If you’re interested in studying a research degree at UniSA, browse some of our currently available research projects.  New projects are added regularly, if you don’t see a project that interests you, please fill in our Expression of Interest form, and you will be notified when new projects become available.

If you have a question about applying for a research degree at UniSA please visit our step-by-step guide at ‘How to apply’.

If you wish to develop your own project please review our guidelines and contact the Research Degree Admissions team if you have any questions.

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    Aboriginal studies

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management

    • Management scenarios for the Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River Catchment that cater for the needs of First Nations people
      Scholarship Available Dr Bethany Cooper Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Management scenarios for the Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River Catchment that cater for the needs of First Nations people

      Improve water management and social equity for Aboriginal Australians

      Are you interested in learning about the cultural values of water recognised by Aboriginal Australians and contributing to water development planning? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project within the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion.

      Whilst water management practices preserve the naturally variable flow regimes and river basin ecology generates value for all Australians, the traditions of Aboriginal Australians involve fundamentally different conceptualisations of water property rights and value. This includes different beliefs about compatibility of economic development and water extraction. However, the cultural values of water recognised by Aboriginal Australians are not well understood by other Australians or policy makers.

      Significantly, this project connects water and social enterprise themes into indigenous water management in northern Australia. This is an area requiring urgent attention if Australian governments are to meet their policy ambitions for reconciliation and recognition of historical injustices and contemporary inequities, and future improvement.

      This project will explore differences and similarities in the ways that local Aboriginal Australians and the wider public and policy makers view and value water management in the Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River Catchment. You will identify the impacts of different options for managing water in the Martuwarra Catchment with a set of social return on investment metrics.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore the differences between how local Aboriginal Australians and policy makers view and value water management in the Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River Catchment.

      The successful applicant will learn and apply, a range of market and non-market techniques to show how environmental, social, and economic opportunity can be impacted through culturally consistent water management.

      You will travel to the Martuwarra Catchment to conduct in-depth interviews, run focus groups and test different experimental designs with indigenous communities. To provide comparison data, you will also undertake similar qualitative tasks with at least two other ‘non-indigenous’ populations, one regional and another metropolitan.

      This project will connect you with opportunities to engage with local Aboriginal people and policy, NGO, and business communities that influence water development plans.

      Additionally there will be opportunities to present at national conferences (such as the Australian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society annual conference), and at regional briefings, if travel is permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion, which combines specialist skills and multidisciplinary perspectives to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering meaningful research that informs innovative, evidence-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      The Centre has also recently forged links with the International Alliance for Food and Climate Systems Transformation led by MIT and the Australian National University Water Justice Hub and you will have direct access to these prestigious alliances.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Bethany Cooper - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Jeff Connor – Co Supervisor
      Dr Anne Peolina (Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      Course work or higher degree in environmental economics, economics, development economics or related field
      Proven capacity to work with First Nations People

      Applicants who can also demonstrate a background in research on environment and related policies will be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Bethany Cooper
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    Agricultural and veterinary sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Animal production

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Food sciences

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Biological Sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Biochemistry and cell biology

    • A novel protein ZCCHC24 as a regulator of breast cancer cell plasticity and metastasis
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Philip Gregory Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: A novel protein ZCCHC24 as a regulator of breast cancer cell plasticity and metastasis

      Be part of cutting-edge research and advance breast cancer treatment

      Are you seeking to advance your biomedical career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a rewarding opportunity to apply for a PhD project based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology.

      In this project you will be involved in ground-breaking breast cancer research. Patients with breast cancer that has metastasised have limited treatment options and experience poor outcomes.

      An important mechanism contributing to breast cancer metastasis is the ability of cancer cells to undergo epithelial-mesenchymal transition (or EMT). EMT is a form of cell plasticity that facilitates tumour cell invasion, metastasis, and therapy resistance.

      There is great interest in understanding the molecular events that cause EMT, with clinical trials specifically investigating EMT modulating agents in solid tumours. We have recently identified a never-before studied protein (ZCCHC24) that is potently induced when breast cancer cells undergo EMT.

      In this research project, you will seek to uncover the molecular mechanisms through which ZCCHC24 exerts its effect on EMT and investigate its contribution to breast cancer metastasis using mouse models and patient samples. Understanding how ZCCHC24 functions has significant potential to open new therapeutic avenues to limit cellular plasticity and provide better treatment options for metastatic breast cancer.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will build on our existing research by investigating the molecular mechanisms through which ZCCHC24 controls EMT and its influence on breast cancer metastasis.

      You will use cutting edge molecular techniques such as CRISPR genome editing to manipulate ZCCHC24 and investigate consequences on gene expression and EMT. Using mouse models of breast cancer, you will investigate whether manipulating ZCCHC24 alters the ability of cells to metastasise. You will also examine ZCCHC24 expression in patient samples to determine whether it is directly associated with poor patient outcomes. You will be trained in all experimental techniques including molecular, cellular and animal models.

      Join a world-leading research centre, with a thriving research environment and undertake research with an enthusiastic team including fellow research degree students in a supportive environment.

      You will have the opportunity to present research findings at national and international conferences and network with national collaborators and breast cancer patient advocates.

      This is an exceptional research project where you will gain extensive expertise in cutting-edge molecular techniques and their application to breast cancer biology and prepare you for an exciting career in research science.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within the Gene Regulation and Cancer laboratory in the Centre for Cancer Biology located in UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building, in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City. The CCB is a medical research institute with state-of-the-art technologies, which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      Centre for Cancer Biology also have direct links with the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility, which includes bioinformatics and the latest genomic sequencing equipment.

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Philip Gregory - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Greg Goodall – Co Supervisor

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Applicants who can demonstrate experience with molecular biology and a willingness to work with animal models (mice) will be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus ?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Philip Gregory
    • Regulation of autophagy in cell and tissue homeostasis
      Scholarship Available Professor Sharad Kumar Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)

      PhD Project: Regulation of autophagy in cell and tissue homeostasis

      If you’re seeking to advance your biomedical career and contribute to cutting-edge discovery research, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a research degree with ground-breaking potential, based in Molecular Regulation Laboratory of the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB).

      Autophagy is a highly conserved lysosomal degradation pathway involved in cellular quality control by removal of damaged organelles and protein aggregates. Disruption of autophagy is hallmark of many diseases including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. This has led to great interest in therapeutic targeting of autophagy in the clinic. The core mechanisms that drive autophagy, its regulation and functions in pathophysiology are complex requiring further research.

      The project aims to characterise new components that function in autophagy and further delineate the roles of autophagy in normal physiology and cell death. We will achieve this using approaches involving a genetic model combined with biochemical and cellular analyses. Overall, the proposed studies will generate important new knowledge to better understand the role of autophagy in development, ageing and disease.

      The Centre for Cancer Biology is an internationally recognised medical research facility that provides a platform for fostering high quality research and building the next generation of world-class researchers. You will benefit from a comprehensive program of mentoring and career development, led by an internationally recognised supervisory team.

      This project will give you the opportunity to access cutting-edge research laboratories led by highly regarded scientists. With a strong history of competitive grant funding and publishing more than 100 scientific articles in high impact publications each year, the CCB offers the ideal environment within which you can thrive.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will use genetic and molecular approaches and learn several key techniques, including Drosophila genetics, confocal microscopy and molecular analysis of enzyme function, proteomics and bioinformatics.

      You will work under the broad direction of the supervisors to coordinate and manage all aspects of research work, including project planning, performing experiments, and data analysis.

      There are opportunities to participate in planning sessions, offer new ideas on research directions and review relevant sources of information. Practical tasks you will undertake include assisting with research activities such as routine laboratory management, data mining and reporting.

      You will also disseminate new knowledge by drafting reports and scientific papers, maintain daily records, and attend regular laboratory meetings, seminars, and conferences both nationally and internationally (if travel permitted).

      You will be encouraged and supported to make your own research connections, collaborate with other students, and take the lead on particular initiatives. Mentors provide valuable support and will help you to develop good working habits around time management, research integrity, collaboration, respect for all, mindfulness and the ability to find balance in a competitive working environment.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Centre for Cancer Biology located in UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building, in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City. The CCB is a medical research institute with state-of-the-art technologies, which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of diseases, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat diseases. 

      Supervisory Team

      - Professor Sharad Kumar (Principal Supervisor)
      - Dr Donna Denton (Co-Supervisor)
      - Dr Jantina Manning (Co-Supervisor)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      - Laboratory experience in molecular cell biology or Drosophila genetics.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.

      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sharad Kumar
    • Role of granzymes in itch
      Scholarship Available Professor Alison Cowin Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Role of granzymes in itch

      Reduce itch for skin disease patients

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in biomedical sciences and you’re interested in skin disease research, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a PhD with real-world application, based in UniSA’s Future Industries Institute.

      Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of inherited diseases characterised by blistering lesions on the skin and mucous membranes. Itch is consistently ranked as a top concern for EB patients. Scratching causes more itchy wounds, leading to a vicious itch–scratch cycle resulting in further damage to already fragile skin. Unfortunately, available treatments are limited, so finding alternative strategies for EB patients is critically important.

      The granzyme K protein is elevated in inflamed EB-affected skin, and we have recently identified it as a contributing factor to itch-mediated behaviour. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of granzyme K in itch and to evaluate inhibitory agents that may alleviate itch associated with EB.

      You’ll be part of the vibrant Regenerative Medicine Group, comprising multiple research scientists, technicians and PhD students with expertise in biochemistry, chemistry, dermatology, tissue repair, wound healing and drug development, and you’ll contribute to research designed to improve lives.

       
      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will learn laboratory techniques that include histology, cell culture, and biochemistry methods such as ELISA, Western blot and PCR. You will be required to generate, analyse and interpret data by applying appropriate statistical models, and perform extensive literature reviews, with detailed understanding of biological concepts providing a basis to experimental design and problem-solving.

      This project will provide you with an extensive range of technical skills related to the performance of animal trials, tissue processing, macroscopic and microscopic analysis of skin injury and repair, cell culture, and multiple laboratory-based assays. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms of skin inflammation, tissue regeneration, wound repair and pathologic processes associated with a range of skin injuries.

      There is scope to generate and test hypotheses focused on solving complicated biological questions, potentially contributing to the development of therapeutic options to treat disease. You will also gain expertise in communicating scientific concepts through oral presentations and through writing journal articles and reviews, ethics applications and grant/fellowship applications.

      You will be encouraged to disseminate the research via local and international conferences (if travel permitted), symposia and patient groups, and support will be provided to secure funding for these activities.

      In this research project, you’ll contribute to research into a severe skin condition, potentially assisting with identifying therapeutic options to improve EB patients’, and others affected by itch-related dermatological conditions, and their quality of life.
       

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Future Industries Institute (FII). FII was established with a new research culture in mind—one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      FII’s research supports state and national research priorities and comprises top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia.

       

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Alison Cowin - Principal Supervisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.
       

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential
      • Willingness to be involved in animal studies
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates


      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 21 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Alison Cowin

    Bioinformatics and computational biology

    • Enhanced bioinformatics and machine learning for improved risk stratification and outcome prediction in chronic myeloid leukaemia
      Scholarship Available Professor Susan Branford Closing 12 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Enhanced bioinformatics and machine learning for improved risk stratification and outcome prediction in chronic myeloid leukaemia

      Advance science to help the lives of those living with cancer      

      Are you seeking to advance your career in the biomedical industry? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has a research degree project available with real-world impact based in the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Cancer Genomics Facility at the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology.

      This project aims to improve outcomes for patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia by using enhanced bioinformatic techniques to identify mutations that drive treatment failure.

      Approximately 20% of patients are resistant to drug treatment and fail therapy. Recent research has revealed that drug resistance and treatment failure are associated with the acquisition of mutations in key cancer-related genes. Some of these are complex and require specialised techniques and skills for their detection that involve specific algorithms coupled with high-performance computing.

      Patients with gene mutations may benefit from treatment with more potent drugs. However, these drugs have toxic effects, including cardiovascular disease and death. There are currently no reliable biomarkers at diagnosis to identify patients destined to fail therapy and who may benefit from more potent, but more toxic drug therapy.

      This project will use our existing genomic data to bioinformatically detect the range of mutation types that lead to drug resistance. There are currently no solutions to find the complete array of complex genomic events that impact response to therapy. Statistical analyses will correlate mutational events with various patient outcome measures to establish their predictive value.

      We aim to challenge the current model by developing innovative and cost-effective genomic diagnostic tools that could be based solely on RNA sequencing that will enhance the prediction of treatment response. A risk-adapted approach to therapy is clearly preferable, enabling low-risk patients to be treated with relatively low cost and less toxic drugs; and reserving the more potent drugs for patients at high risk of disease resistance and progression.

      With more than 5,000 patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia on therapy in Australia, you will be a part of a research project that makes a real difference to people’s lives by limiting people’s exposure to potent drugs, resulting in substantial benefits for the health care system and reduced patient comorbidities.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake an analysis of genomic data using established tools, drawing from research in computer science, statistics, mathematical modelling and machine learning.

      You will test and optimise existing computational tools and/or pipelines, and help to develop new tools where appropriate methods are lacking. You will write code using various programming languages to automate data processing, extract information and make inferences, visualise data, and carry out dynamic simulations and pattern analysis.

      This project will enable you to contribute to the advancement of medical and biological science, particularly in relation to the identification of patients with leukaemia who are at risk of treatment failure and death. The research will lead to biomarker discovery that could predict response to therapy and guide drug use and development.

      As a part of this project, you will also have the opportunity to present your research findings at national and international conferences, and contribute to outreach activities such as workshop and bioinformatics training activities.

      You will participate in research meetings, seminars and workshops, and have the opportunity to present your research findings to peers and supervisors on a regular basis. You will benefit from participating in and being exposed to a diverse range of bioinformatic projects presented by experts in the field and have the chance to network with researchers locally and nationally.

      You will develop skills such as artificial intelligence, interactive visualisation, big data processing, programming and effective communication, which are in high demand in many sectors worldwide.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Cancer Genomics Facility at the Centre for Cancer Biology, which carries out a world-class program of innovative research.

      The ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility provides access to state-of-the-art genomics research equipment, computing technology and bioinformatics expertise to the Adelaide BioMed Precinct and wider research community. The equipment consists of several dedicated servers as well as access to federally funded cloud computing resources.

      Our multidisciplinary group focuses on applied bioinformatics of high throughput experiments, ranging from analysis of RNA-seq data, to the search for disease-associated point and structural mutations of the human genome.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders and international applicants currently residing onshore within Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11:30pm Friday 1 October 2021 [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Susan Branford
    • Integrative analyses of omics data for complex traits and diseases
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Hong Lee Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Integrative analyses of omics data for complex traits and diseases

      Work with big data to improve lives

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is seeking applications for an exceptional research degree project based at our Australian Centre for Precision Health (ACPreH), investigating the development of novel methods that can integrate multi-omics data to better understand the role of the genome and transcriptome in the phenotypic variance of complex disease.

      The genomic era provides an unprecedented opportunity to shed light on the underlying genetic basis of complex diseases. However, there is a substantial proportion of phenotypic variance that is not explained by the variants in the genome. In fact, genetic risk prediction based on whole-genome information is not accurate enough to be applied in clinical care.

      One plausible reason is that the genome is only part of the mechanism underlying the phenotypes of a complex disease, and multi-omics effects may also contribute to the combined effects of genomics and transcriptomics (gene expression) on phenotypes. Currently, the relationship between genome and transcriptome at the whole-genome level, and how this relationship is associated with complex disease phenotypes, is largely unknown. Moreover, the genomic and transcriptomic effects on phenotypes can be modulated by the environment, which is often difficult to jointly model using existing methods.

      The method to be explored in this project involves fitting multi-omics kernel matrices simultaneously to partition their contributions to the phenotypic variance, as well as an advanced non-additive model, to estimate genome-by-environment and transcriptome-by-environment interactions.

      Applying the proposed methods to a wide range of real datasets in this project will enable you to expand knowledge and understanding of aetiologies – a critical need in our fight against complex disease.

      What you’ll do

      As part of this project, the successful candidate will access many genotype and phenotype datasets, as well as world-class HPC facilities.

      You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops to collaborate with national and international scientists, and disseminate the results from the project. You may be able to attend industry significant events such as GeneMappers, a national conference in human quantitative genetics, and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, which is one of the biggest human genetic conferences in the world, travel permitted.

      In this cutting-edge project the successful candidate will also be able to present their research at relevant scientific conferences and build their profile as a researcher.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health (ACPreH), located at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in the heart of Adelaide.

      You will be surrounded by scientists who are actively working with large-scale biobank data, with the opportunity to collaborate with experts in transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epi-genomics and microbiomes.

      You will also have access to genotype, phenotype and RNA-Seq gene expression data through international collaborations and consortia.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Hong Lee - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger
      Associate Professor Thuc Le

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently residing in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the?eligibility criteria?for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Experience in computer programming or software, with the ability to communicate with databases and handle large data files.
      • A developing record of research achievement as demonstrated by publications, conference papers and other research activities.
      • High-level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information effectively and clearly to a wide audience (including writing for publication).
      • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse and multi-disciplinary research team, as well as independently.

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Knowledge and understanding of statistical genetics
      • Experience in using programs related to genome-wide association studies, genomic prediction and estimating genetic variance/covariance
      • Experience with coding using program languages (R, C or Fortran)
      • Experience with statistical analysis of quantitative or statistical genetic models for complex traits

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Hong Lee
    • Novel statistical analyses to reveal latent genetic architecture and to increase genomic prediction accuracy for complex diseases
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Hong Lee Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Novel statistical analyses to reveal latent genetic architecture and to increase genomic prediction accuracy for complex diseases

      Increase the accuracy of genomic risk prediction

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in precision health and genome research, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a novel PhD project that could have worldwide impact based in the Australian Centre for Precision Health.

      The genomic era provides a realistic opportunity for precision medicine based on genomic risk prediction applicable at an early stage before the symptom appears. Genomic risk prediction is effective for diseases that are underpinned by a few major genes. However, most complex diseases are the result of polygenic traits that involve thousands of small variants, for which current approaches to genomic risk prediction are not useful in clinical practice.

      In this research degree project you will focus on developing novel approaches to increase the accuracy of genomic risk prediction through novel methods including machine learning-based methods.

      This is an exceptional research project that may revolutionise human health through disease prediction.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore advanced approaches to disease prediction through genomic analysis assisted by statistical modelling, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

      You will undertake computer programming in the context of statistical genetics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and have access to various genotypic, phenotypic and other environmental variables that are key resources in developing the novel genomic prediction methods.

      As a part of a world-class research centre, you will develop a strong track record of research achievement and develop publications and novel software.

      This research degree project offers exclusive opportunities to present your work and network with industry, including travel to GeneMappers, a national conference in human quantitative genetics. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to attend the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting which is one of the biggest human genetic conferences in the world.

      This is an exceptional research degree that will prepare you to be an expert in genomic research through `big data’.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based in the Australian Centre for Precision Health which brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading experts in genomics, population health and evidence translation to create the next generation of solutions for global health problems.

      Our mission is to prevent disease before it strikes, and to create innovative solutions to address issues focused on health and wellbeing. We do this by developing ways to improve risk prediction and risk factor discovery, as well as disease screening and health education.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Hong Lee - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Beben Benyamin – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Experience in computer programming or software, with the ability to communicate with databases and to handle large data files
      • A developing record of research achievement as demonstrated by publications, conference papers and other research activities, commensurate with opportunity
      • High level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information effectively and clearly to a wide audience, including writing for publication
      • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse and multi­disciplinary research team as well as work independently
      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Master degree in the relevant field (Statistics/AI)
      • Publication records in field of statistical genetics, machine learning, bioinformatics, or public health
      • Skills in programming such as R, STATA, SPSS, Python, fortran and C for handling statistical data
      • Experience with statistical analysis of quantitative or statistical genetic models for complex traits
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Hong Lee

    Ecology

    • Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Closing 13 December 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests

      Tropical cyclones are frequent, large-scale events that cause severe damage. While their short-term impacts, such as uprooting trees have been well studies, their long-term impacts on ecosystems remain largely unknown. Cyclones are predicted to increase in intensity and to occur at higher latitudes due to anthropogenic climate change. This project investigates the impacts of tropical cyclones on the structure and functioning of rain forests and how these are likely to change because of climate change.

      Outcomes will provide insights on how changing cyclone regimes will impact forest globally and which tree species stand to benefit from the changes. The latter will be important for the selection of forestry plantation species under a changed cyclone regime.

      What you’ll do

      In this research project, you will use advanced statistical methods to analyse big data sets on tree functional traits, genetics and demography to understand the long-term impact of cyclones on rain forest ecosystems.

      The project will use existing data to investigate the long-term impacts of cyclones on forests using meta-analyses of data globally and for the South Pacific region (for which we have a good plot dataset available). Data on plant functional traits and phylogeny will be related to cyclone intensity to infer how the functioning of forests is impacted by cyclone regimes and how this is likely to change under ongoing climate change. Multi-level analyses will be used to predict the effects of climate change on forest structure and functioning. Depending on travel restrictions, the candidate may be travelling to the Pacific to collect functional trait data from forest trees.

      As part of the project, you will have access to a unique dataset on plant functional traits and cyclone impacts based at UniSA and with collaborators in Australia and the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). You will have the opportunity to collaborate with national and international leaders in the field of forest ecology.

      The following skills will be developed:

      · Collection and analysis of large data sets

      · Collection and interpretation of plant functional traits

      · Correlative models between ecological characteristics and environmental variables

      · Structuring and presentation of research findings to reach wide audiences

      · Writing and data presentation at a level suitable for high-impact journals

      · Scientific collaborations nationally and internationally

      · Ability to work independently and collaboratively

      Where you’ll be based

      The successful candidate will be based in the Biodiversity Lab at Mawson Lakes campus, led by A/Prof, Keppel. The candidate will also become part of the Hermon Slade Foundation Cyclone Grant project team. UniSA has considerable capacity and investment in Environmental Science, for which it has an ERA ranking of 5. Environmental scientists are concentrated in the Environmental Science and Engineering strand of the Future Industries Institute and the Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience strand of the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy research concentration.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         experience in plant taxonomy and ecology

      ·         experience in using the statistical package R or similar

      Additionally, applicants who meet the project desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      ·         knowledge of functional and / or phylogenetic diversity

      ·         experience undertaking botanical field work

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

      Dr. Thomas Ibanez (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 12 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

    Genetics

    • Basonuclin-2, a new regulator of breast cancer stemness and chemo-resistance
      Scholarship Available Dr Cameron Bracken Closing 13 December 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Basonuclin-2, a new regulator of breast cancer stemness and chemo-resistance

      Improve outcomes for breast cancer patients

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has a ground-breaking PhD project available at the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) in alliance with SA Pathology examining gene regulation and the impact on breast cancer progression. There are many challenges to overcome for the treatment of cancer. Among these are the development of resistance to therapy and the re-initiation of cancer growth from cancer cells with a "stem-like" phenotype. We have new information that a gene called Basonuclin-2 (BNC2) may play an important role in these processes. In this project you will be at the cutting-edge of research, using state-of-the-art facilities and under the guidance of a supervisory team of experienced and successful researchers. This experience will equip you with the skills, knowledge and networking opportunities to embark on a competitive career in research science or industry.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will uncover the functions and mechanisms of BNC2, especially in relation to the genetic networks that it regulates and how this affects cancer progression. As a part of this project you will undertake cancer cell biology assays (cell migration and invasion), PCR, cell culture, gene expression and inhibition, chromatin immunoprecipitation and the analysis of high throughput sequencing data.

      You will be supported to present at scientific conferences and publish in high impact journals. Join a world-class research centre that undertakes ground-breaking research into cancer and cancer therapeutics and improve the lives of those with cancer. This is an exceptional research degree project that will provide you with a broad range of specialist molecular and analytical skills that will set you up to be an expert in your field.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) within the Bradley Building in the heart of the Adelaide BioMed City - a hub for medical and life sciences. The CCB is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia and is a medical research institute which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases. You will be part of the Gene Regulatory Networks laboratory which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and staffed by passionate researchers whose skills range from cell biology through to the bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput genomic sequencing.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Cameron Bracken - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Ayla Orang – Co Supervisor

      Professor Greg Goodall – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students. International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $35,900 per annum (2022 rates).

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Adelaide City West campus.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 12 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Cameron Bracken

    Industrial Biotechnology

    • Molecular imaging guided brain cancer precision treatment
      Scholarship Available Professor Benjamin Thierry Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Molecular imaging guided brain cancer precision treatment

      Develop better imaging with nanotechnology to improve treatment of aggressive brain tumours

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in bioengineering and nanotechnology, and are interested in developing a cutting-edge treatment for brain tumours, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for an end-user driven PhD project that can change lives, based in the Future Industries Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital and industry partner Ferranova.

      This dynamic research team, including the Future Industries Institute, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Ferronova (an Adelaide-based cancer diagnostic company) and two leading US research organisations, is working to create a novel molecular Magnetic Resonance Imaging agent aimed at providing better guidance for contemporary treatment modalities including MRI-guided radiotherapy dose intensification and MRI-guided laser ablation.

      Specifically, the project will investigate the therapeutic significance of imaging protocols targeting a recently identified molecular target strongly associated with aggressive brain tumours and build on Ferronova’s nanotechnology-based molecular imaging technology. The novel MRI agent will be developed and validated pre-clinically in physiologically-relevant preclinical models and brain tumour tissues obtained from the South Australian Neurological Tumour Bank.

