Study and design of microwave cavities for photo-conductivity measurements of soft-semiconductors

Study and design of microwave cavities for photo-conductivity measurements of soft-semiconductors

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Opening Date

01 May 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

30 Aug 2019 11pm AEST 

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Traditional semiconducting media can be used in a variety of applications through controlled doping that can modify their electronic properties. Organic semiconducting (OSC) media can be processed from solution to form solid, semiconducting thin films. Unlike traditional semiconductors such as Silicon or Gallium Arsenide, the properties of these soft-semiconductors are largely dependent on the way they are assembled from solution to a solid film. Thus, to fully realise the potential of these soft-semiconductors, it is imperative to study the formation of these OSC films. As part of this PhD thesis, the student will use a highly multidisciplinary approach of characterisation which involves microwave as a probe to study the electronic properties of the organic films. The study will involve numerical analysis, design and testing. This project will provide the opportunity to work on some novel concepts that has so far not been studied before. The PhD candidate will be part of a cutting-edge interdisciplinary project and will be jointly-hosted by the School of Engineering in collaboration with the Department of Molecular Sciences.

  • BS (Hons) or equivalent in the discipline of Engineering, Physics or Physical chemistry, with a minimum CGPA of 8 out of 10, or equivalent
  • Either a Masters degree with significant thesis component (50% or more) OR a track record of high-quality publications as lead or co-author in peer-reviewed journals and/or international conferences
  • Candidates with some working experience using organic materials would be preferable
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a flexible team environment


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

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 a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $27,596 per annum (in 2019 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Dr Raheel Hashmi and Dr Koushik Venkatesan
Email: and
Phone: 02 9850 9130 and 02 9850 8296

How to Apply

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

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