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 Graduate Research 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

    • Improving the process of family reunification
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell Closing 14 November 2021 11:00 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Improving the process of family reunification

      Removing the barriers to help children and parents successfully reunite

      If you have a desire to help ease the disruption and trauma that families experience in the child protection system, a new opportunity at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is available for an outstanding PhD research degree project.

      Researchers from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) will supervise a project that aims to identify the barriers that prevent children successfully reuniting with their families after a spell in out-of-home care.

      Existing research reveals that one in five children in the child protection system who are reunited with their parents are then removed and placed back into out-of-home care.

      The factors that support stable and safe reunification of children with their biological families are still not clear and this project will seek to clarify what works best for families.

      You will have the opportunity to conduct real world, relevant research within Australia’s premier research centre for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will collaborate with a highly experienced research team and undertake a short placement with the Department of Child Protection to better understand how the out-of-home care system and the family reunification process works in practice.

      You will review procedures, analyse administrative data, and conduct interviews with focus groups, gaining valuable experience in collaborating with industry partners. Making valuable connections with national and international academics with also help you further your career in this field.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) , the country’s leading centre for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as a short placement with the Department for Child Protection.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Olivia Octoman - 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, 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.

      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:

      • Applicants should provide a brief Research Proposal outlining their proposed approach for the project

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Research experience with the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

      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 the Adelaide CBD.

      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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell
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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

    • Advancing Protein Therapeutic Development
      Scholarship Available Professor Peter Hoffman Closing 30 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project – Advancing Protein Therapeutic Development

      The use of monoclonal antibodies and recombinant versions of proteins as therapeutics, referred to as biologics, has changed the pharmaceutical landscape. It is anticipated that more than 70% of new drug approvals will be biologics by 2025, with seven of the ten best-selling treatments being protein based. The growth in protein-based therapies requires cutting-edge analytical tools to ensure the final product is of high quality, safe, and effective.  CSL, a world-leader in protein-based therapeutics, continuously develops and adopts analytical strategies to support new research to better understand disease progression and identify new drug candidates.  

      The project, in collaboration with CSL, will develop and implement cutting-edge analytical methods to support protein therapeutic development. This research will adopt new technologies for the thorough characterisation of novel commercial products, imperative in pre-clinical development and supporting scale-up for clinical trials and eventual market release. Improved monitoring of product quality will benefit pre-clinical and clinical phase success rates and increase the speed of progression of therapeutic candidates through the drug discovery pipeline.

      The current demands to ensure product safety and efficacy require the use of analytical tools to support production of protein-based therapies. There is a need to develop these approaches to deal with the throughput of development and improve process understanding. The projects outlined have been designed to drive the use of mass spectrometry as part of a process analytical toolkit (PAT), which involve the use of at-line, in-line, and/or on-line analytics to better understand production of therapeutics.

      Position 1: Streamlined high-throughput analytical automation to support downstream process development and characterization studies

      Objectives: Utilise novel and emerging at-line/on-line technologies to maximise sample throughput to provide comprehensive data set and faster assay turnaround to facilitate rapid downstream process development decision making.

      Anticipated outcomes: A fully integrated automation stack with at-line/on-line analytics (e.g. protein concentration, impurities, aggregates, truncation, and charge variants) for high-throughput downstream purification screening support. Current CSL analytical throughput is not able to support design of experiment (DOE) type of downstream process development using robo-columns. This project will assess emerging new technologies that is able to deliver robust high-throughput analytical methods, for instance, ion mobility mass spectrometry (MS), chip-based impurity screening, size exclusion, dynamic light scattering, etc. The chosen analytical method will be inter- connected with Tecan robo-column by a mobile mechanic arm for at-line analysis. The developed automation platform will be of significant interest to all biopharma companies for rapid screening of different purification conditions, streamlining the Purification Process Development allowing the team to make informed forward processing decisions.

      This PhD project will be in collaboration with CSL and up to 1/3 of the 3 years PhD project will be conducted at CSL’s research facility in Parkville, Victoria.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Peter Hoffman – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Clifford Young – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Desire – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Lucy Cao, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories– Associate Supervisor

      Dr Matthias Zimmermann, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories – Industry advisor

       
      Position 2: PAT Spectroscopic and MS techniques for high throughput product characterisation for recombinant protein products

      Objectives: Develop and establish a suitable process analytical toolbox (PAT) based on a combination of High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS)- based monitoring of critical quality attributes (CQAs) to drive process development for recombinant protein products.

      Anticipated outcomes: From a regulatory standpoint it is important to assure that pharmaceutical processes are always controlled to ensure the therapeutic achieves a defined quality level. In biopharma, PAT has been recommended by the FDA since 2004 to manage production by monitoring and controlling processes to ensure a high-quality final product. PAT typically combines HPLC and spectroscopy data with chemometric analyses to obtain and analyse relevant information of the process and product quality, such as monitoring CQAs. By using PAT, critical decisions and process adjustments can be made in (near) real-time. The project will establish a high throughput and PAT suitable toolbox based on a combination of UV/Vis absorption, FTIR, MS and Raman spectroscopy for characterisation of CQAs. The approach will be specific for recombinantly expressed protein products, focusing on adoption of MS strategies, such as liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to high-resolution MS for monitoring quality attributes during production. Integration of MS data as part of a PAT requires a dedicated effort to ensure output is compiled in a way that can be incorporated and assessed in conjunction with other analytical strategies. High quality spectroscopic and MS data will be generated using potential therapeutic candidates provided by CSL.

      Mechanistic models developed from the analytical approaches used will support the learning process of artificial neural networks (ANNs), to generate hybrid or meta-models for simplification of root cause investigations and improve process understanding. The project builds on expertise of Professor Hubbuch for PAT development, UniSA for spectroscopy, MS, and data analytics, and CSL for implementation to support recombinant protein products.

      This PhD project will be in collaboration with CSL and up to 1/3 of the 3 years PhD project will be conducted at CSL’s research facility in Parkville, Victoria.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Peter Hoffman – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Clifford Young  – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Desire   – Co-Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Laura Cortes Castrillon, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories – Associate Supervisor

      Professor Jurgen Hubbuch, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories – Associate Supervisor

      Dr Craid Kyngdon, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories– Industry advisor 

       
      Position 3: PAT Spectroscopic and MS techniques for high throughput product characterisation for plasma derived products

      Objectives: Develop and establish a suitable process analytical toolbox (PAT) based on a combination of High- performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS)- based monitoring of critical quality attributes (CQAs) to drive process development for plasma-derived protein products.

      Anticipated outcomes: The project will establish a high throughput and PAT suitable toolbox based on a combination of UV/Vis absorption, FTIR, MS and Raman spectroscopy for characterisation of CQAs for plasma derived protein products. The approach will be specific for plasm-derived products, focusing on adoption of MS strategies, such as liquid chromatography (LC) Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) MS quantitation strategy of proteins in human plasma fractions, to monitor plasma fractionation process performance. This integrated PAT approach will replace conventional biochemical approaches for targeted protein quantitation of plasma fractions. The data compiled from the mechanistic models developed from the analytical approaches used will support the learning process of artificial neural networks (ANNs), to generate hybrid or meta-models for simplification of root cause investigations and improve process understanding. The project builds on expertise of Professor Hubbuch for PAT development, UniSA for spectroscopy, MS, and data analytics, and CSL for implementation to support plasma-derived protein products.

      This PhD project will be in collaboration with CSL and up to 1/3 of the 3 years PhD project will be conducted at CSL’s research facility in Broadmeadows, Victoria.

      Supervisory team

      Professor Peter Hoffman– Principal Supervisor

      Dr Clifford Young – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Desire  – Co-Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Supavadee Amatayakul-Chantler, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories – Associate Supervisor

      Professor Jurgen Hubbuch, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories – Associate Supervisor

      Dr Matthias Zimmermann, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories - Industry  advisor

       
      Financial Support

      These projects are 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 $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 who are currently onshore in Australia. 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 applicants are 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.  Applications close at 11.30pm [ACST], Tuesday, 30th November
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Peter Hoffman
    • Targeting the blood-brain barrier for better glioblastoma treatment
      Scholarship Available Professor Stuart Pitson Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Targeting the blood-brain barrier for better glioblastoma treatment

      Improving outcomes for glioblastoma patients

      Advance your career in molecular therapeutics with the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – by joining a world-class team working on new treatments for glioblastoma based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB).

      Glioblastoma is an aggressive, highly fatal brain cancer with an average survival rate of less than 15 months. This prognosis has remained unchanged for more than 30 years due to the inability of drugs to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

      Recently, researchers at the Centre for Cancer Biology have discovered small molecule drugs which selectively open the BBB for short periods, providing the opportunity to use existing, highly potent anti-cancer drugs.

      This project could substantially improve outcomes for brain tumour patients, with access to neurosurgeons, clinicians, modern tissue-culture facilities, and high-end equipment. This is an exceptional research project that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

      What you’ll do

      The successful research degree student will explore the impact of the small molecule drugs to open the BBB for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs. You will learn state-of-the-art cell culture techniques used with primary patient brain tumour material and gain significant experience in advanced pre-clinical models of brain cancer. You will also study live animal imaging of the BBB opening, using sophisticated microscopy methods.

      You will spend time in the laboratory as well as the state-of-the-art Core Animal Research Facility, where you will investigate patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines and orthoptic xenograft mouse models of glioblastoma.

      As part of your project, you will liaise with the Neurosurgical Research Foundation, the South Australian Neurological Tumour Bank, Adelaide-based neurosurgeons, and patients and families affected by glioblastoma.

      You will also develop strong links with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, building your contacts.

      Other benefits include potential opportunities to attend national and international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you will be based

      You will be based in the Molecular Therapeutics Laboratory (MTL) within the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia. You will be situated within Adelaide BioMed City, a hub for health and life sciences and home to a thriving research community. The centre carries out world-class research into the causes of cancer and translates these discoveries into new treatments.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stuart Pitson - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Melinda Tea - Co Supervisor
      Professor Michael Brown - Co Supervisor
      Dr Santosh Poonnoose - Flinders Medical Centre

      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 currently residing onshore 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?in the north/ east/ 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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Stuart Pitson

    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 07 November 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

    Ecology

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

    Genetics

    • Enhancing genomic analyses of complex diseases through population diversity
      Scholarship Available Dr Beben Benyamin Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Enhancing genomic analyses of complex diseases through population diversity

      Grow our knowledge of human health

      If you are seeking to advance your career in precision health, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding PhD project to enhance our knowledge of complex diseases based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

      Precision health is a new paradigm where an individual’s unique genome, lifestyle and environment, is taken into account in their healthcare. However, one of the major challenges in current human genomic research is a lack of diversity. The majority of human genomic research in complex diseases such as cancers and major depression - 80 per cent - use samples from European ancestries.

      In this innovative research project, you will address the pressing challenge of this lack of diversity, by including samples from other ethnicities in our genomic analysis.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will use advanced statistical and epidemiological methods to analyse big genomics and health data.

      You will have access to existing data from the UK Biobank that consists of health data for hundreds of diseases, thousands of risk factors and millions of DNA sequences from 500,000 individuals from diverse ancestries as well as access to other data from our research collaborators, such as the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), which includes genomics data from East Asian populations.

      Since available datasets consist of thousands of combinations of modifiable risk factors and diseases, you will have sufficient flexibility to choose the combination of diseases and risk factors to suit your interest.

      With access to state-of-the-art facilities the student will use the high-performance computing resources at UniSA to manage and analyse the data.

      You will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with world leaders in the field of human genomics and precision medicine and be supported by a community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers that work on projects with similar skill requirements.

      In this project you will have the opportunity to present your research at local (Allied Health and Human Performance Research Week), national (Genemappers, Human Genetic Society Australasia) and international (American Society of Human Genetics) conferences, travel permitted. You will also be encouraged to attend online genomics, computing and statistical workshops to improve their skills, such as the International Statistical Genetics Workshop.

      Through this research project you will specifically acquire the following skills:

      • Computer programming skills to write computer program for efficient and automated data management and analysis.
      • Statistical and genetic epidemiology skills to analyse big health and genomic data.
      • Scientific writing and presentation skills.
      • Scientific collaborations nationally and internationally.
      • Proficient use of high-performance computing.
      • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

      This is an exceptional research degree project that will prepare you to be an expert in statistical genomics and big data, which is highly sought after within academia, and the pharmaceutical and genomic industries.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health (ACPreH) mainly in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). ACPreH brings together multidisciplinary and world leading experts in genomics, allied and population health and evidence translation to improve human health

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Beben Benyamin - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Stephanie Byrne - Co Supervisor
      Associate Professor Hong Lee - Co Supervisor
      Professor Elina Hypponen - 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 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 PhD.  Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Knowledge in genetics, statistics or epidemiology,
      • High level verbal and written communication skills,
      • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively and independently.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in statistical analysis of large dataset and statistical programming language, such as R

      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 Wednesday 17 November 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Beben Benyamin

    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

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

    Biomedical engineering

    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 25 November 2021 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 onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      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

    • Development of novel treatments for wound infection
      Scholarship Available Dr Zlatko Kopecki Closing 16 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Development of novel treatments for wound infection

      Research for good

      Are you seeking to advance your career in biomaterial and pharmaceutical science? The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a rare PhD project based at the Future Industries Institute in partnership with the Channel 7 Childrens Research Foundation and Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association , to develop a new treatment for wound infection using silver nanoparticles.

      This project builds on the Future Industries Institute recent research to addresses the clinical challenge of silver (Ag) dressing toxicity. Our research seeks to address one of the major morbidities of patients with non-healing wounds, which is the development of wound infections that lead to sepsis that can be life-threatening. Currently the use of available Ag dressings is not recommended on large wounds or over an extended period due to toxicity. To assist with wound healing, we are using nanotechnology to develop a stimuli-responsive AgNP dressing to enable antibacterial efficacy, with a fraction of Ag applied.

      In this PhD project you will be a part of world leading research in wound treatment and address these clinical challenges by developing a safe and effective Ag dressing using ultra-small AgNPs. The AgNPs will have a superior ability to penetrate biofilms and develop an ‘on-demand’ AgNP delivery system. This new therapeutic approach will allow for the sustained control and long term release of silver ions (Ag+), that is stimuli-responsive to pathogenic bacteria-induced changes in pH and temperature during infection development.

      This project combines innovative technologies to treat wound infection as well as preventing toxicity by only delivering Ag in the presence of a localised infection. The focus on stimuli-responsive delivery of ultra-small AgNPs at safe doses holds promise to enable safe treatment options for patients with chronic wounds.

       What you’ll do

      This project offers the unprecedented opportunity to test a novel approach using clinically relevant pathogens isolated from patient wounds and preclinical models of single species and polymicrobial wound infections in both small and large animal models. The outcomes of this industry-funded PhD project will inform the clinical management of infected wounds and significantly improve patient care.

      During this project you will gain expertise in biomaterial and pharmaceutical science in wound and tissue repair. You will perform in-vitro bacterial assays, mammalian cell cultures, wound assays, silver nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation, hydrogel and dressing preparation and characterisation including release studies, and microbiology techniques to demonstrate efficacy. You will also develop skills in undertaking in-vivo pre-clinical models of acute and biofilm infection in small and large animals including their analysis and interpretation, including skills in histology, microbiology, wound analysis, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, ELISA, PCR, and confocal and scanning electron microscopy.