      Successful outcomes would enable image-guided aggressive treatment with acceptable neurological toxicity of high-grade gliomas such as glioblastoma.

      You will be based in Prof Benjamin Thierry’s research group at the Future Industries Institute, which is partially funded by a prestigious NHMRC Investigator Fellowship, and will provide you with access to a vibrant cross-disciplinary research environment with a strong focus on translational research.


      What you’ll do


      In this research degree project, you will conduct high quality research independently and in collaboration with the supervisory team, industry partners and other stakeholders; develop and optimise a nanoparticle imaging agent  targeted to Fibroblast Activation Proteins and be involved in preclinical studies assessing its diagnostic utility; and collaborate with neurosurgeons, radiologists and pathologists.

      You will receive advanced training in nanotechnology, molecular imaging and preclinical research. You will present outcomes of the research at international and national conferences (fully funded by FII, if travel permitted), contribute to patent application(s) protecting the intellectual property of the project, and report research outcomes in scientific journals.

      This cutting-edge, user-driven project provides you with unique and career-launching opportunities, including through undertaking placements with the project’s international collaborators Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, or the University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Centre.

      Collaborating with Ferranova, who has an existing pipeline of clinical products, will provide you with skills in the advanced manufacturing of medical and pharmaceutical products, which is a critical skills gap identified by the Australian government.

      This multi-partner, multidisciplinary project provides you with potential employment opportunities beyond academia. You will be prepared for a career in a pharmaceutical and medical imaging companies and the focus on clinical translation and commercialisation will provide excellent opportunities to gain R&D and entrepreneurship skills.


      Where you’ll be based


      You will be based in UniSA’s Future Industries Institute. We are engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      The Institute reflects the Universitys strategic ambition to be Australias University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged research culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosytem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive.

      FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.


      Supervisory Team

      Professor Benjamin Thierry - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Nicole Dmochowska – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Stewart Bartlett, Ferronova Pty Ltd – Industry Advisor

      Dr Adam Wells, Royal Adelaide Hospital – End-user Advisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential

      • A relevant Bachelors degree with first or second class Honours, or Masters degree.
      • Knowledge in biotechnology, molecular biology, nanotechnology or related fields.
      Desirable

      • Experience in preclinical research
      • Hands on experience in molecular imaging and/or microscopy.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates


      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 21 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Benjamin Thierry

    Plant Biology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Zoology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Other biological sciences

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Biomedical and clinical sciences

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    Biomedical engineering

    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 01 February 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA

      If you are seeking to advance your career in medical diagnostics, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an innovative PhD project aimed at developing a new, safe and non-invasive method of genetic testing in pregnancy, at our Future Industries Institute (FII).

      Prenatal diagnosis of genetic abnormalities in pregnancy provides important insights to expectant parents. However, standard diagnostic procedures are invasive and can carry a miscarriage risk.

      Non-invasive approaches for genetic screening have been developed and implemented clinically in the last decade. However, they do not provide a comprehensive insight into fetal health, have high failure rates, give false positive results and are unable to provide a diagnostic result.

      There is a clear need for the development of an alternative non-invasive prenatal test which can provide greater pregnancy insights.

      Current non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) technologies rely on the analysis of small fragments of the baby’s DNA (cell free fetal DNA) taken from the mother’s blood. However, most of these DNA fragments are maternal in origin, making it difficult to test the relevant fetal DNA. Central to this project is the recent finding that fetal DNA is also released into the maternal circulation within small packages known as extracellular vesicles.

      At UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, we have recently developed an approach to isolate fetal extracellular vesicles based on naturally occurring magnetic nanowires. This provides a simple yet efficient means to obtain fetal DNA from a maternal blood sample, which has huge implications for improving non-invasive prenatal testing.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will seek to demonstrate the diagnostic significance of fetal extracellular vesicle isolation, for non-invasive prenatal testing by establishing protocols for their DNA amplification, sequencing and bioinformatics.

      Informed by our  partner Monash IVF/Repromed, this PhD project ultimately aims to develop an automated technology compatible with clinical implementation. Successful outcomes would enable more reliable non-invasive prenatal testing for a greater range of diseases allowing earlier interventions, and importantly provide reassurance to the large majority of women with an unaffected pregnancy.

      You will be based in FII’s Bioengineering Laboratory headed by Professor Benjamin Thierry, and will work closely with Dr Marnie winter and her team. You will benefit from a vibrant and world class research environment, supported and mentored by post-doctoral researchers with significant expertise (including commercialisation and medical device development).

      With full access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including those within FII (droplet digital PCR, confocal microscopy, surface characterisation), as well as in the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) (microfabrication), and through collaboration with our industry partner Monash IVF/Repromed.

      Throughout this research degree project you will:

      ·         Conduct high-quality research independently and in collaboration with the supervisory team, industry and other stakeholders.

      ·         Design, perform and record laboratory based experimental work aimed at the development of a new prenatal testing technology.

      ·         Undertake molecular biology including, droplet digital PCR, DNA preparation and amplification for next generation sequencing.

      ·         Bioinformatics analysis.

      ·         Blood sample preparation and analysis.

      ·         Extracellular vesicle enrichment technology development.

      ·         Human Research ethics and sample collection.

      ·         Translate research outputs into clinical outcomes.

      This research degree project will advance your career in the field of medical diagnostics and upon completion you will possess:

      ·         High level critical thinking and organisation.

      ·         Blood handling skills and an insight into human research ethics and clinical trials.

      ·         Experience with molecular biology including droplet digital PCR, whole genome amplification and next generation sequencing.

      ·         Experience in aseptic technique and cellular culture.

      ·         Knowledge of surface functionalisation chemistry.

      ·         A strong knowledge in prenatal genetic testing and clinical testing requirements.

      ·         High level communication skills with an emphasis on effective science communication.

      ·         An entrepreneurial understanding of requirements for the development and clinical implementation of new testing technologies.

       
      This is an exceptional research project in which you will develop strong links with our industry partner with the potential for clinical translation and commercialisation.

       Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII), in the Bioengineering Laboratory at Mawson Lakes campus. Focused on end-user driven translational research, the Bioengineering Lab conducts cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, nanomedicine and engineering (https://bionanoengineering.com/).

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Marnie Winter – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Benjamin Thierry -Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Deidre Zander Fox – Industry End-User Advisor (Monash-IVF)

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         A relevant Bachelors degree with first or second class Honours, or Masters degree.

      ·         Knowledge in biomedical engineering, medical science, molecular biology or related fields.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], 25th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Marnie Winter

    Cardiovascular medicine and haematology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Clinical Sciences

    • Predicting brain health and dementia: a machine learning approach
      Scholarship Available Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger Closing 12 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Predicting brain health and dementia: a machine learning approach

      Using a data-driven machine learning (ML) approach identify risk factors which predict brain neuroimaging abnormalities, and assess their association with the risk of dementia in >10y period (up to 20y).

      For selected risk factors, we can test evidence for a causal effect using a genetic study design. This project builds on strong analytical expertise and method development by the supervisory team, providing an opportunity to train in the use of several state-of-art methodologies.

      The human impact of dementia is devastating, and with no medical break-through, more than 6.4 million Australians will be diagnosed in the next 40 years with enormous costs to the local economy. Brain neuroimaging information is now available on an unprecedented scale, providing us an opportunity to implement new big data strategies to discover risk factors reflecting early changes in the brain.

      What you’ll Do

      Under this project you will:
      • use data driven machine learning approach to identify factors that associate with the development of brain neuroimaging abnormalities
      • examine whether determinants affecting the risk of brain neuroimaging abnormalities also affect the risk of neurocognitive disease including dementia and/or stroke
      • establish evidence for causality for identified modifiable risk factors that could help mitigate risks to brain health.

      UK Biobank, a prospective study with ~500,000 participants, of whom ~40,000 (to increase to 100,000) participants have undergone brain MRIs. Extensive baseline information covering health, biomarkers, genetics, lifestyle, social and other covariates. Ongoing follow-up for dementia diagnoses

      The student will have strong links to other students and research environment within The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), supporting a strong UniSA presence within Adelaide BioMed city. This work may help to preserve and further develop large scale international collaborations.

      Where you’ll be based

      This project sits within the Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology Group led by E Hypponen, within the Australian Centre for Precision Health based at SAHMRI.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Amanda Lumsden – Co Supervisor
      Dr Anwa Mulugeta Gebremichael – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 12 December 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger
    • Using MRI to understand brain development in the fetus
      Scholarship Available Professor Janna Morrison Closing 04 January 2022 10:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Using MRI to understand brain development in the fetus

      2 Scholarships Available - Create new understanding about fetus brain development

      If you are seeking to advance your career in reproductive biology and are interested in discovering new knowledge about fetal development, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise— has the opportunity for PhD projects within the renowned Health and Biomedical Innovation research concentration in partnership with SAHMRI .

      How does the brain, an exquisitely sensitive sensor of oxygen, develop, grow and function normally despite the fetus’ natural environment of physiological hypoxaemia (low oxygen) relative to the mother? 

      This fundamental question is only partially understood; the normal fetal brain develops in this environment because of a sharp concentration gradient between the mother and fetus. This ensures that oxygen diffuses across the placenta and into the blood of the fetal umbilical vein, through the fetal liver to the heart and brain through special shunts, or doors, in fetal circulation.

      Remarkably, this oxygen-rich blood does not mix with the blood returning from the lower body of the fetus, and instead is directed to the left posterior side of the inferior vena cava in a phenomenon known as streaming. Due to streaming, there is relatively high oxygen delivery to the brain, despite the fetus having less oxygen overall. This process is crucial to ensure normal brain metabolism, development, and growth.

      The mechanisms regulating the streaming of oxygen-rich blood is key to understanding how the fetus achieves normal cerebral metabolism despite normal events during pregnancy that may open or close these doors. Further investigation of this mechanism will enable us to understand adaptation and compensation in the face of substrate deficiency that leads to fetal growth restriction. At this stage, we do not know if changes in substrate supply to the fetus or changes in  fetal circulation actually impact brain metabolism necessary for normal brain growth and development.

      Our research poses the idea that fetal brain development is impacted by changes in substrate supply to the fetus and changes in the fetal circulation. We seek to determine the effect of reduced supply of oxygen and/or glucose on brain development in the fetus and determine the effect of using changes in oxygenation or vasoactive molecules to open or close the doors in the fetal circulation on brain metabolism in the fetus.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will investigate the mechanisms in oxygen and glucose supply in fetal development. You will participate in fetal surgery, postoperative care, MRI sessions, blood pressure studies and tissue collection via desk work and in the lab and animal house. You will perform histology to quantitate neurons in the fetal brain and analyse MRI data of the brain using Excel and Prism.

      With access to state-of-the-art technologies and techniques including real-time PCR and Western blotting to study gene and protein expression in vessels as well as immunohistochemistry. You will also use LC/MSMS assays to measure fetal plasma hormones involved in blood pressure regulation, including cortisol and noradrenaline.

      In this partnered research project, you will have access to SAHMRI’s Preclinical Imaging and Research laboratories, with exclusive access to surgical theatres, long-term animal housing, and unique CT and MRI facilities not found in any other facility in Australia. You will also have access to an extensive BioBank of fixed and frozen tissue with extensive clinical records and in vivo physiological data to support your studies.

      You will join a thriving research environment in the heart of Adelaide’s Biomed City and be able to develop strong networks with research leaders in Australia and Canada, including experts at the University of Adelaide and the University of Toronto.

      With the opportunity to attend  a variety of industry associations and events nationally and internationally to share your work, including the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, the HBI Trainee Symposia, Australian Society for Medical Research, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and FNWANZ, Society for Reproductive Investigation and Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society.

      This is an extraordinary opportunity to be supported by an international network of scientists and clinicians and advance your career in biological and health sciences.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Health and Biomedical Innovation research concentration that leads world-class research into the workings of the body and its interaction with its surrounding environment.

      HBI addresses fundamental questions about how the body and its environment work together, that informs our knowledge of the human body, in both health and disease.

      In this partnered project you will also have access to SAMRHI in Adelaide BioMed City, a hub for health and life sciences.

      Project 1 – PhD Project – Using MRI to understand the impact of fetal growth restriction on brain development

      Supervisory Team

      Project 1 - Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Project 1 - Eligibility and Selection

      Project 1 is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Experience working with the pregnant ewe and her fetus.
      Project 2 – Masters by Research or PhD Project – Do alterations to fetal circulation impact oxygen delivery and metabolic function of the developing brain?

      Supervisory Team

      Project 2 - Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship informationInternational applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Project 2 - Eligibility and Selection

      Project 2 is open to application from both domestic and international applicants, though international applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or PhD, where applicable.

      Additional Information

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 4 January 2022 .
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Janna Morrison

    Medical biotechnology

    • Click chemistry and precise therapeutic conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Click chemistry and precise therapeutic conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease

      Precise therapeutic conjugates to cure disease

      If you are looking to advance your career in organic, ligation, medicinal and translational chemistry, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique PhD opportunity with our Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) research group partnered with Fleet Bioprocessing Ltd.

      One of the biggest challenges facing the pharmaceutical sector is the manufacture of precise therapeutic conjugates, where drugs are attached to specific locations on the peptide chain without interfering with the antibody/peptide binding and recognition. Precise therapeutic manufacture requires site-specific modification and highly efficient ligation (click) chemistries.

      In this project you will synthesise novel click reactant partners and assess their stability, cross-reactivity and kinetics; develop peptides/antibodies with site-specific modifications; prepare and characterise conjugates; and study the biological activity of conjugates.

      What you’ll do

      Bioconjugates underpin a multibillion-dollar worldwide economy (more than US$79 billion), with many of the largest global pharmaceutical companies heavily reliant on effective bioconjugates for their future products.

      Currently, bioconjugates manufacturing is random, which effectively renders the bioconjugate useless. In this project you will deploy newly created chemistries developed by the ACTB to target drug delivery and maximise therapeutic outcomes.

      Collaborating with ACTB’s partner, Fleet Bioprocessing Ltd, you will develop skills in organic, analytical, and peptide chemistry; peptide bioengineering, and; therapeutic conjugates to precisely locate complementary groups along a peptide chain and prepare exact conjugates that maximise efficacy and limit off-target effects.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) research group, and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for synthesis, bioengineering and cell biology.

      You will also have the opportunity to attend an international internship at a major bioconjugation company that works closely with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, travel permitted.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann - Co Supervisor
      Dr Shane Hickey - Co Supervisor
      Dr Hugo Albrecht - Co Supervisor
      Dr Todd Gillam - Co Supervisor
      Professor Doug Brooks - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 23 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe
    • Conquering antimicrobial resistant Gram-negative bacteria to address unmet clinical needs Innovate treatments for wound infections
      Scholarship Available Professor Clive Prestidge Closing 12 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Conquering antimicrobial resistant Gram-negative bacteria to address unmet clinical needs

      Innovate treatments for wound infections

      Are you seeking to advance your career in the biomedical industry? The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise - has available a unique research degree project based at the Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation (CPI) in our Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility. This project will develop novel, effective anti-infective nano-medicines for the treatment of lung and wound infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria.

      This is a research project with real-world impact, as lung and wound infections are a major cause of death worldwide and are increasingly challenging to treat due to the emergence of bacteria that have become resistant to all currently available antibiotics.

      There is a growing world-wide need to address antibiotic resistant bacteria and in this project you will gain the expert knowledge to meet that demand, and lead the development of new medicines.

      What you’ll do

      As part of this project, the successful candidate will:
      • Advance drug delivery/formulation science for real-life applications.
      • Deepen their understanding of the pathophysiology associated with lung and wound infections.
      • Undertake advanced cell-culture and microbiological techniques, including imaging techniques.
      • Use pre-clinical models for the evaluation of antimicrobial efficacies.
      You will also prepare and physico-chemically characterise lipid-based pharmaceutical carriers for the delivery of antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens. The formulations will be evaluated in advanced 3D cell-culture in the presence of bacterial biofilms mimicking infections of wounds and lungs before validation in preclinical disease models.

      With access to state-of-the-art equipment to manufacture and characterise pharmaceutical preparations, you will be a part of an established microbiological testing facility with a track record in successful industry and academic projects.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation (CPI) at UniSA’s Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility. Supervised by an experienced team of researchers and clinical advisers with expertise in research commercialisation and industry engagement, you will be exposed to a stimulating, inter-disciplinary environment that will equip you with a broad range of skills highly sought after in the biomedical industry.

      Who you are

      You must be familiar with lipid-based drug delivery, microbiological methods and biofilm methodologies. Basic microscopy handling will be highly regarded.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Clive Prestidge - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Nicky Thomas - Co supervisor
      Dr Paul Joyce - Co Supervisor
      Professor Paul Reynolds (Adelaide University & Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)? Director Lung Research Laboratory)
      Professor Robert Fitridge (Adelaide University & TQEH, Vascular Surgery)
      Associate Professor David Shaw (SA Health Infectious Disease Specialist, Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH))

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently residing in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Familiarity with lipid-based drug delivery
      • Familiarity with microbiological methods
      • Familiarity with biofilm methodologies

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Basic microscopy handling
      • Some experience with bioanalytical assays (plate readers etc)

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Clive Prestidge
    • Lipid nanoparticles for delivery of nucleic acid vaccines
      Scholarship Available Dr Kristen Bremmell Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Lipid nanoparticles for delivery of nucleic acid vaccines

      Lipid nanoparticles for delivery of nuclei acid vaccines

      Develop the vaccines of the future

      If you are seeking to advance your career in vaccine research, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project focusing on the development of mRNA vaccines.

      Vaccines have proven to have enormous impact to public health outcomes over many decades, including in the current global COVID-19 pandemic.

      Traditional vaccines have relied on the use of inactivated or attenuated pathogens, which have a number of disadvantages in terms of manufacturing. Whilst emerging nucleic acid vaccines, such mRNA, have many advantages including increased effectiveness and shorter manufacturing times, that enable a quicker response to epidemics.

      However, RNA is quickly degraded and requires formulation to protect the molecule and deliver it into cells. Lipid nanoparticles have demonstrated great promise in encapsulating and delivering mRNA, as demonstrated by the recent COVID-19 vaccines. The ability to formulate and deliver biotherapeutics safely and effectively into biological cells has implications for many other treatments, including cancer.

      This project aims to investigate the development of LNPs and their application to deliver a nucleic acid vaccine, through careful selection and characterisation of lipids and the assembled structures they form. In collaboration with immunologists developing the bio-therapeutics, this project will advance the development of functional lipid nanoparticles for successful outcomes in vaccination.

      This research project supports the Australian Government’s strategic direction to be self-reliant in the production of vaccines through the Medical Products National Manufacturing Priority road map, part of Australias Modern Manufacturing Strategy. The knowledge developed within this project will lead to a platform for formulating more efficient vaccines, central to Australias developing vaccine capability.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore the development of LNPs and their application to deliver a nucleic acid vaccine. You will focus on the discovery and translation of nanoparticle design to enable improved immunological outcomes from nucleic acid vaccines.

      This project is a pharmaceutical science-based study where you will participate across all areas of pharmaceutical formulation, characterisation, cellular and in vivo delivery to achieve an effective bio-therapeutic vaccine product.

      You will learn pharmaceutical preparation techniques, characterisation and biological evaluation techniques. Interpretation of this data will lead to a structure-function relationship to help guide the development of LNPs.

      The successful applicant will develop many skills in the design, formulation and characterisation of nanoparticles, including cell interaction, uptake and endosomal escape.

      Join a dynamic and supportive research environment, and become a member of a multidisciplinary and collaborative team consisting of research groups from the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide.

      You will be based with the research team at UniSA, who possess extensive experience in nanoparticle production, characterisation, delivery and interaction with cells, and collaborate with Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk, Head of the Viral Immunological Group at the University of Adelaide, a leading developer of many DNA and RNA vaccines for high profile diseases, such as Zika and Cytomegalovirus.

      Combined with the specialist knowledge you will develop in all scientific aspects, you will also develop expertise in communication, outreach and collaboration with the local pharmaceutical industry. You will also have the opportunity to present your research at national and international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences where we address critical and emerging health needs while improving the quality of patient care.

      We are at the forefront of clinical discovery through our research into causes and cures of disease. Every day, our researchers investigate the best ways to help improve patient outcomes and create positive change in the health industry.

      We present our insights to the people who need it most, through our collaborations and partnerships with local industry and community, government and research institutions worldwide.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Kristen Bremmell - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Clive Prestidge – Co Supervisor
      Dr Manasi Jambhrunkar – Co Supervisor
      Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk – Viral Immunology Group, The University of Adelaide

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      Honours or equivalent in Pharmaceutical Science or Biomedical Engineering

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close Sunday, 16 January, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Kristen Bremmell
    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 01 February 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA

      If you are seeking to advance your career in medical diagnostics, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an innovative PhD project aimed at developing a new, safe and non-invasive method of genetic testing in pregnancy, at our Future Industries Institute (FII).

      Prenatal diagnosis of genetic abnormalities in pregnancy provides important insights to expectant parents. However, standard diagnostic procedures are invasive and can carry a miscarriage risk.

      Non-invasive approaches for genetic screening have been developed and implemented clinically in the last decade. However, they do not provide a comprehensive insight into fetal health, have high failure rates, give false positive results and are unable to provide a diagnostic result.

      There is a clear need for the development of an alternative non-invasive prenatal test which can provide greater pregnancy insights.

      Current non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) technologies rely on the analysis of small fragments of the baby’s DNA (cell free fetal DNA) taken from the mother’s blood. However, most of these DNA fragments are maternal in origin, making it difficult to test the relevant fetal DNA. Central to this project is the recent finding that fetal DNA is also released into the maternal circulation within small packages known as extracellular vesicles.

      At UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, we have recently developed an approach to isolate fetal extracellular vesicles based on naturally occurring magnetic nanowires. This provides a simple yet efficient means to obtain fetal DNA from a maternal blood sample, which has huge implications for improving non-invasive prenatal testing.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will seek to demonstrate the diagnostic significance of fetal extracellular vesicle isolation, for non-invasive prenatal testing by establishing protocols for their DNA amplification, sequencing and bioinformatics.

      Informed by our  partner Monash IVF/Repromed, this PhD project ultimately aims to develop an automated technology compatible with clinical implementation. Successful outcomes would enable more reliable non-invasive prenatal testing for a greater range of diseases allowing earlier interventions, and importantly provide reassurance to the large majority of women with an unaffected pregnancy.

      You will be based in FII’s Bioengineering Laboratory headed by Professor Benjamin Thierry, and will work closely with Dr Marnie winter and her team. You will benefit from a vibrant and world class research environment, supported and mentored by post-doctoral researchers with significant expertise (including commercialisation and medical device development).

      With full access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including those within FII (droplet digital PCR, confocal microscopy, surface characterisation), as well as in the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) (microfabrication), and through collaboration with our industry partner Monash IVF/Repromed.

      Throughout this research degree project you will:

      ·         Conduct high-quality research independently and in collaboration with the supervisory team, industry and other stakeholders.

      ·         Design, perform and record laboratory based experimental work aimed at the development of a new prenatal testing technology.

      ·         Undertake molecular biology including, droplet digital PCR, DNA preparation and amplification for next generation sequencing.

      ·         Bioinformatics analysis.

      ·         Blood sample preparation and analysis.

      ·         Extracellular vesicle enrichment technology development.

      ·         Human Research ethics and sample collection.

      ·         Translate research outputs into clinical outcomes.

      This research degree project will advance your career in the field of medical diagnostics and upon completion you will possess:

      ·         High level critical thinking and organisation.

      ·         Blood handling skills and an insight into human research ethics and clinical trials.

      ·         Experience with molecular biology including droplet digital PCR, whole genome amplification and next generation sequencing.

      ·         Experience in aseptic technique and cellular culture.

      ·         Knowledge of surface functionalisation chemistry.

      ·         A strong knowledge in prenatal genetic testing and clinical testing requirements.

      ·         High level communication skills with an emphasis on effective science communication.

      ·         An entrepreneurial understanding of requirements for the development and clinical implementation of new testing technologies.

       
      This is an exceptional research project in which you will develop strong links with our industry partner with the potential for clinical translation and commercialisation.

       Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII), in the Bioengineering Laboratory at Mawson Lakes campus. Focused on end-user driven translational research, the Bioengineering Lab conducts cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, nanomedicine and engineering (https://bionanoengineering.com/).

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Marnie Winter – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Benjamin Thierry -Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Deidre Zander Fox – Industry End-User Advisor (Monash-IVF)

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         A relevant Bachelors degree with first or second class Honours, or Masters degree.

      ·         Knowledge in biomedical engineering, medical science, molecular biology or related fields.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], 25th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Marnie Winter

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    • A novel protein ZCCHC24 as a regulator of breast cancer cell plasticity and metastasis
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Philip Gregory Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: A novel protein ZCCHC24 as a regulator of breast cancer cell plasticity and metastasis

      Be part of cutting-edge research and advance breast cancer treatment

      Are you seeking to advance your biomedical career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a rewarding opportunity to apply for a PhD project based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology.

      In this project you will be involved in ground-breaking breast cancer research. Patients with breast cancer that has metastasised have limited treatment options and experience poor outcomes.

      An important mechanism contributing to breast cancer metastasis is the ability of cancer cells to undergo epithelial-mesenchymal transition (or EMT). EMT is a form of cell plasticity that facilitates tumour cell invasion, metastasis, and therapy resistance.

      There is great interest in understanding the molecular events that cause EMT, with clinical trials specifically investigating EMT modulating agents in solid tumours. We have recently identified a never-before studied protein (ZCCHC24) that is potently induced when breast cancer cells undergo EMT.

