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  • dna-genetics Biological sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Biological Sciences

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    Other biological sciences

    • Plasma Physics – Advancing Plasma Technologies for the life sciences
      Scholarship Available Dr Endre Szili Closing 31 March 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      The student will have opportunity to develop and test their own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments. In order to undertake this project successfully, the student will need to have a strong background in electrical engineering and physics.

      Your prior experience in electrical and optical plasma diagnostics will be essential for success in this project.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship worth $28,092 (plus CPI increase) for 3.5 years is available to international and domestic candidates.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Endre Szili
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    Biomedical and clinical sciences

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    Biomedical engineering

    • Plasma Touches Life – Advancing Plasma Technologies for the life sciences
      Scholarship Available Dr Endre Szili Closing 31 March 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      You will have opportunity to develop and test your own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments.

      To successfully complete this project, you will need a strong background in mammalian and bacteria cull culture techniques and molecular biology.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship worth $28,092 (plus CPI increase) for 3.5 years is available to international and domestic candidates.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Endre Szili

    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • The role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers
      Scholarship Available Dr Zlatko Kopecki Never closes
      About this project 
      A PhD scholarship is available within the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Future Industries Institute and Clinical Health Sciences at the University of South Australia commencing February 2021.

      You will be based at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes Campus however, the project will involve experiments at UniSA’s South Australian Cancer Research Institute, with close collaboration with clinical collaborators within the Dermatology Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

      The PhD project will investigate the role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers. Flii has previously been identified as a potential therapeutic target for squamous cell carcinoma (Kopecki et al., Oncotarget 2015) but it remains to be determined its precise mechanism of action in the development and metastasis of these cancerous lesions.  

      You will use precancerous and cancerous cell lines and an array of invitro approaches to investigate the function of Flii in melanoma cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, invasion, and spheroid formation. You will also investigate the function of Flii in human precancerous skin lesions as well as developed melanomas and blood samples of patients attending the Dermatology Department of Royal Adelaide Hospital. Subsequently, the project will use animal models of skin cancers and metastasis to determine the effect of altering Flii gene expression on the development of melanomas. As part of this project you will investigate avenues to manipulate the expression and function of Flii to determine if this can reduce or prevent development, severity and progression of melanomas.  

      This project is supported by the Lions Medical Research Foundation and is aligned with their efforts to reduce the skin cancer burden in the community by early detection of skin cancers. 

      Skills and experience in any of the following areas will be advantageous but not essential. General molecular and cellular cancer biology, mammalian tissue culture, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, animal models. The successful candidate will be provided training in all relevant areas and techniques.

      Financial Support
      A living allowance scholarship of $28,597 for up to three years is available to all applicants.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the available scholarships.

      Eligibility and Selection
      All completed applications that meet the eligibility criteria for admission into a PhD will be considered for this project.  A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the selection criteria.

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Kopecki
  • buildings-city Built environment and design minus-thin plus-thin

    Built environment and design

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  • test-tube-science Chemical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Chemical sciences

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    Physical chemistry

    • Plasma Touches Life – Advancing Plasma Technologies for the life sciences
      Scholarship Available Dr Endre Szili Closing 31 March 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an exciting Australian Research Council funded PhD project entitled “Plasma touches life: advancing plasma technologies for the life sciences”.

      You will have opportunity to develop and test your own research initiatives in the application of electrical cold atmospheric plasma technology for wound decontamination and cancer treatments, with focus on developing novel strategies to improve the efficacy and safety of the plasma treatments.

      To successfully complete this project, you will need a strong background in mammalian and bacteria cull culture techniques and molecular biology.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship worth $28,092 (plus CPI increase) for 3.5 years is available to international and domestic candidates.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Endre Szili
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    Commerce, management, tourism and services

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    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

    • Exploring Wellbeing Outcomes in the Aquatic and Recreation Industry
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Ian O’Boyle Closing 28 February 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      UniSA Business is seeking applicants interested in pursuing a PhD to investigate wellbeing outcomes within the aquatic and recreation industry in Australia. This project aims to investigate the impact on individual wellbeing through use of public aquatic and recreation centres in Australia.

      Through the use of mixed methods across multiple locations, the project expects to generate new knowledge on the effect on users of different management and service models for the provision of aquatic and recreational infrastructure. Expected outcomes include a quantifiable measure of social and emotional wellbeing that can be utilised by centre management and government.

      This will help assessment of best practice for maximising community wellbeing and can guide investment decisions by state and local government.

      If successful, you will be supervised by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Ian O’Boyle of CERM PI. The PhD research will be undertaken as part of a larger research program funded by the Australian Research Council.