      You will collaborate with our industry partner Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association, Channel 7 Childrens Research Foundation and engage with relevant professional societies including the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) and Wounds Australia.

      The student will have access to world-class research facilities and opportunities for the presentation of research findings at Future Industries Institute Student Seminars as well as local, national and international conferences, travel permitted. You will also have the opportunity to publish in recognised international journals. Come and join us for this exciting opportunity in Adelaide, a world's third most liveable city by the global index 2021, and expand your supercharge your research career.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Future Industries Institute (FII) in the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. FII is a recognised world-class hub in biomaterials, engineering, and nanomedicine, offering close links with industry partners and a supportive research environment and educational experience underpinned with excellent infrastructure and technical support. At the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, you will be a part of a large group of researchers working on the development of therapies to improve wound healing, including an ever increasing team of researchers focused on wound infection.

      The student will also benefit from close collaboration with Adelaide Biofilm Facility (UniSA City East campus) , UniSA Centralised Animal Facility (Adelaide Biomed Precinct, City West campus), and the Preclinical Laboratories of South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI-PIRL).
       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Zlatko Kopecki – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Allison Cowin – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Krasi Vasilev – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Rietie Venter – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Greg Ward, Channel 7 Childrens Research Foundation of SA- External Advisor

      Dr Jenny Marty, DEBRA - External 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 .

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


      Eligibility Criteria

      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. 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, Tuesday, 16th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Kopecki
    • How low can you go? Effect of less oxygen and glucose in the womb on CYP function
      Scholarship Available Professor Janna Morrison Closing 14 November 2021 9:30 AM (ACDT)
      PhD or Masters by Research Project: How low can you go? Effect of less oxygen and glucose in the womb on CYP function

      Impact of oxygen and glucose on fetal growth and development

      If you are looking to advance your career in biomedical innovation and fetal health, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences in collaboration with SAHMRI in the heart of Adelaide’s Biomed City.

      With access to world-first data and samples, you will have a unique opportunity to investigate how different levels of placental and fetal substrate can impact maternal, fetal, and neonatal cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, both separately and in combination across multiple species.

      Physiological changes in the mother/fetus’s oxygen and glucose levels occur during normal pregnancy, yet variations can impact how endogenous and exogenous chemicals are made or broken down, and when the fetus experiences lower levels of oxygen and glucose, its cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes function less effectively and can affect growth and development.

      What you’ll do

      The successful research degree applicant will undertake this project in both laboratory and animal house settings. You will participate in fetal surgery, postoperative care, blood pressure studies and tissue collection, and perform LCMS assays to determine that function of CYPs in the maternal and fetal liver, and placenta.

      You will have access to SAHMRI’s Preclinical Imaging and Research laboratories, surgical theatres, long term animal housing, CT and MRI facilities, as well as an extensive BioBank of fixed and frozen tissue with extensive clinical records and in vivo physiological data. You will also use real-time PCR and Western blotting to study gene and protein expression in vessels as well as immunohistochemistry. LC/MSMS assays will be used to measure fetal plasma hormones involved in blood pressure regulation including cortisol and noradrenaline.

      Through our existing, funded projects (ARC Future Fellowship, NHMRC Ideas, ARC DP), the successful candidate will work with a large animal model of pregnancy, which includes participation in fetal surgery, postoperative care, fetal cardiac MRI and tissue collection.

      You also have the opportunity to travel to our partner laboratories in Australia or overseas, contribute to journal articles, and attend conferences to present your findings, travel permitted.

      Upon completion you will have developed a range of transferable skills including planning, study design, independent and team collaboration, communicating effectively with scientists from a range of disciplines (including fetal physiology, cardiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, endocrinology, MRI biophysicists), performing experimental work, and writing for science.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the forefront of clinical discovery in UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences Unit in the Bradley Building, as well as in SAHMRI in Adelaide’s thriving research hub Adelaide BioMed City.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Janna Morrison - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Michael Wiese - Co Supervisor
      Dr Jack Darby - 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore in 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.

      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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Janna Morrison
    • Improving integration of evidence-based pain science education at the clinical coalface
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Tasha Stanton Closing 20 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Improving integration of evidence-based pain science education at the clinical coalface

      Integrate new and proven treatments into clinics

      The BodyinMind (BiM) research group at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has a high-profile opportunity available for a PhD project which will target one of the most pressing challenges we face in chronic pain – getting effective treatment to the people who need it.

      One of the biggest barriers to effective management of chronic pain is integrating evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. You will often hear that research discoveries take up to 17 years before they are integrated and used in the real world.

      In this project, you will make this integration process happen, sooner. Pain science education (PSE) is a well-established intervention that aims to reconceptualise the meaning of pain by challenging deeply held, inaccurate beliefs about pain through providing evidence-based information.

      While evidence shows that PSE is clinically effective for many types of musculoskeletal pain conditions, it is very difficult to integrate this complex and time-consuming intervention into the short consultation time available in clinics (such as a 20-30 minute physiotherapy session, or 5-10 minute general practitioner session). We know that rushing things doesn’t work – it does not increase pain knowledge or update pain beliefs, and it can damage the clinician-patient relationship.

      This project aims to develop and use innovative implementation strategies to improve integration of PSE into common clinical environments, guided by the key question, ‘Can we make this easier, and if so, how?’. The project seeks to develop and evaluate clinic friendly PSE resources, in the form of videos and/or infographics for specific pain target concepts and for ‘difficult’ conversations. It also aims to evaluate the possibility of creating a Local Pain Champions network, consisting of consumers who are upskilled in pain science and can be a critical resource, outside of health professionals, for people in pain.

      The outcomes of this project will have real-life applicability for integrating PSE into the private practice clinical setting, greatly enhancing treatment options and improving the lives of many people living with chronic pain.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will work with field leaders in pain science research, industry leaders in pain education, key government health bodies and consumers with lived experience. You will get to work collaboratively with these stakeholders to develop innovative new ideas on how to integrate PSE into the clinical environment.

      It is anticipated you will attend yearly national conferences (such as the Australian Pain Society Conference or the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference) and one international conference (such as the World Congress of Pain) during your PhD, travel permitted. You will also have opportunities to be involved in BiM’s outreach activities such as Pain Revolution.

      In this project you will develop a unique skill set through working with numerous stakeholder groups – this will include advanced communication skills, the ability to lead a project involving members with varying thoughts and opinions, and the ability to think laterally to provide solutions to challenging problems.

      You will also gain skills in study design, data analysis, research dissemination and general time management, as well as advanced knowledge in pain science, which will be beneficial at both a research and clinical level.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the BodyinMind (BiM) research group within the IIMPACT (Innovation, Implementation and Clinical Translation) in Health research concentration at the University of South Australia.

      BiM is a vibrant, supportive and dynamic group consisting of approximately 30 researchers and research degree students with expertise across areas such as physiotherapy, psychology, exercise and sports science. Additionally, BiMs research projects span basic to clinical to implementation science, so you will learn about numerous other types of study designs and research areas beyond your own.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Tasha Stanton - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Felicity Braithwaite - Co Supervisor
      Dr John Arnold - Co Supervisor
      Mr Tim Cocks - NOIGroup

      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:
      • Hold an undergraduate or Masters degree in a Health Science field,
      • Have undertaken education in pain science as part of undergraduate/masters degree.

      Applications that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Have an undergraduate or Master's degree in Physiotherapy,
      • Have undertaken advanced training in pain science,
      • Have worked clinically for a minimum of 4-5 years.

      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 Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Tasha Stanton

    Medical biotechnology

    • Conquering antimicrobial resistant Gram-negative bacteria to address unmet clinical needs Innovate treatments for wound infections
      Scholarship Available Dr Nicky Thomas 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

      Dr Nicky Thomas - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Clive Prestidge
      Dr Paul Joyce
      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: Dr Nicky Thomas
    • Lipid nanoparticles for delivery of nucleic acid vaccines
      Scholarship Available Dr Kristen Bremmell Closing 21 November 2021 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 $28,597 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.

      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 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, 21 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Kristen Bremmell
    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 25 November 2021 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 onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      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
    • Precise antibody-drug conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Precise antibody-drug conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease

      Precise biochemistry to cure disease

      If you are looking to advance your career in organic, 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 bioconjugates, where drugs attach to specific locations on the peptide chain without interfering with the antibody/peptide binding and recognition.

      In this project you will synthesise bioconjugate partners and assess their stability, cross-reactivity and kinetics; develop recombinant antibodies with site-specific modifications; prepare and characterise antibody-drug conjugates; and conduct the biological testing of antibody-drug 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; recombinant antibody production; and antibody-drug conjugates to precisely locate complementary groups along a peptide chain and prepare exact bioconjugates 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore 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 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 Sunday, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

    Medical physiology

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

    Neurosciences

    • Discovering the Roles of Orexins in Parkinson’s disease
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Larisa Bobrovskaya Closing 01 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Discovering the Roles of Orexins in Parkinson’s disease

      Discover novel targets and drugs that can facilitate improvements to outcomes in Parkinson’s disease

      Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in Australia, with ~25 new cases diagnosed every day with its prevalence expected to rise in coming years due to the aging population. PD is highly heterogeneous: patients can experience a wide array of motor and non-motor symptoms, many of which depend on disease severity and duration. There are no drugs available for PD that can slow or stop the progression of the disease, and current symptomatic treatments provide limited relief and cause complications and side effects. Thus, there is a significant unmet need to discover novel targets that can facilitate the development of novel drugs and improve PD patients’ outcomes.

      Orexin-A (hypocretin-1) and orexin-B (hypocretin-2) are hypothalamic neuropeptides that play key roles in the regulation of sleep-wake cycle, feeding, reward, autonomic functions and energy homeostasis, cognition and memory and are highly relevant to PD pathology.

      In this project we aim to investigate the roles of orexins in PD using preclinical models of PD and human post-mortem brain samples.

      We aim to:
      1. characterise how the orexin neurons and their projections in the brain are altered in human Parkinson’s disease using post-mortem brain samples.
      2. investigate the possible roles of orexin neurons and peptides in PD using preclinical models.
      3. test the orexin receptor agonists for their ability to slow the progression of PD in preclinical models.

      This project builds up on the inflammatory and neurotoxin models of PD that we are currently developing in our laboratory. We have also established collaborations with researchers at the University of Adelaide that will allow us to investigate orexin neurons and orexin peptides in post-mortem human brain samples from PD patients. These resources will ensure successful outcomes.

      What you’ll do

      You will develop skills in a wide range of experimental techniques including animal studies, behavioural testing, humane killing and animal perfusions, western blotting, ELISA, immunohistochemistry fluorescent imaging. You will also get exposed to the state of the art modern equipment including stereotaxic administration of drugs in mice.

      You will work under the direction of the supervisory team and be involved in planning experiments, preparation of animal ethics, undertaking animal training, performing behavioural testing, conducting experiments, data analysis and preparation of publications. You will also participate in HBI research concentration activities including attendance of research seminars and presenting of your own results.

      You will contribute to the discussions of the future directions of the research group and reviewing relevant literature to answer important questions. You will also get involved in training new students with the group throughout the candidature. You will contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge via publishing scientific papers, and attending meetings, seminars, and conferences.

      Where you’ll be based

      The proposed experiments will be performed in A/Prof Bobrovskaya’s laboratory, which is located in the heart of the BioMed City precinct (Adelaide) in the newly built Bradley Building (UniSA) and is fully equipped with modern instrumentation for performing sensitive biochemical analyses, protein assays, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, fluorescent imaging, confocal microscopy and ELISAs. There is also a new state-of-the-art animal facility that will allow high quality animal studies. We also have close collaborations with researchers at The University of Adelaide and SA pathology to analyse human brain samples. These resources provide a strong foundation to undertake the proposed studies.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Larisa Bobrovskaya - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Xin-Fu Zhou – Co-supervisor
      Professor Peter Blumbergs – The University of Adelaide and SA Pathology - Associate Supervisor
      Mr Jim Manavis – The University of Adelaide - Associate 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      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 1st November 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Larisa Bobrovskaya
    • Treatment for Post-Stroke Depression: Identifying neuroimaging markers of therapeutic response
      Dr Brenton Hordacre Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research project: Treatment for Post-Stroke Depression: Identifying neuroimaging markers of therapeutic response

      Stroke is a global leading cause of permanent disability. It is estimated that there are 80 million stroke survivors globally, with more than half likely to experience post-stroke depression. Post-stroke depression is under recognised and poorly treated, with incredibly negative consequences for recovery, activities of daily living, self-efficacy, and mortality. Current pharmacology management is hampered by several side-effects and poor treatment adherence. We need better solutions to this problem. Identifying new treatments for post-stroke depression would be a significant breakthrough for stroke survivors, their families and the wider health system.

      Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a safe and promising treatment that increases brain activity with electromagnetic pulses. By changing neural activity in the brain, it can improve depression. However, translating this therapy to people who have experienced stroke is challenging. Most notably, stroke changes brain structure, dampening the ability of rTMS to modify neural activity. Our preliminary work suggests the clinical response to rTMS for post-stroke depression might be influenced by brain biomarkers and this information could guide clinical treatments. Therefore, we see a need to evaluate neuroimaging biomarkers of post-stroke depression and response to rTMS treatment. To address this problem, we will use multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to investigate brain structure and function using state-of-the-art imaging sequences and analysis.

      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. 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 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.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Brenton Hordacre – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Anson Chau
      Professor Susan Hillier

      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, Thursday, 30th of September 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Brenton Hordacre

    Nutrition and dietetics

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    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • Better outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma
      Scholarship Available Professor Claudine Bonder Closing 28 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD or Masters by Research Project: Better outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma

      Investigating a novel biomarker for bone marrow disease

      Are you seeking to advance your career in the biomedical field? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding research project based in the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology.

      In this project you will aim to isolate a lead biomarker for multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow disease, and identify potential treatments for patients with the poorest prognosis.

      Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common blood-related disease, with approximately 160,000 patients diagnosed each year worldwide, including 2500 in Australia. It is a debilitating condition, causing bone marrow failure leading to severe infections, bleeding, kidney failure and fractures.

      Despite intensive medical research efforts, only 50 per cent of patients live beyond five years. Treatment costs also exceed $700,000 per patient.

      This project will investigate a protein called desmoglein-2 (DSG2) as a potential biomarker and therapeutic target. Existing data shows that DSG2 is overexpressed in approximately 20 per cent of MM patients, hence the focus on this protein.

      This is an exceptional project where you will be a part of a team of internationally recognised cancer biology researchers, helping to find a treatment to limit the effects of one of the most insidious white blood cell diseases in the world.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be trained in cutting-edge experimental techniques needed to achieve the project’s goals. These include imaging technology, alongside cell culture, surface antigen expression by flow cytometry, protein detection, gene expression, immune history of tissue samples, and animal models of disease.

      You will acquire a range of skills in molecular, cell and cancer biology, together with data analysis, and writing, speaking and presentation skills. Local, national, and international conferences will also be part of the experience.

      As a PhD student in the Centre for Cancer Biology, you will be set up for an international career as a medical research scientist.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be primarily based at the Centre for Cancer Biology, which carries out world-class innovative research into the fundamental causes of cancer. You will also spend part of your time in the Flinders Medical Centre, under the supervision of senior postdoctoral fellows.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Claudine Bonder - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Stuart Pitson - Co Supervisor
      Dr Craig Wallington-Beddoe - 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.

