 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

As a part of the CRC MinEx and the National Drilling Initiative (NDI) we have an opportunity for a PhD student in geomicrobial genomics. The position includes industry top-up and internship opportunities for successful applicants.

‘Banking’ on Spermatogonial Stem Cells to Safeguard the Future of Australia’s Native Fauna

Closing Date: 28 February 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are the drivers of male fertility and are an untapped resource for conservation of vulnerable wildlife species. In order to decelerate losses in genetic diversity in wildlife populations, mature gametes (i.e. spermatozoa) are commonly ‘biobanked’, to facilitate future assisted reproduction approaches. Unfortunately, semen biobanking cannot be reliably performed in species whose spermatozoa do not respond well to cryopreservation, such as the koala. In this project funded by the Australian Research Council, we will conduct the first in-depth characterisation of koala SSCs and will attempt to maintain the cell population in in vitro culture as a first step towards establishing a biobanking pipeline.

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Calibration of Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS) for Legal Traceability

Closing Date: 01 March 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

The objective of this research is to move from a system of TLS validation to legal traceability, through the development of a rigorous calibration methodology. The research will develop a novel approach for determining a comprehensive set of TLS calibration parameters, and associated calibration range.

Drugs

Immune Mechanisms Involved in Tolerance and Rejection in Transplant Recipients

Closing Date: 11 March 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship is available for a creative and innovative student to investigate immune mechanisms involved in transplant tolerance and rejection, and how it relates to levels of immunosuppression in transplant recipients treated with standard immunosuppressive drugs.

KAU-TILLIKO PhD Scholarship

Closing Date: 30 June 2022 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.

Therapies for Manipulating the Gut-Lung Axis in Respiratory Disease

Closing Date: 31 October 2022 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third most common cause of death globally and has few effective treatments. This project will develop and test interventions that manipulate the gut microbiome, as potential therapies for COPD

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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: Dr Mahshid Firouzi - 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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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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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: 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. 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”

Recently expired PhD Scholarships

Development of an Accurate Biological Test for the Monitoring and Assessment of Occupational Dust Inhalation in High Dust Industries

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

This project aims to develop a technique that can be used to detect whether workers in high-dust industries have inhaled harmful forms of occupational dust.

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.

Maternal and Infant Health and Wellbeing

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Opportunity

We invite expressions of interest for prospective students to study topics related to maternal and infant health and wellbeing. Projects can be quantitative or qualitative in nature and cover family planning and formation, contraception, pregnancy, mental and physical health, delivery, neonatal and child health outcomes.

Carbon capture

Nano-Emulsion of Carbon Dioxide in Water for Carbon Sequestration

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Creative and innovative PhD applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship for our new Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project on Carbon dioxide in water nano-emulsions for carbon sequestration. The successful applicant will be working in a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with project collaborators from the University of Queensland.

Mosquito

Novel use of Insect Microbiomes to Prevent Ross River Virus Transmission in Australian Mosquitoes

Closing Date: 31 December 2021 Apply Now
PhD Scholarship

Join our team developing environmentally friendly and sustainable mosquito control strategies by leveraging the innate biocontrol potential of insect microbiomes. The position includes a CSIRO PhD Top-up scholarship and industry internship.

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