HDR scholarships for domestic and international

HDR scholarships for domestic and international

HDR Scholarships for Domestic and International

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Department

Big History Institute

Project Name

Big History Institute Anthropocene Project

Project Description

We invite expressions of interest from current and prospective PhD candidates to apply for a Big History Institute Anthropocene Scholarship. In 2016, ten scholarships will be awarded. Big History Institute Scholars will pursue a Cotutelle PhD on a transdisciplinary theme.

Under the Cotutelle model a PhD student is/will be enrolled at both Macquarie University and an international university. Both universities will appoint at least 1 of its staff as the supervisor and these supervisors will jointly guide the research. At the conclusion of the research a single thesis is prepared that is submitted for individual examination by both universities.

The Big History Institute is currently seeking expressions of interest in the scholarship from current and prospective PhD candidates. PLEASE NOTE: students who are currently PhD candidates at an international university are also eligible to apply.

Expressions of interest should include: details on academic background, research interests, and an attached Curriculum Vitae and list of any publications. Attachments should be in word or .pdf format.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr David Baker.

Contact

Dr. David Baker
david.baker@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 8839

The Big History Institute Scholarships are Cotutelle scholarships that include:

  • Tuition fees at Macquarie for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

Should your expression of interest be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship.

Department: Cognitive Science

Project Name:Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Project Description:

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in joining us in the study of a new field of research: Cognition of Coding.

The successful completion of this project will result in a Joint PhD from the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (Sydney)

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international training activities from IDEALAB, Graduate School for Humanities Groningen, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The PhD student will be supervised by Wim Tops and Roelien Bastiaanse (University of Groningen) and Eva Marinus and Lyndsey Nickels (Macquarie University). The PhD student needs to start on 1/1/2017 latest and will spend 50% of the time at Macquarie University and 50% of the time at University of Groningen.

There are two general aims of the research project. First to study which cognitive skills are involved in learning to code and how these skills relate to natural language learning. Second, to compare computer­programming skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with those of typically developing controls and to examine how these differences can be mapped onto cognitive differences between individuals with and without ASD.

The PhD candidate will have considerable freedom in shaping the project

Application procedure:

Please send your application as a single PDF­file to w.tops@rug.nl and eva.marinus@mq.edu.au

Submission should contain the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to do scientific research and to do this project in particular;
  • A full CV, including publications (also submitted and in progress) and conference presentations;
  • A copy of your BA and MA diploma showing academic record (marks per topic);
  • Names and contact details of two academic references.

We will start reviewing applications from 15 September onwards and will start interviewing in October. We will continue reviewing until the position is filled.

Should your interview be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship. Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to How to apply for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship application name ‘Cognition of Coding’ on your application.

Contact:

For more information or project proposal please contact: Dr. Eva Marinus via eva.marinus@mq.edu.au or Dr. W. Tops, RUG via w.tops@rug.nl

The Joint PhD scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

Department

Linguistics

Project Name

How the Brain Creates a Sense of Auditory Space

Project Description

Humans are sensitive to tiny differences in the timing of a sound at each ear (interaural time differences, ITDs),enabling them to determine the location of the sound source. This project asks the question ‘What is the representation of ITDs in the human brain?'. Employing a combination of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques-magneto-encephalography (MEG), functional near- infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electro-encephalography (EEG), this project will explore how the brain's representation of this auditory spatial cue is transformed from brainstem to cortex. This project forms part of a broad research programme investigating mechanisms of spatial hearing that link cellular, systems and perceptual investigations. Ultimately, it will lead to an understanding of the human auditory brain that will facilitate novel technologies and interventions to improve hearing function.

Other Important Information

This project is a collaboration as part of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship awarded to Professor David McAlpine. The successful candidate will work at Macquarie University with Professor McAlpine and Assoc. Prof. Blake Johnson using MEG and EEG to explore brain function in human listeners. Professor McAlpine's research team, located in Macquarie's Australian Hearing Hub, spans researchers linking data from in vivo recordings in experimental animals with data from neural models, to investigations of human brain function and cochlear implantation. A/P Johnson's research laboratory investigates a broad range of cognitive brain function related to hearing and communication. The project will also involve a collaboration with Dr Hamish lnnes-Brown of the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, combining EEG with fNIRS to assess the utility of this emerging technique for understanding human brain function.

