Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Ivan Kempson

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
14 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project

Examine the biological impact of nanomaterials

Seeking to make a difference in the field of mathematical biochemistry and interested in advancing our knowledge of nanoparticle application? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a highly contemporary project-based PhD within the Future Industries Institute (FII), in partnership with Zeiss Microscopy.

Nanomaterials are prevalent in our environment, consumer products and in therapeutics. Nanomaterials have a broad and far-reaching impact from their interactions with biological systems. However, we are yet to understand how the physical presence of nanoparticles leads to biological effects, both in terms of toxicity and in therapeutic opportunities. 

This project will develop new mathematical models that describe how nanomaterials impact fundamental biochemical reactions inside cells which can explain nanoparticle toxicity as well as identify therapeutic opportunities.

The project will be conducted in a dynamic and exciting environment across the FII and UniSA STEM’s applied mathematics area. You will join a cohort of world-class experts and leaders in their field, and benefit from access to outstanding facilities and equipment. 

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will develop mathematical models and communicate these research results via high-impact journal submissions and national and international conferences.

Upon completion you will have world-leading skills in mathematical biochemistry, and knowledge in the ever-increasing field of nanotechnology. 

Your in-demand expertise will position you well for employment in industry or academia. 

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII), 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 University’s strategic ambition to be Australia’s 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

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. 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 .

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. 

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 on Wednesday 14 December 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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