      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 or a PhD. Additionally applicants who have an honours in Cancer Biology 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 Sunday, 31 October, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Claudine Bonder
    • High fat diets and breast cancer
      Scholarship Available Professor Sharad Kumar Closing 18 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD or Masters by Research Project: High fat diets and breast cancer

      How fat metabolism drives mammary changes

      Want to make your mark in helping to defeat the most prevalent cancer in women worldwide? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an outstanding opportunity for a PhD research project in its Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), exploring the link between dietary fat, obesity, and breast cancer risk.

      In 2020, 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 685,000 died from the disease. Despite improved early diagnosis, new drugs and better treatment regimes, the survival rate for metastatic breast cancer has not changed significantly in the past 30 years.

      Recent work suggests that dietary intake can alter breast cell development, leading to cancer. CCB researchers will investigating this relationship using a unique mouse model developed by their team.

      This project offers an exciting opportunity to dissect the diet versus gene link in breast cancer and to identify high fat diet-induced adolescent changes that influence breast cells.

      Findings from this project will inform global research into breast cancer and help to develop drugs that target fat metabolism.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be supervised on the project by highly regarded scientists, undertaking experiments, using software to examine data, and learning new technologies in cutting-edge research laboratories.

      You will be mentored by the best researchers in their field, acquiring good research habits and ethics, WHS training, time management skills and training in scientific integrity, data management and IP protection.

      Opportunities to present your findings at local seminars, interstate meetings and online overseas conferences are also available, allowing you to expand your networks, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia. The centre carries out world-class research into the causes of cancer and translates these discoveries into new treatments.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Sharad Kumar - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Loretta Dorstyn – Co Supervisor
      Dr Yoon Lim – 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 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 or a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      Ability and willingness to work with mouse models of disease
      A good background (Hons) in molecular biology, cellular biology or a related discipline

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      Some laboratory experience in a molecular or cellular biology laboratory
      A good understanding of research and animal ethics

      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 Thursday, 30 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sharad Kumar
    • Replication stress in acute myeloid leukemia - a precision medicine therapeutic target
      Scholarship Available Professor Richard D'Andrea Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Replication stress in acute myeloid leukemia - a precision medicine therapeutic target

      Develop precision medicines for cancer treatment

      If you are seeking to advance your career in precision therapeutics and are interested in fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding opportunity for a PhD project to develop a precision medicine, based at the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) an alliance of UniSA and SA Pathology .

      AML is a heterogeneous cancer both in terms of genetics and patient response to treatment. While most patients respond to chemotherapy and achieve remission, the majority will relapse within 3 years and prognosis is dismal once relapse has occurred. There is therefore great need to develop novel and more selective treatment approaches.

      In this research degree project you will investigate how replication stress occurs in AML cells, how it is dealt with so that the cells continue to divide, and how these processes differ amongst patients.

      Providing the right anti-cancer therapy to the right patient is a huge challenge in AML as it is a highly heterogenous disease and key aspect of this proposal is to develop approaches to identify AML patients who will benefit from drugs that target this repair process.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will investigate replication stress in tumour cells. You will be involved in all aspects of the project including laboratory studies, bioinformatic analysis, data integration, meetings with collaborators and research paper preparation.

      In this project you will acquire a range of skills that will advance your career as a cancer researcher, as well high level training in bioinformatics and diagnostic approaches.

      With access to CCB bioinformatics resources and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in Professor Peter Hoffman's Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics laboratory, which is equipped with the latest mass spectrometry technology.

      You will join a world-class research environment and present regularly at CCB and at SAHMRI to other cancer researchers. You will receive training in communication to present your project and results effectively to researchers and industry.

      You will be provided with opportunities to present at national and international conferences and events and will acquire a diverse range of skills in bioinformatics and laboratory practice, as well as a strong background in cancer biology and precision medicine, which will advance your career in cancer research.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) an alliance of UniSA and SA Pathology and the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Richard D’Andrea - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Saumya Samaraweera - Co Supervisor
      Dr Sheree Bailey - Co Supervisor
      Mr Paul Wang - Co Supervisor
      Professor Peter Hoffmann - 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

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

      Applicants who are able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Bioinformatics skills

      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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Richard D'Andrea
    • Targeting the blood-brain barrier for better glioblastoma treatment
      Scholarship Available Professor Stuart Pitson Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Targeting the blood-brain barrier for better glioblastoma treatment

      Improving outcomes for glioblastoma patients

      Advance your career in molecular therapeutics with the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – by joining a world-class team working on new treatments for glioblastoma based in the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB).

      Glioblastoma is an aggressive, highly fatal brain cancer with an average survival rate of less than 15 months. This prognosis has remained unchanged for more than 30 years due to the inability of drugs to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

      Recently, researchers at the Centre for Cancer Biology have discovered small molecule drugs which selectively open the BBB for short periods, providing the opportunity to use existing, highly potent anti-cancer drugs.

      This project could substantially improve outcomes for brain tumour patients, with access to neurosurgeons, clinicians, modern tissue-culture facilities, and high-end equipment. This is an exceptional research project that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

      What you’ll do

      The successful research degree student will explore the impact of the small molecule drugs to open the BBB for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs. You will learn state-of-the-art cell culture techniques used with primary patient brain tumour material and gain significant experience in advanced pre-clinical models of brain cancer. You will also study live animal imaging of the BBB opening, using sophisticated microscopy methods.

      You will spend time in the laboratory as well as the state-of-the-art Core Animal Research Facility, where you will investigate patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines and orthoptic xenograft mouse models of glioblastoma.

      As part of your project, you will liaise with the Neurosurgical Research Foundation, the South Australian Neurological Tumour Bank, Adelaide-based neurosurgeons, and patients and families affected by glioblastoma.

      You will also develop strong links with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, building your contacts.

      Other benefits include potential opportunities to attend national and international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you will be based

      You will be based in the Molecular Therapeutics Laboratory (MTL) within the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia. You will be situated within Adelaide BioMed City, a hub for health and life sciences and home to a thriving research community. The centre carries out world-class research into the causes of cancer and translates these discoveries into new treatments.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stuart Pitson - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Melinda Tea - Co Supervisor
      Professor Michael Brown - Co Supervisor
      Dr Santosh Poonnoose - Flinders Medical Centre

      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 currently residing onshore 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?in the north/ east/ 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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Stuart Pitson

    Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

    • Development of a novel controlled release anticancer drug delivery system using 3D printing
      Scholarship Available Professor Sanjay Garg Closing 14 November 2021 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 $28,597 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 currently residing onshore 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?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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sanjay Garg
    • Informing risk-benefit decisions and monitoring for high-risk medicines among older Australians accessing aged care services
      Scholarship Available Dr Janet Sluggett Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Informing risk-benefit decisions and monitoring for high-risk medicines among older Australians accessing aged care services

      Improve medicine usage in aged care

      If you are seeking to advance your career in medicines safety and public health, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project monitoring high-risk medicines in aged care in partnership with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at SAHMRI.

      In your PhD project, you will focus on either one of two classes of medicines that have been identified as national priorities for action, to reduce medicine-related hospitalisations in Australia: i) oral anticoagulants or ii) opioids. There are multiple quality and safety issues with the use of these medicines in older people.

      This research will suit either pharmacists, medical professionals or individuals with public health training who are interested in learning how to analyse big datasets and use data to drive improvements in health care. It could also suit individuals with previous experience analysing data such as biostatisticians, epidemiologists, or data scientists.

      Through this PhD project you will develop expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and aged care, that can be applied to drive improvements in care and medicines policies for older people who access aged care services. This is an exceptional project that will inform policy and practice and advance your career in public health and aged care.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will analyse large sets of aged care and health care data to provide evidence to improve health outcomes for older Australians who take high risk medicines and inform policy and practice.

      You will collaborate closely with ROSA, aged care provider organisations, consumers and clinicians, as well as the team who made important contributions to the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

      Your research will make a meaningful difference for older Australians receiving aged care services.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s presence at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in the heart of Adelaide’s Biomed City and collaborate with the innovative ROSA research team who analyse linked aged care and health care data for more than 3 million individuals, to improve health outcomes for older Australians.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Janet Sluggett – Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Gillian Caughey - 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Applicants who can demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas be will be highly regarded:
      • Qualification in pharmacy, medicine, health science, population health, epidemiology, statistics, informatics, data science or a relevant discipline,
      • Coursework in pharmacoepidemiology, statistics, epidemiology, quality use of medicines, geriatrics, and aged care,
      • Knowledge of Australia’s aged care and health care systems, including Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and/or the aged care system,
      • Experience in data analysis using statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, R or Stata

      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 the South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI) on North Terrace, across the road from the UniSA City West Campus on North Terrace, 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 Wednesday, 17 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Janet Sluggett
    • Targeting tankyrases for the treatment of cancer
      Scholarship Available Professor Shudong Wang Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Targeting tankyrases for the treatment of cancer

      Make a real difference in cancer treatment

      This PhD project will focus on optimising chemical scaffolds to inhibit tankyrases as a potential therapy for colorectal cancer.

      Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Recent studies have shown that an enzyme termed tankyrase is overly activated in this type of cancer and that inhibition of this enzyme by synthetic compounds holds great promise as potential therapy. Potent, selective and orally active inhibitors of tankyrases are therefore highly sought-after.

      To discover such inhibitors, UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development research group led by Professor Wang have performed preliminary studies and identified several promising chemical scaffolds. Capitalising on our initial discovery, the successful candidate will continue to optimise these chemical scaffolds using state-of-the-art facilities.

      What you’ll do

      Research training in this project will cover all the essential elements of modern medicinal chemistry, including computer-aided drug design, chemical synthesis, structure-activity relationship analysis, and identification and optimisation of lead compounds.

      You will participate in the University’s seminars and have the chance to network, present your research findings and return to the laboratory with new ideas.

      As Professor Wang has extensive contacts in the pharmaceutical sector and her research programs have attracted considerable interest from major pharmaceutical and biotech companies, you will also have the opportunity to participate in an industry-funded internship. This will allow you to broaden your understanding of drug development processes including IP protection, and drug regulation and commercialisation which will be beneficial to your future career.

      At the completion of the project, you will have the knowledge and experimental skills required for advanced medicinal chemistry, including structure-based drug design, chemical synthesis and structure determination, structure-activity relationship analysis, and identification and optimisation of drug candidates for cancer therapy.

      You will understand the concepts and approaches to drug discovery including cellular targets for drug action, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, drug development and regulatory processes, as well as clinical applications.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development research group where Professor Wang leads a multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. While a new drug usually takes more than ten years in development before reaching shelves, the Drug Discovery and Development group works to speed up this process and make new medicines available sooner.

      The group’s laboratory has state-of-the-art facilities for you to carry out all aspects of your project including drug synthesis, and biological and animal pharmacology work.

      The facilities include:
      • on-site AVENCEIII 500MHz-NMR, LC-MS-MS, HPLCs, an automated microwave station, and auto-purification systems for chemistry,
      • envision multi-mode reader, FACSVerse flow cytometer and Western blotting system for biology, and
      • an on-site state-of-the-art animal facility for pharmacology and anticancer therapy assessments.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Shudong Wang - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Mingfeng Yu - Co Supervisor
      Dr Matt Sykes - Co Supervisor
      Dr Muhammed Rahaman - Co Supervisor
      Jacquelyn Wade - Aucentra Therapeutics Pty Ltd

      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 currently residing onshore 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 enzyme/kinase-targeting medicinal chemistry.
      • Knowledge and hands-on experience in the preparation of heterocyclic molecules using parallel and microwave-aided synthesis (and in their characterisation using techniques such as NMR, MS and HPLC).
      • Demonstrated ability to conduct research as evidenced by publication(s) in peer-reviewed international journal(s).
      • Proficiency in the use of chemistry software such as ChemDraw and TopSpin, and of online databases like SciFinder-n and PubMed.

      Applicants who can demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in research record keeping.
      • Good computer literacy skills.

      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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Shudong Wang
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    Built environment and design

    Architecture

    • Immersivity and fidelity: Architecture, design and game engines
      Scholarship Available Dr Sean Pickersgill Closing 25 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Immersivity and fidelity: Architecture, design and game engines

      Lead the future of design for the architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC)

      Are you seeking to advance your career in architectural design? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique PhD project exploring immersivity and fidelity in architectural design and construction using game engines.

      This project will explore and address, the theoretical and pragmatic issues surrounding high-fidelity and highly immersive digital environments as a design and communication tool. You will examine the theoretical issues surrounding levels of 'suspension of disbelief' and the ontological commitment in digital environments.

      This is an exceptional research degree opportunity, where you will develop expertise in developing and exploring digital design content as a design process for the architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC).

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will help develop a critical and theoretical approach to enhanced immersivity and fidelity in the creation of architectural design iterations. In partnership with industry, you will create high fidelity environments that accurately reproduce environmental and technical functionality.

      These works will be created for both academic publication and international exhibition, and the research degree student will ensure the outcomes demonstrate innovation and relevance to issues of design iteration and review.

      The successful applicant will significantly enhance their critical research skills within digital representation, including issues of ontological engagement, psychometric measurement and communication methods. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop high-value industry skills in managing and communicating digital design iterations.

      You will have access to state-of-the art facilities and be a part of a thriving and supportive research environment of academics and fellow research degree students. Furthermore, you will participate in and have access to research forums and presentations by visiting academics.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative, a research environment that includes researchers across the spectrum of creative arts, from visual arts to architecture. The rich and diverse approaches to understanding and exploring the role of creative practice in contemporary experience is shared across the graduate research cohort.

      You will also have access to the Australian Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, a world-class concentration of researchers working with industry to create and sponsor innovative approaches to digital culture and human-digital interfaces.

      Supervisory Team

      • Dr Sean Pickersgill - Principal Supervisor
      • Professor Ning Gu - Co-Supervisor
      • Dr Damian Madigan - 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 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.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • A degree in Architecture, or equivalent skills within the design and construction industry,
      • Industry level skills in 3D modelling in BIM environments such as Revit or ArchiCAD, and,
      • Familiarity and competence in 3D modelling software such as 3DS Max, Maya, Rhino, Blender or similar.
      Applicants with familiarity with the Unreal Engine application 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 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 on Monday 25 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Sean Pickersgill

    Building

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

    Design

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

    Urban and regional planning

    • Urban planning for sustainable communities
      Scholarship Available Professor Stefanie Dühr Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Urban planning for sustainable communities

      Socially inclusive, environmentally healthy, and economically resilient places and spaces

      If you are seeking to advance your career in sustainable urban development, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project in the field of urban and regional planning.

      In this project you will explore how urban planning can support sustainable communities in large-scale urban regeneration and renewal projects (such as Bowden, SA) as well as in established neighbourhoods (characterised by car-oriented zoning and large ecological footprints).

      While urban sustainability principles have been long integrated in Australia’s planning policy, their implementation has been underwhelming. Previous research has shown that residents are more likely to embrace sustainable lifestyles if they are supported by spaces and places that enable social interaction, active travel, and the sharing of facilities.

      In this project, you will have the opportunity to delve into the constructs and constraints of urban planning and contribute to the ongoing debate on urban sustainability.