Contact
Professor David McAlpine
david.mcalpine@mq.edu.au 
+61 2 9850 8796

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

* Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship followed by a possible ARC scholarship for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer

OR

* Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

$26,694 rate listed on ARC website -salaries and stipends 2017

The MRes Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt

* The PhD full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code (HDR Scholarship McAlpine Laureate Fellowship) on your application .

Department

Biological Sciences

Project Name

Green Cities: Urban greening for a sustainable future

Project Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a PhD program of research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, commencing early 2017 under the new Green Cities Project – Which plant, where, when and why database for growing urban green space.

This project will facilitate green cities by unlocking opportunities to develop sustainable and resilient urban green spaces. The successful applicant will work in a team of researchers from Macquarie University and Western Sydney University, and engage with the industry partners NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), and various stakeholders associated with the project.

The successful candidate will investigate the potential for urban greening and successful urban planting under future variable climatic/environmental conditions. Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The position is based in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University (North Ryde, NSW), and will collaborate with the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Richmond, NSW) and the horticulture industry to achieve key applied outcomes in urban science.

Examples of potential topics may include assessing the performance of urban plantings in different climatic/ environmental contexts; plant species tolerance; plant traits; co-benefits (eg. Ecosystem services, biodiversity, human health) of urban plantings; bioclimatic modelling; ecosystem services; green infrastructure; urban ecology, climate change adaptation.

The student will be based within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

Depending on the selected project the student will work under the supervision of Professor Michelle Leishman, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Linda Beaumont or Dr Rachael Gallagher

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Candidates should contact Leigh Staas in the first instance and will be directed to the most suitable supervisor.

Contact
Leigh Staas
Leigh.staas@mq.edu.au
02 9850 6297

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually))
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Computing

Project Name

Empathic Agents to Support Understanding Science in a Virtual Learning Environment

Project Description

Research has found that learner relationships (teacher and peer) involving computer-based learning are similar to the equivalent human-human learning relationships in the classroom. Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) research over the past decade has focused on the creation of characters that are socially capable requiring IVAs to have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills including congruent language, facial expressions and body gestures. More recently, there is strong interest in affective agents who are able to express emotions. The work on empathetic or empathic agents goes even further as the IVA seeks to demonstrate understanding of the emotional state of the human and respond in a way that is supportive. This work has been found to deliver improved interactions. Despite growing interest in affective and empathetic agents to create intelligent agents that are more believable and socially capable, their use in education is emerging. This project will involve the design, development and evaluation of the use of empathetic agents in a multi-user virtual environment to support basic self-regulated learning strategies. The project is likely to incorporate the use of data/learning analytics to inform the IVA about the human’s learning progress to provide personalised support to the learner.

Other Important information

The project is part of larger and ongoing ARC-funded Discovery grant "Agent-based virtual learning environments for understanding science", and it involves a collaboration between Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.

Contact
Prof. Deborah Richards
deborah.richards@mq.edu.au
02 98509567

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program. Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually))
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Architectures and algorithms for 5G wireless networks

Project Description

5G wireless networks will be totally different from the networks of today. New spectrum will be opened up at millimetre wave (mmWave) bands, spectrum that has totally different propagation characteristics than conventional microwave frequencies. Radio waves in the mmWave bands behave more like light than conventional radio, and require beamforming techniques to propagate over even small distances. Conventional cells are no longer relevant, and a new architecture must be developed that takes account of the bursty, on-off nature of the mmWave links. The other totally new ingredient of 5G will be machine-to-machine networks (M2M) involving massive connectivity, and, in some cases, high reliability and low latency. There are many research questions in mm-wave, M2M, cloud-RAN, massive MIMO,…and specific choices for your project will depend on background and interests. All these research questions will have impact on the design of 5G wireless networks.

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV, copy of academic transcripts for undergraduate and any postgraduate qualifications, and a one page cover letter addressing their background and how it is appropriate for this project. Please send it to stephen.hanly@mq.ed.au with the subject heading “Application for 5G wireless networks PhD project”..