      In this research project, you will seek to uncover the molecular mechanisms through which ZCCHC24 exerts its effect on EMT and investigate its contribution to breast cancer metastasis using mouse models and patient samples. Understanding how ZCCHC24 functions has significant potential to open new therapeutic avenues to limit cellular plasticity and provide better treatment options for metastatic breast cancer.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will build on our existing research by investigating the molecular mechanisms through which ZCCHC24 controls EMT and its influence on breast cancer metastasis.

      You will use cutting edge molecular techniques such as CRISPR genome editing to manipulate ZCCHC24 and investigate consequences on gene expression and EMT. Using mouse models of breast cancer, you will investigate whether manipulating ZCCHC24 alters the ability of cells to metastasise. You will also examine ZCCHC24 expression in patient samples to determine whether it is directly associated with poor patient outcomes. You will be trained in all experimental techniques including molecular, cellular and animal models.

      Join a world-leading research centre, with a thriving research environment and undertake research with an enthusiastic team including fellow research degree students in a supportive environment.

      You will have the opportunity to present research findings at national and international conferences and network with national collaborators and breast cancer patient advocates.

      This is an exceptional research project where you will gain extensive expertise in cutting-edge molecular techniques and their application to breast cancer biology and prepare you for an exciting career in research science.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within the Gene Regulation and Cancer laboratory in the Centre for Cancer Biology located in UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building, in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City. The CCB is a medical research institute with state-of-the-art technologies, which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      Centre for Cancer Biology also have direct links with the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility, which includes bioinformatics and the latest genomic sequencing equipment.

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Philip Gregory - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Greg Goodall – Co Supervisor

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Applicants who can demonstrate experience with molecular biology and a willingness to work with animal models (mice) will be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus ?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Philip Gregory
    • Alternative splicing networks and their impact on the development of aggressive prostate cancer
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Philip Gregory Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Alternative splicing networks and their impact on the development of aggressive prostate cancer

      Learn cutting-edge molecular techniques and advance prostate cancer research

      Are you interested in advancing your career in research science? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project within the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology and linked with ACRF Cancer Genomics.

      In this research project you will using cutting-edge molecular techniques, applying them to prostate cancer biology. Current drug treatments for men with metastatic prostate cancer aim to involve androgen targeted therapy (ATT), but these ultimately fail because the residual cancer becomes resistant to these drugs. We have discovered a splicing factor called Quaking (QKI) that is strongly induced in men with ATT resistant prostate cancer as well as in prostate cancer cells that become resistant to ATT.

      This project will investigate the contribution of QKI to the development of ATT resistant and metastatic prostate cancer using advanced molecular techniques and mouse models. This innovative research will uncover splicing pathways that are induced in resistant prostate cancer cells, and potentially highlight new targets to better treat metastatic prostate cancer.

      Upon completion of this research project, you will have gained extensive expertise in cutting-edge molecular techniques and their application to prostate cancer biology.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will build on our existing research to investigate the molecular mechanisms through which Quaking influences alternative splicing during prostate cancer progression and its consequences for metastasis.

      You will use cutting edge molecular techniques, including CRISPR genome editing, to manipulate QKI and its spliced targets, RNA sequencing, and mouse models of prostate cancer metastasis. You will liaise alongside a postdoctoral fellow who will train you in all experimental techniques including molecular, cellular and animal models.

      You will have opportunities to present research findings at national and international conferences and network with national collaborators and prostate cancer patient advocates.

      Successful completion of this project and associated high impact publications will provide a strong basis for a dynamic career in research science.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Gene Regulation and Cancer laboratory within the Centre for Cancer Biology located in UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building, in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City. The CCB is a medical research institute with state-of-the-art technologies, which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      The Centre for Cancer Biology is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia and boasts the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia, currently hosting 22 full-time research group leaders and their teams.

      Our research is supported by the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility, which provides cutting edge genomics and bioinformatics expertise to enhance the ground-breaking research at the Centre for Cancer Biology.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Philip Gregory - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Greg Goodall – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Applicants who can demonstrate experience with molecular biology and a willingness to work with animal models (mice) will be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Philip Gregory
    • CDK inhibitors as immunotherapeutic agents for cancer treatment
      Scholarship Available Professor Shudong Wang Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: CDK inhibitors as immunotherapeutic agents for cancer treatment

      If you seek to advance your career in drug discovery for cancer immunotherapy, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for a novel PhD project in collaboration with Aucentra Therapeutics.

      Cell cycle dysregulation and escape from immune surveillance are hallmarks of human cancer. Targeting cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) to block cancer cell proliferation has been validated as an effective anti-cancer therapy. Similarly, drugs that antagonise the immune checkpoints in cancer cells have been approved for treating certain human cancers; however, this therapy is limited by the low response rate and immune-related adverse events in some cancer patients.

      Emerging evidence demonstrates that CDK inhibitors not only induce tumour cell cycle arrest, but also promote anti-tumour immunity by enhancing tumour antigen presentation and promoting cytotoxic T-cell-mediated clearance of tumour cells. This anti-tumour activity can be further enhanced by the addition of immune checkpoint blockades, i.e., anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1.

      This project will investigate the immunotherapeutic potential of our in-house CDK inhibitor drug candidates as single agents, and in combination with immunotherapy, as well with the clinical standard care chemotherapy.

      This is a unique opportunity to join a thriving community of researchers dedicated to cancer research at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory with exceptional facilities and high-level and varied research expertise.

      This research degree project  will also be supported by Aucentra Therapeutics, which is an Australian clinical-stage biotech company.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop the knowledge and experimental skills required to undertake advanced cell biology and animal pharmacology research, focusing on the development of drug candidates for cancer therapy.

      This will advance your career in cancer research and drug discovery and development (including cellular targets for drug action), pharmacokinetics, immune-oncology, drug development and regulatory processes, and clinical applications.

      Join a world-class cancer research group where you will encounter many opportunities to participate in industry-funded studentships/internships, through which you can broaden your understanding of drug development processes, including IP protection, drug regulation and commercialisation, facilitating your career advancement.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory in the Bradley Building in the centre of Adelaide’s BioMed City. While a new drug usually takes more than 10 years in development before reaching shelves, the Drug Discovery and Development group is working to speed up this process and make new medicines available sooner as part of a major investment in research talent and facilities at UniSA.

      Led by world-renown researcher Professor Shudong Wang, the  Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory is focussed on the discovery and development of new cancer therapies. We use a multidisciplinary approach, where structure-guided and target driven methods are employed in an effort to identify drug candidates and novel therapeutic targets. We utilise cutting-edge computational drug design, medicinal chemistry, cellular and animal pharmacology, and toxicology in a single cohesive research approach, to enable the rapid advancement of drug discovery and development.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Bachelor's or master's degree in life science, medicine, immunology, cellular & molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology or related area from a recognized university.
      • Demonstrated Ability working independently and in a team environment.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct reports and documents.
      • Knowledge related to immunology and/or pharmacology.
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Shudong Wang
    • Enhancing therapy of acute myeloid leukaemia by predicting drivers of relapse
      Scholarship Available Professor Stuart Pitson Closing 28 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Enhancing therapy of acute myeloid leukaemia by predicting drivers of relapse

      Lead the future on personalised leukemia treatment

      Be a part of research project with impact at the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) and the Molecular Therapeutics Laboratory (MTL). We are offering an exceptional opportunity for a PhD in an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) research project, aimed at developing personalised and targeted therapies to suppress the relapse of acute myeloid leukaemia.

      Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) kills 75% of patients and leads to about 900 Australian deaths each year. Standard chemotherapy treatment has not changed since the mid-1980s highlighting the need for new therapies. Most patients initially respond to the standard therapy, forcing the disease into remission, however relapse is common and often aggressive and difficult to clinically manage, which is one of the main reasons for poor clinical outcome.

      In this project you will be a part of world-leading research in a laboratory aiming to solve this problem by developing a system whereby the mechanisms driving disease relapse can be identified prior to it occurring. This research allows patients to be pre-emptively treated with therapies specifically targeting those mechanisms.

      What you’ll do

      In this research project you will use highly advanced pre-clinical models of AML, that faithfully recapitulate a patient’s disease. Using this model we will examine the patient’s AML at diagnosis to determine the trajectory of the disease in response to standard chemotherapeutics. From this you will be able to identify the relapse-driving mutations and correlate this with the mutations that drove relapse in the patient. With this information, we will design new targeted therapeutic approaches predicted to be effective against these mutations, and using our advanced pre-clinical models test the efficacy of this approach in curing AML.

      As a part of this project you will develop skills in a wide range of experimental techniques including: molecular biology and cellular biology, primary cell culture of AML cells and mesenchymal stem cells, in vitro immunophenotyping and viability assays, next generation sequencing, variant curation, and gene expression analysis of primary patient material for patient stratification. You will learn how to grow the humanized bones in mice for xenotransplantation studies and define disease progression in both patients and in the xenotransplantation model. You will also perform pre-clinical evaluations of tarted therapies to prevent patient relapse and improve patient outcomes.

      As a part of this NHMRC project, you will have the opportunity to present at conferences and publish in elite scientific journals.

      Successful outcomes in these studies will establish a powerful system to predict the evolutionary trajectory of disease relapse in AML patients treated with standard induction chemotherapeutics, and guide the use of new clinical therapeutic approaches to pre-emptively target these clones to substantially improve patient outcome.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) a medical research institute which carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      Specifically, you will be a part of the CCB’s Molecular Therapeutics Laboratory (MTL) that specialises in examining the regulation of cell signalling pathways; to both determine how defects in this contribute to cancer and other diseases, and to develop agents to target these pathways to improve human health. The MTL is a successful research lab with a strong track record in grant funding, having secured over $15M in research funding over the past five years.

      The MTL is headed by Professor Stuart Pitson a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and comprises of 23 members including other senior research fellows, senior and junior research assistants, and a combination of PhD and Honours students. This is a chance to be a part of a dynamic research environment and a part of wider research community.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stuart Pitson - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Jason Powell
      Associate Professor David Ross
      Associate Professor Daniel Thomas

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently residing in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Stuart Pitson
    • Prevention of cancer therapy induced side effects
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Paul Anderson Closing 17 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      Masters or PhD Project: Prevention of cancer therapy induced side effects

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in biomedicine and keen to contribute to cancer treatment research, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for a research degree that can improves the lives of those with cancer, at our Health and Biomedical Innovation (HBI) research concentration.

      Chemotherapy is an effective cancer treatment however, it does have debilitating side effects for those receiving high doses, in particular gut damage (mucositis). Mucositis amplifies infection risk, leading to a higher chance of death or longer hospital stays due to malnutrition, diarrhea, and dehydration. Current evidence implicates multiple damage pathways in the gut leading to gastrointestinal mucositis (GM), including oxidative stress, inflammation, host-microbe signalling, and apoptosis. Active vitamin D (1,25D) reduces apoptosis and inflammation through cytokine inhibition, promoting immune tolerance and regulating responses, enhancing intestinal barrier function by maintaining tight junctions and a stable microbiome, promoting gut health and opposing damage pathways. However, 1,25D therapy is dangerous as it causes hypercalcemia which is linked to nephrocalcinosis, and cardiovascular disease.

      At UniSA’s Health and Biomedical Innovation, we have developed a novel molecule (Polara1) which competitively inhibits the breakdown of active vitamin D, resulting in enhanced endogenous 1,25D activity. The advantage of Polara1 over other vitamin D therapies is that (1) it enhances endogenous activity of vitamin D, which is safer than exogenous 1,25D administration, and (2) Polara1 itself lacks affinity for the receptor for vitamin D (VDR), and so has no activity in the system beside protecting naturally occurring vitamin D activity.

      This project intends to determine whether Polara1 prevents chemotherapy-induced mucositis by moderating cell growth and differentiation, innate immune function, and gut microbiota, offering clinical therapeutic value. Be part of a potentially life-changing project that helps develop adjunct therapies for chemotherapy that will improve patient welfare and treatment outcomes.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will investigate whether Polara1 prevents chemotherapy-induced mucositis. As the successful candidate will analyse data in Excel and Prism, and conduct histological, biochemical, real time RT-PCR and Western blotting analyses to study tissue, blood, gene and proteins. LC/MSMS assays will be used to vitamin D metabolites. As this is a project partnered with end-users, you may be required to visit patient cancer centres. Training will be provided by members of the supervisory team as well as others and you will be expected to participate in discussions about our research with national and international collaborators. There will be opportunities to co-author journal articles and there is potential to attend conferences to present your work (virtual and/or face to face locally, nationally and internationally, if travel permitted).

      The project will provide you with a range of transferable skills including the ability to design studies, project manage, work productively independently and in a team environment, and communicate effectively with scientists from a range of disciplines. The international network of scientists and clinicians in HBI have expertise that span many facets of cancer therapy, endocrinology, and gastrointestinal physiology. This team has a strong history of grant funding for innovative projects in the areas of vitamin D and gut physiology and you will have the opportunity to participate in these related projects.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Health and Biomedical Innovation (HBI) which leads research into the workings of the body and its interaction with its surrounding environment. We address fundamental questions about how the body and its environment work together, that informs our knowledge of the human body, in both health and disease.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Paul Anderson - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Andrea Stringer - Co Supervisor

      Dr Rohit Joshi, (Calvary North Adelaide and Central Districts Hospitals, and Lyell McEwin Hospita)l – Associate Supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic applicants only. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at City West Campus.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 16 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Paul Anderson

    Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

    • CDK inhibitors as immunotherapeutic agents for cancer treatment
      Scholarship Available Professor Shudong Wang Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: CDK inhibitors as immunotherapeutic agents for cancer treatment

      If you seek to advance your career in drug discovery for cancer immunotherapy, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for a novel PhD project in collaboration with Aucentra Therapeutics.

      Cell cycle dysregulation and escape from immune surveillance are hallmarks of human cancer. Targeting cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) to block cancer cell proliferation has been validated as an effective anti-cancer therapy. Similarly, drugs that antagonise the immune checkpoints in cancer cells have been approved for treating certain human cancers; however, this therapy is limited by the low response rate and immune-related adverse events in some cancer patients.

      Emerging evidence demonstrates that CDK inhibitors not only induce tumour cell cycle arrest, but also promote anti-tumour immunity by enhancing tumour antigen presentation and promoting cytotoxic T-cell-mediated clearance of tumour cells. This anti-tumour activity can be further enhanced by the addition of immune checkpoint blockades, i.e., anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1.

      This project will investigate the immunotherapeutic potential of our in-house CDK inhibitor drug candidates as single agents, and in combination with immunotherapy, as well with the clinical standard care chemotherapy.

      This is a unique opportunity to join a thriving community of researchers dedicated to cancer research at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory with exceptional facilities and high-level and varied research expertise.

      This research degree project  will also be supported by Aucentra Therapeutics, which is an Australian clinical-stage biotech company.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop the knowledge and experimental skills required to undertake advanced cell biology and animal pharmacology research, focusing on the development of drug candidates for cancer therapy.

      This will advance your career in cancer research and drug discovery and development (including cellular targets for drug action), pharmacokinetics, immune-oncology, drug development and regulatory processes, and clinical applications.

      Join a world-class cancer research group where you will encounter many opportunities to participate in industry-funded studentships/internships, through which you can broaden your understanding of drug development processes, including IP protection, drug regulation and commercialisation, facilitating your career advancement.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory in the Bradley Building in the centre of Adelaide’s BioMed City. While a new drug usually takes more than 10 years in development before reaching shelves, the Drug Discovery and Development group is working to speed up this process and make new medicines available sooner as part of a major investment in research talent and facilities at UniSA.

      Led by world-renown researcher Professor Shudong Wang, the  Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory is focussed on the discovery and development of new cancer therapies. We use a multidisciplinary approach, where structure-guided and target driven methods are employed in an effort to identify drug candidates and novel therapeutic targets. We utilise cutting-edge computational drug design, medicinal chemistry, cellular and animal pharmacology, and toxicology in a single cohesive research approach, to enable the rapid advancement of drug discovery and development.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Bachelor's or master's degree in life science, medicine, immunology, cellular & molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology or related area from a recognized university.
      • Demonstrated Ability working independently and in a team environment.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct reports and documents.
      • Knowledge related to immunology and/or pharmacology.
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Shudong Wang
    • Community pharmacy peer support program for early career pharmacists focused on understanding and managing the psychological impact of significant events
      Scholarship Available Dr Vijay Suppiah Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Community pharmacy peer support program for early career pharmacists focused on understanding and managing the psychological impact of significant events

      Develop a national peer support program to assist Early Career Pharmacists

      Are you interested in advancing your career in clinical pharmacy and learning more about self-care practices and peer support? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for a PhD project in partnership with the Pharmacists Support Service (PSS).

      This project seeks to build resilience and manage the stresses of being frontline health professionals. An anonymised survey investigating burnout reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had changed work practices for pharmacists with many working overtime, experiencing an increased workload, and working with reduced staffing. Lack of essential training in self-care is a significant barrier to pharmacists being able to effectively manage work-related stressors, particularly during significant events.

      In this project you will test the feasibility of a national online peer support model to assist Early Career Pharmacists (ECPs). You will be supervised by experts in their fields who have solid research track records and research success.

      You will benefit from being exposed to the research culture of multiple organisations and liaising with a larger team of experts. Due to the nature of this project, you will also obtain significant exposure to the community pharmacy sector.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be a part of a national project, coordinating with experienced pharmacy researchers from across Australia and PSS to design and implement a national peer support program. Members of the Hand N Hand team will also be part of this collaboration.

      In this thriving research environment, you will develop contemporary peer support practices and self-care techniques. You will conduct UniSA Ethics applications for the various phases of this study, assist with participant recruitment, run focus groups and conduct individual and group interviews and liaise with PSS pharmacists for data collection.

      This project will enable you to develop your project management skills (good record keeping and tracking the various aspects of the study), good interpersonal skills (liaising and collaborating with various members of the research team and participants), and writing and critical thinking skills (reports, manuscripts, thesis).

      As a part of this industry partnered project, you will have placement opportunities with the PSS at their Melbourne office (pending easing of COVID-19 restrictions and opening of interstate borders). Through your research, you will generate research papers and reports, and have the opportunity to participate in and present at research seminars and conferences.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry driven project will prepare you for rewarding career in clinical pharmacy.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building. It is home to UniSA’s key Clinical & Health Sciences research concentrations, which investigate diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and cardiovascular disease and a range of related therapies. We are a base for research into population health, radiotherapy and genomics.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Vijay Suppiah - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Libby Hotham – Co Supervisor
      Mrs Kay Dunkley (Pharmacist’s Support Services)
      Dr Fiona Kelly (Griffith University)
      Dr Sara McMillan (Griffith University)
      Mr Jason Buccheri (La Trobe University

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Applicants must have a pharmacy degree with honours and/or Masters degree.

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Prior experience working in the community pharmacy sector;
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Vijay Suppiah
    • Developing advanced oral delivery systems for antiviral drugs
      Scholarship Available Professor Clive Prestidge Closing 15 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Developing advanced oral delivery systems for antiviral drugs

      Developing oral delivery of antiviral drugs

      If you are seeking to advance your career in pharmaceutical science and keen to contribute to developing novel methods for delivering antiviral drugs, the University of South Australia --- Australia’s University of Enterprise --- is offering a high-profile PhD opportunity in the brand-new, state-of-the-art Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation.

      There is significant national and international interest in establishing novel antiviral drugs and their effective oral delivery.  Most of the current and newly discovered antiviral agents under development are poorly soluble in gastro-intestinal conditions, poorly bioavailable and require advanced formulation strategies. 

      This project will use a combination of pharmaceutical formulation, in vitro analysis, pharmacokinetic/bio-distribution and associated modelling for the novel formulation and delivery systems to enable effective oral delivery of many drugs against HIV, COVID-19 and other viruses. 

      You will join UniSA’s Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation, within Clinical and Health Sciences, and co-directed by world-leading researcher Professor Clive Prestidge. Our research team is already highly recognised nationally and internationally for their experience in developing novel oral delivery systems for poorly soluble drugs, characterisation and delivery, and you will join this thriving research environment.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop advanced oral delivery systems for antiviral drugs.

      As this is a collaborative research project there will be opportunities for you to spend time in the labs of our research and industry partners. You will develop expertise in communication, outreach and collaboration with the local pharmaceutical industry.

      This is an exceptional research project where you will develop research excellence in drug delivery and pharmaceutical science and technology, high level of oral and written communication skills, and established an extensive and productive professional network.

      You will be encouraged and supported to attend national and international conferences and workshops (if travel permitted), along with opportunities to apply for research degree leadership positions within the Centre.

      The knowledge developed and experience gained during this project and within this research environment will advance your career options in academia and industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based withing UniSA’s new Centre for Pharmaceutical Innovation.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, a top-up scholarship of $1,500 will be available for the successful candidate. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Research experience in pharmacy and pharmaceuticals science.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer, with a preferred start date of 17 January 2022.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Wednesday 15 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Clive Prestidge
    • Development of a novel controlled release anticancer drug delivery system using 3D printing
      Scholarship Available Professor Sanjay Garg Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Development of a novel controlled release anticancer drug delivery system using 3D printing

      Make a real difference in cancer treatment

      The Centre for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is currently seeking applications for a research project examining the creation of a new anticancer drug using novel 3D printing technology.

      Medical-related drug problems including ineffectiveness and safety issues are common, and a significant concern to our healthcare system. Two or more medicines with a complicated administration procedure may be prescribed for chronic disease and are usually associated with medication management problems and suboptimal prescribing, especially for a child or an elderly patient. This increases the incidence of adverse drug reactions – it is a barrier for patients and their treatment processes, and results in higher medication costs.

      Inappropriate use of medicines costs the Australian public hospital system approximately $1.2 billion per year, representing 2-3% of all hospital admissions costs. Polypharmacy is an ongoing problem associated with conventional drug products and has been shown to increase patient confusion, adverse drug reactions, non-adherence, and drug interactions. In clinical practice, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting can compromise the efficacy of chemotherapy agents. The prophylactic antiemetics are generally administered one hour before chemotherapy, however the regimens are often skipped or overlooked due to several factors including patient confusion and poor adherence.

      3D printing can allow a flexible process for tailored dosing and drug combinations, and achieve an all-in-one combined polypill. With 3D printing technology, a multi-compartment tablet with selected drugs and required doses can be prepared that releases antiemetic at the desired time, followed by a chemotherapeutic agent in a controlled pattern.

      Our hypothesis is that the developed oral delivery system using 3D printing can achieve required release profiles for multiple drugs with one tablet. The main challenge will be a new fashion tablet design containing different drugs with the limited FDA-approved excipients for the 3D printing process to achieve a required controlled release profile.

      This project will give you the expertise to investigate a novel technology for the use in drug development and delivery, improving effectiveness, safety, and patient outcomes for many Australians nation-wide.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake activities such as:
      The drugs assay with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS )
      Formulation design and 3D printing process optimisation
      A controlled release tablet quality evaluation based on United States Pharmacopeia (USP) requirements
      Pharmacokinetics study in rats and Pharmacokinetics modelling

      You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as HPLC and LC/MS, 3D printers, DSC, FTIR, NMR, dissolution tester, hardness tester, friability tester, disintegration time tester, and other relative equipment.

      You will receive training in animal ethics and perform the formulation evaluation in animals.

      Additionally, as a part of the project you may also have the opportunity to attend domestic and international conferences to present the outcomes of your research, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development Group (PIDG) within UniSA’s Centre for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics. PIDG is based in the new 247 million AUD purpose-built Bradley Building in city west Adelaide. The PIDG facilities are well equipped with state of the art laboratory and pilot scale pharmaceutical development, analysis and characterisation equipment for various dosage forms. PIDG is a highly productive and supportive multi-cultural team of research staff and students, engaged in a range of pharmaceutical discovery and development projects. You will work within our purpose-built laboratories and access well-equipped facilities as part of your research project.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Sanjay Garg - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Co Supervisor
      Dr May Song - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 23 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sanjay Garg
    • Development of novel biofilm penetrating formulations for the prevention or treatment of vaginal mucosal infections
      Scholarship Available Dr Amy Holmes Closing 17 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Development of novel biofilm penetrating formulations for the prevention or treatment of vaginal mucosal infections

      Strapline: Create innovative solutions to prevent and treat biofilm associated bacterial infections

      If you are seeking to advance your career in clinical and health sciences and are interested in developing innovative ways of tackling bacterial infections, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise - is offering a PhD project aimed at developing a novel antibacterial therapeutic formulation. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a chronic problem without an effective treatment. BV infections affect 15 to 50 per cent of all women of reproductive age and typically result from changes in vaginal microbiota, from the dominant Lactobacillus to other anaerobic strains. The estimated global economic burden of BV is US$4.8 billion, and this does not include the cost of preterm birth caused by BV. Current clinical strategies are failing, since recurrent BV infection after completed treatment occurs in more than 50 per cent of women within 12 months and can become a chronic health issue.

      The predominant reason for treatment ineffectiveness is that it fails to eradicate the pathogenic biofilm—antibiotics are prevented from penetrating and diffusing throughout the biofilm, ultimately leaving behind a proportion of the shielded pathogenic bacteria viable. This is an interdisciplinary research project whose outcome will enhance the health of many women across the globe and prepare you for a career in pharmaceutical sciences.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will design and develop a novel biofilm-disrupting intravaginal formulation that will be assessed by using state-of-the-art imaging modalities and a 3D vaginal mucosa model to show real-world therapeutic efficacy. You will undertake laboratory work using a range of techniques in microbiology, tissue culture, advanced imaging and formulation development. This project will equip you with experience in designing novel therapeutic formulations, formulation characterisation, microbiology techniques (including biofilm culture), human cell culture techniques and advanced imaging, such as live-cell two-photon metabolic imaging.