      What you will do

      Collaborating with urban researchers affiliated with UniSA's AHURI Research Centre you will analyse how urban sustainability can be achieved in policy and practice, and the role of urban planning and development in creating sustainable communities. 

      You will connect with end-user supervisors from state and local planning departments who will provide insights into planning policymaking and planning practice and provide access to relevant information and contacts within the sector.

      You will also be a part of a collegial research degree cohort and participate in research training and discussions with other PhD candidates and researchers at different levels of seniority and from different disciplines.

      There may also be opportunities for you to conduct this research in a comparative research design, which may include travel to other jurisdictions for fieldwork, as well as participate in relevant seminars and activities in a dynamic research environment.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Centre, at the University of South Australia. We are a part of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a national, independent research network that provides high quality research to influence and improve policy development in relation to housing and urban needs. 

      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 PhD.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • A degree in urban and regional planning or related relevant discipline;
      • Applicants should submit a research proposal (approximately 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.
      Applicants with prior experience with qualitative and policy-relevant research 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 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 Wednesday 17 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Stefanie Dühr
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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

    • Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 27 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD project: Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications

      New sensors using hybrid fluorescent organic/inorganic materials will allow for simultaneous in-line measurement of pH, Eh, and metal ions, and small organic molecules. Metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials are porous inorganic/hybrid crystalline solids that have applications in catalysis, separation analytics, and in sensing. They are increasingly being developed and tested in the areas of metal ion, small molecule, and biomolecule sensing in aqueous media. The sensing modality is primarily based on absorption of emission of light, often with fibreoptic light delivery and recovery, making it ideal for sensing in complex mixtures and in harsh environments. The project will comprise the development, fabrication and testing of fibreoptic probes that use MOF materials as the sensing medium. This will be followed by the design and implementation of fibreoptic sensing in the existing pulp chemistry monitoring platform of the industry partner, Magotteaux.

      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.

      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.

      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 at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie

    Inorganic chemistry

    • Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 27 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD project: Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications

      New sensors using hybrid fluorescent organic/inorganic materials will allow for simultaneous in-line measurement of pH, Eh, and metal ions, and small organic molecules. Metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials are porous inorganic/hybrid crystalline solids that have applications in catalysis, separation analytics, and in sensing. They are increasingly being developed and tested in the areas of metal ion, small molecule, and biomolecule sensing in aqueous media. The sensing modality is primarily based on absorption of emission of light, often with fibreoptic light delivery and recovery, making it ideal for sensing in complex mixtures and in harsh environments. The project will comprise the development, fabrication and testing of fibreoptic probes that use MOF materials as the sensing medium. This will be followed by the design and implementation of fibreoptic sensing in the existing pulp chemistry monitoring platform of the industry partner, Magotteaux.

      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.

      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.

      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 at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie

    Macromolecular and materials chemistry

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

    Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry

    • Targeting tankyrases for the treatment of cancer
      Scholarship Available Professor Shudong Wang Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Targeting tankyrases for the treatment of cancer

      Make a real difference in cancer treatment

      This PhD project will focus on optimising chemical scaffolds to inhibit tankyrases as a potential therapy for colorectal cancer.

      Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Recent studies have shown that an enzyme termed tankyrase is overly activated in this type of cancer and that inhibition of this enzyme by synthetic compounds holds great promise as potential therapy. Potent, selective and orally active inhibitors of tankyrases are therefore highly sought-after.

      To discover such inhibitors, UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development research group led by Professor Wang have performed preliminary studies and identified several promising chemical scaffolds. Capitalising on our initial discovery, the successful candidate will continue to optimise these chemical scaffolds using state-of-the-art facilities.

      What you’ll do

      Research training in this project will cover all the essential elements of modern medicinal chemistry, including computer-aided drug design, chemical synthesis, structure-activity relationship analysis, and identification and optimisation of lead compounds.

      You will participate in the University’s seminars and have the chance to network, present your research findings and return to the laboratory with new ideas.

      As Professor Wang has extensive contacts in the pharmaceutical sector and her research programs have attracted considerable interest from major pharmaceutical and biotech companies, you will also have the opportunity to participate in an industry-funded internship. This will allow you to broaden your understanding of drug development processes including IP protection, and drug regulation and commercialisation which will be beneficial to your future career.

      At the completion of the project, you will have the knowledge and experimental skills required for advanced medicinal chemistry, including structure-based drug design, chemical synthesis and structure determination, structure-activity relationship analysis, and identification and optimisation of drug candidates for cancer therapy.

      You will understand the concepts and approaches to drug discovery including cellular targets for drug action, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, drug development and regulatory processes, as well as clinical applications.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Drug Discovery and Development research group where Professor Wang leads a multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. While a new drug usually takes more than ten years in development before reaching shelves, the Drug Discovery and Development group works to speed up this process and make new medicines available sooner.

      The group’s laboratory has state-of-the-art facilities for you to carry out all aspects of your project including drug synthesis, and biological and animal pharmacology work.

      The facilities include:
      • on-site AVENCEIII 500MHz-NMR, LC-MS-MS, HPLCs, an automated microwave station, and auto-purification systems for chemistry,
      • envision multi-mode reader, FACSVerse flow cytometer and Western blotting system for biology, and
      • an on-site state-of-the-art animal facility for pharmacology and anticancer therapy assessments.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Shudong Wang - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Mingfeng Yu - Co Supervisor
      Dr Matt Sykes - Co Supervisor
      Dr Muhammed Rahaman - Co Supervisor
      Jacquelyn Wade - Aucentra Therapeutics Pty Ltd

      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 currently residing onshore 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 enzyme/kinase-targeting medicinal chemistry.
      • Knowledge and hands-on experience in the preparation of heterocyclic molecules using parallel and microwave-aided synthesis (and in their characterisation using techniques such as NMR, MS and HPLC).
      • Demonstrated ability to conduct research as evidenced by publication(s) in peer-reviewed international journal(s).
      • Proficiency in the use of chemistry software such as ChemDraw and TopSpin, and of online databases like SciFinder-n and PubMed.

      Applicants who can demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in research record keeping.
      • Good computer literacy skills.

      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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Shudong Wang

    Organic chemistry

    • Precise antibody-drug conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Precise antibody-drug conjugates for the targeted treatment of disease

      Precise biochemistry to cure disease

      If you are looking to advance your career in organic, 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 bioconjugates, where drugs attach to specific locations on the peptide chain without interfering with the antibody/peptide binding and recognition.

      In this project you will synthesise bioconjugate partners and assess their stability, cross-reactivity and kinetics; develop recombinant antibodies with site-specific modifications; prepare and characterise antibody-drug conjugates; and conduct the biological testing of antibody-drug 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; recombinant antibody production; and antibody-drug conjugates to precisely locate complementary groups along a peptide chain and prepare exact bioconjugates 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore 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 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 Sunday, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

    Physical chemistry

    • Integration of in-stream and particle size measurements in flotation
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Never closes
      PhD project - Integration of in-stream and particle size measurements in flotation

      This HDR project is concerned with the measurement of particle size in mineral processing streams, using novel fluid flow systems, and in-line detection of slurry characteristics using light scattering/obscuration and ultrasonic techniques. Mineral processing is heavily dependent on particle size, in almost all methods of separation and concentration. Flotation recovery relies on both the size of the particles (optimally between 10 and 50 microns), and the liberation of the particles (whether each particle is solely one mineral). Treatment of tailings is dependent on the size of the waste particles, with smaller particles being less likely to undergo rapid settling. And lastly, particle size, and thus available surface area, will critically influence leaching rate in material for hydrometallurgical extraction.

      In spite of this importance, there are few straightforward methods to provide real time measurement of particle size and particle size distributions directly in mineral processing streams. This project will involve the development of a slurry handling/fluid flow device that will sample mineral suspensions, and the use of a combination of light scattering/obscuration (and potentially the use of ultrasonics) to determine the range of particle sizes. This sensor will be integrated with a sensing platform (Pulp Chemistry Monitor, developed and commercialised by Magotteaux), to give combined size/pulp chemistry information, which can be used a means of advanced process control to optimise flotation.

      Applicants are required to have Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant disciplines.  Applicants are required to have experience in particle sizing or sensor development.

      Additionally, applicants with MSc in one of the disciplines listed above will be highly regarded.

      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:

      ·         Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant disciplines.

      ·         Experience in particle sizing or sensor development

      ·         MSc in one of the disciplines listed above (highly regarded, but not essential)

      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 in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      An ARC funded 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 $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.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Principal Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek – Co-Supervisor

      Professor William Skinner – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Chris Greet – Industry Advisor, Magotteaux

      Essential Dates

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

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
    • Interfacial crystallisation in food formulations
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Interfacial crystallisation in food formulations

      Develop food products of the future

      Are you seeking to advance your career in food chemistry? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique PhD project investigating lipid crystallisation in food at the Future Industries Institute (FII) in partnership with industry and collaboration with ANSTO Australian Synchrotron.

      Emulsion formulations play an important role in the taste, texture and appeal of food. This in turn is important for Australia, as the export of such products are a significant part of the national economy.

      Controlled lipid crystallisation dictates the sensory and physiochemical properties of a food emulsion product, from texture or appearance to the overall stability of the product during processing, transport and shelf life.

      In this research degree project, you will add to the formation of a comprehensive picture of the compositional, interfacial, and thermal influences on lipid crystallisation, thereby opening possibilities for new processes and food products.

      What you’ll do

      The successful PhD candidate will develop a range of research skills that are fundamental to the fields of colloid and interface science, synchrotron science, synthetic chemistry and human nutrition.

      You will undertake experiments related to the project and be responsible for:

      1. synthesis of novel emulsifiers able to stabilise teh emulsions formulated with the optimal nutrition profile
      2. assessment of the structure and stability of the emulsion
      3. interfacial lipid crystalisation using lab-based tensiometry and Synchrotron Small Angle X-ray Scattering.

      The successful candidate will have access to cutting edge infrastructure at UniSA and will have the opportunity to travel to ANSTOs Australian Synchrotron to perform Small Angle X-ray Scattering experiments at one of the beamlines (SAXS/WAXS or BioSAXS).

      In this industry partnered project you will develop an industry relevant skillset and have the opportunity to undertake a short-term industry placement to gain valuable experience in industry-partnered research.

      This research degree project will set you up with expert knowledge including physical and synthetic chemistry, as well as human nutrition providing the opportunities for employment in food sector, advanced manufacturing, and materials engineering.

      You will be mentored by a group of passionate scientists with a various scientific backgrounds. You will work in a dynamic dynamic research environment and have ample opportunity to attend conferences and workshops related to interfacial and colloid science as well as food chemistry, travel permitted.

       Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII), whose mission is to create new industries through discovery and collaboration. You will be a part of the Sufrace Interactions  and Soft Matter Group who collaborate with industry to develop innovative food formulations. Additionally, you will have access to UniSA’s Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials Group who specialises in synthetic chemistry.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe – Co-Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Andrew Clulow, ANSTO, BioSAXS Beamline - Associate Advisor

      Dr Sina Hosseini-Parvar, Fonterra - Industry Advisor

      Dr Steve Holdroyd, Fonterra - Industry 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 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. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential
      • An undergraduate degree in chemistry or material science
      • High level written and verbal communication skills
      • Capacity to meet deadlines and manage competing demands to meet project milestones

      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], Wednesday, 17th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
    • Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications
      Scholarship Available Professor David Beattie Closing 27 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD project: Pulp Chemistry Monitor for Mineral Processing Applications

      New sensors using hybrid fluorescent organic/inorganic materials will allow for simultaneous in-line measurement of pH, Eh, and metal ions, and small organic molecules. Metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials are porous inorganic/hybrid crystalline solids that have applications in catalysis, separation analytics, and in sensing. They are increasingly being developed and tested in the areas of metal ion, small molecule, and biomolecule sensing in aqueous media. The sensing modality is primarily based on absorption of emission of light, often with fibreoptic light delivery and recovery, making it ideal for sensing in complex mixtures and in harsh environments. The project will comprise the development, fabrication and testing of fibreoptic probes that use MOF materials as the sensing medium. This will be followed by the design and implementation of fibreoptic sensing in the existing pulp chemistry monitoring platform of the industry partner, Magotteaux.

      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.

      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.

      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 at 11:30pm ACST, Friday 25 June 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Beattie
    • Wetting, spreading, and adhesion of oils on composite mineral surfaces
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Closing 08 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD project - Wetting, spreading, and adhesion of oils on composite mineral surfaces

      This study seeks to understand the mechanism involved in oils wetting and spreading across patchy/heterogeneous surfaces so that oils can be used to enhance the contact area for bubble attachment on composite mineral particles. This work will help make coarse particle flotation more robust. The major technique to be used in the project is droplet rise/collision studies against planar surfaces, using high speed video-microscopy to probe the timescale of droplet attachment, droplet spreading kinetics, and extent of spreading across heterogeneous surfaces. The surfaces to be interrogated will include model heterogeneous surfaces, with two or more surface types, patterned onto solid materials using microfabrication methodologies. The surfaces to be studied will also include macroscopic composite mineral surfaces that have been sectioned, characterised with QEM-Scan, and composed of target mineral phases representative of gangue and value minerals. The Project will also involve an exploration of different oils, and different wetting agents (oil wetting agents – at least two – one, with high affinity for the value phase to cause rapid spreading over exposed value regions, and one for the gangue phases to encourage more extensive spreading). In addition to this core experimental platform, complementary techniques for the characterisation of adsorption from non-aqueous mixtures will be used to determine the affinity of wetting agents for both target mineral phases (value and gangue). This will include the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and Raman spectroscopy.

      Applicants are required to have MSc in Chemistry and experience in working with any of these techniques: QCM, FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, AFM, image processing. Additionally, applicants with publication(s) in good journals will be highly regarded.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants who are currently onshore in Australia.

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

      Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         MSc in Chemistry

      ·         Experience in working with any of these techniques: QCM, FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, AFM, image processing

      ·         Publication(s) in good journals (highly regarded, but not essential)

      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 in the north of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

      An ARC funded 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 $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.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Principal Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Erica Wanless - Associate Supervisor

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

      Closing date:Applications close at 11.30, Monday 8th November [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
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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

    • Disclosure law relaxation and information disclosure
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Kartick Gupta Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Disclosure law relaxation and information disclosure

      Enhance corporate disclosure

      If you are seeking to advance your career in corporate finance, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion (CMVI) exploring whether relaxing litigation risk increases corporate disclosure.

      Prior research suggests that firms facing higher litigation risk, disclose less. This implies that lowering litigation risk should result in higher rates of corporate disclosure.

      In Australia, there has recently been regulatory change, related to breaches in continuous disclosure. This implies that certain types of nondisclosure would not incur penalties, thereby reducing litigation risk. This proposed move may have an impact on corporate disclosure, and this research degree project seeks to investigate whether companies disclosure behaviour will change as a result of regulatory change.

      You will join a thriving research environment in the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion (CMVI) 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.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree you will explore whether lowering litigation risk increases corporate disclosure. You will undertake a literature review, hypothesis development, data collection and empirical analysis of the research question.