Contact
Professor Stephen Hanly
Stephen.hanly@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 4243

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Localisation in wireless networks

Project Description

Wireless localisation is an important and active topic with diverse applications in inventory management, sensor networks, healthcare, security, the proximate internet, and many other areas. There are two main approaches: 1) using a model of the propagation environment, and 2) using the results of extensive measurements to fingerprint the different locations in the network. Approach 2) does not require a propagation model and avoids the problem that estimating the parameters of a single model may be a very complex task. This project aims to overcome the latter difficulty by building local models based on measurements and local collaboration between nodes in the network. We are focused on situations where there are no anchor nodes with global position knowledge. Rather, the objective is to use collaboration between nodes to find the relative position of a transmitter in the network. Techniques from optimization and machine learning will be used to obtain robust localisation algorithms that will work indoors in channels with significant multipath, and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions.

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV, copy of academic transcripts for undergraduate and any postgraduate qualifications, and a one page cover letter addressing their background and how it is appropriate for this project. Please send it to stephen.hanly@mq.ed.auwith the subject heading “Application for Wireless Localisation PhD project”. Please note that this project is in collaboration with CSIRO and successful applicants will be eligible for a CSIRO topup scholarship (up to an additional $11,000 p.a.).

Contact
Professor Stephen Hanly
CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications
Stephen.hanly@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 4243

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Engineering

Project Name

Extrusion Computational Fluid Dynamics research project

Project Description

An exciting and unique opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake research at Macquarie University to investigate the potential of applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to the extrusion process. Located in Sydney Australia, Macquarie University is located approximately 30 minutes from the Sydney CBD and iconic beaches. It is also located at the heart of a technological precinct within Sydney providing easy access to many advanced companies.

This project is being undertaken in collaboration with an innovative Australian company with a desire to enhance their ability to predict the performance of their dies to better serve their local and international clients. During the course of this research project the successful applicant will be required to investigate the feasibility of modelling the extrusion process in order to predict the performance of an extrusion die with the aid of CFD. In addition to establishing simulations, experiments will be required to be designed, manufactured and undertaken to validate the simulations capabilities. Site visits to the industry partner will be vital to allow the applicant to enhance their understanding of the extrusion process, collate data to compare to simulations and establish a close technical relationship with the industry partner.

The successful applicant will:

  • be required to be self-motivated and an enthusiastic individual with a passion for developing simulation techniques
  • be required to have demonstrated knowledge of CFD and modelling of two-phase flows and an understanding of the governing equations used by this simulation tool
  • have excellent English reading, writing and speaking ability
  • have some previous experience with computer programming
  • be knowledgeable of material mechanic properties
  • have experience with CAD and other simulation tools such as FEA
  • be eligible to obtain an Australian student visa
  • have completed an equivalent bachelor of engineering degree with honours as categorised by NOOSR, a Masters degree will be considered more favourably
  • meet the entry criteria for PhD at Macquarie University http://www.mq.edu.au/research/phd-and-research-degrees/how-to-apply/entry-criteria

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV and a cover letter addressing the requirements listed above to sammy.diasinos@mq.ed.au with the subject heading “Application for extrusion CFD research project”.

Contact
Dr Sammy Diasinos
Sammy.diasinos@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 9146

This scholarship/s is/are available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • For international candidates, the scholarship includes Macquarie University tuition fees for up to three years 

Applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest in the first instance.

Applicants will then need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie Universityand arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.
The form can be downloaded from the Forms page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the scholarship code on your application.

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Department

Environmental Sciences

Project Name

The timing of the great ape's last stand in southern Asia; defining a precise extinction window

Project Description

A highly motivated student that is passionate about Quaternary Science is invited to join an international research team supported by an ARC funded Discovery Project (“Unravelling the mystery of the great ape’s last stand; primate extinction versus human survival in southern Asia”) led by Dr Kira Westaway in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University. The aim of the project is to determine precisely when and why a large megafaunal species become extinct in Southern China

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest ever primate, has never been resolved despite evidence for contemporaneous human survival in the region. This project will provide critical new insights into the fate of primates in southern Asia where evidence for megafaunal extinction is rare. Applying multiple dating techniques modelled across key sites will identify a precise extinction window and enable a focused comparison of behaviour and past environmental conditions to determine why the ape failed and humans persevered. This will generate a new understanding of past extinction in comparison with human adaption and survival.