      The exact details of the thesis topic will be developed by the successful candidate in close consultation with the supervisory team. CERM PI and UniSA Business have strong research environments and are deeply committed to world-class research performance. It is expected that the successful candidate will be highly competitive in the academic job market after completing this program.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      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.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $28,092 per annum (plus CPI increase) for 3 years.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
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    Creative arts and writing

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    Economics

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    Education

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    Specialist studies in education

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  • launch-start-rocket-speedy-fast Engineering minus-thin plus-thin

    Engineering

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    Materials engineering

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    Environmental sciences

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  • pharmacy-medicine Health sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Health sciences

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    Mental health services

    • Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care
      Scholarship Available Professor Nicholas Procter Closing 31 March 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated PhD student to undertake an exciting industry funded project titled Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care.

      This project aims to produce high quality research which is an original contribution to the field of crisis response in mental health care. Funded by and undertaken in collaboration with the Neami National Urgent Mental Health Care Centre in South Australia, this research will focus on clinical and peer support based services, novel service design, unique philosophy of care, and innovative governance arrangements. It will examine how these key elements of the service contribute to improving pathways of care and integration on the systems level. Coproduction of the research process, involving key partnerships with lived experience advisors and leaders and service partners, will be a strong feature of the study.

      The outcome of this project will be to generate new knowledge on how the contributions of peer workers is expressed in team-based crisis work in the context of a novel service design and innovative governance arrangements. The research you undertake in this project will generate at least four peer-reviewed publications.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship worth $37,500 per annum for 3.5 years is available to domestic candidates only. An additional $2,500 per annum for 3.5 years will be available for project support.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Procter
  • winner-first-gold Human society minus-thin plus-thin

    Human society

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  • computer-tower-server Information and computing sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Information and computing sciences

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    Artificial intelligence

    • BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Never closes
      About this Project
      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      Discrete manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain. Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacture, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency.

      The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      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.

      Candidates born in ITAR-proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $32,285 per year for 3.5 years with an option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer
    • BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Never closes
      About this Project
      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Immersive Analytics and Data Storytelling to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      You will explore and develop visualisation and data storytelling systems in immersive environments-including virtual reality, augmented reality, and tabletop displays-to elucidate insight in advanced manufacturing environments. Manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain.

      Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacturing, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency. The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. 

      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.

      Candidates born in ITAR- proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $37,285 per year for 3.5 years with an option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham
  • books Language, communication and culture minus-thin plus-thin

    Language, communication and culture

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    Law and legal studies

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  • calculator-maths Mathematical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Mathematical sciences

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    Applied mathematics

    • Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems
      Scholarship Available Dr Bronwyn Hajek Never closes
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an ARC funded PhD position in Applied Mathematics to work on a project titled “A Novel Geometric Approach to Shocks in Reaction-Nonlinear Diffusion Models”.

      Reaction-nonlinear diffusion models play a vital role in the study of cell migration and population dynamics. However, the presence of aggregation, or backward diffusion, leads to the formation of shock waves - distinct, sharp interfaces between different populations of densities of cells - and the breakdown of the model.

      The aim of this project is to develop new geometric methods to explain the formation and temporal evolution of shock waves in regularised reaction-nonlinear diffusion models and devise innovative tools in singular perturbation theory and stability analysis that will identify key parameters in the creation of shock waves, as well as their dynamic behaviour.

      To be successful in this project you should have a completed Honours Degree and have a strong background in mathematics. Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be highly regarded: differential equations, PDEs, symmetry analysis, dynamical systems, group theory.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. 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.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $28,597 per annum for 3 years.

      Some funding is available for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Primary Supervisor: Dr Bronwyn Hajek
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    Physical sciences

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    Atomic, molecular and optical physics

    • Triplet photon generation in optical fibres and their quantum properties
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Shahraam Afshar Never closes
      About this Project
      Are you intrigued by lasers and quantum physics and their role in shaping the future industry? The Commonwealth of Australia in collaboration with the University of South Australia and RMIT University have provided a PhD scholarship for a suitable candidate to work on the application of lasers and fibre optics for quantum application. The scholarship includes an attractive $40,000 living allowance plus equipment and conference travel funding. We are seeking high calibre and keen candidates with undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Knowledge of electromagnetic theory, optics and quantum physics are desirable.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available for Australian Citizens. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      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.

      Scholarship Value
      The Scholarship is worth $40,000 for 3.5 years.

      An allowance of $5000/year for three years for domestic conferences and $10000/Year for two years for international conferences is available. Expenses for airfares, car travel or removals for individuals required to relocate their place of residence to South Australia may be paid, with a maximum value of $1,485.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
  • brain-thinking-mind Psychology minus-thin plus-thin

    Psychology

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    Social and personality psychology

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