      In this industry partnered project, you will collaborate with the ASX and ASIC to investigate premise of the project.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion (CMVI) which concentrates on the global challenge of sustainable, socially responsible and efficient resource management and development. In particular our research is closely related to following themes: i) inform public and private sector choices and policies; ii) resolve global development and governance issues; and iii) develop incentives for business to report on socially responsible enterprises.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Kartick Gupta - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Chandra Krishnamurti - Co supervisor

      Associate Professor Rajabrata Banerjee - Co supervisor

      Dr Vandana Arya - 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, 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.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

      Preference will be given to the candidates with some degree of prior research experience and a strong training in one or more of the following:

      (i) corporate finance

      (ii) financial econometrics

      (iii) coding skills in Python, SAS, or Stata

      (iv) textual analysis

      (v) academic writing skills

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

      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, Sunday 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Kartick Gupta

    Business Systems in Context

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

    Human resources and industrial relations

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

    Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

    • Revitalising creative industries in a time of COVID-19: A study in innovation and inclusion
      Scholarship Available Professor Ruth Rentschler Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Revitalising creative industries in a time of COVID-19: A study in innovation and inclusion

      Advance the future of creative industries through innovation and inclusion

      Do you have a background in the creative industries? Do you want to make a difference to their survival during COVID-19? The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) exploring the impact of innovation and inclusion on their survival during a pandemic.

      Australia is known for its innovation and inclusion, however, there is little understanding of how innovation and inclusion can jointly, and separately, help revitalise the creative industries in a pandemic.

      This research degree project will examine their role, during a time of global crisis.

      In collaboration with our industry partners, you will qualitatively and quantitatively examine innovation and inclusion in social enterprises in the creative industries, through multiple case studies.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will undertake a qualitative and quantitative examination of the impact of innovation and inclusion in creative industries in a pandemic. You will analyse digital platforms, using techniques and interventions to track the shift from innovation to inclusion.

      The research degree project will specifically include:

      • literature search and literature review,
      • research design,
      • methodological courses online and on campus
      • teaching assistant work and guest lecturing/tutoring in relevant classes and courses,
      • industry engagement with industry partners,
      • building online and digital capability, and
      • writing for publication and writing for thesis.

      The successful applicant will collaborate closely with our industry partners in Adelaide and may travel to partners in other states in Australia, travel permitted.

      You may spend up to three months with at least one industry partner, such as No Strings Theatre of Disability or Patch Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia.

      You will join a thriving research environment with three internationally recognised scholars in the creative industries; Professor Ruth Rentschler, Dr Boram Lee and Dr Deepak Sardana, who are aligned with UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE), and there cohort of renowned scholars who could support such a project; Assoc Prof Allan O'Connor, Assoc Prof Shruti Sardeshmukh and Dr Rajeev Kamineni, with expertise in entrepreneurship, creative industries, innovation and inclusion.

      You will meet fortnightly with the supervisory panel of academics and six monthly with our industry partners. At each meeting, you will provide current written material for discussion, so that research progress is evidence-based. As you progress, you will be mentored to write conference papers and academic journal articles jointly with the supervisory panel.

      There are biennial international refereed conferences in the creative industries and in disability, at which you will be encouraged to present, travel permitted.

      You will have access to a regular series of research seminars for academics, PhD students, on contemporary research topics and methodological issues, with internal and external guest speakers.

      This research degree project may set you up to be an expert in creative industries and inclusion, and a future career in foreign affairs and trade and/or disability organisations within and outside the creative industries.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based with UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) that engages in research and innovation that fosters enterprising solutions for the problems that challenge local, regional and global prosperity. We produce high quality, theory-driven research that informs and develops improved practices in dynamic contexts among enterprising individuals, organisations, professions, industries and policymakers. We provide the tools, methods, and frameworks to influence policy and practice, related to innovation and enterprise.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Ruth Rentschler - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Boram Lee - Co supervisor

      Dr Hana Hadinejad - Co supervisor

      Dr Deepak Sardana - Co supervisor

      Ms Kari Seeley, CEO No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability - External advisor

      Mr Geoff Cobham, Artistic director, Patch Theatre - External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • Experience in the creative industries, with digital expertise and understanding of disability in the arts
      • Honours degree or masters by research or commensurate industry experience that demonstrates and understanding of research skills (e.g., work as a research assistant; work in a market research department or firm)

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Dedicated, committed and reliable to a three year project

      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, Sunday 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ruth Rentschler

    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

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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 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research Project: Australian Literary Magazines in the 21st Century

      Opportunities 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 by Research project exploring South Australia's literary culture.

      In this project, your research will focus on South Australia's literary culture, particularly the production and dissemination of literary magazines in the 21st century, focusing on the South Australian context. You will also 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. However, South Australia does not have a dedicated literary magazine, which means that opportunities for the growth of the state's writers is limited.

      In this project you will address these issues through research on the circulation and production of Australia’s literary magazines and how they have facilitated the development of the state’s writers.

      This is an exceptional project that will set the successful candidate up to be well-placed to advise on the establishment of a South Australian literary magazine in the future.

      What you’ll do

      Drawing upon UniSA Creative s 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 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 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 Wednesday 17 November 2021 .
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jessica White

    Visual Arts

    • Contemporary Art (MF &MH Joyner Scholarship in Fine Arts)
      Scholarship Available Professor Simon Biggs Closing 15 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Contemporary Art (MF &MH Joyner Scholarship in Fine Arts)

      Develop the highest level of skill and critical thinking in your chosen visual arts medium

      Students undertaking the Contemporary Art Research Degree program undertake creative arts practice-based research investigating an aspect of contemporary art practice of their own choosing, as agreed with their supervisory team. The research is required to produce outcomes of novel value and import not only to the candidate, but to the broader visual arts research community.

      Positions available

      The prestigious MF & MH Joyner Scholarships in Fine Arts will be awarded to the most meritorious applicant for a PhD as selected by a panel of experts, including representatives from both the University of South Australia and Flinders University.  This scholarship includes a living allowance 10% above standard support rates, valued at $31,739 per annum for 2022.  Specific conditions and entry and selection requirements of the Joyner Scholarship can be found here.  We strongly recommend that you read this document prior to applying.

      Additionally, the University is pleased to be able to offer two additional positions to applicants to either the Masters by Research or PhD programs.  These positions include a fee waiver and reasonable research expenses.

      What you will do

      The outcomes of your program of creative practice-based research could include a body of creative work taking the form of an exhibition, a performance or program of performances, recorded or digital works or publication(s). The candidate will also produce an exegesis of around 25,000 words that articulates the creative arts and theoretical context of the research, the methods employed in the research, the outcomes and key insights gained during the program of research.

      The candidate will be encouraged to present the interim results of their research in exhibitions and at conferences in Australia and internationally, which may require some travel, where possible. Support is available for costs associated with travel where the candidate is presenting the outcomes of their research in a public context, such as an exhibition, conference or similar.

      At the completion of the program of research candidates will possess the highest level of skill and critical thought in their chosen visual arts medium and be equipped to contribute creative outcomes of a world-class standard that are of interest and value to other similarly equipped visual arts practitioners, as well as other experts and the general public.

      Candidates will be supported in their research in the form of access to outstanding facilities for art-making and scholarly inquiry. Candidates can also apply for funding to support the presentation of the interim outcomes of their research in exhibitions and at conferences in Australia and internationally, as well as costs associated with fieldwork they may need to undertake.

      Where you’ll be based

      Research degree students at UniSA: Creative enjoy access to some of the best facilities and research supervision available in an Australian art school environment, supporting a wide range of practices and media forms in the visual arts, including but not limited to, painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance art, digital and new media and emerging artistic forms. Depending on their research focus, candidates will have access to the facilities and resources associated with our two Research Centres - the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and the Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3). Students are provided with studio facilities, access to our well-equipped state of the art workshops as well as a dedicated gallery for HDR related activities.

      Applications are welcome from individuals seeking to undertake Research Degree study in both part-time and full-time modes for two of the three opportunities. We especially welcome applications, for all the opportunities, from first-nation artists and from artists from/with diverse backgrounds. We welcome proposals engaging interdisciplinary research topics.

      Potential Supervisors

      Your supervisory team will be confirmed, as appropriate to the specific research approach, drawn from the group of experts below.

      PhD Project - Joyner Scholarship in Fine Arts

      One position available, open to domestic applicants only

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $31,739 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 for domestic students.

      Eligibility

      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.

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

      Additional Masters by Research or PhD Projects

      Two positions available, open to domestic and onshore international applicants

      Financial Support

      This 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 $32,600 per annum (2021 rates). 

      Eligibility

      This project is open to application from both domestic applicants, and international applicants onshore in Australia.

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

      Selection Criteria

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

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Honours degree (or equivalent qualification with research component) in visual arts practice in the excellent range.
      • A portfolio of creative works providing evidence of an emerging or established visual arts practice.
      • Examples of critical/reflective/theoretical written work.
      • A research proposal outlining the background, concerns, aims and objectives, context and methodological approach of the proposed program of research and an indicative bibliography (2000-2500 words). A template for proposals can be provided.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Honours H1.
      • A record of visual arts exhibitions at national or world-class venues.
      • Examples of published writing.
      • Experience in organising and/or curating visual arts exhibitions and events.
      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 15 November 2021 [ACDT].
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Simon Biggs

    Other creative arts and writing

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

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    Earth sciences

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    Geochemistry

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    Applied Economics

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    Econometrics

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    Curriculum and pedagogy

    • Family businesses in Australia
      Scholarship Available Dr Alan Reddrop Closing 15 November 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
    • Redesigning teaching for a fairer Australia
      Scholarship Available Professor Robert Hattam Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Redesigning teaching for a fairer Australia

      Improving teaching outcomes for disadvantaged students

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is seeking PhD applications for a project that will transform school curriculums, benefitting students from culturally diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds.

      Based within UniSA’s Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI), the project will examine how educators address inequality through redesigning their practices in sites that serve culturally diverse and/or high poverty communities.

      Education reforms are needed to improve student learning outcomes, and this involves changing the way we teach, to be more culturally aware, egalitarian, and listening more closely to students.

      This project will propose changes in curriculum and teaching methods to benefit disadvantaged students, adding to our academic knowledge in the area.

      With access to a vibrant research group and world-class academics, the successful applicant will have the potential to make a difference in transforming education for culturally diverse and poorer communities.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will explore how current approaches to teaching too often fail to address inequality and work with teachers to enact changes that support diverse and low socio-economic communities. The successful candidate will be involved in many activities, including mentoring meetings, reading, and writing groups, attending conferences, and helping to draft research proposals.

      You will undertake field work in different sites, conduct literature reviews, analyse policy texts, present work in progress to researchers, stakeholders and in public venues, and publish papers in high quality journals.

      The team conducting this study has a strong social justice focus and is ranked among the best in the world, so you will benefit from their expertise, knowledge, and mentoring.

      Your involvement will have significant impacts at the national and international level in policy and practice, leading to innovative changes in school curriculums that will have far-reaching, positive effects.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, one of the largest research concentrations in the world that is focused on issues relating to education and social inclusion.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Robert Hattam - Principal Supervisor

      Co supervisors: TBC

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Robert Hattam

    Education policy, sociology and philosophy

    • School Exclusionary Policies and Practices and their Impact
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anna Sullivan Closing 21 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD or Masters by Research Project: School Exclusionary Policies and Practices and their Impact

      Are you looking for a research career in education? Interested in investigating the short-term impact of school suspensions and exclusions on students and their families?

      The Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, University of South Australia, is offering a unique scholarship opportunity to apply for a Masters or PhD project. This project is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project titled “School exclusionary policies and practices and their impact” (DP210100116).

      Research shows that exclusionary practices are widely used in Australian schools, however, they are often used as a quick fix for removing problematic students, and can negatively impact on students’ health, wellbeing and academic achievement. Evidence also suggests that these practices are disproportionately applied towards ‘at risk groups’ including students from different racial or cultural backgrounds and students with disabilities.

      The successful candidate will contribute towards Phase 3 of the larger ARC research project, undertaking illustrative case studies. In doing so, they will be supported by a highly experienced research team with a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise including critical policy analysis, behaviour management and student wellbeing.

      What you’ll do

      You will develop a full understanding of how to conduct collaborative research, contribute to academic thinking, and how to successfully translate research findings into meaningful outcomes. The candidate will be supported to author research publications in top journals and present findings at events and conferences. As a member of the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, the candidate will have access to internal research training and capacity building programs to enhance research skills.

      You will join a highly experienced team led by Associate Professor Anna Sullivan undertaking your masters/doctoral research as part of the broader study, which aims to examine how and why Australian schools use exclusionary practices such as suspensions and exclusions to manage student behaviour.

      Major benefits of working on this research project is the collaboration with a high-quality team of experts and their networks. You will be well supported to develop as a researcher and embedded in a successful research culture. You will have access to travel funds to present at key conferences.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anna Sullivan - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Neil Tippett – Co Supervisor
      Professor Barry Down – Associate 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.

      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 or a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Prior research training or experience
      • Teamwork experience in a collaborative and an investigative environment
      • Work experience in educational settings

      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 throughout the candidature, and to be based at our Magill campus east of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to commence as soon as possible in 2021. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications close Sunday, 21 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anna Sullivan

    Education systems

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

    Specialist studies in education

    • Student wellbeing through artificial intelligence
      Scholarship Available Dr John Kennedy Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Student wellbeing through artificial intelligence

      Human-machine collaborations for the future

      If you are looking to advance your career in education and future technologies, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning.

      In this project – Student wellbeing through artificial intelligence (AI)­ – you will explore how AI could be incorporated into schools to better support student wellbeing and mental health.

      You will investigate how teachers, counsellors and students accept and adopt AI in schools, and how it could be used to support wellbeing; how human-machine collaborations can deliver early interventions; and the ethical and policy guidelines surrounding these contexts.

      A short video outline is available here: https://unisa.au.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0be1a1ea-944d-4c2c-9055-ad440072493b

      Supported by UniSA Connect – a large-scale program that works directly with dozens of schools and thousands of students each year – you will investigate the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, and how it can support wellbeing.

      You will generate theoretical frameworks, practical implementations, and empirical evidence on the impact of AI and human-machine collaboration on student wellbeing so that schools and education providers can make informed decisions about wellbeing practices.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will develop a full understanding of how to conduct collaborative research, contribute to academic thinking, and how to successfully translate research findings into meaningful outcomes.

      As a part of UniSA’s C3L team, you will have access to our internal research training and capacity building programs to enhance research skills in field of AI, learning analytics, digital and technology enhanced learning. You may also author research publications in top journals and present your findings at events and conferences.

      As a member of UniSA Connect, you will engage and collaborate with schools, educational providers, and leadership teams to influence and action an AI agenda in education.

      Where you’ll be based

      The successful candidate will join the Human and Artificial Cognition (HAC) and Infrastructures for AI research streams. You will be based at UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), that focuses on the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, how it changes society, knowledge processes, and teaching and learning.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr John Kennedy  - Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Maarten de Laat  - Co supervisor

      Associate Professor Simon Leonard  - 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, 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.