The successful candidate will join the team at the MQ luminescence dating facility and apply luminescence and U-series dating techniques to cave sites in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi to define a precise window of extinction for G.blacki. Knowledge or experience of geochronological and/or luminescence techniques is recommended but not required.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This project will involve fieldwork to remote areas in Southern China, working in cave environments and laboratory analysis of luminescence samples in red light conditions and therefore requires experience in science related disciplines and/or geoscience fieldwork. Interested candidates are encouraged to get in contact with Dr Kira Westaway to discuss the project before applying.

(associated with DP170101597)

Contact
Dr Kira Westaway
kira.westaway@mq.edu.au
02 9850 8429 or 0424285977

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.  

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Environmental Sciences

Project Name

Quaternary Sea-Level Rise and Australian Coastal Response

Project Description

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated student to join the research team at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University to work on the Coastal Sedimentological and Geomorphological Response of the Australian Coast to Rapid Sea-Level Rise During the Late Quaternary. The research will contribute to an ARC funded Discovery Project (Ice sheet collapse, sea-level rise and Australian coastal response) led by A/Prof Goodwin at Macquarie University. The overall aim of the ARC DP research is to answer which polar ice sheets are the most vulnerable to warming, how fast will sea level rise and the impact on global coasts during the 21st century?

The response of polar ice sheets to modest increases in global temperature and the rate of future sea-level rise period and the sea-level record archived in the Australian coastal sediments and morphology. The research will contribute to mapping the configuration of the southern Australian coast under higher sea-levels than present. There are two potential PhD topic areas that the successful applicant could focus their study on. These are:  (1) a Field Coastal Geoscience Project on the ‘Construction of a Palaeo Sea Level Network Across Australia, which requires a background in coastal sedimentology, geomorphology and Quaternary Geochronology; and, (2) a Modelling Project on ‘Morpho-Sedimentary Modelling of Coastal Geologic Response to Sea Level rise and Coastal/Shelf Sediment Budget Changes throughout the Late Quaternary, which would requires a background in coastal sedimentology, geomorphology and numerical modeling.

Contact
A/Prof Ian Goodwin
Ian.Goodwin@mq.edu.au
0488022115

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually))
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Technology platform for noninvasive measurement of intracranial pressure

Project Description

The project aims to develop technology for noninvasive measurement of fluid pressure in the brain. Engineering approaches will aim to characterise relationships between arterial and intracranial pressure from experimental data, computational models and signal processing of noninvasive blood pressure in the aorta, pressure in the eye and blood flow in brain and retinal vessels. Findings are expected to produce novel engineering advances in development of techniques and devices for intracranial pressure measurement, a procedure currently limited to high-risk invasive methods. This technology is anticipated to enable measurement of intracranial pressure in non-acute screening procedures for improved assessment of brain function.

The candidate will be expected to have a solid grounding in basic circulatory physiology and experience in signal processing. The project will involve laboratory experiments in rats to measure arterial and intracranial pressure with fluid interventions to alter cerebral tissue compliance. System identification techniques will be applied to estimate models parameters. Data will also be collected from human subjects with indwelling intracranial catheters together with transcranial blood flow measurements. There will be substantial interaction with the collaborative industrial partner to implement the existing technology of obtaining the central aortic pressure waveform from the peripheral arterial pulse and applying this to obtain a continuous calibrated intracranial pressure waveform.

Contact

Professor Alberto Avolio
alberto.avolio@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2747

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship/s is/are:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26 288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)

For international candidates, the scholarship includes Macquarie University tuition fees for up to three years/four years

Applicants will need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie Universityand arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.
The form can be downloaded from the Forms page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the scholarship code on your application.

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Understanding the early disease mechanisms of motor neuron disease and frontotemporal dementia

Project Description

Motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive neuron loss, leading to gradual paralysis and death within ~3 years of symptom onset. Like MND, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is also a progressive neurodegenerative disease, causing changes in personality, behaviour, and/or language abilities resulting in institutional care and ultimately leading to death. Both MND and FTD are devastating for patients and burdensome for society, and lack effective disease-modifying treatments.