      In this state-of-the-art project you will gain interdisciplinary experience in a range of areas such as microbiology and pharmaceutical science. You will also learn advanced imaging techniques, such as multiphoton microscopy with fluorescence lifetime imaging, with unique access to UniSA’s brand-new research facility.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences Unit which addresses critical and emerging health needs while improving the quality of patient care. We are at the forefront of clinical discovery through our research into the causes and cures of disease. Every day, our researchers investigate the best ways to help improve patient outcomes and create positive change in the health industry. We present our insights to the people who need it most, through our collaborations and partnerships with local industry and community, government and research institutions worldwide.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Amy Holmes - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Sanjay Garg - Co Supervisor

      Dr Layla Mahdi - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students. International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic applicants and international applicants. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 16 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Amy Holmes
    • Novel antimicrobials delivery systems for multi drug resistant infections
      Scholarship Available Professor Sanjay Garg Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Novel antimicrobials delivery systems for multi drug resistant infections

      Develop novel solutions for drug-resistant infections

      If you are seeking to advance your career in pharmaceutical science, and interested in addressing the antimicrobial resistance crisis, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for a pioneering PhD based within the Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development Group in conjunction with Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics Pty Ltd.

      The major objective of this project is to confirm two promising novel actives for prominent infectious diseases treatments, and in so doing, solve the antimicrobial resistance crisis and offer effective treatments for both animals and humans. The two novel treatments have undergone extensive pre-clinical proof-of-concept testing and are primed for advanced pharmaceutical development and clinical study.

      This is a unique opportunity to be part of a collaborative project between UniSA, the University of Adelaide, and our industry partner Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics Pty Ltd, providing you with outstanding early career researcher training opportunities at the interfaces of medicinal chemistry, drug design, microbiology, animal models, next-generation sequencing, and bioinformatics in different laboratories.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will carry out research around the drug’s analytical methods development with HPLC and LC/MS, pre-formulation studies, formulation design and preparation process optimisation, formulation quality evaluation based on USP and relative standard requirements, and PK-PD study in dogs and Pharmacokinetics modelling.

      The multidisciplinary nature of this research will equip you with skills and expertise in pharmaceutical product development, in vitro and in vivo evaluation and correlation, and bio samples analysis. Specifically, you will learn how to conduct drug analysis with different equipment, such as (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry, HPLC with different detectors and LC/MS; learn otic, systemic and oral formulations design, optimisation and evaluation; and master formulations’ quality standard requirements and evaluation processes.

      There are opportunities to attend one domestic conference every year and one international conference (if travel permitted). High-quality publications in refereed international journals will be supported to improve your research profile and elevate future employment prospects. Importantly, you have direct engagement with our industry partner, greatly expanding career opportunities globally, as the animal health and drug development industry highly values industry experience and knowledge.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based primarily at UniSA’s Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development Group, with the opportunity to work in other labs during your candidature. Our research group, led by Prof Sanjay Garg, covers the full spectrum, from basic mechanistic studies to preclinical and clinical product development.

      Our interdisciplinary research is based on the principles of engagement, innovation, translation and impact. With a patient and partnership-driven approach, we are a one-stop destination for progressing molecules to medicines, ensuring significant savings of time and resources. Our research team excels in solving difficult product development challenges such as poor solubility, stability, and the need for local and systemic drug targeting. Partnered with industry, we work closely with several companies developing human and veterinary pharmaceutical, biotechnological, complementary, nutrition and cosmetics products.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Sanjay Garg - Principal Supervisor
      Dr May Song – Co Supervisor
      Professor Darren Trott (The University of Adelaide)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sanjay Garg
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    Built environment and design

    Architecture

    • Architects’ cognitive behaviour in immersive virtual environments for supporting design sustainability
      Scholarship Available Professor Ning Gu Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Architects’ cognitive behaviour in immersive virtual environments for supporting design sustainability

      Using cutting edge technology to improve decision-making in sustainable design

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in architecture and are interested in using new technologies to aid sustainable design, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for an innovative PhD project based in the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE).

      This project will investigate an architects’ cognitive behaviour in Immersive Virtual Environments (ImVE) during decision-making to achieve sustainable design. Design sustainability is one of most important topics in built environment research. Currently, architects use Building Performance Analysis (BPA) tools to support and test complex design decisions concerning the ecological and energy performance of buildings. Yet most BPA tools have limitations, which can result in architects using the tools ineffectively or incorrectly, or avoiding using them altogether, thereby leading to poor design decisions and ultimately sub­optimal building performance.

      ImVEs such as Virtual Realities (VR), Augmented Realities (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are starting to emerge in architectural design as the next generation of Computer-aided Design (CAD) tools. These new environments can improve spatial cognition and support better informed design decision-making to achieve sustainable design.

      This is an exciting project that can revolutionise architectural design through VR/AR/MR and promote sustainable design practices in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry sector.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore architects’ sustainable design practices in ImVE (comparing to typical CAD tools) using a combination of advanced research techniques and technologies. A key outcome of this project is a prototype of an optimal ImVE which is appropriate for supporting sustainable design, based on existing BPA tools enhanced with advanced visualisation and interaction capabilities.

      The project will also produce empirical evidence of architects’ cognitive behaviour while undertaking sustainable design tasks in ImVE. This project will support and promote sustainable design practices in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry through technology adoption and an improved understanding about design behaviour, which can potentially benefit Australia’s environment and economy.

      This dynamic project will provide you with access to advanced computational design tools and through IVE’s extended industry networks you will have access to design professionals and architecture students to test the technologies impact.

      You will be trained to independently conduct the research project, including detailing the research conceptualisation, developing the literature review and research design, setting up and conducting design experiments, collecting data and undertaking analysis, and interpreting and communicating research results.

      You may also have the opportunities to undertake a placement at the end-user organisation to apply relevant aspects of the research in practice. You will also be encouraged to present at international conferences, attend essential research training and professional networking activities (travel permitted).

      During the project, you will be guided to develop research publications in journals and conference proceedings for knowledge dissemination and exchange.

      This project will develop your capability to conduct independent research and you will gain distinct knowledge and skill sets in computational and cognitive design research. These skills and experiences will lay the foundations for a successful career in academic or research organisations, or in Research and Development (R&D) positions in relevant industry sectors.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE). As a world leader in AR and VR, the Centre is a unique alignment of computer science, engineering, art, architecture and design.  

      IVE is responding to the challenge of increased demand for AR and VR technologies globally. Our researchers are leaders in many areas of AR and VR research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence.  

      IVE is one of the largest concentrations of AR and VR research in Australia. Our vast experience in advanced manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), interactive art and design for a wide range of sectors allows us to work in collaboration with our industry partners to transform industry and solve large-scale societal challenges.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Master of Architecture or an equivalent degree from a related design discipline,
      • Skills and experiences in applying computational design tools in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Skills and experiences in sustainable design,
      • Skills and experiences in computer programming or scripting,
      • Familiarity with cognitive research methods.
      Additionally, applicants should submit a research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) for how they envisage to undertake the PhD research on the stated topic within the application. A template to guide the writing of this proposal is available here.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ning Gu
    • Determining and visualising the social value of mixed-use urban housing developments through digital twins
      Scholarship Available Professor Ning Gu Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Determining and visualising the social value of mixed-use urban housing developments through digital twins

      Investigate the social value of mixed-use urban housing using computational technologies

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in architecture or architectural computing and keen to investigate social values in housing, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a multidisciplinary PhD within the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments in collaboration with UniSA Business, the University of Adelaide, Uniting Communities, and the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

      This PhD project is a part of an overall research project funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant, that will use an innovative Social Value Framework to investigate the social benefit of building mixed-use vertical communities in the Australian urban context.  The PhD-specific project will create a data-driven approach for examining and visualising the relationships between building design, environmental performance and the social value of mixed-use urban developments, using Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital twin technologies. The approach will be tested using an Adelaide case study, UCity.

      This PhD project will establish how mixed-use building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, and well-being, and specifically focus on enabling technologies to integrate, correlate and analyse multiple data sets. The results will inform the development of new social value assessment tools and good-practice guides for Australian design industries and contribute to establishing socially and environmentally appropriate housing for diverse end-user groups.

      This is an opportunity to collaborate with end-user organisations, as you will be part of a cohort of three interrelated PhD projects designed to create high-impact outputs, involving UniSA’s  Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, UniSA Business, the University of Adelaide, and our industry partners, Uniting Communities, and the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

      What you’ll do

      In this PhD project, the successful candidate will investigate the social value of mixed-use urban housing. Under the guidance of an expert international supervisory panel, you will be trained to independently conduct the research project, including detailing the research conceptualisation, developing the literature review and research design, exploring relevant advanced technologies, including BIM and digital twins, developing the data-driven approach, and finally collecting data and undertaking the case study in UCity.

      This dynamic and multifaceted project may also provide opportunities to undertake a placement with our partners (Uniting Communities and/or AIA), giving you valuable end-user and industry experiences that can enhance your career.

      This project prepares you for a successful career in the design industries or technology sector, or government and public sectors, and international academic organisations; contributing to the important mission of designing and supporting social sustainability.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE). As a world leader in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) research, IVE is a unique alignment of computer science, engineering, art, architecture and design.  

      IVE is responding to the challenge of increased demand for AR and VR technologies globally. Our researchers are leaders in many areas of AR and VR research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence.  

      IVE is one of the largest concentrations of AR and VR research in Australia. Our vast experience in advanced manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), interactive art and design for a wide range of sectors allows us to work in collaboration with our industry partners to transform industry and solve large-scale societal challenges. 

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students. An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant who demonstrates advanced skills and experiences matching the following selection criteria.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • A Master of Architecture or an equivalent degree from a related design discipline,
      • Skills and experiences in applying computational design tools in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors, especially related to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital twin technologies.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Skills and experiences in designing and/or studying the social aspects of architecture,
      • Skills and experiences in designing and/or studying sustainability and building performance,
      • Skills and experiences in computer programming or scripting.
      Additionally, applicants should submit a research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) for how they envisage to undertake the PhD research on the stated topic within the application. A template to guide the writing of this proposal is available here.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ning Gu
    • The social value of mixed-use urban developments: how building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, community and well-being
      Scholarship Available Dr Helen Barrie Closing 30 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: The social value of mixed-use urban developments: how building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, community and well-being

      Investigate the social value of mixed-use urban developments

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in architecture and keen to address social housing policy issues, then the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a PhD in partnership with Uniting Communities, and the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

      This project will investigate the social benefit of building mixed-use vertical communities in the Australian urban context, by adopting an innovative social value framework. We will use citizen science for real time auditing of the built environment by residents and users, through smart technologies for environmental and behavioural monitoring, and data analytics and design automation for spatial analysis of building use.

      You will use an Adelaide case study to establish how high rise, mixed-use building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, and wellbeing in order to understand how a social values framework can inform future design developments.

      The results of this project will inform the development of new social values tools and good practice guides for Australian design industries, local and state government planning and development in the not-for-profit sector.

      This is a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research across UniSA Business and UniSA Creative with strong collaborative links to the University of Adelaide. This project is part of three interrelated PhD projects, with links to a wider group of students working in citizen science, urban planning and design.

      You will gain valuable industry-related experience through our partnerships with both Uniting Communities SA and the Australian Institute of Architecture, and you will have access to international links to the University of Reading, UK and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore through the project advisory panel.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will receive excellent research training and gain expertise in social science, architecture, planning and design. You have the potential to become an innovative leader in the emerging use of citizen science in the fields of social inquiry and the built environment.

      Employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods, you will learn how to integrate data from different sources into one inquiry. You’ll benefit from strong end user engagement to validate and disseminate the research, and be encouraged and supported to publish as part of a wide, interdisciplinary research team.

      You’ll be supported to attend national and international conferences and networking (if travel permitted).

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at UniSA Business. Our researchers are thought leaders who engage in world-class research and share their insights with students, industry and government partners. Our findings translate directly into results that transform businesses and affect communities for the better.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Helen Barrie - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Debbie Faulkner – Co Supervisor
      Professor Ning Gu – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      Masters in relevant field (Geography, Urban Planning, Architecture, Social Sciences more broadly)

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Skills and experiences in designing and/or studying the social aspects of architecture.
      • Skills and/or experience in research with or about people
      • Skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research design and data analysis techniques.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 30 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Helen Barrie

    Building

    There are currently no projects available for this field of research.

    Design

    • Environmental education through creative practice
      Scholarship Available Dr Jane Andrew Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Environmental education through creative practice

      Foster pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour

      Are you interested in expanding your creative practice and exploring themes of botany, ecology and nature? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for a PhD project to meet one of the grand challenges of our time, environmental crisis.

      In this research project you will examine the role of creative practice in the development of pedagogical tools and methods that foster pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour. This interdisciplinary research project will integrate a range of creative approaches including illustration and communication design with Environmental Education (EE) research.

      As a practice-based PhD, you will focus on investigating themes of botany, ecology and nature through creative practice, as a means of encouraging critical engagement and challenge, to anthropocentric worldviews.

      You will be supported in your creative inquiry and practice, through access to South Australian cultural institutions and collections, and expert researchers associated with UniSA’s Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3)

      Through this project you will develop a high level of skill and critical thought and be equipped to contribute creative outcomes of a world-class standard, that are of interest and value to other arts practitioners, research experts and the community.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore through creative practice, anthropocentric views that influence our attitudes to the environment.

      Outcomes of this practice-based research may include a historical analysis of visual representations of nature, including acknowledgement and re-framing of perspectives that may historically have been under-represented or omitted. They may also include a series of creative workshops, including co-design with participants exploring themes of nature, environment and botany in educational settings.

      Through this project you will develop skills in analysis, interpretation and creation of cultural artefacts; research skills including ethics, academic writing, professional engagement with cultural institutions; and a deeper understanding and sensitivity of Aboriginal cultural and environmental contexts.

      You will undertake research, studio practice, and data collection involving relevant local and national cultural institutions.

      With access to UniSA’s Dorrit Black studios and workshops, in which to develop your creative practice  –  you will also have  the opportunity  to exhibition, present at conferences and co-publish journal articles with your supervisory team. Some national travel may be required, if travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative ’s Dorrit Black studios in the Kaurna Building, at our City West campus.

      UniSA Creative, incorporating the South Australian School of Art, brings together the disciplines of architecture, planning, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television and the creative industries to produce flexible graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information .

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Additionally, applicants should submit a research proposal (approxiamtely 2,500 words) for how they envisage to undertake the PhD research on the stated topic with the application. A template to guide the writing of this proposal is available here.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer, with a preferred start date of 28 February 2022.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Tuesday 25 January 2022 .
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jane Andrew

    Urban and regional planning

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Chemical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Analytical chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Inorganic chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Macromolecular and materials chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Organic chemistry

    • Click chemistry and precise therapeutic conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Click chemistry and precise therapeutic conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease

      Precise therapeutic conjugates to cure disease

      If you are looking to advance your career in organic, ligation, medicinal and translational chemistry, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique PhD opportunity with our Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) research group partnered with Fleet Bioprocessing Ltd.

      One of the biggest challenges facing the pharmaceutical sector is the manufacture of precise therapeutic conjugates, where drugs are attached to specific locations on the peptide chain without interfering with the antibody/peptide binding and recognition. Precise therapeutic manufacture requires site-specific modification and highly efficient ligation (click) chemistries.

      In this project you will synthesise novel click reactant partners and assess their stability, cross-reactivity and kinetics; develop peptides/antibodies with site-specific modifications; prepare and characterise conjugates; and study the biological activity of conjugates.

      What you’ll do

      Bioconjugates underpin a multibillion-dollar worldwide economy (more than US$79 billion), with many of the largest global pharmaceutical companies heavily reliant on effective bioconjugates for their future products.

      Currently, bioconjugates manufacturing is random, which effectively renders the bioconjugate useless. In this project you will deploy newly created chemistries developed by the ACTB to target drug delivery and maximise therapeutic outcomes.

      Collaborating with ACTB’s partner, Fleet Bioprocessing Ltd, you will develop skills in organic, analytical, and peptide chemistry; peptide bioengineering, and; therapeutic conjugates to precisely locate complementary groups along a peptide chain and prepare exact conjugates that maximise efficacy and limit off-target effects.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) research group, and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for synthesis, bioengineering and cell biology.

      You will also have the opportunity to attend an international internship at a major bioconjugation company that works closely with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, travel permitted.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann - Co Supervisor
      Dr Shane Hickey - Co Supervisor
      Dr Hugo Albrecht - Co Supervisor
      Dr Todd Gillam - Co Supervisor
      Professor Doug Brooks - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 23 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe
    • Dynamic antimicrobial peptides against resistant microbes in the medical, agricultural and food sectors
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Dynamic antimicrobial peptides against resistant microbes in the medical, agricultural and food sectors

      Develop antimicrobial peptides for resistant microbes

      Are you seeking to advance your career in the development of novel antimicrobial agents that evade antimicrobial resistance? The University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a disruptive PhD project within the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) Group in collaboration with Vetter Pharma.

      Resistance to current antimicrobials threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of human and livestock infections, and crop spoilage caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. The Centre for Disease Prevention has estimated that the yearly cost of antimicrobial resistance to healthcare is $55 billion in the US alone.

      The current pipeline for the development of new antibiotics does not address the broader issues associated with antimicrobial resistance. One of the main factors that contributes towards antimicrobial resistance is the continued market investment in antibiotics that act on a specific microbial target, encouraging microbial evolution into ever-resistant organisms.

      Future generations of antimicrobial agents need to be designed to disrupt multiple cellular functions that prevent microbes from adapting to their mechanisms of action. Towards this goal, the ACTB group has spearheaded the development of synthetic antimicrobial peptides that are highly effective against gram-negative bacteria and immune to antimicrobial resistance as a result of their multi-modal membrane disruption mechanisms.

      Building on this advancement, this project will develop dynamic antimicrobial peptides (DAMPs), which can sense, shape-shift and adapt to their environment to maximise microbial membrane disruption and death.

      This is a unique opportunity to undertake both academic and industry-relevant research to address and provide a solution for a global problem.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will (under supervision), be responsible for synthesising DAMPs and characterising their conformation shapeshifting in different biological environments. You will also assess DAMP bacterial and fungal activities.

      You will join a vibrant and intellectually stimulating research team at the ACTB Group, working closely with partners at the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, Guru Angad Dev University (India) and Vetter Pharma, which will develop your capacity as a collaborative researcher.

      As a part of this industry partnered project you will have the opportunity to attend an international internship, which will enable you to develop your professional networks, travel permitting.

      ACTB regularly host undergraduate vacation scholarship students, and you will have the opportunity to develop your supervisory skills and potentially participate in undergraduate teaching (e.g., demonstrating), in which to develop your communication and teaching skills.

      You will also have the opportunity to attend, present and develop your communication skills at clinical and health sciences symposiums and to other research concentrations.

      This research project will provide you with highly industry-relevant skills in organic, supramolecular, and synthetic peptide chemistry; microbiological testing; and antimicrobial drug development.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) Group. The ACTB works at the interface between fundamental chemistry and polymer science to develop innovative solutions to challenges facing modern medicine and the environment.

      Underpinned by our expertise in chemistry, polymer science and biomaterials, our research spans across a diverse range of applications. We develop end-user informed solutions for interdisciplinary research challenges, and work closely with national and international collaborators from both industry and academia.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Rietie Venter – Co Supervisor
      Dr Todd Gillam – Co Supervisor
      Professor Vincent Bulone (The University of Adelaide)
      Professor Neil O’Brien-Simpson (University of Melbourne)
      Associate Professor Harsh Panwar (Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 23 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

    Physical chemistry

    • Development of bio-polymer collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 19 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD project: Development of bio-polymer collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals

      This project aims to develop biomolecule-based collectors for selective flotation of specific minerals. The project will be conducted in two nodes. At the University of Queensland, peptide polymers will be synthesised for the project. At UniSA, the selective adsorption of the biomolecules on target surfaces (model or real minerals) will be systematically studied using techniques of physical and colloid chemistry, such as quartz crystal microbalance and infrared spectroscopy. The effect of different parameters including pH, salt on selective adsorption will be investigated. The resultant design, testing and deployment of these new biomolecules will enhance selectivity in flotation for the recovery of important metal-containing minerals.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants currently residing in Australia are also invited to apply.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or equivalent.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship (provided by the funding agency, the Australian Research Council) of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant as well as additional funding for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes as agreed with your principal supervisor. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Supervisory Team


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close on Tuesday 18 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie
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    Commerce, management, tourism and services

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Accounting, auditing and accountability

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Banking, finance and investment

    • Retail and Institutional Trading Behaviour During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Australian Evidence
      Scholarship Available Professor Chandra Krishnamurti Closing 01 February 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Retail and Institutional Trading Behaviour During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Australian Evidence

      Develop knowledge about the effect of COVID-19 on retail

      Advance your career in finance, banking and investment and contribute to knowledge about the effects of COVID-19 by applying for this research degree offered by the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—based in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion.

      Survey results show that 50% of current U.S. retail investors started their trading in 2020. In Australia, the percentage of value traded by retail investors have grown from 15% to 25% since 2020.Globally, concerns over the proliferation of retail trading during the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming increasingly significant. It has repercussions on stock market quality and the behaviour of corporations.

      This project will examine market efficiency, fairness and corporate governance implications of retail versus institutional trading during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project has implications for market integrity and regulation and has the potential to influence public policy and practice.

      You will become part of a dynamic team of finance researchers engaged in an ongoing and fruitful research agenda. You will find a well-equipped and thriving research environment at the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion, whose research combines specialist skills and multidisciplinary perspectives, to provide a trans­disciplinary approach to delivering meaningful research that informs innovative, evidence­-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      With COVID-19 having long-term and far-reaching effects on all facets of society, this project will generate up-to-the-minute research and application and equip you with valuable and in-demand knowledge and expertise.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will analyse retail and institutional trading behaviour in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will undertake a literature review, hypothesis development, data collection and empirical analysis of the research question.

      This research project will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to examine financial markets and corporate finance literature, develop testable hypotheses, collect and analyse empirical data, interpret findings and provide insights to researchers and regulators.

      There is funding available for travel (if permitted) and conference registrations, with access to state-of-the-art databases and computing power you will be prepared to be an expert in this area.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at UniSA’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion, a multidisciplinary centre that provides timely and industry relevant research with trans-disciplinary perspectives. Our research guides informed, innovative and evidence-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      Operating locally, nationally and internationally, our researchers provide evidence to inform public and private sector practice and policies, resolve global development and governance issues in populations experiencing inequity, and develop incentives for business and non-for-profits to develop, monitor and report on socially responsible enterprises

      Our vision is a world in which social and economic development is sustainable and inclusive of all in society. Our mission is to combine specialist skills and multi-disciplinary perspectives to provide innovative and enterprising solutions that support inclusive and sustainable communities locally, nationally and internationally.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Chandra Krishnamurti – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Hao Zhou – Co-Supervisor
      Professor Robert Elliott – Associate Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. In addition, knowledge and/or experience in market microstructure, econometric modelling and quantitative financial modelling are especially desirable.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 1 February 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Chandra Krishnamurti
    • Social networks and tax avoidance
      Scholarship Available Professor Chandra Krishnamurti Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Research Project: Social networks and tax avoidance

      The impacts of tax avoidance behaviour

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in banking and finance, and keen to explore tax compliance behaviours and its determinants, the University of South Australia ---Australia’s University of Enterprise---is offering a PhD project that offers real social impact, based in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion.

      There are global concerns over tax avoidance behaviour and its implications for financial and investment flows, the geographical location of corporate activity and reported corporate profit, and the consequences for social equity and provision of public goods/services where fiscal capacity is negatively impacted.

      What constitutes responsible tax behaviour may vary significantly across cultures and impacts what constitutes appropriate standards for stewardship, governance, and corporate social responsibility. It also has the potential to influence public policy. This project seeks to explore the impact of cultural factors and social networks in moderating corporate governance influences on tax avoidance.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will explore the cultural societal, and managerial factors that influence tax avoidance behaviours, informing policy and practice.

      In this research degree project, you will undertake a literature review, hypothesis development, data collection and empirical analysis of the research question, focusing on corporate finance and governance.

      You will join a thriving research environment which combines specialist skills and multidisciplinary perspectives to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering meaningful research, that informs innovative, evidence-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion, a thriving research environment which combines specialist skills and multidisciplinary perspectives to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering meaningful research, which informs innovative, evidence-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      Operating locally, nationally and internationally, our researchers provide evidence to inform public and private sector choices and policies, resolve global development, and governance issues in populations experiencing inequity, and develop incentives for business and non-for-profits to develop, monitor and report on socially responsible enterprises.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Chandra Krishnamurti - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Gordon Yuan – Co Supervisor
      Dr Lei Xu – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria, which includes knowledge and competence in:
      • Corporate Finance
      • Financial Econometrics
      • Coding Skills
      • Textual analysis
      • Corporate Taxation
      • Proficiency in the use of financial databases and statistical / econometric software

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 21 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Chandra Krishnamurti

    Business Systems in Context

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Human resources and industrial relations

    • An investigation of work-related burnout and well-being for sonographers working in both public hospitals and private practices within Australia. A conventional and novel approach to reporting well-being in healthcare.
      Scholarship Available Professor Eva Bezak Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)

    Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Transportation, logistics and supply chains

    • Building resilient domestic supply chains
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko Closing 03 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Building resilient domestic supply chains

      Transform the Australian defence industry

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise - in collaboration with our industry partner 4th Harmonic, has available for application a PhD project which will identify which local capabilities need to be incentivised in the development of future defence policies to make the national supply chains more resilient to disruption.