      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:
      • An honours degree or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Data Science or closely related discipline. Or, an honours degree plus a teaching qualification.
      • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills together with resourcefulness and initiative to manage multiple priorities and demands.
      • High level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Demonstrated relevant experience of writing up research findings for a variety of audiences including policy, professional and academic communities
      • Previous experience in collaborative and/or applied research projects including experience as a student and/or as a professional participant.
      • Demonstrated skills in quantitative research using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, MPlus, HLM and/or skills in qualitative research using packages such as NVivo, Leximancer.
      • Demonstrated experience of teaching in a classroom 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 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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Kennedy

    Other Education

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

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    Biomedical engineering

    • Non-invasive prenatal testing using extracellular vesicle derived fetal DNA
      Scholarship Available Dr Marnie Winter Closing 25 November 2021 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 onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      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

    • Reactive soil movement under current and future climate, and their influence on geotechnical structures
      Scholarship Available Dr Rajibul Karim Closing 28 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Reactive soil movement under current and future climate, and their influence on geotechnical structures

      Prepare our built environment to weather the climate challenge

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity for a PhD project investigating one of the defining challenges of our lifetime - climate change - and the way in which it is affecting soil movement and our built environment.

      Changes in climate are already having an impact on the behaviour of geotechnical structures in many different countries. Depending on the type of structure, local soil type, local climate and expected future changes, the impact can be different in different scenarios.

      In Australia, climate change has already been attributed to reduced rainfall and increased temperatures in the south-east and there is the likelihood of even greater changes in the future. The impact of this type of change will be significant in Australia, as approximately 30% of all surface soils can be classified as reactive (or expansive), where they generate significant ground movement due to moisture content changes. For instance, typical ground movement due to moisture cycles between summer and winter can exert large additional stresses on structures built on such soils. Additionally, the presence of vegetation near a structure can further intensify the problem.

      Overall, records show that buildings in Australia, constructed before 1981, have experienced over $1.46B in damages due to soil movement. These problems are expected to worsen due to continued climate change. To ensure structures designed and built today last well into the future, or at least serve for desired design life (commonly 50 or 100 years), it is crucial to understand how ground movement is likely to change, and how these changes may influence the behaviour of structures built on them.

      This project will explore the effect of climate change on ground movement due to soil-vegetation-atmospheric boundary interaction, and its influence on geotechnical structures. This research will pave the way towards the design of safer, sustainable and more resilient geotechnical structures.

      What you’ll do

      In this project, you will explore the impact of climate change on ground movement due to the soil-vegetation-atmospheric boundary interaction, and its influence on geotechnical structures.

      You will have the opportunity to develop a diverse set of skills through the project, as it will involve a mixture of numerical and laboratory work. The laboratory work will include advanced triaxial testing, characterisation of expansive soils (using a state of the art soil water characteristics curve device), large scale soil column test with regular monitoring, and related numerical modelling.

      You will join the Geotechnical Research Group, an innovative and supportive research team comprising of senior researchers and other PhD students. Predominantly based at UniSA, you may also have the opportunity for a placement with one of our industry or end-user partners, and attend domestic and international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Geotechnical Research Group an innovative and industry partnered research team that has shown tremendous growth over the past four years, making valuable contributions to the geotechnical community in both industry and academia. The Geotechnical Research Group lead investigations into different geotechnical challenges and collaborate with more than 35 local, national and international organisations.

       

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Rajibul Karim – Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Khoi Nguyen – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore 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 or part-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, Thursday, 28th October [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Rajibul Karim
    • Simulating a system combining fluids and solids to assess the failure potential of a geo-structure
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman Closing 01 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Simulating a system combining fluids and solids to assess the failure potential of a geo-structure

      Lead a new way in soil assessment

      Are you interested in advancing your career in Civil/Geotechnical engineering? The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity for a PhD project seeking to investigate new ways of assessing soil stability.

      Geo-structure failure often involves the reduction of the shear strength of soil, due to the generation of excess pore water pressure.

      Soil failure assessment, considering critical state soil mechanics, have recently attracted the attention of many geotechnical researchers. However, such approaches often face challenges such as the inability to capture soil fabric, which can play a significant role in the observed behaviour of soil.

      Due to these limitations, practitioners have been arguing over the reliability of conventional failure assessments, and the discrete element method (DEM) has become popular, as it can capture soil fabric. However, DEM has numerical limitations, such as the lack of an appropriate contact model and boundary conditions.

      Most DEM studies also ignore the physical characteristics of liquids between the particles and estimate pore water pressure by conventional formulations. Some may argue these pore water pressure estimations do not reflect the testing condition, which has led to some studies coupling fluid dynamics with DEM. In this type of assessment, an idealised fluid body is adopted, and the pressure generated between the fluid and the particles is measured. This technique is imperfect and introduces the resistance of particles in the fluid environment, referred to as ‘drag coefficient’. There have been many proposed formulations of drag coefficient based on the velocities of the fluid and particle, and these formulations are different in every different contact model. 

      This research project seeks to develop an optimised soil assessment method, using open-source DEM code, to develop numerical simulations showing the qualitative behaviour of soil and pore water pressure, via existing contact mechanisms and boundary conditions.

      What you’ll do

      In this project the successful candidate will learn and use numerical programs for discrete element method (DEM) and fluid dynamics to develop an optimised soil assessment. You will perform a series of triaxial and simple shear tests to validate your results from your numerical analysis.

      It will involve the investigation of micro-structures, through laboratory tests using SEM and/or CTScan.

      With access to state-of-the-art equipment you will gain experience in both numerical programming and advanced laboratory testing. You will join an innovative research environment at UniSA, and have the opportunity to develop your research network through conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Geotechnical Research Team in ScaRCE and be a part of a diverse, inclusive and supportive research environment. With more than 35 local, national and international partners, we are connected to the geotechnical community in industry and academia.
       

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Khoi Nguyen – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Rajibul Karim – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Abu Rabbi – CMW Geoscienes – 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 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. 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, 1st November [ACST}.

       
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman
    • Use of precast concrete piles reinforced with GFRP to underpin jetties
      Scholarship Available Dr Reza Hassanli Closing 31 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Use of precast concrete piles reinforced with GFRP to underpin jetties

      Innovating Australia’s future infrastructure

      UniSA in collaboration with three industry partners, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT), Keller Group and Inconmat Australia, is leading a research project aimed at finding a cost-effective, durable and environmentally friendly solution to replace deteriorating timber piles in our coastal jetties.

      There are more than 70 jetties along the South Australian coastline. These jetties are predominately made up of timber and many have deteriorated over the years. Current practice to rectify this problem is to underpin timber piles with steel piles, which is not an ideal solution as steel is also vulnerable to corrosion in marine environments and steel piles are commonly imported from overseas. Additionally, the costs associated with transportation of these steel piles, as well as the extra cost required for regular inspection and maintenance during their lifetime, significantly increases the rehabilitation and construction cost of jetties.

      This is an exceptional project, which takes research from the laboratory to real-life practice with extensive collaboration with multiple industry partners to tackle an ongoing real-world problem. It is anticipated that the outcome of this research will have a significant impact on the retrofitting of many old jetties and the construction of new jetties, not only within South Australia, but also nationwide.

      This PhD project has been allocated the prestigious William T. Southcott Scholarship which has been established as a result of a bequest from Mr William T. Southcott. The scholarship will be offered to outstanding students to undertake a PhD in the field of practical engineering at the University of South Australia. This scholarship including a living allowance 10% above standard support rates, valued at $32,000 per annum with a one off amount of $3,000 for research costs such as conferences, overseas study, and minor expenses.

      What you’ll do

      In this PhD project you will study the behaviour of precast concrete piles reinforced with Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) through laboratory tests, computer modelling and the in-situ driving of large-scale piles at a South Australian beach to monitor their short-term and long-term performance.

      Collaborating with our industry partners, you will be a part of project team that visits jetty structures around South Australia to better investigate the ongoing problem. Throughout the project you will monitor the test piles, visiting the test site, undertake laboratory testing and further assist our industry partners to develop an innovative practical design. In this industry-led project you will also be co-located with our industry partners during the length of the project.

      The successful candidate will undertake an economic and environmental cost benefit life-cycle analysis to assess the suitability of the proposed system to be considered by authorities, asset owners and construction managers.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Scarce Resources and Circular Economy (ScaRCE) brings together experts from across renewable technologies and materials engineering to develop solutions for the future. We seek to address the major challenges for society at the interface of the natural and built environments on all scales.
       

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Reza Hassanli – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Yan Zhuge – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua – Co-Supervisor

      Spiros Dimas - Manager of Marine Assets – End User Advisor

      Peter Kingston – Stage manager at Keller – End User Advisor

       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $32,000 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 one off amount of $3,000 will be available to use towards research costs such as conferences, overseas study and minor development.
       

      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.

      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.

      Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their resume as well as a short essay outlining their vision for the proposed research and its potential benefits to industry.
       

      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, Sunday, 31 October [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Reza Hassanli

    Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics

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

    Communications 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

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    Maritime engineering

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Scholarship Available Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 30 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition

      Improve cost efficiencies in Australia’s defence industry

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exceptional research degree project available for application in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group’s Maritime Division. This significant project will contribute to Australia’s strategic goal of future proofing our smart vessel acquisition program, ensuring greater return on value for taxpayer money spent on our military vessels.

      Military vessel acquisition and sustainment projects consume billions of taxpayer dollars annually.  This project will seek to improve the value for money and operational effectiveness of these vessels, through the accurate estimation of their operational requirements at the outset of the acquisition process.

      It has been observed that there is often a difference between predicted and actual operational vessel profiles, suggesting that in many cases the vessel design acquired and built, was not optimal. However, formal methods for comparing conceptual and actual operational profiles is currently lacking. Operational data can be large, complicated, and discontinuous, with the quality of information dependent on appropriate parameters being recorded, thus impacting the ability to inform improved processes.

      Additionally, new or unconventional systems engineering principles need to be explored to enable in-service design information to play a role in the requirements development process and help manage the dynamic state of requirements through the vessels life.

      In this project you will investigate these discrepancies between conceptual and actual operational profiles, to help produce more accurate usage profiles in the requirements development process, and aid the understanding of the nature of dynamic requirements.

      With the growing importance of Australia’s sovereign defence capability, this project will provide you with the expertise to assist Australia’s defence industry deliver a future proofed maritime vessel program.

      What you’ll do

      As part of this project, the successful candidate will:

      ·         Collect and analyse operational data.

      ·         Identify operational areas of significance for improved vessel performance and flexibility.

      ·         Research novel requirements development processes for ship acquisition and upgrades, considering the dynamic nature of requirements and using systems engineering principles.

      Where you’ll be based

      This project may require visits to specific naval bases.



      Supervisory Team

      Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Markus Stumptner – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Kieran Pringle – Defence Science Technology (DSTG) – 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 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. 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, Tuesday, 30th November [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

    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

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

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    Ecological applications

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

    Environmental Biotechnology

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

    Environmental Management

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    Health sciences

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    Allied Health and Rehabilitation Science

    • Improving integration of evidence-based pain science education at the clinical coalface
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Tasha Stanton Closing 20 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Improving integration of evidence-based pain science education at the clinical coalface

      Integrate new and proven treatments into clinics

      The BodyinMind (BiM) research group at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has a high-profile opportunity available for a PhD project which will target one of the most pressing challenges we face in chronic pain – getting effective treatment to the people who need it.

      One of the biggest barriers to effective management of chronic pain is integrating evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. You will often hear that research discoveries take up to 17 years before they are integrated and used in the real world.

      In this project, you will make this integration process happen, sooner. Pain science education (PSE) is a well-established intervention that aims to reconceptualise the meaning of pain by challenging deeply held, inaccurate beliefs about pain through providing evidence-based information.

      While evidence shows that PSE is clinically effective for many types of musculoskeletal pain conditions, it is very difficult to integrate this complex and time-consuming intervention into the short consultation time available in clinics (such as a 20-30 minute physiotherapy session, or 5-10 minute general practitioner session). We know that rushing things doesn’t work – it does not increase pain knowledge or update pain beliefs, and it can damage the clinician-patient relationship.

      This project aims to develop and use innovative implementation strategies to improve integration of PSE into common clinical environments, guided by the key question, ‘Can we make this easier, and if so, how?’. The project seeks to develop and evaluate clinic friendly PSE resources, in the form of videos and/or infographics for specific pain target concepts and for ‘difficult’ conversations. It also aims to evaluate the possibility of creating a Local Pain Champions network, consisting of consumers who are upskilled in pain science and can be a critical resource, outside of health professionals, for people in pain.

      The outcomes of this project will have real-life applicability for integrating PSE into the private practice clinical setting, greatly enhancing treatment options and improving the lives of many people living with chronic pain.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will work with field leaders in pain science research, industry leaders in pain education, key government health bodies and consumers with lived experience. You will get to work collaboratively with these stakeholders to develop innovative new ideas on how to integrate PSE into the clinical environment.

      It is anticipated you will attend yearly national conferences (such as the Australian Pain Society Conference or the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference) and one international conference (such as the World Congress of Pain) during your PhD, travel permitted. You will also have opportunities to be involved in BiM’s outreach activities such as Pain Revolution.

      In this project you will develop a unique skill set through working with numerous stakeholder groups – this will include advanced communication skills, the ability to lead a project involving members with varying thoughts and opinions, and the ability to think laterally to provide solutions to challenging problems.

      You will also gain skills in study design, data analysis, research dissemination and general time management, as well as advanced knowledge in pain science, which will be beneficial at both a research and clinical level.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the BodyinMind (BiM) research group within the IIMPACT (Innovation, Implementation and Clinical Translation) in Health research concentration at the University of South Australia.

      BiM is a vibrant, supportive and dynamic group consisting of approximately 30 researchers and research degree students with expertise across areas such as physiotherapy, psychology, exercise and sports science. Additionally, BiMs research projects span basic to clinical to implementation science, so you will learn about numerous other types of study designs and research areas beyond your own.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Tasha Stanton - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Felicity Braithwaite - Co Supervisor
      Dr John Arnold - Co Supervisor
      Mr Tim Cocks - NOIGroup

      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:
      • Hold an undergraduate or Masters degree in a Health Science field,
      • Have undertaken education in pain science as part of undergraduate/masters degree.

      Applications that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:

      • Have an undergraduate or Master's degree in Physiotherapy,
      • Have undertaken advanced training in pain science,
      • Have worked clinically for a minimum of 4-5 years.

      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 Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Tasha Stanton
    • Treatment for Post-Stroke Depression: Identifying neuroimaging markers of therapeutic response
      Dr Brenton Hordacre Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Masters by Research project: Treatment for Post-Stroke Depression: Identifying neuroimaging markers of therapeutic response

      Stroke is a global leading cause of permanent disability. It is estimated that there are 80 million stroke survivors globally, with more than half likely to experience post-stroke depression. Post-stroke depression is under recognised and poorly treated, with incredibly negative consequences for recovery, activities of daily living, self-efficacy, and mortality. Current pharmacology management is hampered by several side-effects and poor treatment adherence. We need better solutions to this problem. Identifying new treatments for post-stroke depression would be a significant breakthrough for stroke survivors, their families and the wider health system.

      Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a safe and promising treatment that increases brain activity with electromagnetic pulses. By changing neural activity in the brain, it can improve depression. However, translating this therapy to people who have experienced stroke is challenging. Most notably, stroke changes brain structure, dampening the ability of rTMS to modify neural activity. Our preliminary work suggests the clinical response to rTMS for post-stroke depression might be influenced by brain biomarkers and this information could guide clinical treatments. Therefore, we see a need to evaluate neuroimaging biomarkers of post-stroke depression and response to rTMS treatment. To address this problem, we will use multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to investigate brain structure and function using state-of-the-art imaging sequences and analysis.