The project is related to an NHMRC Project (2017-2019) and will investigate mechanisms that lead to neurodegeneration in MND and FTD, using transgenic mice, neuronal cell cultures and human brain and spinal cord tissues with a wide range of advanced molecular, biochemical, cell biology, microscopy and in vivo mouse behavioural and surgical techniques.

The goal of these studies is to identify the key molecular drivers of disease and to test potential new therapeutics in pre-clinical models.

The successful candidate will join an ambitious, enthusiastic and supportive laboratory within the world-leading Macquarie MND Research Centre, with access to cutting-edge facilities and a broad range of career advancement opportunities.

Contact

Dr Adam Walker
adam.walker@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2782

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Potential applicants should contact Dr Walker including a CV and motivation letter before applying.

To be eligible, candidates must commence their candidature before 15 December 2017.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number (#2017467) on your application.

Department

Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Project Name

Monitoring evidence and misinformation in the public domain to improve public health media interventions

Project Description

This project is related to an interdisciplinary NHMRC Project (2017-2019) combining methods in machine learning, data science, epidemiology, and public health policy. The project will produce new ways to monitor misinformation and evidence about vaccines in the public domain, and will support the development of new media interventions that seek to influence the behaviours of a population or demographic. The aims of this PhD project may include developing new tools to measure how evidence and misinformation enter and spread through the public domain, or improving our understanding of how public health organisations can harness these novel sources of data to produce effective and targeted media interventions.

To be eligible, candidates must commence their candidature before 15 December 2017.

Contact

Dr. Adam Dunn
adam.dunn@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2413

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)).
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code on your application.

Department

Centre for Health Informatics

Project Name

Digital Health for Patients and Healthcare Consumers

Project Description

The Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) is the longest-running health informatics research centre in Australia. The Centre's work is internationally recognised for its groundbreaking contributions in the role of digital technology to support health service innovation.

We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic candidate to join the Consumer Informatics team to undertake PhD research under the supervision of Dr Annie Lau.  Our research program focuses on those with the highest stake in our healthcare system, and investigates the impact, design, and science of digital technology on consumers, patients and their carers.

The exact PhD topic will be determined taking into account the interests, experience and prior training of the successful candidate.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: investigating the role of Artificial Intelligence for patients and consumers, understanding “patient work”, designing and evaluating digital tools for patients (e.g. mobile apps), introducing digital tools for patients in various healthcare situations.

The scholarship would suit an applicant with training in Computer Science, Engineering, Human Factors, Psychology, Design methods, Data Science, or a Health-related field.  It would also suit applicants who enjoy working with innovative technologies, and a desire to work with patients, consumers and clinicians.

Contact

Dr Annie Lau
annie.lau@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2436

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The iMQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years, indexed annually)

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

To be eligible, candidates must commence their candidature before 15 December 2017.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number (#2017515) on your application.

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Project Name

Testing treatments for spinocerebellar ataxia-3 using transgenic zebrafish, cell culture and mice

Project Description

Spinocerebellar ataxia-3 (SCA3, also known as Machado Joseph disease) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes impaired balance and movement control, progressing to paralysis and death. It is known that the disease is caused by inheritance of an abnormal form of the ataxin-3 gene, containing a long CAG-repeat region. We have developed a transgenic zebrafish model of the human disease and it develops signs of SCA3, including impaired swimming behaviour. We have tested the effect of treating the SCA3 zebrafish with a range of potential treatments, including drugs hypothesised to induce the quality control pathways autophagy and the proteasome. We have identified some drugs and small compounds that have beneficial effects on our SCA3 zebrafish. This project will involve testing the effect of these treatments further in our SCA3 zebrafish, but also on cell cultures (induced pluripotent stem cells) and a SCA3 mouse model. The effect of these treatments on the SCA3 mouse motor behaviour, development of neuropathology and survival will be examined.

Aims:

  1. Test and explore the effect of drugs and small compounds on the transgenic SCA3 zebrafish
  2. Confirm whether treatment with protective drugs identified above, and within our previous studies, are also protective in other SCA3 models (cell cultures and mouse model)

We aim that these studies will bring us closer to developing an effective treatment for SCA3 patients.

Other important information:

This scholarship is available to students wanting to undergo either just a PhD or a 2nd Year MRes/PhD combination.

Contact:

Dr. Angela Laird
Angela.laird@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 2730

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code (#2017516) on your application.

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