      Australia’s Department of Defence 2020 Defence Strategic Update outlines how increased international tensions require an acceleration of Australia’s plans for building a resilient sovereign defence industry.

      In this project you will develop and apply a methodology – based on supply network analysis, data visualisation and modelling algorithms – to provide comprehension of Australian defence supply networks. This will allow for a strategic assessment of risks, capability gaps and opportunities, critical to defence supply chains.

      This is a research project with real impact, by developing a methodology that will advance the development of resilient sovereign Australian capability in two ways: by providing the Government with a resource to promote greater accountability for the delivery of the Australian Industry Capabilities (AIC) core objectives within major government-funded defence contracts. In particular, the methodology will allow for a more flexible policy approach in achieving sovereign capability. As well as by delivering a model of the Australian defence industry ecosystem, that can inform long-term planning and resourcing for enhancing local involvement in the global defence industry.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be involved in defining the research questions; conducting a literature review; collecting, analysing and interpreting data; and working as a part of the research team.

      You will further your qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills, including Social Network Analysis (SNA), with the opportunity to undertake a placement at 4th Harmonic working on industry-relevant research.

      You will also have access to the proprietary software and data to conduct the supply chain analysis, and work under supervision of 4th Harmonic on a real-world problem, which will position you well for future employment opportunities.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will based within multidisciplinary research groups at UniSA including the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, Industrial AI, and Scarce Resources and Circular Economy.

      You may also have the opportunity to work closely with our industry partner 4th Harmonic through an industry placement. 

      Who you are

      You will have an interest in data analytics, social network analysis, quantitative and qualitative research, and working collaboratively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team environment. Through this project, you will develop the skills to effectively design and execute a research project with the capability to translate research outputs into high-quality outcomes. Your ability to obtain defence clearance is highly desirable.

       

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Aparna Samaraweera – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Charles Carnegie – 4H Harmonic - End-User Advisor
       

      Financial Support  

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.



      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from both domestic applicants and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East Campus in the east of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Monday, 3rd January [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko

    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Creative arts and writing

    Creative and professional writing

    • Australian Literary Magazines in the 21st Century
      Scholarship Available Dr Jessica White Closing 30 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research Project: Australian Literary Magazines in the 21st Century

      If you are seeking to advance your career in creative writing and literature the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a Masters project exploring Australia's culture of literary magazines.

      In this project, your research will focus on the production and dissemination of literary magazines in the 21st century. You will consider the disruptions and opportunities engendered by digital publishing and the pandemic, as well as funding issues impacting the Australian arts.

      Literary magazines are the lifeblood of Australian literature, enabling emerging writers to create and develop a track record of publications, respond to local and national concerns in creative ways, and provide an income for writers. In this project you will address these issues through research on the circulation and production of Australia’s literary magazines, how they facilitate the development of writers, and what shape they might take in the future.

      What you’ll do

      Drawing upon UniSA Creatives expertise in creative writing and literature, the successful candidate will be supported by the Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3) , which focusses upon the relationships between culture, creative practitioners and writers, and their work. You will also have access to industry engagement through connections with Writers SA .

      You will be supervised and supported by a highly experienced team of experts in literature and creative writing and be part of a thriving postgraduate research culture at UniSA Creative. You will also have opportunities to engage with industry and present your research locally and nationally via conferences and associations, travel permitted.

      Upon completion of the project, you will have well-developed skills in researching Australian literary history, and an in-depth knowledge of the production and circulation of literary magazines. You will be embedded in South Australias literary networks and be well-placed to advise on the establishment and production of a South Australian literary magazine.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative, a multidisciplinary group comprising architecture , planning , art and design , journalism , communication and media , film and television and the creative industries , and the South Australian School of Art. Creativity is at our core. Our research explores the complexities of the world around us and we engage in future-focused, cross-disciplinary research and consultancy to produce inspired solutions that are human-centred and sustainable. 

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information .

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the lead supervisor. A template to guide the writing of this proposal is available.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our Magill Campus in the east of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Sunday 30 January 2022 .
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jessica White

    Visual Arts

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Other creative arts and writing

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Earth sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Geochemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Geology

    • Application of the Multi-Sensor Core Logger for Petrophysical Analysis and Geophysical Modelling
      Scholarship Available Professor David Giles Closing 28 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Application of the Multi-Sensor Core Logger for Petrophysical Analysis and Geophysical Modelling

      Develop novel petrophysical and geophysical modelling


      If you’re seeking to advance your career in geology or geophysics and interested in creating new ways to generate meaningful geophysical and petrophysical data, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the exceptional opportunity to apply for a PhD based in the Future Industries Institute, in partnership with CSIRO ( Mineral Resources) and the Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (MinEX CRC).

      Petrophysical parameters are the critical link between geology and the geophysical data and derived geophysical models that are fundamental to mineral exploration.  However, the collection of petrophysical data and its integration with geophysical modelling is not routine in the mineral exploration industry. The techniques to collect data are expensive, data standards are patchy and the methods to analyse the data and perform the required integration are immature.

      The objectives of this research project are to improve and standardise the measurement of petrophysical data, optimise data processing and data analysis, and develop methods for incorporating petrophysical constraints into geophysical models. The ultimate aim is to facilitate collection of greater volumes of petrophysical data and maximise their value to mineral exploration.

      This project will be part of UniSA’s exploration geoscience research linked to the MinEx CRC. This prestigious research group offers you exceptional opportunities and extraordinary access to facilities, knowledge and expertise, preparing you for your future career.

       
      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will collect, process and analyse petrophysical data from drilling samples gathered by the MinEx CRC National Drilling Initiative.  Data collection will include both in-field/core library techniques (Multi-sensor Core Logger) and laboratory techniques. 

      Data treatment will include multi-variate statistics, geostatistics and various means of spatial characterisation in order to derive geological insights from petrophysical data and develop novel exploration vectors. You will then explore and develop techniques to incorporate petrophysical data in geophysical models.

      You will have the opportunity to work closely with a range of end-users including major mining companies, junior explorers, METS companies and geological survey organisations.

      Skills gained through this project will put you at the leading edge of geological and geophysical modelling for mineral exploration, with specific skills in the critical area of petrophysics.  This will open opportunities in academia, government and the mineral exploration industry.


      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Future Industries Institute, which was established with a new research culture in mind—one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

       The Institute reflects the Universitys strategic ambition to be Australias University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosytem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive.

      FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.


      Supervisory Team

      Professor David Giles - Principal Supervisor 

      Dr Kate Selway – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Sandra Occhipinti, CSIRO Mineral Resources – End-User Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.


      Eligibility and Selection


      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential:

      • Understanding of petrophysical data acquisition and application to exploration geoscience demonstrated by prior work experience or education.
      • Demonstrated ability to work within a large and diverse project team.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 28 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Giles
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    Economics

    Applied Economics

    • The adoption and diffusion of new transport technologies and services, and their implications for the economy, environment and society
      Scholarship Available Dr Akshay Vij Closing 28 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: The adoption and diffusion of new transport technologies and services, and their implications for the economy, environment and society

      Inform the transport revolution of the future

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional research degree project that will inform the new transport revolution and its impact on the economy, environment and society.

      Recent advances in transport systems and services, such as the development of autonomous vehicles, the invention of unmanned aerial vehicles, the growth of shared mobility services, and the commercialisation of alternative fuel vehicle technologies, promise to revolutionise how humans travel. On one hand, they could lead to significant benefits in terms of mobility and accessibility, road safety and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. On the other, they could lead to higher net travel, greater congestion, increased unemployment, and more urban sprawl.

      In this research project you will investigate the impact of these new technologies on transport to help model and inform policy to manage this transport revolution. With the growing importance of reducing global greenhouse admissions and net zero targets, this project will prepare you to be a leader in an area of significant national focus and growth.

      What you’ll do

      In this research project you will use a combination of different quantitative economic frameworks and methodologies to: (1) understand how different agents will engage with these new technologies and services; (2) model and forecast current and future demand for different technologies and services; (3) examine the broader economic, social and environmental impacts of these technologies and services; and (4) identify specific policies that governments could use to manage and support these innovations.

      You will work closely with other researchers in applied economics at the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion. You will also have opportunities to work with relevant partners from industry and government within the transport sectors, such as the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

      Candidates with strong mathematical skills, some experience in computer programming, and an interest in econometric methods and data analysis, are especially encouraged to apply.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. 

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. 

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.  

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Akshay Vij - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Helen Barrie - Co Supervisor

      Essential Dates 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer as extended deferral periods are not available. You are encouraged to apply early.

      Applications close 28 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Akshay Vij
    • Women's Empowerment in Agriculture in South Asia: Improving Measurement to Raise Welfare
      Scholarship Available Professor Lin Crase Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Women's Empowerment in Agriculture in South Asia: Improving Measurement to Raise Welfare

      Empowering female agricultural workers in India

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in agricultural economics and keen to improve conditions for agricultural workers, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a unique opportunity to make an international impact with a PhD based at the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion.

      Women make up almost 75% of agricultural workers in India and produce 80% of the nation’s food, and these numbers are increasing. However, women do not have the same call on resources as men, even in rural areas where male outmigration is occurring, despite international evidence that suggests that increased empowerment of women brings positive development benefits for the population as a whole. Most governments in the developing world are aware of this phenomenon and have made commitments to raise the status of women. But measuring how women’s empowerment changes over time and in response to different initiatives is difficult and there are serious gaps in the established techniques.

      This project will use and refine frameworks drawn from economics to develop and test ways of measuring empowerment. The project will also involve cases and applications across north-east India to help agencies drive better policies. The project will be sequenced with other Australian-sponsored activities targeting small-holder farmers. This will allow the project to inform those activities first-hand and provide the setting to explore with different measurement applications.

      This project will place you within a team of researchers working on agriculture for development topics within UniSA’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion. Our team works across disciplines including economics, gender studies, management and agricultural systems. You will also benefit from direct engagement with research teams based on site in north-east India. This is a dynamic and engaged research teams comprised of senior and junior researchers working for a range of international CGIAR institutions including the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre CIMMYT.

      This is a career-launching opportunity to work on a project of international significance and a chance to contribute directly into policy circles. You will also benefit from exposure to the work of the Crawford Fund, one of the active movements for bringing together early career professionals with an intertest agriculture for development.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop conceptual models, primarily using ideas drawn from New Institutional Economics (NIE) literature. Following that, you will develop a survey framework for measuring women’s empowerment and test the survey instrument in different settings. A simultaneous data collection using the newly-developed instrument and the WEAI approach will then be used so that you can empirically explore the relationship between the two measures.

      You will have the opportunity to undertake field work in north-east India, most likely in rural West Bengal, if travel permitted. This will be supported by the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI Delhi office where you will intern for three months. The internship will be a combination of physical visitation and virtual engagement.

      Guided by the end-use supervisor, you will deploy the surveys in regions where different policy levers have been applied. Survey data will provide you with avenues to publish information about both the measurement of and improvements in women’s empowerment. This will be a combination of traditional and more accessible outlets that influence policy makers.

      This project will provide you with skills in critical thinking, research design, methodological expertise, data analysis and synthesis, and communication. Importantly, you will also develop sensitivities in both culture and gender dimensions.

      The project will be circumscribed by a range of other policy-related activities in the East Gangetic Plain. Accordingly, you will have the opportunity to present your work to key government decision-makers and help shape a discussion around future support and research that can progress the mission of ACIAR and the Australian government generally.

      It is expected that this project will generate a suite of outputs that will be presented for review at national and international conferences. These include the Australasian Agricultural and Research Society (AARES) annual meeting and equivalent events in the US and Europe. You will enjoy support to present at the AARES event annually and attend at least one international conference during candidature (if travel permitted).

      This is an exceptional research project which will position you well for a range of posts in either research or government and make a tangible difference to many people’s lives.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion which combines specialist skills and multidisciplinary perspectives to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering meaningful research, which informs innovative, evidence-based solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

      Operating locally, nationally and internationally, our researchers provide evidence to inform public and private sector choices and policies, resolve global development, and governance issues in populations experiencing inequity and develop incentives for business and non-for-profits to develop, monitor and report on socially responsible enterprises.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Lin Crase - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Bethany Cooper – Co Supervisor
      Dr Tamara Jackson (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • A demonstrated capacity to develop conceptual models drawn from New Institutional Economics
      • An understanding of gender constraints and their economic implications.

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • An appreciate of the challenges of undertaking research in a development setting.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 23 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Lin Crase

    Econometrics

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Education

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Curriculum and pedagogy

    • Education Video Puzzle
      Scholarship Available Professor Shane Dawson Closing 30 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Education Video Puzzle

      Develop video-based learning strategies for online education

      If you are seeking to advance your career in education and interested in developing video-based learning strategies for an increasingly online world, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering an innovative PhD project based in our Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L).

      In our current digital era, videos are ubiquitous, and the education sector is no exception. The COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to greater online teaching and learning has fuelled the surge and adoption of online educational videos. Although videos are being recorded and embedded in the curriculum, very little is known about the learning strategies that support student learning with videos and whether there are nuances in optimal learning strategies for different student cohorts.

      This project will explore which video-based learning strategies best support students in humanities vs STEM disciplines, the differences between students studying at different year levels, and how students in enabling sub-bachelor programs from a range of culturally and linguistically diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds best learn with videos.

      What you’ll do

      In this project, you will be responsible for creating a series of case studies across a range of disciplines and educational contexts, as well as collecting and analysing data and constructing a theoretical contribution to video-based learning with a focus on optimal learning strategies.

      You will join a dynamic research team and be encouraged to publish your work in top journals and disseminate your findings at relevant conferences and events. There will also be opportunities to conduct workshops or seminars to educators to help support the adoption of the findings and enhance teaching and learning practice at UniSA and across the sector.

      The knowledge and skills gained through this project will prepare you for your future career in the education sector, including being able to design and lead your own research projects, work collaboratively with interdisciplinary research colleagues, conduct literature reviews, perform mixed-method data analysis, and develop theoretical contributions and practical frameworks.

      UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) has a dedicated focus and track-record of conducting innovative multi-disciplinary research using learning analytics approaches to better understand learning across the education sector.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), within the Learning Analytics research team. C3L focuses on the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, how it changes society, knowledge processes, and teaching and learning.

      C3L uses complexity science methodologies, promoting the uptake of applied research whilst engaging with the community, government agencies (healthcare, education, defence, cultural) and industry.

      We research the lifespan of learning and our four key research streams include: change in complex systems, infrastructures for AI, human and artificial cognition, and learning analytics.

      Supervisory Team
      * please contact A/Prof Mirriahi with any project specific enquiries

      Professor Shane Dawson - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Negin Mirriahi – Co Supervisor
      Dr Srecko Joksimovic – Co Supervisor
      Dr Natasha Wilson – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 30 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Shane Dawson
    • Environmental education through creative practice
      Scholarship Available Dr Jane Andrew Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Environmental education through creative practice

      Foster pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour

      Are you interested in expanding your creative practice and exploring themes of botany, ecology and nature? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for a PhD project to meet one of the grand challenges of our time, environmental crisis.

      In this research project you will examine the role of creative practice in the development of pedagogical tools and methods that foster pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour. This interdisciplinary research project will integrate a range of creative approaches including illustration and communication design with Environmental Education (EE) research.

      As a practice-based PhD, you will focus on investigating themes of botany, ecology and nature through creative practice, as a means of encouraging critical engagement and challenge, to anthropocentric worldviews.

      You will be supported in your creative inquiry and practice, through access to South Australian cultural institutions and collections, and expert researchers associated with UniSA’s Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3)

      Through this project you will develop a high level of skill and critical thought and be equipped to contribute creative outcomes of a world-class standard, that are of interest and value to other arts practitioners, research experts and the community.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore through creative practice, anthropocentric views that influence our attitudes to the environment.

      Outcomes of this practice-based research may include a historical analysis of visual representations of nature, including acknowledgement and re-framing of perspectives that may historically have been under-represented or omitted. They may also include a series of creative workshops, including co-design with participants exploring themes of nature, environment and botany in educational settings.

      Through this project you will develop skills in analysis, interpretation and creation of cultural artefacts; research skills including ethics, academic writing, professional engagement with cultural institutions; and a deeper understanding and sensitivity of Aboriginal cultural and environmental contexts.

      You will undertake research, studio practice, and data collection involving relevant local and national cultural institutions.

      With access to UniSA’s Dorrit Black studios and workshops, in which to develop your creative practice  –  you will also have  the opportunity  to exhibition, present at conferences and co-publish journal articles with your supervisory team. Some national travel may be required, if travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative ’s Dorrit Black studios in the Kaurna Building, at our City West campus.

      UniSA Creative, incorporating the South Australian School of Art, brings together the disciplines of architecture, planning, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television and the creative industries to produce flexible graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information .

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Additionally, applicants should submit a research proposal (approxiamtely 2,500 words) for how they envisage to undertake the PhD research on the stated topic with the application. A template to guide the writing of this proposal is available here.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer, with a preferred start date of 28 February 2022.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Tuesday 25 January 2022 .
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jane Andrew
    • Family businesses in Australia
      Scholarship Available Dr Alan Reddrop Closing 13 December 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Family businesses in Australia

      Develop the knowledge to grow family businesses in Australia

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a novel PhD project exploring family businesses’ higher educational needs.

      A family business is the most prevalent form of business entity in Australia.

      Family businesses share the aims and objectives of most businesses; however, they have distinctive issues which can induce different behaviours with regard to entrepreneurial decision-making, outcomes and processes, overseas expansion, succession, and planning for future strategic sustainability.

      The educational needs of family business practitioners and new entrants (i.e., start-ups) have been well recognised and researched in tertiary institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom for over three decades. In the US, they have over 109 family business research institutes linked to universities. However, in Australia, there is a lack of formal research while teaching and coursework are provided at one university alone.

      In Australia, family businesses are considered to be the backbone of economic growth, represent the highest number of employees and are considered a major focus by governments for continued prosperity.

      Currently the unique aspects around family businesses and their decision-making are not being addressed, and this is of particular concern as we are at a time when the Australian economy needs to stimulate business growth and acknowledge the prevalence of family businesses across all sectors.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore this discrepancy and offer theoretical and practical recommendations to support Australian universities to cater for distinct family business needs in growing research capability and in providing teaching and opportunities to undertake coursework.

      You will interview directors of family business programs in Australian and American universities, to identify educational needs and requirements.

      Additionally, you will have access to an international database of family businesses, primarily in the wine industry, which will enable you to build a unique understanding of the training available, not only in the US and Australia, but globally. In doing so, you will gain a best practice perspective across a variety of economies, ranging from new-world nations, such as Latin America, Canada and Australia/NZ, and old-world nations such as France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

      As a part of this industry partnered project you will be offered a placement with Family Business Australia , the principal membership organisation of the sector.

      You will join a dynamic research environment and be supported in your research design, literature review, methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) by senior academics.

      As a part of the project, you will be expected to develop conference papers, journal submissions and policy documents. With the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops by Family Business Australia and New Zealand and the International Family Enterprise Research Academy.

      In addition, given the editorial board roles and conference executive roles that the Principal Supervisor Professor Freeman holds in ANZIBA (Australia) and in Europe (AIB in US, Europe and UK) you will be mentored to attend online, or in person, high ranking conferences, paper development workshops and PhD symposiums to further your intellectual development in family business.

      The successful applicant will become an expert in the offerings of Australian and predominantly American family business tertiary education providers. You will be set up to advance your career in academia, industry or government policy roles.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within UniSA Business and offered an internship with Family Business Australia and New Zealand, the sector's principal membership organisation located in Melbourne, travel permitted.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Alan Reddrop - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Susan Freeman - Co supervisor

      Dr Xin Deng - Co supervisor

      Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, Griffith Business School, Griffith University. - Associate Supervisor

      Mr Paul Mabarrack, Foodland Supermarkets, Frewville, SA – External advisor

      Prof Isabel Botero, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville, Kentucky, associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, Board Member, International Family Enterprise Research Academy

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      The successful applicant to this project will also receive The Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business, a once off payment of $5,000, to be used for:

      • Travel to understand research or to present at an international conference, travel permitted
      • Data collection
      • Collaboration with international or interstate experts, travel permitted
      • Purchases required for the research that will be directly beneficial to the student

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants and international applicants onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD program.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the Project-specific essential selection criteria:

      • Connection with/keen interest in family business
      • Research degree at Masters by Research or Honours H1 equivalence

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West Campus.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Alan Reddrop
    • Towards critical global literacies: building social participation and citizenship in a superdiverse world
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Joel Windle Closing 17 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Towards critical global literacies: building social participation and citizenship in a superdiverse world

      Improve social inclusion within schools

      Are you interested in investigating transnational networks and their impact in the classroom? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project within the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion in collaboration with schools, universities, and local and international community organisations.

      International research shows that educational inequality can be effectively addressed through the valuing and recognition of students’ home and community cultures and languages. However, the definition of community seldom includes transnational networks, which are constructed through the production and circulation of new types of texts, outside of the models contemplated by the current Australian curriculum. Equity and diversity are key values supported by both the Department for Education SA and Catholic Education (SA). As well as social justice in education being a key mandate for UniSA’s strategic plan, Enterprise 25.

      This project explores diversity and social justice and aims to investigate how transnational networks and contacts focusing on social justice, can contribute to student belonging, engagement, and literacy, thereby promoting a more inclusive schooling environment and curriculum. Building on current research on culturally responsive pedagogies, you will examine the incorporation into classrooms of transnationally circulating texts emerging from community building and human rights promotion around the globe. You will join a world-class research centre where you will have ready access to a variety of expertise on different research methodologies, the conceptual resources of a large group of academic colleagues, and networking opportunities with schools, universities, and community organisations locally and internationally. This research project will set you up as an expert in the Australian educational community.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will use a methodology based on case-studies of transnational movements promoting the rights of minority populations, including existing attempts to translate these into the classroom. In this research degree project, you will action-research new ways of adapting texts and promoting roles for students as active citizens. You will conduct fieldwork, analysis of policy texts, and draft a meta-analysis of the study to provide a succinct account of the contribution to new knowledge, and implications for policy, practice and further research. Opportunities will be available to present findings to stakeholders and in public venues, as well as publish papers in internationally recognised journals. This is an exceptional project where you will acquire the skills to successfully write a book that contributes new knowledge to Education Studies, thus advancing your academic career.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, one of the largest research concentrations in the world focused on contributing new knowledge about issues related to educational and social inclusion.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Joel Windle - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Melanie Baak – Co Supervisor 

      Professor Barbara Comber – Co Supervisor

      Professor Robert Hattam – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students. International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 16 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Joel Windle

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    Biomedical engineering

    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 01 February 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA

      If you are seeking to advance your career in medical diagnostics, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an innovative PhD project aimed at developing a new, safe and non-invasive method of genetic testing in pregnancy, at our Future Industries Institute (FII).

      Prenatal diagnosis of genetic abnormalities in pregnancy provides important insights to expectant parents. However, standard diagnostic procedures are invasive and can carry a miscarriage risk.

      Non-invasive approaches for genetic screening have been developed and implemented clinically in the last decade. However, they do not provide a comprehensive insight into fetal health, have high failure rates, give false positive results and are unable to provide a diagnostic result.

      There is a clear need for the development of an alternative non-invasive prenatal test which can provide greater pregnancy insights.

      Current non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) technologies rely on the analysis of small fragments of the baby’s DNA (cell free fetal DNA) taken from the mother’s blood. However, most of these DNA fragments are maternal in origin, making it difficult to test the relevant fetal DNA. Central to this project is the recent finding that fetal DNA is also released into the maternal circulation within small packages known as extracellular vesicles.

      At UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, we have recently developed an approach to isolate fetal extracellular vesicles based on naturally occurring magnetic nanowires. This provides a simple yet efficient means to obtain fetal DNA from a maternal blood sample, which has huge implications for improving non-invasive prenatal testing.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will seek to demonstrate the diagnostic significance of fetal extracellular vesicle isolation, for non-invasive prenatal testing by establishing protocols for their DNA amplification, sequencing and bioinformatics.

      Informed by our  partner Monash IVF/Repromed, this PhD project ultimately aims to develop an automated technology compatible with clinical implementation. Successful outcomes would enable more reliable non-invasive prenatal testing for a greater range of diseases allowing earlier interventions, and importantly provide reassurance to the large majority of women with an unaffected pregnancy.

      You will be based in FII’s Bioengineering Laboratory headed by Professor Benjamin Thierry, and will work closely with Dr Marnie winter and her team. You will benefit from a vibrant and world class research environment, supported and mentored by post-doctoral researchers with significant expertise (including commercialisation and medical device development).

      With full access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including those within FII (droplet digital PCR, confocal microscopy, surface characterisation), as well as in the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) (microfabrication), and through collaboration with our industry partner Monash IVF/Repromed.

      Throughout this research degree project you will:

      ·         Conduct high-quality research independently and in collaboration with the supervisory team, industry and other stakeholders.

      ·         Design, perform and record laboratory based experimental work aimed at the development of a new prenatal testing technology.