      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. 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 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.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Brenton Hordacre – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Anson Chau
      Professor Susan Hillier

      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, Thursday, 30th of September 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Brenton Hordacre

    Epidemiology

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

    Health services and systems

    • Helping South Asian migrants better adapt to life in Australia
      Scholarship Available Professor Tahereh Ziaian Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Helping South Asian migrants better adapt to life in Australia

      Settlement experiences for South Asian youth

      If you are looking to advance your career in cultural and psychological wellbeing, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at the Centre for Workplace Excellence.

      In this project you will examine the settlement experiences of South Asian migrant youth (aged 15-24 years) and their parents in Australia to establish the process of acculturation, family conflicts, psychological wellbeing, and the mental health support services available to youth and their parents.

      South Asians represent a significant proportion of Australia’s immigrant population, with a few of the fastest growing groups originating from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Understanding the challenges these groups face to adapt to life in Australia is essential for a more cohesive nation yet there is limited knowledge in this area.

      Australia is a multicultural nation that strives to support all members of the community. But studies show that the process of acculturation could contribute to poor mental health outcomes in migrant groups.

      To cope with these changes, it is important to have appropriate support during the migration process. This study will help understand migrants’ settlement experiences as they adapt to the Australian culture.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will develop an in-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and a thorough understanding of multicultural mental health. Through these you will develop experience that enhances employment opportunities in the field of multicultural mental health research.

      You will also have opportunities to participate and present at local, national, and international conferences, work closely with multicultural industry partners and experts in the field of multicultural mental health research.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in a supportive and engaging peer and supervisory environment at two campuses – at our Magill campus with UniSA Justice and Society – a multidisciplinary area that targets areas of critical social need – and at our City West campus, with the UniSA Centre for Workplace Excellence, which focuses on organisational cultures, systems and practices for organisational effectiveness and employee wellbeing.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Tahereh Ziaian - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Helena de Anstiss - Co supervisor

      Dr Teresa Puvimanasinghe - Co supervisor

      Ms. Tamara Stewart Jones, CEO Multicultural Youth South Australia (MYSA) – External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • Experiences aligned with the research project description
      • Honours first class or Masters (or equivalent) degree in psychology
      • Knowledge and experience working with quantitative statistical programs such as SPSS and qualitative 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 be based at our Magill 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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Tahereh Ziaian
    • Informing risk-benefit decisions and monitoring for high-risk medicines among older Australians accessing aged care services
      Scholarship Available Dr Janet Sluggett Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Informing risk-benefit decisions and monitoring for high-risk medicines among older Australians accessing aged care services

      Improve medicine usage in aged care

      If you are seeking to advance your career in medicines safety and public health, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project monitoring high-risk medicines in aged care in partnership with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at SAHMRI.

      In your PhD project, you will focus on either one of two classes of medicines that have been identified as national priorities for action, to reduce medicine-related hospitalisations in Australia: i) oral anticoagulants or ii) opioids. There are multiple quality and safety issues with the use of these medicines in older people.

      This research will suit either pharmacists, medical professionals or individuals with public health training who are interested in learning how to analyse big datasets and use data to drive improvements in health care. It could also suit individuals with previous experience analysing data such as biostatisticians, epidemiologists, or data scientists.

      Through this PhD project you will develop expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and aged care, that can be applied to drive improvements in care and medicines policies for older people who access aged care services. This is an exceptional project that will inform policy and practice and advance your career in public health and aged care.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will analyse large sets of aged care and health care data to provide evidence to improve health outcomes for older Australians who take high risk medicines and inform policy and practice.

      You will collaborate closely with ROSA, aged care provider organisations, consumers and clinicians, as well as the team who made important contributions to the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

      Your research will make a meaningful difference for older Australians receiving aged care services.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s presence at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in the heart of Adelaide’s Biomed City and collaborate with the innovative ROSA research team who analyse linked aged care and health care data for more than 3 million individuals, to improve health outcomes for older Australians.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Janet Sluggett – Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Gillian Caughey - 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 applicants, and international applicants currently residing onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Applicants who can demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas be will be highly regarded:
      • Qualification in pharmacy, medicine, health science, population health, epidemiology, statistics, informatics, data science or a relevant discipline,
      • Coursework in pharmacoepidemiology, statistics, epidemiology, quality use of medicines, geriatrics, and aged care,
      • Knowledge of Australia’s aged care and health care systems, including Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and/or the aged care system,
      • Experience in data analysis using statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, R or Stata

      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 the South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI) on North Terrace, across the road from the UniSA City West Campus on North Terrace, 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 Wednesday, 17 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Janet Sluggett

    Nursing

    • Formal programs for the employment of registered undergraduate nursing students
      Scholarship Available Dr Micah Peters Closing 14 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD or Masters by Research Project: Formal programs for the employment of registered undergraduate nursing students

      Develop an important evidence base to improve graduate workforce experiences

      The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre (RBRC) at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is currently seeking applications for a dynamic research project in collaboration with our industry partner, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Australia’s largest industrial and professional organisation for healthcare professionals. This project aims to develop a significant evidence base for better understanding the effectiveness, experience, and impact of formal programs for the employment of registered undergraduate nursing students.

      Delivery of high-quality and sustainable health and aged care is a national and international priority. It relies on creating a more equitable distribution of the health workforce and being able to attract and retain a flexible and capable nursing workforce. Increasing demand and an ageing population are continuing pressures on the health and aged care system.

      Global and national factors drive a greater focus on efficiencies. Building and maintaining a high-quality and sustainable health and aged care system is vital and developing more efficient and effective ways to deliver high quality, safe care is more important than ever. Alternative workforce models such as formal programs for the employment of registered undergraduate nursing students are strategies for addressing many issues in health and aged care, but there is a knowledge gap around the effectiveness and experience of these models.

      This project will help you to guide the uptake, establishment, and coordination of formal programs for the employment of students; enhance the effectiveness of existing programs; and provide evidence to improve participant experiences.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake research to respond to questions such as:
      • How effective are formal programs on the employment of registered undergraduate student nurses?
      • What factors (i.e. barriers and facilitators) impact the effectiveness of the programs?
      • What are the experiences of the students and other stakeholders participating in the programs?

      You will conduct a mixed-methods research study using a combination of qualitative interviews, focus groups and cross-sectional research. Applicants based in South Australia will have the opportunity to travel between Victoria, where the student model is running, and South Australia. Applicants may also be based in Victoria. There will be opportunities to undertake placements at the ANMF Victoria Branch and Federal Office to better understand the role industries play in this model of employment, as well as ANMF’s focus on supporting better workforce policy and planning in nursing.

      You will also have opportunities to build strong partnerships in the research, policy and professional community, and present your work at local, national and potentially international conferences, travel permitted.

      This project will enable you to develop a strong understanding of how your research fits in with current national priorities regarding the attraction and retention of a highly skilled and well supported nursing workforce. As the project will be supervised and linked with Australia’s largest professional and industrial organisation for nurses, you will develop strong skills in communicating your work and findings to industry stakeholders, and in the development of high-quality policy briefings and reports.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre (RBRC) – a partnership between UniSA and the Rosemary Bryant Foundation – at UniSA’s vibrant City East Campus. The RBRC aims to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery profession across the health system through the development of a research-driven, evidence-based platform of healthcare.

      The Centre has developed a comprehensive research program focused on advancing the nursing and midwifery disciplines, and patient care in the domains of population and public health, workforce reform, safety and quality, clinical practice, patient outcomes, and integration into education.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Micah Peters - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Marion Eckert - Co Supervisor
      Dr Rebecca Sharp - Co Supervisor
      Ms Belinda Clark - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Victorian Branch

      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.

      An additional top-up scholarship with a value of up to $5,000 per annum for a Masters student and up to $10,000 per annum for a PhD student, will be offered to the preferred applicant. Additionally, where the preferred applicant will be based in Victoria the Victorian Branch of the ANMF have offered an additional one-off payment of $5,000.

      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 or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • The candidate must be a registered nurse

      Applicants who are a current member of the ANMF 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 East campus?in the heart of Adelaide, or alternatively in Victoria.

      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, 14 November, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Micah Peters

    Midwifery

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

    Public Health

    • Enhancing genomic analyses of complex diseases through population diversity
      Scholarship Available Dr Beben Benyamin Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Enhancing genomic analyses of complex diseases through population diversity

      Grow our knowledge of human health

      If you are seeking to advance your career in precision health, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding PhD project to enhance our knowledge of complex diseases based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

      Precision health is a new paradigm where an individual’s unique genome, lifestyle and environment, is taken into account in their healthcare. However, one of the major challenges in current human genomic research is a lack of diversity. The majority of human genomic research in complex diseases such as cancers and major depression - 80 per cent - use samples from European ancestries.

      In this innovative research project, you will address the pressing challenge of this lack of diversity, by including samples from other ethnicities in our genomic analysis.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will use advanced statistical and epidemiological methods to analyse big genomics and health data.

      You will have access to existing data from the UK Biobank that consists of health data for hundreds of diseases, thousands of risk factors and millions of DNA sequences from 500,000 individuals from diverse ancestries as well as access to other data from our research collaborators, such as the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), which includes genomics data from East Asian populations.

      Since available datasets consist of thousands of combinations of modifiable risk factors and diseases, you will have sufficient flexibility to choose the combination of diseases and risk factors to suit your interest.

      With access to state-of-the-art facilities the student will use the high-performance computing resources at UniSA to manage and analyse the data.

      You will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with world leaders in the field of human genomics and precision medicine and be supported by a community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers that work on projects with similar skill requirements.

      In this project you will have the opportunity to present your research at local (Allied Health and Human Performance Research Week), national (Genemappers, Human Genetic Society Australasia) and international (American Society of Human Genetics) conferences, travel permitted. You will also be encouraged to attend online genomics, computing and statistical workshops to improve their skills, such as the International Statistical Genetics Workshop.

      Through this research project you will specifically acquire the following skills:

      • Computer programming skills to write computer program for efficient and automated data management and analysis.
      • Statistical and genetic epidemiology skills to analyse big health and genomic data.
      • Scientific writing and presentation skills.
      • Scientific collaborations nationally and internationally.
      • Proficient use of high-performance computing.
      • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

      This is an exceptional research degree project that will prepare you to be an expert in statistical genomics and big data, which is highly sought after within academia, and the pharmaceutical and genomic industries.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health (ACPreH) mainly in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). ACPreH brings together multidisciplinary and world leading experts in genomics, allied and population health and evidence translation to improve human health

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Beben Benyamin - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Stephanie Byrne - Co Supervisor
      Associate Professor Hong Lee - Co Supervisor
      Professor Elina Hypponen - 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 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 PhD.  Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Knowledge in genetics, statistics or epidemiology,
      • High level verbal and written communication skills,
      • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively and independently.
      Applicants that meet the following desirable selection criteria will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in statistical analysis of large dataset and statistical programming language, such as R

      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 Wednesday 17 November 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Beben Benyamin

    Sports Science and Exercise

    • Biomechanically sound digital human models for ergonomic assessment
      Scholarship Available Dr Francois Fraysse Closing 17 November 2021 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 Wednesday, 17 November, 2021.
      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

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

    Policy and administration

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

    Social work

    • Contextualising and responding to ‘psychosis’ behaviours with alternative therapies
      Scholarship Available Professor Bernard Guerin Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Contextualising and responding to ‘psychosis’ behaviours with alternative therapies

      New approaches to working with people in distress

      If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding project in ‘mental health’, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project to investigate new approaches to understand ‘psychosis’ behaviours.

      The successful applicant will be part of our Social Contextual Analysis of Human Behaviour Research Group and work in collaboration with the Humane Clinic, which supports alternative non-pathologizing therapies, including people who have been labelled with the diagnosis of ‘psychosis’ or ‘schizophrenia’.

      Rather than taking a mainstream diagnosis-led approach, the Humane Clinic adopts a non-medicalised pathway to working with people in distress, focusing instead on human-to-human psychotherapy. This includes a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

      The candidate will work with qualified therapists to analyse patient histories and acquire valuable academic and therapeutic skills. They will also be given the opportunity to present innovative new therapies to undergraduate students and peers at national and international conferences.

      What you’ll do

      Your role will involve reviewing the literature on the behaviours associated with the psychosis and schizophrenia labels and how these might be contextualized as arising from a person’s life world. You will work with supervisors to design a set of appropriate research protocols and methodological approaches to create an ethics application.

      Once ethical approval for the data collection is secured, you will observe therapy sessions at the Humane Clinic as well as talk to clients about their life context and history.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be part of the Social Contextual Analysis of Human Behaviour Research Group based at UniSA’s Magill Campus, as well as spending time at the Humane Clinic and Just Listening Community, located at Christies Beach.

      Who You Are

      The successful candidate will have practical experience in working with people in distress in non-pathologising ways and could have a background in diverse disciplines. If you have some experience in social contextual analysis or behaviour analysis that is also desirable. A brief which shows your understanding of the project’s significance will also be required. Full-time study is preferred, but consideration will also be given to applicants wishing to study part-time.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Bernard Guerin - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Michele Jarldorn - Co supervisor

      Matthew Ball, The Humane Clinic - External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • The successful candidate would have practical experience in working with people who are in distress
      • The successful candidate will have submitted a brief outline of their understanding of the significance of the project and a proposal of how they might do the research
      • It would be desirable for the successful applicant to have some experience in contextual analysis or that they have a willingness to learn and apply

      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 eastern 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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Bernard Guerin
    • Improving the process of family reunification
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell Closing 14 November 2021 11:00 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Improving the process of family reunification

      Removing the barriers to help children and parents successfully reunite

      If you have a desire to help ease the disruption and trauma that families experience in the child protection system, a new opportunity at the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is available for an outstanding PhD research degree project.

      Researchers from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) will supervise a project that aims to identify the barriers that prevent children successfully reuniting with their families after a spell in out-of-home care.

      Existing research reveals that one in five children in the child protection system who are reunited with their parents are then removed and placed back into out-of-home care.

      The factors that support stable and safe reunification of children with their biological families are still not clear and this project will seek to clarify what works best for families.

      You will have the opportunity to conduct real world, relevant research within Australia’s premier research centre for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will collaborate with a highly experienced research team and undertake a short placement with the Department of Child Protection to better understand how the out-of-home care system and the family reunification process works in practice.

      You will review procedures, analyse administrative data, and conduct interviews with focus groups, gaining valuable experience in collaborating with industry partners. Making valuable connections with national and international academics with also help you further your career in this field.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at the Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) , the country’s leading centre for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as a short placement with the Department for Child Protection.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Olivia Octoman - 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, 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.

      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:

      • Applicants should provide a brief Research Proposal outlining their proposed approach for the project

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Research experience with the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

      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 the Adelaide CBD.

      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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Melissa O'Donnell

    Other human society

    • Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Thuc Le Closing 21 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment

      Using data science to improve employment success for people with a disability

      If you are seeking to advance your career in data science and are interested in helping people to achieve a better life, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity for a PhD project at our Data Analytics Group in partnership with Maxima Training Group (Aust) Limited to provide recommendations on achieving greater employment success for people with a disability.

      Sustainable employment of people with disability, has posed a major challenge for industrialised societies. In Australia, even though the government has implemented the Disability Employment Services (DES) sector, to provide employment assistance to job seekers with disability, only 53 per cent of people with disability are employed. This is in sharp contrast to 84 per cent of those without a disability. Additionally, people with a disability are under-represented in employment and have longer periods of unemployment.

