Smart nanoscale sensors for bio-imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and immunodiagnostics: synthesis and analysis

Smart nanoscale sensors for bio-imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and immunodiagnostics: synthesis and analysis

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Opening Date

06 May 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

15 Nov 2019 11pm AEDT 

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Two full-time postgraduate scholarships, funded through the Department of Molecular Sciences, are on offer to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The research project will be focused on the development of smart nanoscale sensors using both bottom-up and top-down synthesis methods. Sensing applications in bio-imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and immunodiagnostics will be targeted.

You will work with collaborating researchers from across the Department of Molecular Sciences on nanomaterials including nanodiamonds, nanoruby, gold nanoparticles, amongst others. The PhD candidates will be responsible for the experimental design and execution; the development of chemical functionalisation and bio-conjugation strategies, as well as the characterisation of nanoparticles through a variety of analytical and advanced spectroscopic techniques. The scholarship opportunities are available to suitably qualified candidate with a background in topics such as material synthesis, x-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, circular dichroism or mass spectrometry, or a related field.

About Us:

The Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci@MQ) is a research intensive department of academics and students who study and teach chemistry and molecular cell sciences. The focus of our academics is at the exciting molecular science interfaces with chemistry, biology and materials. Our students gain cross-disciplinary perspectives while developing discipline specific skills in chemistry and biomolecular science.

We apply this philosophy of studying “molecules to cells” to achieve a sustainable environment, understand health and disease, develop materials and advance new molecular technologies.

Research and teaching strengths in Molecular Science includes analytical chemistry, macromolecular and material science which are were Rated 5 (well above world standard) in the latest ERA ratings. Other areas of strength include biochemistry, biotechnology, cellular biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genomics, synthetic biology, organic/inorganic synthesis, proteomics, protein chemistry, physical chemistry.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program. Entry into MRes Year 2 may be considered for excellent applicants who do not meet criteria for direct entry into the PhD program.

Applicants can be International or Domestic (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens).

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 in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Tuition Fee Scholarship and Stipend.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

· MQRES Tuition Fee Scholarship; and

· MQRES Stipend (living allowance)

This scholarship provides a stipend currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt). The scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Details

Name: Alison Rodger

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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