      ·         Undertake molecular biology including, droplet digital PCR, DNA preparation and amplification for next generation sequencing.

      ·         Bioinformatics analysis.

      ·         Blood sample preparation and analysis.

      ·         Extracellular vesicle enrichment technology development.

      ·         Human Research ethics and sample collection.

      ·         Translate research outputs into clinical outcomes.

      This research degree project will advance your career in the field of medical diagnostics and upon completion you will possess:

      ·         High level critical thinking and organisation.

      ·         Blood handling skills and an insight into human research ethics and clinical trials.

      ·         Experience with molecular biology including droplet digital PCR, whole genome amplification and next generation sequencing.

      ·         Experience in aseptic technique and cellular culture.

      ·         Knowledge of surface functionalisation chemistry.

      ·         A strong knowledge in prenatal genetic testing and clinical testing requirements.

      ·         High level communication skills with an emphasis on effective science communication.

      ·         An entrepreneurial understanding of requirements for the development and clinical implementation of new testing technologies.

       
      This is an exceptional research project in which you will develop strong links with our industry partner with the potential for clinical translation and commercialisation.

       Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII), in the Bioengineering Laboratory at Mawson Lakes campus. Focused on end-user driven translational research, the Bioengineering Lab conducts cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, nanomedicine and engineering (https://bionanoengineering.com/).

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Marnie Winter – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Benjamin Thierry -Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Deidre Zander Fox – Industry End-User Advisor (Monash-IVF)

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         A relevant Bachelors degree with first or second class Honours, or Masters degree.

      ·         Knowledge in biomedical engineering, medical science, molecular biology or related fields.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], 25th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Marnie Winter

    Chemical Engineering

    • Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Haolan Xu Closing 22 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination

      This project aims to develop a salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for highly efficient and stable solar-thermal seawater desalination. The solar evaporation-based desalination technology offers an ideal strategy to utilize solar light as the energy source for desalination and water purification to produce affordable clean water. Photothermal materials/evaporators play a key role in the desalination system to convert sunlight to heat and subsequently evaporate the saline water to generate steam as clean water. However, salt crystallization on the photothermal material surfaces severely limits the performance of the materials and clean water production. Solving this problem could accelerate the commercialization and practical application of this technology, which will benefit millions of people worldwide.

      Associate Professor Xu has established an advanced functional materials laboratory at FII during the last 10 years. With the support of his Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Future Fellowship, and industrial projects, as well as UniSA, the laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilitates for functional materials and solar-thermal energy conversion research, including a series of solar simulators and home-made small scale solar-thermal seawater desalination systems. The facilities available in FII are world-class, especially the ANFF, the extensive surface and microstructure characterization instrumentation such as XPS, micro-XRD, ToF-SIMS, NMR, AFMs, TEM and SEM, the state-of-art water quality analysis equipment and technology and unique heliostat systems to implement field trials. Thus, all the key facilities for this project are immediately available at UniSA.

      The successful applicant will focus on the design and fabrication of functional photothermal materials and evaporators, and study of the structure-related salt-ion transfer, salt crystallization and accumulation, as well as the investigation of long-term solar evaporation performance of the obtained photothermal evaporators.

      The successful applicant will gain in-depth knowledge in solar-thermal energy conversion, salt crystallization, surface and interface physical chemistry, and seawater desalination upon completion of this research project.

      The applicant will attend a domestic or international conference each year. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work with industry partners to develop technology and devices for practical application.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Research experience in functional materials
      • Research experience in renewable energy

      Applicants with research experience in photothermal materials and solar steam generation will also be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACDT Wednesday 22 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Haolan Xu

    Civil Engineering

    • Development of innovated steel-timber structural elements
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Xing Ma Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Development of innovated steel-timber structural elements

      Develop a new composite building material and innovate the construction industry

      Are you interested in advancing your structural engineering career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project in collaboration with the Australian Steel Institute (ASI).

      In this project you will investigate the feasibility of transforming low-grade corewood into high strength structural components by adopting a hybrid composite structural concept with bonded timber and cold-formed steel sections.

      A preliminary study at UniSA verified that rectangular corewood blocks reinforced with U-shaped steel sections could achieve an increased moment capacity by up to 283 per cent when compared with unreinforced corewood beams.

      This newly developed composite structural material will fill the market gap among hot-rolled steel and cold-formed steel through using low quality corewood, bringing economic benefits to both construction and forestry industries.  At the same time, the product is environmentally friendly as it will partially replace concrete structures and pure steel structures, thus having a reduced carbon footprint.

      With supervision from renowned experts in structural engineering and construction management, and the opportunity to collaborate with industry, you will acquire advanced knowledge in your field, setting you up for a competitive career in research or industry.

       
      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will expand the preliminary steel-timber concept study, to various section types in order to identify an optimum composite section type for practical applications. Your methodology will include numerical simulations based on FEM, experimental tests, and analytical study. Practical design guidelines for the innovated composite section will be provided.

      You will join a thriving research environment and have the chance to attend national or international conferences, if travel permitted.

       
      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the UniSA Structural Lab within the engineering, construction and project management facilities. This unique learning environment will offer you a significant advantage in the development of your knowledge and skills through an interactive and applied learning model.


      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Xing Ma – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Yan Zhuge – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Elsayed Metwally – Co-Supervisor

      Ashesh Singh, Bluescope - Industry Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 21 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Xing Ma
    • Masters by Research - Maximizing the value of Australian softwood plantation timber resources
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen Closing 31 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research - Maximizing the value of Australian softwood plantation timber resources

      Improve local timber markets

      Are you interested in advancing your timber or forestry industry career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a research degree in partnership with the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI).

      The Australian plantation softwood industry produces predominantly structural timber used for construction that is more than $1.19 billion in value per annum (mill door price). UniSA has a research project funded by the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) that characterises the softwood grades of this timber (based on a classification called MGP (Machine Graded Pine). The NIFPI project undertakes extensive laboratory testing to establish the physical and mechanical properties of samples collected from 14 timber mills across the country.

      The aim of this project is to maximise the production of structural grade timber from the Australian plantation softwood estate by ensuring a suitable product market and grading standards exist to allow a greater proportion of smaller diameter and younger age log to be processed domestically.

      With access to state-of-the-art timber equipment, opportunities to participate in timber industry events and conferences, and a chance of industry placement in a timber mill or forestry company, successful competition of this project will prepare you for a competitive career within the forestry and timber industries.

       
      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will collaborate with the research team and technical staff of the NIFPI project to undertake timber testing, statistical analysis and modelling.

      You will also travel to forestry companies and timber mills and potentially undertake a placement in a timber mill (or forestry company.)


      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within UniSA STEM .

      We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. 

      You will liaise with industry partners such as TimberED (a timber consultancy company based in Perth and a partner of the NIFPI Project), and the members of peak industry bodies such as Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) , Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) , and Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) who collaborate with the UniSA research team.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Ning Gu – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Mark Ellis – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Jim O’Hehir – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Lafferty, Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) – End-User Advisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students .

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Monday, 31st January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen
    • Poromechanics for assessing soil instability
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Poromechanics for assessing soil instability

      Contribute to design sustainability

      Are you interested in advancing your geotechnical career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for a geotechnical industry partnered PhD project.

      Soil instability often leads to major structural failures which can result in casualties and high costs for reconstruction. It has been consistently reported that soil instability occurs due to excess pore water pressure caused by rapid loads such as earthquakes. However, the conventional approach in analytical soil experiments often faces challenges, such as the inability to capture the actual soil fabric. Thus, the limitations of the soil failure assessment have attracted much attention from geotechnical researchers and engineers.

      This research project aims to investigate the interaction between particles and fluid in numerical simulations of the static/cyclic load on soil in poromechanics. This will provide a more in-depth understanding of the failure mechanism of soil during an earthquake  - or liquefaction - and help to identify and prevent any potential catastrophic failures of infrastructure in the future.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will investigate the interaction between particles and fluids in numerical simulations of the static/cyclic load on soil. You will adopt an open-source discrete element method (DEM) code to study and modify the particle-particle and particle-fluid contact mechanisms.

      You will use numerical programs for discrete element method and poromechanics, and perform a series of triaxial and simple shear tests to validate the results from numerical analysis.

      You will join a dynamic research team of world-leading researchers and utilise advanced geotechnical testing devices in a world-class laboratory. You will develop sought-after skills in both numerical programming and laboratory experiments. In addition to your research training, you will also have invaluable industry and academic networking opportunities, including presenting at conferences, if travel is permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s world-class geotechnical laboratory within the engineering, construction and project management facilities.

      UniSA is the only university in South Australia offering the large-scale thermo fluids and aerodynamic laboratories, and robotic and automation laboratories, offering opportunities to develop projects in partnership with industry, thus translating theoretical concepts into actual outcomes.

      The geotechnical laboratory consists of four main temperature-controlled laboratories along with environmental chambers and soil and aggregates preparation areas. 

      Supervisory Team
       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants, though international applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman

    Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics

    • Predicting wildfire behaviour using machine learning and real-time airborne thermal imagery
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Sang-Heong Lee Closing 10 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Predicting wildfire behaviour using machine learning and real-time airborne thermal imagery

      Help firefighters make quicker and smarter decisions

      Keen to better support our frontline firefighters? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exciting research degree project now open for application in collaboration with our industry partner FireFlight Technologies Pty. Ltd. (www.fire.aero). This PhD project will develop intelligent machine learning algorithms to monitor and predict wildfire behaviour using real-time airborne thermal imagery. 

      Wildfires represent one of the greatest natural disasters, and their impact gets progressively worse each year. Significant areas of forests are devastated by wildfires, leading to the destruction of wildlife, as well as disastrous social, economic and environmental impacts. Considerable resources are devoted to mitigating the effects of wildfires, especially in the research of wildfire behaviour prediction.

      If the behaviour of wildfires can be predicted in real-time (whilst the fire is actually occurring), strategic firefighting decisions can be made rapidly, and the necessary resources can be deployed efficiently and effectively, resulting in dramatic reduction of losses.

      Current methods of wildfire behaviour prediction rely on measurable parameters (topographical factors such as terrain slope steepness, and vegetation density and dryness) and meteorological factors (such as air temperature, windspeed and humidity) in their models. However, real-time image data, which accurately describes the direction and intensity of fire, is often missed out in the models, due to the technical difficulties of accessing suitable real-time image data.

      This project will approach the problem of wildfire behaviour prediction differently, specifically by using airborne thermal imagery acquired by the FireFlight fire mapping system. Over many years, a large archive of airborne imagery of wildfires worldwide has been compiled by FireFlight Technologies. This archive contains hundreds of thousands of images of wildfires spreading through a range of different landscapes. It is a unique resource that lends itself well to the application of machine learning algorithms. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop intelligent machine learning algorithms to accurately predict wildfire behaviour, using real time and archived wildfire imagery.

      With wildfires becoming a significant and ongoing challenge both in Australia and overseas, there is a critical need to increase our ability to effectively fight wildfires, and through this project, you will help assist firefighters and government officials worldwide to make significant strategic decisions.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake research activities in the following three stages of the project:

      ·         Stage 1: Investigate critical factors associated with wildfire behaviour prediction, including topographical factors (such as slope steepness, vegetation density, vegetation type etc.) and meteorological factors (such as wind speed, wind direction, humidity, air temperature etc.) with thermal imagery.

      ·         Stage 2: Develop a machine learning algorithm (potentially using artificial neural network and fuzzy logic) to predict the wildfire behaviour with specific focus on the direction, intensity and speed of fire spread, using the thermal image data archives provided by FireFlight Technologies. You will also develop fire prediction maps, based on the time-lapse imagery, to assist firefighting strategies and potential evacuation decisions.

      ·         Stage 3: Undertake a validation study of the developed models using the real-time aerial thermal image data. FireFlight Technologies will provide real-time data to validate and further improve the accuracy of the fire behaviour prediction models.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre and you may also need to travel locally to collect data and investigate environments around wildfires.


      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Sang-Heon Lee – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Ivan Lee – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Paul Dare – FireFlight Technologies Pty. Ltd – End-User Advisor

       
      Financial Support  

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of up to $7,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred candidate.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         Strong Background experiences in machine learning and image processing

      Desirable:

      ·         Basic understanding of significance of wildfire and how to manage it

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Friday, 10th December [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Sang-Heong Lee

    Communications engineering

    • Next generation MIMO LEO satellite networks
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Terence Chan Closing 27 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Next generation MIMO LEO satellite networks

      Create new communications technologies for use in space

      Are you seeking to advance your career in the space industry? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exciting research degree project available based at our renowned Institute for Telecommunications Research. This PhD project aims to develop novel communications technologies to achieve a resilient communications architecture between satellites flying in formation, ground networks and users.

      Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) and cooperative communications have facilitated some great developments in terrestrial communication systems, including 5G mobile communications.

      This research project aims to explore parallels of these technologies for small satellite missions, to securely task space missions for near real-time operations, and enable an efficient network of active space sensors to facilitate distributed and centralised data processing, and the dissemination of processed and raw payload data back to a ground-network.

      This project will focus on identifying levels of achievable performance gains through coordination among terminals. This may involve frequency, phase, or timing synchronisation (such as in transmit beamforming), as well as data communications among local satellite clusters for joint signal processing (such as in receive beamforming). One extreme scenario to be explored is when all terminals are perfectly synchronised and connected such that a group of terminals can essentially be viewed as if a ‘single’ super-terminal.

      In this project you will seek to determine the level of coordination – the degree to which the carriers can be synchronised among the terminals – subject to a constraint on resources and practical limitations.

      With the space industry emerging as a clear area of growth and strategic priority for Australia, this project will enable you to undertake fundamental research in low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will investigate novel communication technologies to achieve a resilient architecture for different scenarios, such as a space-to-ground link and inter-satellite communications for satellites flying in formation.

      You will have access to high-end communications equipment for conducting research in satellite communications, and may also have the opportunity to intern at the Defence Science and Technology Group.

      It is expected that you will contribute to the publication and presentation of research articles at conferences and in journals.

      Upon completion of the project, you will:

      ·         attain knowledge on foundation and recent advances in low earth orbit satellite communications

      ·         acquire extensive experiences in undertaking independent research in satellite communications

      ·         obtain experience in using numerical computing/simulation packages (e.g. Matlab) to solve practical communications problems

      ·         develop the ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse research team.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research which has traditionally been recognised among the best satellite communications research groups in Australia. You will be supervised by a team of experienced academics including researchers from The Defence Science and Technology Group.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Terence Chan – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Khoa Nguyen – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Debabrata Karmokar – Co-Supervisor

      Balachander Ramamurthy – DST Group Edinburgh – End-User Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants.

      The Defence Science and Technology Group have provided a living allowance top-up at a minimum rate of $7,500 to domestic applicants only. This amount is negotiable, and where the applicant is very highly qualified and has appropriate experience this may increase up to $20,000. Therefore, the overall living allowance package is from $36,097 to $48,597.

      The project also has generous funds to support travel and conference attendance for domestic students, travel permitted.

      A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Monday, 27th December [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Terence Chan

    Electrical Engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Electronics, sensors and digital hardware

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Engineering practice and education

    • Integration and test architecture optimisation of complex systems using artificial intelligence
      Scholarship Available Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 28 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Integration and test architecture optimisation of complex systems using artificial intelligence

      Launch your career in Defence industries

      Are you interested in advancing your systems engineering and Defence career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project in artificial intelligence.

      The integration and test phases are arguably the costliest stages of systems engineering and the most difficult to de-risk. The objective of this project is to create a framework for reliable estimation of cost and schedule of these stages. This research attempts to integrate systems engineering practices and project management practices by using models of the systems in the integration and test phases. The project will combine system modelling and machine learning approaches for cost and schedule estimation of integration and test phases of systems engineering process.

      In this project, you will have access to highly experienced researchers and gain skills in understanding Defence acquisition processes, modelling and simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning methods, systems engineering, and system integration and testing.

      Completion of this project will provide you with the experience and knowledge to advance  your career in Defence.


      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will create an overarching model of the integration, and test using network representation tools such as graph theory. The network of the inter-related tasks can be solved as a Bayesian Network for expected time and cost of execution and variances of those, together they can be used to evaluate project level risk.

      You will then ascertain the optimality of the integration and test architectures by coupling the model to an evolutionary network optimisation algorithm which will be developed.

      There will be opportunities to present papers at international conferences, if travel permitted.

       
      Where you’ll be based

       
      You’ll be based in UniSA STEM. Technology is evolving more rapidly than we would have ever thought possible and we are meeting future challenges through cutting-edge research and the education of tomorrow’s professionals.  

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Ivan Lee – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Ady James – Co-Supervisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

       

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 28 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

    Maritime engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Materials engineering

    • Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Haolan Xu Closing 22 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination

      This project aims to develop a salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for highly efficient and stable solar-thermal seawater desalination. The solar evaporation-based desalination technology offers an ideal strategy to utilize solar light as the energy source for desalination and water purification to produce affordable clean water. Photothermal materials/evaporators play a key role in the desalination system to convert sunlight to heat and subsequently evaporate the saline water to generate steam as clean water. However, salt crystallization on the photothermal material surfaces severely limits the performance of the materials and clean water production. Solving this problem could accelerate the commercialization and practical application of this technology, which will benefit millions of people worldwide.

      Associate Professor Xu has established an advanced functional materials laboratory at FII during the last 10 years. With the support of his Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Future Fellowship, and industrial projects, as well as UniSA, the laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilitates for functional materials and solar-thermal energy conversion research, including a series of solar simulators and home-made small scale solar-thermal seawater desalination systems. The facilities available in FII are world-class, especially the ANFF, the extensive surface and microstructure characterization instrumentation such as XPS, micro-XRD, ToF-SIMS, NMR, AFMs, TEM and SEM, the state-of-art water quality analysis equipment and technology and unique heliostat systems to implement field trials. Thus, all the key facilities for this project are immediately available at UniSA.

      The successful applicant will focus on the design and fabrication of functional photothermal materials and evaporators, and study of the structure-related salt-ion transfer, salt crystallization and accumulation, as well as the investigation of long-term solar evaporation performance of the obtained photothermal evaporators.

      The successful applicant will gain in-depth knowledge in solar-thermal energy conversion, salt crystallization, surface and interface physical chemistry, and seawater desalination upon completion of this research project.

      The applicant will attend a domestic or international conference each year. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work with industry partners to develop technology and devices for practical application.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants currently in Australia.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Research experience in functional materials
      • Research experience in renewable energy

      Applicants with research experience in photothermal materials and solar steam generation will also be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACDT Wednesday 22 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Haolan Xu

    Manufacturing engineering

    • Innovative fibre metal laminates (FMLs)
      Scholarship Available Dr Mohammad Uddin Closing 28 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research - Innovative fibre metal laminates (FMLs)

      Create innovative fibre metal laminates


      Are you seeking to advance your career in manufacturing and materials engineering and interested in developing cutting-edge fibre metal laminate innovations? The University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a Masters by Research with real-world application in creative novel metal laminates.

      Fibre-metal laminates (FMLs) with their high specific strength, energy absorption capacity, fatigue resistance, and fracture toughness are in high demand and widely used in automotive, aerospace, defence and marine industries.

      Adhesion and cohesion characteristics are influenced by the type of adhesive and surface activation energy of FMLs. Current epoxy-based adhesives still lack crucial properties and result in early failure, and surface pre-treatment involves toxic acid bath-based anodization, which causes severe environmental hazards.  The latter requires stringent safety regulations and is a significant cost and challenge to composite industries.

      This project proposes an innovative process for developing FMLs. First, graphene nano-platelets (GNPs) will be added into an epoxy adhesive. GNPs will restrict the intermolecular movement of epoxy around fibres and hence prevent relaxation of the polymer chain, thus reducing water absorption and corrosion attack and increasing cohesion and toughness at the interface.

      Second, the project will propose an environmentally friendly laser surface pre-treatment to prepare a metal adherent surface with the aim of further increasing the bonding strength. As a controlled non-contact process, the laser will modify the surface with tailored surface micro-texture and surface activation energy, both of which are crucial to increase the desired surface integrity and adhesive bonding strength between metal and fibre composites.

      You will join a vibrant and engaging research culture within UniSA and be given ample opportunity to build your social and professional networks. You will also gain exposure to and experience with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and build your in-demand innovation expertise.

       
      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake a range of activities that include developing experiments to prepare and bond GNPs-induced epoxy adhesives with fibre composite sheets, conducting laser surface pre-treatment on metal surfaces and determining optimum process conditions for higher surface activation energy, and characterising surface integrity and performing corrosion resistance, water absorption, aging effect, bonding strength, impact resistance of FMLs.

      You will also build and validate a numerical model to predict failure characteristics of FMLs, and validate the performance of FMLs developed by the proposed manufacturing technique with the current FML manufacture practice.

      There are opportunities to attend national and international conferences (if travel permitted) to disseminate the project findings and build professional networks. Through the project, you will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and methodology that will further strengthen your skill and experience in reliable and accurate characterisation and assessment of research findings.

      Undergraduate intern and vacation scholarship means that you will have the opportunity to develop your supervisory skills, and possibly teach undergraduate mechanical, manufacturing and material courses.

       

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based within UniSA STEM. Technology is evolving more rapidly than we would have ever thought possible. UniSA is meeting future challenges through cutting-edge research and the education of tomorrow’s professionals.  We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. 

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology. 

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.  


      Supervisory Team


      Dr Mohammad Uddin - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Jun Ma – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Michael Evans – Co-Supervisor

       

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.


      Eligibility and Selection


      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      • In-depth knowledge and understanding on material science and engineering including mechanical characterizations
      • Good knowledge in traditional manufacturing techniques used for material processing

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 28 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mohammad Uddin
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    Environmental sciences

    Ecological applications

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Environmental Biotechnology

    • Single cell analysis of nanoparticle uptake: Impact of environmental plastic pollutants
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Ivan Kempson Closing 13 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Single cell analysis of nanoparticle uptake: Impact of environmental plastic pollutants

      Contribute to cutting-edge research and protect our ecosystem

      Are you interested in learning about nanoparticle toxicology and advancing your biochemistry research career? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD project within UniSA’s Future Industries Institute in partnership with TOFWERK.

      This project aims to understand how nanoparticles effect operational mechanisms of cells. We have demonstrated that significant concerns exist around the potential toxic effects nanoparticles can cause when internalised by cells. However, the fundamental mechanisms with respect to how nanoparticles impart these effects remains unknown.

      This project applies cutting-edge analytical methodologies to understand how nanoparticles alter fundamental biochemistry inside living cells. This is important for understanding environmental exposure to nanoparticles and nanoplastics. This research is expected to generate new knowledge around how our ecosystem can be fundamentally protected from nanoscale materials.

      You will be involved in a pioneering area of research which provides high-impact and tangible outcomes on how exposure to nanoparticles can lead to genotoxic stress as well as therapeutic opportunities in treatment of cancer with radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Additionally, you will have access to world-class facilities, expert support, and the opportunity to undertake an industry placement in Switzerland, placing you in a highly competitive position for a career in biochemistry.

       
      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will investigate nanoparticle toxicology, specifically, linking physico-chemical properties of nanoparticles to altering gene and protein regulation in cells.

      You will undertake cell culture and basic assays and analytical and data analysis.

      If travel is permitted, there will be opportunities for international conference attendance. There is also potential for an industry placement in Switzerland.


      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s multi-million-dollar Future Industries Institute which focuses on building knowledge and capacity in core future industries and develops the University’s internationally competitive research capacity across four key strands: minerals and resources engineering, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science and engineering, and biomaterials engineering and nanomedicine.


      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Ivan Kempson - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Enzo Lombi – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Casey Doolette – Co-Supervisor

      Ms Olga Borovinskaya, TOFWERK – Industry Advisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Monday 13 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Ivan Kempson

    Environmental Management

    • Changing the world for good? Mapping the long-term impacts of adult environmental education programs in South Australia
      Scholarship Available Dr Keri Hopeward Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research Project - Changing the world for good? Mapping the long-term impacts of adult environmental education programs in South Australia

      Help create resilient and regenerative communities

      Are you interested in advancing your career in environmental education and community development? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a Masters project in partnership with the federally funded ‘Living Lightly Locally: Smarter and Stronger Through Citizen Science’ project, Green Adelaide and the Australian Red Cross.

      This project aims to capture the broader systemic impacts over time, of three different South Australia-based adult education programs that aim to inspire individuals and communities to take action to create more resilient and regenerative communities. These programs include: The Living Smart program (administered in SA by Green Adelaide), the Australian Red Cross Climate Ready Communities Program, and Shift Australia.

      While the programs in question have all gathered data on the immediate impacts of the programs on participants (mainly through participant surveys on completion of the program), there is sparse data available on the longer-term aspects of the programs or how or even if program facilitators and participants have continued their journey of change long term.

      You will address this through a series of surveys, focus groups and interviews with past program participants and facilitators, including a network mapping exercise that aims to capture any broader systemic impacts. Project findings will feed into the Living Lightly Locally (LLL) Project and will not only inform the design of future educational and community engagement programs in this space, but also improve the design of evaluation processes for programs like LLL.

      As this project is allied to the federally funded Citizen Science project, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with an existing research team and carry out research adjacent to a significant project that is already underway. This proximity offers opportunities for mentoring, collaboration and engagement between you and the LLL research team.

      In addition to the skills gained and the alliance with the larger research project, you will have opportunities to develop professional relationships with end-users in the environmental and community development space, particularly Green Adelaide and the Australian Red Cross.

      This project will provide you with expert knowledge in the environment and community development field.

       
      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore the long-term impacts of environmental education programs. You will carry out desktop-based research, involving analysis of participant evaluations of completed adult education programs.

      The analysis of program evaluations will be followed by surveys, interviews and focus groups with past participants and facilitators of these programs (with end-user organisations aiding with brokering communications). Additionally, you will undertake a network mapping exercise that aims to capture any broader systemic impacts on the environment sector. You will identify barriers and enablers to ongoing engagement beyond the programs.

       
      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA STEM. Technology is evolving more rapidly than we would have ever thought possible. UniSA is meeting future challenges through cutting-edge research and the education of tomorrow’s professionals.  

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology. 


      Supervisory Team

      Dr Keri Hopeward - Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor James Hopeward – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Delene Weber – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Anne Souvertjis - Co-Supervisor

      Christy Spier, Green Adelaide – Industry Advisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. Additionally applicants must meet the project’s selection criteria:

      Essential
      • Some knowledge of social science research methods
      • Some knowledge of education for sustainability
      Desirable
      • Experience in social science research
      • Experience in education for sustainability
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 21 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Keri Hopeward
    • Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Closing 13 December 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography

      Climate change and habitat destruction are two of the biggest challenges facing biodiversity on our planet. This project will look at the capacity of vegetation remnants to retain suitable conditions for biodiversity. Topography and intact native vegetation can moderate prevalent weather conditions. However, vegetation cover is decreasing on a global scale, reducing the climate buffering potential of landscapes. Furthermore, landscapes are increasingly fragmented, meaning that the total proportion of habitat bordering to the edge of vegetation is increasing.

      Therefore, we need to understand how vegetation and topography moderate the prevalent weather conditions in the highly modified landscapes of our planet. We will use existing dataset from five South Australian woodlands and collect additional data to show how vegetation and topography moderate the prevalent weather conditions. Results will provide important insights about the variation of environmental conditions in Australian woodlands and how land-use changes have impacted the ability of vegetation to moderate prevalent weather conditions.

      What you’ll do

      You will integrate remote sensing, microclimatic and ecological data to determine the impacts of land-use change for on-the-ground conditions in Australian woodlands. Furthermore, you will use the data to predict the likely changes that will occur in microclimatic conditions due to forecast anthropogenic climate change. There is the opportunity to collect additional data in selected communities, if desired.

      You will have access to a unique dataset of hourly temperature and humidity data over 12 months for 5 Australian woodlands, with supporting data of remotely-sensed LiDAR and infra-red imagery and field-measured data on canopy cover and ground cover.

      The project will provide you with the unique opportunity to integrate remote sensing, microclimatic and ecological data. In particular, the following skills will be developed:

      • Integrated analysis of large climatic, spatial and ecological data sets
      • Correlative models between ecological characteristics and environmental variables
      • Structuring and presentation of research findings to reach wide audiences
      • Writing and data presentation at a level suitable for high-impact journals
      • Scientific collaborations nationally and internationally
      • Ability to work independently and collaboratively


      Where you’ll be based

      The successful candidate will be cased in the Biodiversity Lab at Mawson Lakes campus, led by A/Prof, Keppel.  UniSA has considerable capacity and investment in Environmental Science, for which it has an ERA ranking of 5. Environmental scientists are concentrated in the Environmental Science and Engineering strand of the Future Industries Institute and the Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience strand of the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy research concentration.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:

      ·         statistical and computational skills, including preferably knowledge of R

      ·         experience in applied remote sensing and GIS

      ·         knowledge of ecology and ecosystem processes

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $37,800 per annum (2021 rates).

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

      Dr. Greg Guerin (University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network/ TERN)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 12 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel
    • Constructed floating wetlands for remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contaminated surface water
      Scholarship Available Dr John Awad Closing 21 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Constructed floating wetlands for remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contaminated surface water

      Define the role of constructed floating wetlands in addressing water pollutants

      If you’re interested in advanced your career in environmental management and keen to address contemporary pollution problems, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a PhD project within the Future Industries Institute, in partnership with CSIRO Land and Water.

      Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a group of synthetic chemicals with broad commercial applications worldwide, including manufacturing and fire-fighting foams. Upon release into the environment, however, PFAS are extremely persistent and can accumulate in organisms, causing adverse health effects in humans and animals, including immune system impairment. Food can be contaminated through contact with the soil and water used to grow the food, and wildlife that drink from contaminated water can also be harmed.

      A largely unexplored strategy for the removal of PFAS from water bodies is the use of phytoremediation, alone or coupled with sorption, which can be achieved in constructed floating wetlands (CFWs). The CFW system is a green technology that removes pollutants from waters by employing green plants. CFWs promote the growth of native plant species in buoyant structures, where pollutants are assimilated into plant biomass.

      CFWs can be readily installed into existing water environments, such as lakes and retention basins for the treatment of urban surface runoff. Other nature-based water treatment systems are not so easily retrofitted into existing areas.

      This project aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the feasibility of using Australian native plant species for the sequestration of PFAS from water bodies (including uptake rates and mechanisms). The innovative approach will use sorptive material as planting media in CFWs to facilitate ongoing PFAS removal from water bodies through passive treatment processes as well as strategies to responsibly manage PFAS contaminated plant and sorptive material, including regeneration.

      You will be a part of a multidisciplinary research team that spans the Scarce Resource and Circular Economy (ScaRCE), the Future Industries Institute, and the contaminants and biotechnologies research group based in CSIRO Land and Water, all endeavouring to find a solution for a real-world problem together.


      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will conduct laboratory-scale experiments, extract and analyse PFAS from aqueous samples and plant tissues, work with the industry partners to improve the design of CFWs so that they are fit for purpose, operate a CFW full-scale field trial, and communicate benefits to stakeholders.

      At the completion of the research degree, you will have developed your skills in analytical chemistry and environmental management practices and gained valuable field trial experience.

      In this partnered project with CSIRO Land and Water and other end-users you will have the opportunity to undertake an internship, giving you the opportunity to build industry connections. You will also have the opportunity to present research results at domestic and international conferences (if travel permitted).


      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based in the Future Industries Institute (FII) and the Scarce Resource and Circular Economy (ScaRCE)  based within UniSA STEM. FII was established with a new research culture in mind—one deeply engaged with industry,

      with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      The Institute reflects the Universitys strategic ambition to be Australias University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosystem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive. 

      FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.


      Supervisory Team

      Dr John Awad - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Albert Juhasz – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Divina Navarro, CSIRO Land & Water – Industry Advisor

      Mr Bruce Naumann, City of Salisbury – Industry Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.
       

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential
      •  Tertiary qualification in Environmental Science, Water Engineering or equivalent
      Desirable
      • Hands-on practical laboratory experience

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Friday, 21 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Awad
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    Health sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Allied Health and Rehabilitation Science

    • An investigation of work-related burnout and well-being for sonographers working in both public hospitals and private practices within Australia. A conventional and novel approach to reporting well-being in healthcare.
      Scholarship Available Professor Eva Bezak Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
    • Exploration of the Hip Lag test
      Dr Julie Walters Closing 03 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research Project: Exploration of the Hip Lag test

      This proposed project will explore the hip lag test in a group of elderly subjects and its correlation with balance and strength tests. ‘Lag’ tests are used clinically to measure a muscles capacity to generate force in its shortest range and are considered a sensitive measure of muscle function. ‘Lag’ tests around the shoulder and the knee have been investigated with the quads lag test the most reported.

      The hip active abduction lag test (HAALT) has been described as a mechanism to assess hip abductor function.  Hip abductor weakness has been associated with a range of musculoskeletal conditions including iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, patellofemoral pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, adductor injury, acute knee injury and Achilles’s tendinopathy. There has been no published research exploring the HAALT in clinical practice.

      Hip soft tissue changes, as seen by diagnostic ultrasound, are frequently seen in asymptomatic members of the community. Fifty percent of people without lateral hip pain have gluteal tendinopathy, and 88% have some form of peri-trochanteric abnormality or increase in signal around the greater trochanter (Blankenbaker et al., 2008).

      This project seeks to use the HAALT in a group of asymptomatic subjects and explore the correlation of this test with balance/strength tests and sonographic findings. 

      What you’ll do

      The aim is to validate the test as a sensitive measure of hip abductor strength that has good clinical utility and to explore if it is related to other functional measures of the hip (i.e., balance tests)

      The applicant will

      a)       Undertake a review to identify the clinically used measures of hip abductor function and their validity as risk factors for musculoskeletal conditions – this will be used to help develop a protocol for the research

      b)       Undertake reliability testing of the HAALT. The research group have already developed and refined a protocol for the performance of the HAALT and used it on a cohort of athletes. The student will test this protocol in a specific population

      c)       Complete ethics application for the project

      d)       Recruit and test a cohort of subjects using the protocol

      e)       Undertake sonographic examination of the hip abductor insertion (greater trochanter) in these subjects

      f)        Analyse results

      g)       Write up project as a paper

      Supervisory Team:

      Dr Julie Walters - Principal Supervisor:

      Mr Mark Jones - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Eligibility and Selection:

      This project is open to application from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. Applicant must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Master’s by Research.

      Applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Applications will be accepted from applicants wishing to study part-time or full-time. The successful applicant is expected to be based at our City East Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 2 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Julie Walters

    Epidemiology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Health services and systems

    • Community pharmacy peer support program for early career pharmacists focused on understanding and managing the psychological impact of significant events
      Scholarship Available Dr Vijay Suppiah Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Community pharmacy peer support program for early career pharmacists focused on understanding and managing the psychological impact of significant events

      Develop a national peer support program to assist Early Career Pharmacists

      Are you interested in advancing your career in clinical pharmacy and learning more about self-care practices and peer support? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for a PhD project in partnership with the Pharmacists Support Service (PSS).

      This project seeks to build resilience and manage the stresses of being frontline health professionals. An anonymised survey investigating burnout reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had changed work practices for pharmacists with many working overtime, experiencing an increased workload, and working with reduced staffing. Lack of essential training in self-care is a significant barrier to pharmacists being able to effectively manage work-related stressors, particularly during significant events.

      In this project you will test the feasibility of a national online peer support model to assist Early Career Pharmacists (ECPs). You will be supervised by experts in their fields who have solid research track records and research success.

      You will benefit from being exposed to the research culture of multiple organisations and liaising with a larger team of experts. Due to the nature of this project, you will also obtain significant exposure to the community pharmacy sector.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be a part of a national project, coordinating with experienced pharmacy researchers from across Australia and PSS to design and implement a national peer support program. Members of the Hand N Hand team will also be part of this collaboration.

      In this thriving research environment, you will develop contemporary peer support practices and self-care techniques. You will conduct UniSA Ethics applications for the various phases of this study, assist with participant recruitment, run focus groups and conduct individual and group interviews and liaise with PSS pharmacists for data collection.

      This project will enable you to develop your project management skills (good record keeping and tracking the various aspects of the study), good interpersonal skills (liaising and collaborating with various members of the research team and participants), and writing and critical thinking skills (reports, manuscripts, thesis).

      As a part of this industry partnered project, you will have placement opportunities with the PSS at their Melbourne office (pending easing of COVID-19 restrictions and opening of interstate borders). Through your research, you will generate research papers and reports, and have the opportunity to participate in and present at research seminars and conferences.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry driven project will prepare you for rewarding career in clinical pharmacy.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s flagship research, teaching and public engagement facility, the Bradley Building. It is home to UniSA’s key Clinical & Health Sciences research concentrations, which investigate diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and cardiovascular disease and a range of related therapies. We are a base for research into population health, radiotherapy and genomics.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Vijay Suppiah - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Libby Hotham – Co Supervisor
      Mrs Kay Dunkley (Pharmacist’s Support Services)
      Dr Fiona Kelly (Griffith University)
      Dr Sara McMillan (Griffith University)
      Mr Jason Buccheri (La Trobe University

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international student.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Applicants must have a pharmacy degree with honours and/or Masters degree.

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Prior experience working in the community pharmacy sector;
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Vijay Suppiah
    • Growing the wellbeing of Australian farmers through an evidence-based online resource
      Scholarship Available Dr Kate Gunn Closing 25 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Growing the wellbeing of Australian farmers through an evidence-based online resource

      Improve farmers’ wellbeing

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in rural health or mental health and are interested in the wellbeing of farmers, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering an industry partnered PhD project with the ifarmwell research team.

      The objective of this project is to improve understanding and help address the mental health and wellbeing needs of farmers and rural communities. This project will involve analysing existing deidentified data, to identify gaps and opportunities for the co-development (alongside farmers) of new evidence-based, online module content to meet farmers’ changing needs. These new modules will then be evaluated to assess their effectiveness in addressing farmers’ wellbeing.

      The ifarmwell intervention targets a group who face multiple barriers to accessing support. Working on this project, you will generate real-world impact on the health and wellbeing of farmers and rural communities. The ifarmwell research team includes several successful and passionate senior, mid- and early-career researchers who will provide guidance and support throughout your studies.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will interview farmers and explore data to inform the co-development new tools for improving the well-being of farmers.

      You will conduct mixed methods research, developing skills in consumer collaboration, intervention development (co-design), quantitative evaluation and qualitative interviewing and analysis.

      Through this project you will learn how to complete literature reviews, co-design interventions, gain understanding about ethics, and gain experience with project management and evidence-based intervention development. There will also be an opportunity for you to develop your own research questions.

      Working closely with farmers, agricultural and industry supporters, and other researchers, you will develop in-depth knowledge about farmers’ wellbeing-related issues and digital mental health services.

      You will also be given the valuable opportunity to network and participate in local and national conferences (subject to permitted travel and funding restrictions) and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, establishing a strong career foundation.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the ifarmwell reseach team at UniSA’s Department of Rural Health, at the City East campus. ifarmwell is a collaboration between experts at UniSA’s Department of Rural Health (within UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance), Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing, National Centre for Farmer Health, University of Adelaide and University of Melbourne.

      Together with farmers from across Australia, the ifarmwell team have developed an operational online resource that is evidence-based and has been shown to be acceptable to farmers.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Honours first class or Masters (or equivalent) degree in psychology, behavioural science, public health, allied health or social sciences
      • Willingness to undertake some travel to rural areas
      Applicants that have experience working with farmers or rural communities and experience working with quantitative statistical programs such as SPSS will be highly regarded.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East Campus.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Kate Gunn
    • Improving children’s physical activity and screen time in outside school Hours Care: a randomised controlled trial
      Scholarship Available Professor Carol Maher Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Improving children’s physical activity and screen time in outside school Hours Care: a randomised controlled trial

      Improve the health of children

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in health and community services, and you’re interested in improving the health of children, then the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a high-profile PhD at the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).

      Children’s daily physical activities and screen time patterns fundamentally impact their health and wellbeing, affecting their risk of being overweight and obese, and consequently, their cardiovascular and bone health, academic performance and mental health. Less than half of Australian children get enough physical activity, and fewer meet screen time recommendations. These trends are worsening, coinciding with rising rates of obesity and mental health issues.

      Children’s activities in the before- and after-school period make a major contribution to whether they meet daily recommendations. Every week, half a million Australian children attend Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), so if change can be implemented in this setting, it has the potential to reach many children during a formative period of their lives.

      The project is offered within a new, major national randomised controlled trial being led by UniSA researchers. The study is large and well-resourced and this is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to running a randomised controlled trial—the highest form of experimental evidence—and undertake qualitative research.

      What you’ll do

      You will become a member of a dynamic and supportive research team, learning about all research processes (ethics, quality assurance, recruitment, data collection, data entry, statistical analyses, qualitative methodologies and analyses), whilst receiving excellent and wide-ranging research training. Based in Adelaide, there will be opportunity for regional travel (if permitted) to visit the OSHC services involved in the study.

      You will be supported to lead author at least three scientific journal articles, and co-author additional journal articles arising from the study. Conference attendance will be encouraged and supported, and you’ll experience communicating with a wide range of stakeholders across a variety of industries (health, education, childcare, government and private sector).

      As this project is offered as part of a major funded study, the size and quality of the dataset that you’ll work with is far greater than would be possible if you were to conduct a project on your own. This offers great potential for multiple publications in high quality scientific journals.

      The diverse skills and professional networks developed during the project will position you to be a leader in your field and may attract research fellowships, post-doctoral positions, lecturing positions, and roles in government.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based in UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), that investigates the role of exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle activities in improving clinical and health outcomes. Physical, psychological and sports performance in populations is studied across a wide cross-section of society, ranging from children to elite athletes and people with chronic disease.

      Our research focus “Healthy lives through healthy living” centres around the grand challenge of tackling the growing epidemic of chronic diseases. We focus on real-world issues and bring bold ideas to create solutions which optimise health, function and wellbeing.

      We work with diverse research partners, end-users and our communities to identify and evaluate solutions, and translate these outcomes into products and changes in policy and practice.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Carol Maher - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Rachel Curtis – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Carol Maher
    • Working with cancer: what works?
      Scholarship Available Dr Nadia Corsini Closing 28 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Working with cancer: what works?

      Contribute to better health outcomes for the community

      Are you interested in advancing your career in health? Are you interested in how the health system and workplaces can support employees with health issues? Apply for this unique and exciting opportunity to obtain a PhD project within two world-class research centres, the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Workplace Excellence at the University of South Australia.

      More than 70,000 working adults are diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia. With recent advances in treatments, it is becoming increasingly possible to continue working.  Yet surprisingly, we know very little about the challenges and benefits of continuing to work during treatment. What works and what doesn’t for patients and health care workers.  What works and what doesn’t in both workplaces and the health system? Identifying barriers and facilitators of wellbeing and the ability to continue working can have wide-ranging impacts for patients, organisations, and society.

      This project has the potential to demonstrate psychosocial benefits to patients of continuing to work with cancer; reveal modifiable barriers in both the health system and organisations to enable patients to continue working; develop practices for nurses and clinicians to provide supporting mechanisms that enable patients to continue working; and indicate means for enhancing patient-centred care, a goal of Australian health systems.

      Apply to join us and study what works in ‘working with cancer,’ integrating patients, nurses, doctors and organisations.  This is an exceptional research degree project that can result in meaningful change to improve systems and the lives of people with cancer.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of esteemed researchers, develop and test concepts for the project, use quantitative and qualitative research methods, and communicate the impact of the research.

      You will develop high level project management skills and a keen understanding of the research-translation pipeline.

      As a member of two world-class researcher centres, you will benefit from access to a range of supplemental developmental activities, such as research workshops, methods and statistics training, and large national and international networks of researchers.

      You will also have the opportunity to publish in top journals, make practitioner-oriented and policy recommendations, and present at conferences in multiple disciplines, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre comprised of world-renowned and multidisciplinary researchers committed to providing research-driven excellence in healthcare. Our vibrant research culture is facilitated through knowledge sharing, team-building activities, professional development as well as media and communication opportunities.  You will also be affiliated with UniSA’s Centre for Workplace Excellence, a world-class research group with a dynamic, engaging and supportive research environment.

      Supervisory Team

      • Dr Nadia Corsini (Principal Supervisor)
      • Professor Cheri Ostroff (Co-supervisor)
      • Professor Ian Oliver (Advisor – University of Adelaide)
      • Gabrielle Vigar (Advisor – Central Adelaide Local Health Network)
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Please provide a brief summary, no more than 2 pages, outlining:

      1. Why you are interested in this topic,
      2. One or two ways you might study this issue, including who would be participants and what methods you would use, and
      3. What you hope you find or show by investigating this topic.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • A degree in psychology, behavioural science, public health, allied health, management, organisational psychology, or social sciences.
      • Experience or interest in conducting research with people who have cancer or chronic disease
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer, with a preferred start date of 28 March 2022.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Friday 28 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Nadia Corsini

    Nursing

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Midwifery

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Public Health

    • Supporting the wellbeing of veterans and their families as they transition through the Invictus Pathways Program
      Scholarship Available Dr Dannielle Post Closing 24 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Supporting the wellbeing of veterans and their families as they transition through the Invictus Pathways Program

      Support the wellbeing of veterans

      If you’re looking to advance your career in community health and keen to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a PhD project with the potential to positively impact people’s lives based in the Alliance for Research Exercise Nutrition and Activity and in collaboration with Military and Emergency Services Health Australia.

      This project seeks to adapt UniSA’s Invictus Pathways Program (IPP) by applying a biopsychosocial approach to improve the wellbeing of veterans and their families. There is still significant stigma associated with mental ill-health in the veteran population, and this stigma exacerbates the potential for self-isolation and disengagement from the community.

      The intention of this project is to help veterans successfully transition from the Invictus Pathways Program by supporting them and their families to re-engage with the community.

      What you’ll do

      In the first phase of this project, you will use quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the physical and psychological wellbeing of the IPP veterans and families and explore what they need, to successfully navigate through the IPP and into the community.

      These findings will then be used to co-design evidence-based workshops and resources that will be embedded within the IPP, underpinned by health promotion principles and theoretical concepts related to capacity building, sustainability, and self-efficacy. Program components will be developed and specifically tailored based on participants’ identified needs, and the program will be piloted and evaluated with veterans and their families.

      Through engaging and collaborating with veterans and their families, and creating participant-centred approaches to physical and psychological wellbeing, you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

      You will also have the opportunity to present your research locally, national and internationally at events and conferences in the areas of physical activity, military, first responder and family, and public health, travel permitted. You will also be encouraged to participate in research skill development activities, including seminars, workshops and short courses.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Alliance for Research Exercise Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).  

      ARENA investigates the role of exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle activities in improving clinical and health outcomes. We study physical, psychological and sports performance in populations across a wide cross-section of society, ranging from children to elite athletes and people with chronic disease.

      Our research focus, “Healthy lives through healthy living”, tackles the growing epidemic of chronic diseases. We focus on real-world issues and bring bold ideas to create solutions which optimise health, function and wellbeing. Our mission is to be the leading Australian voice on a global stage by championing research in exercise, nutrition, preventative health and other lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. We work with diverse research partners, end-users and our communities to identify and evaluate solutions, and translate these outcomes into products and changes in policy and practice.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Demonstrated experience working with veterans and their families, or families of veterans.
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East Campus in the heart of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close Tuesday 25 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Dannielle Post

    Sports Science and Exercise

    • Biomechanically sound digital human models for ergonomic assessment
      Scholarship Available Dr Francois Fraysse Closing 30 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Biomechanically sound digital human models for ergonomic assessment

      Innovate human modelling using 3D software

      Are you looking to advance your career in the defence industry? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exceptional research degree project available with industry partner, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) based at our Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research centre, and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      This PhD project is linked to Australia’s Future Submarine Program and develops Digital Human Models (DHM) for assessment of space requirements of Navy personnel. You will focus on DHM within Unity software and study all sizes and physical capacity of the personnel, including range of motion.

      With defence becoming an increasing priority in our nation, you will use state-of-the-art open-source animation software (Blender) in this project to build DHMs that are sound from an anatomical and physiological viewpoint.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will formulate and develop biomechanical human models in state-of-the art 3D modelling software. This will include:
      • Researching current practices in human modelling as applied to industrial design and animation.
      • Meeting with industrial end-users to scope their needs and requirements.
      • Helping to formulate a plan for the development of the human models.
      • Implementing and testing the models through physical testing with voluntary participants and virtual CAD/VR testing.
      • Publishing the methods developed, and associated results, in international peer-reviewed journals.
      • Attending and presenting at national and international conferences.
      • Meeting with industrial partners to present and demonstrate the developed models and product.

      In this industry-partnered project, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with our industrial partners locally and potentially interstate (DSTG Rockingham), travel permitted. Conference attendance may involve interstate and/or international travel, travel permitted.

      At the completion of the project, you will have developed the following skills:
      • Biomechanical modelling through implementation of digital human models and forward/inverse kinematics.
      • Proficiency with Blender and Unity software as well as familiarity with Matlab and/or Python.
      • Anthropometry and human body measurement.
      • Physical experiment design and planning involving voluntary participants, including writing and clearing an ethics application, protocol design, sample size calculation, physical mock-up planning, data collection scheduling and execution, experimental data quality assessment and processing, and report writing.
      • Ability to effectively communicate with academic and industrial peers, and the expertise to adapt the message and delivery to the intended audience.
      • Public speaking through conference presentations and workshops, as well as focus groups with end-users.
      • Scientific writing, with first-author publications in peer-reviewed international journals, and conference presentations.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based between UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research centre at City East campus and UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments at Mawson Lakes campus.

      You will have access to relevant research facilities, including the experimental facility and Virtual reality studio at Mawson Lakes, and the Design Studio at City West.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Francois Fraysse - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Peter Schumacher - Co Supervisor
      Dr Andrew Cunningham - Co Supervisor
      Dr William Robertson - The University of Adelaide

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our domestic scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects essential selection criteria:
      • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s (Honours) degree in engineering, software engineering, mathematical science, physics, or computer science.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 30 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Francois Fraysse
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    Human society

    Development studies

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Human Geography

    • The social value of mixed-use urban developments: how building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, community and well-being
      Scholarship Available Dr Helen Barrie Closing 30 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: The social value of mixed-use urban developments: how building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, community and well-being

      Investigate the social value of mixed-use urban developments

      If you’re seeking to advance your career in architecture and keen to address social housing policy issues, then the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a PhD in partnership with Uniting Communities, and the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

      This project will investigate the social benefit of building mixed-use vertical communities in the Australian urban context, by adopting an innovative social value framework. We will use citizen science for real time auditing of the built environment by residents and users, through smart technologies for environmental and behavioural monitoring, and data analytics and design automation for spatial analysis of building use.

      You will use an Adelaide case study to establish how high rise, mixed-use building design impacts user behaviours, perceptions of placemaking, and wellbeing in order to understand how a social values framework can inform future design developments.

      The results of this project will inform the development of new social values tools and good practice guides for Australian design industries, local and state government planning and development in the not-for-profit sector.

      This is a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research across UniSA Business and UniSA Creative with strong collaborative links to the University of Adelaide. This project is part of three interrelated PhD projects, with links to a wider group of students working in citizen science, urban planning and design.

      You will gain valuable industry-related experience through our partnerships with both Uniting Communities SA and the Australian Institute of Architecture, and you will have access to international links to the University of Reading, UK and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore through the project advisory panel.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will receive excellent research training and gain expertise in social science, architecture, planning and design. You have the potential to become an innovative leader in the emerging use of citizen science in the fields of social inquiry and the built environment.

      Employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods, you will learn how to integrate data from different sources into one inquiry. You’ll benefit from strong end user engagement to validate and disseminate the research, and be encouraged and supported to publish as part of a wide, interdisciplinary research team.

      You’ll be supported to attend national and international conferences and networking (if travel permitted).

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at UniSA Business. Our researchers are thought leaders who engage in world-class research and share their insights with students, industry and government partners. Our findings translate directly into results that transform businesses and affect communities for the better.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Helen Barrie - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Debbie Faulkner – Co Supervisor
      Professor Ning Gu – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of $5,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      Masters in relevant field (Geography, Urban Planning, Architecture, Social Sciences more broadly)

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Skills and experiences in designing and/or studying the social aspects of architecture.
      • Skills and/or experience in research with or about people
      • Skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research design and data analysis techniques.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 30 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Helen Barrie

    Policy and administration

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Social work

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Other human society

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Information and computing sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Artificial intelligence

    • Plan monitoring and courses of action analysis in defence operations
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Plan monitoring and courses of action analysis in defence operations

      Using AI to improve defence strategies

      Are you seeking to advance your career in decision-making and planning within the Defence industry? The University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering an end-user driven PhD project co-hosted by Industrial AI Research Centre and the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE),

      Situational awareness and information superiority are key challenges in Australia’s Defence strategy. Understanding changing situations is critical, with military operations shifting from classic battlefield scenarios to multifaceted operations involving multiple actors in “grey zones”. These operations exist across political, information, military, and economic domains which must be coordinated.

      This project seeks to address key challenges related to understanding and explaining the evolution of multiple courses of action spanning different domains of influence and past, present, and possible future events and associated alternative courses of action.

      Narrative visualisation (NV)—presenting data as stories—has been shown to improve situational awareness in multiple domains. The aim of this project is to develop NV technologies that support sensemaking in Defence. The tangible outcomes will be automated planning techniques that can be applied to generate and explain alternative courses of actions and create visualisations that enable decision-makers to understand and explore these pathways.

      You will join a dynamic environment, with both centres having a long-­standing track record in Defence research. This project complements on­going joint research projects by Industrial AI Research Centre and the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments  and Defence  Science and Technology Group (DST Group) on narrative visualisation and provenance for plan monitoring.

      This project will prepare you to be an expert in this field with highly sought-after skills gained that will place you an in excellent position to join an ever-growing and important industry in Australia.


      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop explainable AI planning techniques and algorithms capable of generating and explaining complex plans in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment and create tools that enable stakeholders to explore possible courses of action. The techniques and algorithms explored will be multidisciplinary, crossing the gamut of AI planning, data analytics, and information visualisation.

      In this industry partnered project you will meet regularly with DST Group, research and develop novel concept demonstrators, and evaluate the developed techniques and systems with users.

      Modern HCI hardware, including wall-sized touchscreen displays; AR/VR hardware: eye, face, and body tracking devices; and an advanced prototyping workshop will be made available to you. There are also opportunities to work at other world class research groups or defence organisations.

      You will have the opportunity to travel and collaborate with national researchers and present findings at international world-class venues.

      Upon completion, you will be a world expert on visualisation and human computer interaction and be knowledgeable about AI techniques and the evaluation complex systems.

       

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre which brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions for autonomous and augmented intelligence systems. We are a part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies. 

      Our researchers work with organisations around the world to develop solutions that cater to their specific needs. We have worked with Siemens, BP Australia, Yokogawa Electric and more, growing these partnerships over time to continually design sophisticated AI-driven solutions. The Industrial AI Research Centre has the skills and knowledge to meet demand and lead the next technological revolution 

      As a world leader in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) is a unique alignment of computer science, engineering, art, architecture and design.  

      IVE is responding to the challenge of increased demand for AR and VR technologies globally. Our researchers are leaders in many areas of AR and VR research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence.   

      IVE is one of the largest concentrations of AR and VR research in Australia. Our vast experience in advanced manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), interactive art and design for healthcare and defence allows us to work in collaboration with our industry partners to transform industry and solve large-scale societal challenges. 

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Markus Stumptner – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Andrew Cunningham – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Steven Wark, DFTG – Industry Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential
      • Must be an Australian citizen

      Desirable

      •  Experience in one of the following disciplines: artificial intelligence, computer science, interactive information visualisation, human-computer interaction.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Sunday, 23 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer

    Cybersecurity and privacy

    • Attack-resilient CubeSat constellations
      Scholarship Available Dr Yee Wei Law Closing 15 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Attack-resilient CubeSat constellations

      Cube satellites, or CubeSats, are miniaturised satellites in Low Earth Orbit. CubeSats were initially made and deployed to collect data for scientific research, but are now increasingly for commercial and defence purposes.

      In a space-based network environment any node can become compromised due to a significant attack surface, and network administrators have only remote (i.e., cyber, non-physical) access to the nodes. The project aims to investigate cyberattack vulnerabilities of CubeSat constellations (a network of CubeSats orbiting together), and to devise countermeasures again possible attacks in a learning-based framework.  Countermeasures need to practical and not incur an unrealistic amount of cost and overhead to the construction, deployment and operation of the network.

      This project will address various challenges.  CubeSat constellations may consist of uniformly identical nodes (hardware and software), and this alongside the ground station may act as a single point of failure.  There is a lack of regulations for cybersecurity, and complicated supply chains, which mean a large attack surface.  The CubeSats electronic hardware is severely constrained yet expected to work for a long time in a harsh environment (radiation and large temperature variation). 

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will work in cooperation with the space/ defence industry.  The latest advances in reconfigurable hardware, security and machine learning will be leveraged. Ideas will be tested and verified in authentic simulations and ultimately in a hardware-based setting that is as close to actual field deployment as possible.

      Research activities will range from literature review, design, mathematical analysis, software/hardware

      The research project is intellectually stimulating and rewarding. It is multi-disciplinary, requiring skills in the areas of communications, applied cryptography, signal processing and machine learning. This explains the diverse academic backgrounds of the supervisory panel. As such, the students will be trained in the intersection of these areas. The students will acquire strategic planning skills, mathematical analysis skills, algorithmic design skills, hands-on skills in software/hardware development, writing skills, presentation skills as well as soft skills for maintaining productive relationships with various stakeholders.

      Research work may lead to internship at a space/defence-related enterprise, depending on the candidate's research progress. In terms of employment outcomes, the space industry, the defence industry and the cybersecurity sector are in high demand. The candidate will have developed a highly sought-after skill set in these industries and sector upon completing their study. Students interested in an academic career will have acquired the necessary academic background and aptitude to join the tertiary education industry.


      Where you’ll be based

      The successful applicant will be working with passionate and experienced academics conducting research in the intersection of communications, security, signal processing and machine learning. Besides career mentorship, the research student will gain affiliation with the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) as well as the Industrial AI research concentration, making productive connections with industry partners in the space/defence industry. The candidates will enjoy the opportunities to participate in outreach activities, e.g., Three Minute Thesis competitions and UniSA/Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) workshops, and thereby over time build a brand for themselves.

      Every PhD candidate will be allocated a desktop computer and funding to attend a conference per year. Besides a well-stocked digital library, the candidate will have access to well-equipped computing and electronics laboratories.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Yee Wei Law - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Jill Slay – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Ronald Mulinde – Co-Supervisor
       

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential:

      ·         candidate must be an Australian citizen with no criminal records.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

       
      Essential Dates

      For all projects: Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Wednesday, 15th December at 11.30pm [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Yee Wei Law

    Data Management and Data Science

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Graphics, augmented reality and games

    • Using Virtual Reality to deliver health care services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Tobias Loetscher Closing 16 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Using Virtual Reality to deliver health care services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders

      Using Virtual Reality to deliver meaningful health care

      If you’re keen to advance your career in neuroscience and interested in using cutting-edge technology to improve health care, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering a dynamic opportunity to undertake a PhD project that explores how to harness virtual reality (VR) to provide personalised health care in collaboration with Autism Adelaide.

      Children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders living in regional and rural areas of Australia experience difficulties in accessing services and support programs that are readily available in metropolitan areas. In many cases they miss out or receive only reduced access to effective intervention strategies that can help control some of the signs and symptoms of their disorders.

      The use of technology for communications between geographically separated patients and service providers (i.e., telehealth) is an established approach for improving access to health services in remote areas. Current technologies include video conferencing applications such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, however while these conferencing tools enable health professionals to connect with people remotely, they are rather restricted in eliciting feelings of physical presence and emotional connection.

      VR may offer a way to overcome current limitations of 2D, flat-screen communications. Using VR, patients and providers can meet as avatars in the same virtual rooms. The avatars mimic the body movements of the persons in the real world and the avatars can interact, work and play together. Importantly, the required technology has become affordable and relatively simple to use.

      This PhD project aims to evaluate the feasibility of using current VR technologies to deliver health care services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders living in regional and remote areas. You will gain industry experience and develop important networks conducting this project in collaboration with Autism Adelaide. In this project, VR use will be trialled by staff and clients of Autism Adelaide and compared to traditional telehealth methods.

      You will join a vibrant and supportive research culture, where you will be encouraged to attend conferences, engage with professional and community groups, and learn new skills and software packages.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will carry out data collection with Autism Adelaide.In this end-user partnered project you will also have the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship with Autism Adelaide within the first six months of your candidature (details are negotiable).

      This project will advance your career with a suite of industry-relevant skills, including the ability to organise and manage a project, and work effectively in a multidisciplinary team. You will also develop strong expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including study design and data analysis; hone your problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity skills; and consolidate your effective written and oral communication skills (e.g., being able to adapt and clarify information depending on the audience). With guidance, you will also develop your leadership and mentoring skills, and there will be opportunities to mentor current honours students.

      This is an exceptional project that may revolutionise the delivery of telehealth services to rural areas and make a significant impact on people’s lives.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences Lab, in UniSA’s Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre.

      The Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences Lab was established in 2016 and is co-led by Associate Professors Hannah Keage and Tobias Loetscher. Our work focuses on understanding how and why cognition changes across the lifespan in both health and disease, and the fundamental brain mechanisms underlying these changes. Further, we evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reverse or delay the progression of cognitive impairments.

      The Lab employs psychophysiological methods such as electroencephalograph (EEG), eye-tracking and transcranial doppler (TCD), along with virtual reality (VR) and cognitive testing.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Tobias Loetscher - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Caroline Ellison – Co Supervisor
      Dr Gun Lee – Co Supervisor
      Dr Ancret Szpak – Co Supervisor
      Associate Professor Amanda Hutchinson – Co Supervisor
      Mr Mark Howells (CEO Autism Adelaide)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Honours degree in psychology or a related field.
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Ability to work in team and independently
      • Interest in new technologies such as virtual reality
      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in working with people who have neurodevelopmental or neurological disorders
      • Experience in qualitative and quantitative methods
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Magill campus?in the east of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close: 16 January 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Tobias Loetscher

    Information systems

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Human-centred computing

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Library and information studies

    • Improving the ageing experience of CALD older adults: information and technology design for culturally appropriate aged care
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Tina Du Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Improving the ageing experience of CALD older adults: information and technology design for culturally appropriate aged care

      Positively impact the lives of older immigrants

      Are you interested in developing digital strategies that can benefit the lives of older Australians? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for an industry partnered PhD project within the Information and Innovation Lab and the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX).

      Loneliness and social isolation are a reality for older immigrants. We have a very limited understanding of how culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older adults find and use information and digital technology to fully participate in society and cope with the challenges of ageing in a "culturally alien information environment". This project is the first major development towards a more nuanced understanding of the information behaviour and technology use of CALD older adults. 

      This project aims to explore how information, technology, and aged care services impact the health, ageing and social inclusion of older Australians from CALD backgrounds. The research findings will provide recommendations on the development of evidence-based aged care policy and service interventions.

      In this project you will collaborate with industry partners including government agencies, community organisations, and aged care providers to build their understanding of aged care policy and community support programs.

      Aged care is a growing sector and there is an increasing demand for expertise in this area. Completion of this project will give you the expert knowledge to meet this demand and make a valuable contribution to society. 

      What you’ll do

      In this project you will investigate digital strategies to improve the care of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older adults. You will conduct and transcribe interviews and survey questionnaires, learn how to interpret the findings, design a novel information and socio-technical inclusion framework, and disseminate of the results.

      Collaborating with industry and community partners, you will gain a working understanding of how this new knowledge can be applied to inform policy and practice.

      You will join a dynamic research centre of world leading researchers, and have the opportunity to lead at least one journal publication and participate in preparing other project outputs.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be primarily based at UniSA’s Information and Innovation Lab led by Associate Professor Tina Du and supported by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX), a flagship research centre at UniSA. The Centre gives organisations the knowledge to empower them to achieve excellence in organisational productivity and employee wellbeing. 

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Tina Du - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Tahereh Ziaian – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Carolyn Murray - Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Nina Evans – Co-Supervisor

      Ms Cathy Chong, Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc – End-user Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential
      • have a completed Bachelor (Honours) Degree or Masters.
      • have a strong background in human-information interaction or human information behaviour

      Desirable
      • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be highly regarded: community studies, community engagement, gerontology, and health aged care.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for
      this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Sunday, 23 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Tina Du

    Machine learning

    • Predicting wildfire behaviour using machine learning and real-time airborne thermal imagery
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Sang-Heong Lee Closing 10 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Predicting wildfire behaviour using machine learning and real-time airborne thermal imagery

      Help firefighters make quicker and smarter decisions

      Keen to better support our frontline firefighters? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exciting research degree project now open for application in collaboration with our industry partner FireFlight Technologies Pty. Ltd. (www.fire.aero). This PhD project will develop intelligent machine learning algorithms to monitor and predict wildfire behaviour using real-time airborne thermal imagery. 

      Wildfires represent one of the greatest natural disasters, and their impact gets progressively worse each year. Significant areas of forests are devastated by wildfires, leading to the destruction of wildlife, as well as disastrous social, economic and environmental impacts. Considerable resources are devoted to mitigating the effects of wildfires, especially in the research of wildfire behaviour prediction.

      If the behaviour of wildfires can be predicted in real-time (whilst the fire is actually occurring), strategic firefighting decisions can be made rapidly, and the necessary resources can be deployed efficiently and effectively, resulting in dramatic reduction of losses.

      Current methods of wildfire behaviour prediction rely on measurable parameters (topographical factors such as terrain slope steepness, and vegetation density and dryness) and meteorological factors (such as air temperature, windspeed and humidity) in their models. However, real-time image data, which accurately describes the direction and intensity of fire, is often missed out in the models, due to the technical difficulties of accessing suitable real-time image data.

      This project will approach the problem of wildfire behaviour prediction differently, specifically by using airborne thermal imagery acquired by the FireFlight fire mapping system. Over many years, a large archive of airborne imagery of wildfires worldwide has been compiled by FireFlight Technologies. This archive contains hundreds of thousands of images of wildfires spreading through a range of different landscapes. It is a unique resource that lends itself well to the application of machine learning algorithms. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop intelligent machine learning algorithms to accurately predict wildfire behaviour, using real time and archived wildfire imagery.

      With wildfires becoming a significant and ongoing challenge both in Australia and overseas, there is a critical need to increase our ability to effectively fight wildfires, and through this project, you will help assist firefighters and government officials worldwide to make significant strategic decisions.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake research activities in the following three stages of the project:

      ·         Stage 1: Investigate critical factors associated with wildfire behaviour prediction, including topographical factors (such as slope steepness, vegetation density, vegetation type etc.) and meteorological factors (such as wind speed, wind direction, humidity, air temperature etc.) with thermal imagery.

      ·         Stage 2: Develop a machine learning algorithm (potentially using artificial neural network and fuzzy logic) to predict the wildfire behaviour with specific focus on the direction, intensity and speed of fire spread, using the thermal image data archives provided by FireFlight Technologies. You will also develop fire prediction maps, based on the time-lapse imagery, to assist firefighting strategies and potential evacuation decisions.

      ·         Stage 3: Undertake a validation study of the developed models using the real-time aerial thermal image data. FireFlight Technologies will provide real-time data to validate and further improve the accuracy of the fire behaviour prediction models.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre and you may also need to travel locally to collect data and investigate environments around wildfires.


      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Sang-Heon Lee – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Ivan Lee – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Paul Dare – FireFlight Technologies Pty. Ltd – End-User Advisor

       
      Financial Support  

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,597 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of up to $7,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred candidate.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         Strong Background experiences in machine learning and image processing

      Desirable:

      ·         Basic understanding of significance of wildfire and how to manage it

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Friday, 10th December [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Sang-Heong Lee
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    Language, communication and culture

    Cultural studies

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Literary studies

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Other language, communication and culture

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Environmental and resources law

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    Law in Context

    • Impacts of technology development on social and governance frameworks in the context of mineral exploration
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy Closing 23 January 2022 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Impacts of technology development on social and governance frameworks in the context of mineral exploration

      Investigate the interface between society and mineral exploration

      Are you seeking to advance your career in mining, energy and natural resources? The University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for a PhD project that seeks to map the interface between mineral exploration and society, based in the Future Industries Institute in collaboration with the Government of South Australia’s Department of Energy and Mining (DEM) and our MinEX CRC.

      Global demand for materials critical to building clean technologies is increasing exponentially as countries work towards net-zero carbon emissions targets. The MinEx CRC is developing new drilling and sensor technologies to deliver more efficient and environmentally friendly methods of mineral exploration.

      But social license to operate (SLO) is a challenge to all mineral exploration and mining activities. Disruptive technologies will impact SLO because how they will be used and the impact they may have on the environment and community differ from that of traditional technologies.

      Such variables require communication not only within the field in which they will be applied, but also with the public to build confidence and acceptance in purpose and application. This PhD project will investigate how MinEx CRC innovations in mineral exploration technologies impact or may be impacted by SLO and regulatory policy and governance approaches.

      The project will consider the environmental and physical ground surface impact of MinEx CRC technologies towards acceptance of mineral exploration; how MinEx CRC technologies may impact people and communities, for example through employment opportunities; and identify pinch points between new MinEx CRC technologies, regulatory policy and governance approaches and SLO that may be reconciled to improve approaches to mineral exploration.

      This is an opportunity for you to join a world-renowned collaborative endeavour between FII and the MinEx CRC. Together they have developed a new coiled tubing drill rig for mineral exploration, laser-based sensors for collection of real time rock chemistry data, machine learning algorithms for automation, and geoscience projects for understanding mineral system genesis and ore deposit targeting.

      You will be immediately immersed within a dynamic environment within which you will be supported not only in your own project, but also encouraged to directly learn about the broader MinEx CRC agenda. This project will position you as an important expert in this critical and ever-evolving industry.


      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will be required to undertake independent research that involves collecting qualitative data through conducting formal interviews of key stakeholders and through focus groups; collecting quantitative data through literature review and surveys; analysing, interpreting and synthesising data; liaising with key stakeholders within MinEx CRC; and communicating results. 

      You will develop knowledge in understanding interactions between geoscience and the community, environment and government; stakeholder communication; communication of research outcomes to a variety of audiences and through media; strengthening qualitative research methods skills; project and time management; networking; and leadership.

      You will be encouraged to travel to local and international conferences as required, if travel permitted.

      You will become a member of a large MinEx CRC postgraduate student cohort, with opportunities to develop a support group of fellow postgraduate students and be involved in the broader CRC community through the CRC Annual Conference, workshops and other CRC events.

      This project offers you potential to forge strong academic and industry networks and advance your career in this industry.

       
      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based in the Future Industries Institute (FII) as well as the MinEx CRC.
      FII was established with a new research culture in mind—one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      The Institute reflects the Universitys strategic ambition to be Australias University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosytem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive.

      FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.


      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Adam Simpson – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Vicki Waye – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jennifer McKay – Co-Supervisor

      Benjamin Zammit, SA Department of Energy and Mining – Industry Advisor


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential

      ·         Knowledge of the mineral exploration industry

      ·         Knowledge and experience of the essentials of qualitative research methods

      ·         Research experience in relation to the social impacts of natural resource extraction


      Desirable

      ·         Understanding of policy and regulation related to natural resource extraction

       
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at11.30pm [ACST]. Sunday, 23 January 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy

    Private law and civil obligations

    • Defence Procurement: Dealing with a Monopsony
      Professor Vicki Waye Closing 13 December 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Defence Procurement: Dealing with a Monopsony

      Australia’s objective of ensuring sufficient independent capacity to respond to national security threats is dependent upon the provision of equipment, facilities and logistics by third party suppliers. When dealing with the Department of Defence (DoD), third party suppliers are dealing with a monopsony. Monopsony power places the DoD in a powerful bargaining position enabling it to extract favourable contractual terms and low input prices. This ensures value for money and is beneficial for the public interest but can be counterproductive if it places an unreasonable burden on suppliers. Unduly one-sided bargaining can deter efficient suppliers from bidding for defence work, discourage investment in defence supply chains, lead efficient suppliers to exit the defence market and make the fulfilment of supply contracts unduly onerous or unprofitable. It also undermines the ability of suppliers to effectively resource their contractual obligations and may lead to delays in project delivery and unproductive disputation.

      Underscoring the issues, a review is underway in relation to Australian Standard for Defence Contracting (ASDEFCON) suite of tendering and contracting templates and relevant procurement processes and practices. This project will proceed in parallel and will draw upon the results of that review but will have a much broader focus around the appropriate balance between the public and private interests involved in defence procurement.

      The project aims to produce recommendations regarding contractual processes and contractual terms underpinning DoD procurement. Improved contractual processes and terms will encourage greater participation in defence procurement and thus help lead to increased competition in the defence supply market.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will be working with a cross-disciplinary team of researchers from law and project management and contract administration. Professor Vicki Waye is a member of the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion (CMVI) and the research student will be able to participate in associated research activities of that centre including research seminars and research training opportunities. The research student will benefit from collaboration with researchers in the policy and regulation and resource allocation and management arms of the CMVI.

      During the project the research student will interview key personnel from the Australian Defence Force, the Department of Defence, and other organisations involved in the procurement supply chain. The student will review and analyse defence procurement contracts, processes, and practices, and compare these with other jurisdictions.

      During the project the successful applicant will develop the following skills:
      • thematic analysis of qualitative research data
      • workflow analysis of procurement supply chain contracts
      • analysis of contractual terms
      • ethical conduct of research
      • international and comparative legal analysis
      Supervisory Team

      Professor Vicki Waye - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Roman Tomasic - Co Supervisor

      Associate Professor Jeremy Coggins - Co Supervisor

      Dr Marcus Hellyer - Australian Strategic Policy Institute - External advisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project specific essential selection criteria:
      • Experience in tendering or overseeing the tendering process for defence procurement contracts.
      • Experience in managing or overseeing the management of defence procurement contracts
      • Experience in developing and leading strategy in defence industry organisations
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study either full time or part-time, and to be based at our City West campus.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close, Sunday 12 December 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Vicki Waye

    Public law

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    Applied mathematics

    • Value of renewable energy forecasts
      Scholarship Available Professor John Boland Closing 17 January 2022 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Value of renewable energy forecasts

      Join an international team and advance your career

      Are you interested in gaining expert knowledge in industrial mathematics and the value of renewable energy forecasting? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding opportunity to apply for a PhD project within the Industrial AI Research Centre in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

      A recent Australian Renewable Energy Agency-funded project on improving the short-term forecasting capability for solar farms found that the economic benefit of the forecasting was independent of the forecast skill. This motivates research into exactly what is the value proposition for solar and wind farm forecasting, and how does one design the process for maximising value. You will be part of an international team examining this topic. This project will provide you with international and national research and industry contacts, an expert knowledge of electricity markets, and invaluable industrial mathematical skills. You will also have access to experts in Task 16 on solar resource for intensive photovoltaic installations of the International Energy Agency, as your supervisory team reports into this associations[KM1] . In this ground-breaking research project you will be prepared for a competitive academic or industrial research career.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will collaborate with fellow researchers within Industrial AI Research Centre, UNSW and overseas, to conduct industrial mathematics research. You will examine forecasting techniques and confer on economic modelling with your supervisory team. You will join a cutting-edge research team and have the opportunity to meet with fellow collaborators at UNSW (if travel permitted). Furthermore, you will present the outcomes of the research at conferences in Australia and overseas if travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre which brings together experts from across computer sciences, mathematics and statistics to develop solutions for autonomous and augmented intelligence systems. We are a part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor John Boland - Principal Supervisor

      Mrs Vanika Sharma - Co Supervisor

      Dr Merlinde Kay, (University of New South Wales) – Associate supervisor

      Prof Mathieu David, (Universite de La Reunion) – Associate supervisor

      Prof Philippe Lauret, (Universite de La Reunion) – Associate supervisor

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students. International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship. Where an international appli