      Most job seekers seek advice from employment consultants on which factors they should improve to increase their employment success. Depending on the profile of a job seeker, there are many options to consider, such as obtaining a training diploma, improving communication skills, or simply getting a driver’s licence.

      Currently, most recommendation systems employed by DES rely on traditional models, where the desired outcome, instead of the degree of outcome improvement, is the main goal for optimisation. In this project you will use data analysis to review which factors to significantly improve the employability of people with a disability.

      There is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in data science, and in this project, you will gain the expert knowledge to meet that demand and help people achieve a better and more equitable life.

      What you’ll do

      In this industry partnered project, you will develop causality-based approaches to tackle the recommendation problem in the disability employment sector, aimed at providing greater employment outcomes. Specifically, during your research project you will help identify the relevant factors that achieve the greatest improvement in employment potential, informing policy and practice.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry-driven project will prepare you to be a leader in the field of data science, with practical experience and skills in the sought-after area of data and statistical analysis.

      Where you’ll be based 

      You will be based at UniSA’s Data Analytics Group which brings together experts from across data analytics and data management. We are a leader in the field of data science and bioinformatics, our research has been supported by nine Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants. We focus on data mining, predictive modelling, machine learning, and bioinformatics, and our outcomes are regularly published in top international journals.


      Supervisory Team


      Associate Professor Thuc Le – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Jiuyong Li – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Lin Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Jixue Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Tony Waters, Maxima Group – Industry  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 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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below:

      Essential
      • Strong background in Statistics and Computer Science (Data Science)
      • Strong programming skills
      Desirable
      • Familiar with causal inference techniques
      • Industry 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], Wednesday, 21st October.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Thuc Le
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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

    • Transfer learning deep language models using surrogate data
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Transfer learning deep language models using surrogate data

      Advance the future with machine learning

      If you are seeking to advance your career in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Industrial AI Research Centre (IAI) in machine learning.  The IAI has a long-standing track record in applied research in the areas of natural language processing, semantic information representation, and machine learning, which this project builds upon

      This project seeks to develop synthetic data generation methods that are effective for training natural language processing and deep learning systems. Currently, applying machine learning to solve specific applications fuelled by natural language text input is difficult, due to the absence of enough training data specifying what such a system should learn.

      What you’ll do

      In this project you will create an approach to synthesise artificial natural language text data and show that it enables effective transfer learning of natural language processing models with only a few manually labelled data examples.

      The successful candidate will conduct desk-based research to review related literature and systems, create novel theories and algorithms, test them on data sets, and publish academic papers describing the outcomes.

      Conference presentations and visits to potential end users may be required.

      There is a growing demand for experts in AI and machine learning, and in this project you will gain the expert knowledge to meet that demand and lead the future of machine learning.

      You will acquire advanced knowledge in AI and machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, data synthesis and augmentation; experience in building data processing pipelines, conducting scientific experiments, and communicating the result.

      These skills will enable you to develop advanced natural language processing applications using state of the art machine learning technologies and become an expert in your field.

      Where you’ll be based 

      With access to state-of-the-art I.T. equipment and mentoring by senior academics who are experts in their field, you will be a part of UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre (IAI). IAI brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions for artificial intelligence systems. We are part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Matt Selway – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

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

      Essential
      • Experience with programming in Python

      Desirable
      • Experience with machine learning and natural language processing
      • Excellent spoken and written English

      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], Wednesday, 17th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer

    Data Management and Data Science

    • Develop causal outcome prediction models for trustworthy interpretation
      Scholarship Available Professor Jiuyong Li Closing 18 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Develop causal outcome prediction models for trustworthy interpretation

      Lead the future on AI and machine learning

      If you are seeking to advance your career in artificial intelligence, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project exploring artificial intelligence (AI) and causal outcome prediction systems.

      We are living in an era of unprecedented technological change enabled by artificial intelligence, with many decisions being made by AI based systems. However, a major question is whether we should blindly accept AI decisions or smartly take reasonable decisions presented by artificial intelligence systems. The answer is the latter for high-stakes decision making.

      Interpretation has become a necessity for AI based systems. Current research on interpretable machine learning is mainly focused on building an interpretation system separate to the prediction system (the ‘black box model’) to interpret the predictions of the model.

      This practice does not ensure consistency between predictions and interpretations and leads to concern with untrustworthy or misleading interpretations. Therefore, self-interpretable prediction systems need to be designed.

      Causal outcome prediction systems, which provide interpretable predictions of an outcome or target of interest, and interpretations faithful to the natural mechanisms (or data generation mechanisms) are highly desirable. However, current causal outcome prediction models do not present predictions as accurate as ‘black box models’ do.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will explore and develop new causal outcome prediction models for solving the fundamental problem in current interpretable artificial intelligence and machine learning research: inconsistency between predictions and interpretations.

      The project will build causal outcome prediction models to improve outcome prediction while maintaining interpretability.

      You will design and write programs to compare with state of the art programs for building interpretable prediction systems.

      During this project you will be expected to write papers and present your research results in leading national and international conferences, travel permitted.

      You will be a part of a Data Analytics Group specialising in AI and machine learning. With access to weekly seminars that cover current knowledge in various areas of causal inference, discovery, and bioinformatics.

      The successful candidate will be prepared to be an expert in machine learning, specifically in causal inference, discovery, and deep learning. Knowledge and skills in machine learning are highly sought after by research institutes and industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA STEM and be a part of Data Analytics Group linking 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. 


      Supervisory Team

      Professor Jiuyong Li – Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Lin Liu – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

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

      Essential
      • A Master degree in Computer Science / Statistics or related area
      • Good programming skills

      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], Thursday, 18th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Jiuyong Li
    • Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Thuc Le Closing 21 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment

      Using data science to improve employment success for people with a disability

      If you are seeking to advance your career in data science and are interested in helping people to achieve a better life, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity for a PhD project at our Data Analytics Group in partnership with Maxima Training Group (Aust) Limited to provide recommendations on achieving greater employment success for people with a disability.

      Sustainable employment of people with disability, has posed a major challenge for industrialised societies. In Australia, even though the government has implemented the Disability Employment Services (DES) sector, to provide employment assistance to job seekers with disability, only 53 per cent of people with disability are employed. This is in sharp contrast to 84 per cent of those without a disability. Additionally, people with a disability are under-represented in employment and have longer periods of unemployment.

      Most job seekers seek advice from employment consultants on which factors they should improve to increase their employment success. Depending on the profile of a job seeker, there are many options to consider, such as obtaining a training diploma, improving communication skills, or simply getting a driver’s licence.

      Currently, most recommendation systems employed by DES rely on traditional models, where the desired outcome, instead of the degree of outcome improvement, is the main goal for optimisation. In this project you will use data analysis to review which factors to significantly improve the employability of people with a disability.

      There is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in data science, and in this project, you will gain the expert knowledge to meet that demand and help people achieve a better and more equitable life.

      What you’ll do

      In this industry partnered project, you will develop causality-based approaches to tackle the recommendation problem in the disability employment sector, aimed at providing greater employment outcomes. Specifically, during your research project you will help identify the relevant factors that achieve the greatest improvement in employment potential, informing policy and practice.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry-driven project will prepare you to be a leader in the field of data science, with practical experience and skills in the sought-after area of data and statistical analysis.

      Where you’ll be based 

      You will be based at UniSA’s Data Analytics Group which brings together experts from across data analytics and data management. We are a leader in the field of data science and bioinformatics, our research has been supported by nine Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants. We focus on data mining, predictive modelling, machine learning, and bioinformatics, and our outcomes are regularly published in top international journals.


      Supervisory Team


      Associate Professor Thuc Le – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Jiuyong Li – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Lin Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Jixue Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Tony Waters, Maxima Group – Industry  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 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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below:

      Essential
      • Strong background in Statistics and Computer Science (Data Science)
      • Strong programming skills
      Desirable
      • Familiar with causal inference techniques
      • Industry 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], Wednesday, 21st October.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Thuc Le

    Graphics, augmented reality and games

    • Hybrid spaces for remote collaboration
      Scholarship Available Professor Mark Billinghurst Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Hybrid spaces for remote collaboration

      Become an expert in virtual reality

      If you are seeking to advance your career in augmented reality and are interested in developing the technologies of the future, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) exploring hybrid spaces for remote collaboration.

      In many industries there is a need for remote people to collaborate together, and to understand the environment of the person that they are working with. For example, an architect may be working with a remote interior designer and may want to share with them a view of the building that they are standing in.

      In recent years researchers have begun to explore how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can be combined with capture devices to remotely share real spaces. For example, a 360-degree video camera could be used to live stream a view of a person’s surroundings to a remote collaborator, viewing it in a VR display.

      This research degree project will explore how cameras can be combined with depth sensors to create new types of hybrid systems that can improve remote environment sharing. This is important because the combination of the two technologies can overcome the limitations that they each have.

      A 360-degree video camera provides a nice visual capture of a workplace, however it provides limited spatial information. In contrast, a depth sensing camera can capture a 3D model of the user’s surroundings, but the visual quality is poor. A system that combines the two together should enable a person to share their surroundings in real time with both high-quality images and realistic 3D models.

      In addition to developing the technology, the project will also explore its use in a range of different application areas such as remote assistance, virtual tourism and education.

      There is a growing demand for augmented reality professionals and in this project, you will gain expert knowledge to meet that demand, and lead the future development of this technology.

       What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will conduct research on the proposed topic, surveying literature in latest AR/VR technology development, designing and developing prototype systems, designing and conducting user studies and system evaluations, and writing research reports and academic publications.

      You will develop research and development skills in AR and VR technology under the guidance and support of world-leading academics. The students will gain essential skills in conducting Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research through a Human-Centred Design process, including designing user interfaces and user experience, developing prototype systems, and evaluating and validating ideas through conducting user experiments.

      The successful applicant will be supported with access to the latest equipment and facilities at IVE. Participation in the project will provide various opportunities to present and demonstrate your research to industry partners to advance your future career path. You will be able to present your research at leading AR/VR conferences and publish in high impact journals.

      You will join a thriving research environment and have access to research seminars, industry visits, inter-disciplinary collaborations across units, and state-of-the-art software. You will also have the opportunity to present and demonstrate their research outputs in various events held either by the centre or external collaborators, travel permitted.

      Upon completion of the research degree, you will become an expert in AR and VR technology with specialised knowledge in real time scene capture and collaborative systems.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) which brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions using virtual, augmented and immersive reality. We are part of a global revolution in virtual and augmented reality research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence. 


      Supervisory Team

      Professor Mark Billinghurst – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Gun Lee – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore 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 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], Wednesday, 17th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Mark Billinghurst
    • In-situ authoring of mixed reality content for task procedural guidance
      Scholarship Available Dr Gun Lee Closing 01 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - In-situ authoring of mixed reality content for task procedural guidance

      Use new technology to improve the way we train in engineering

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exciting research degree project available at our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE), investigating novel in-situ Mixed Reality (MR) authoring methods to innovate engineering training.

      Learning to operate complex equipment is essential in the engineering field, both in education and industry. Compared to the common practice of using manuals or procedure documents on a 2D screen, which lacks real-world context, MR technology overlays digital information onto the physical environment, improving understanding of the task procedures and task efficiency.

      However, applying it to real-world cases can be challenging – the creation of MR training content with current tools requires programming skills and is a time-consuming process. This project seeks to address this problem, making it easier for industry experts or practical tutors to rapidly create MR training content with procedural guidance.

      With MR continuing to emerge as a valuable technology, this project will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge to apply new methods to engineering and lead a wider adoption of MR-based training in industry and education.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will undertake activities such as surveying literature in the latest technology developments in MR; designing and developing MR prototype systems; designing and executing user studies and system evaluations; and writing research reports and academic publications.

      You  will also gain access to the cutting edge equipment and facilities at IVE, and have opportunities to present your research outputs to academic and industry audiences at a range of events, travel permitted.

      In this project you will join a thriving research environment and be mentored and supported by expert academics and fellow research degree students. Our research team holds close collaborations with research groups and companies across Australia and around the world, which will allow you to connect with a pool of experts in MR research beyond those who are already directly involved with this project, and engage with industry and potential end users of the technology.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE). IVE is the largest VR, MR and AR research group in Australia with more than 100 members from diverse disciplines including, IT, engineering, design and art. IVE provides access to cutting-edge technology and equipment for MR research, such as HoloLens 2 and Oculus Quest, as well as dedicated user study and experiment space.

       

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Gun Lee – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Mark Billinghurst – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Peter Barnard – SA Power Networks – 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 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. 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, 1st November [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Gun Lee
    • Virtual reality parametric design interaction techniques
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Virtual reality parametric design interaction techniques

      Develop the architectural design process of the future using VR

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exciting research degree project available at our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) exploring virtual reality (VR) in architectural design.

      In this project you will explore and design new VR interaction techniques for defining parametric designs in the context of architectural practice.

      Parametric design tools are an emerging computer aided design (CAD) technology dominating the contemporary architectural practice, yet their design interfaces are largely chained to traditional desktop computers. VR allows the architect to be immersed in the design at a true scale, to gain a better understanding of the design, and to better examine different design solutions, which cannot be readily achieved in the standard desktop interface.

      Additionally, at this time there are no current VR systems that allow an architect to complete the entire design process within a virtual environment, as current VR solutions largely focus on visualisation and do not cater for directly editing parametric models during the design. At best the architect is able to add annotations or modify static geometries of the end result.

      The parametric VR to be developed in this project will provide a new and intuitive set of user interactions to support designers such as architects to develop parametric designs at full scale and across the entire design process.

      The successful candidate will become a world expert on virtual reality and human computer interaction and develop a new way in which to develop architectural designs.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will investigate a set of interactive tools to allow an architect to design at full scale a building, and directly edit and modify parametric designs in VR. You will work closely with architectural post-graduate students and researchers and develop novel concept demonstrators, and evaluate and develop techniques and systems with user studies.

      Successful candidates will have access to state-of-the-art technology, modern HCI hardware including wall-sized touchscreen displays; AR/VR hardware: eye, face, and body tracking devices; and an advanced prototyping workshop.

      Join a thriving research environment at IVE, consisting of researchers and fellow PhD candidates, with access to research seminars, industry visits, interdisciplinary collaborations across and software.

      As a part of this project you will have the opportunity to travel and collaborate with national researchers and present findings at international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) which brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions using virtual, augmented and immersive reality. We are part of a global revolution in virtual and augmented reality research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Andrew Cunningham – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Bruce Thomas – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Ning Gu – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

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

      Desirable
      • Virtual reality and augmented reality development
      • 3D computer graphics

      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], Wednesday, 17th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham

    Information systems

    • Intelligent and real-time condition monitoring for predictive maintenance – A solar panel maintenance case study
      Scholarship Available Dr JIng Gao Closing 03 December 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Intelligent and real-time condition monitoring for predictive maintenance – A solar panel maintenance case study

      Lead a new way in asset management using AI

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exceptional research degree project available in collaboration with our industry partner SA Water, investigating the key success factors for how artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can be applied in next generation condition monitoring and maintenance decision making.

      Condition monitoring is a critical component in asset management. Organisations rely on sensors and system controlled networks to schedule asset maintenance for improved operation and extended asset lifespan. With rapid advancement in intelligent condition monitoring and analytics techniques, asset rich organisations are moving towards preventative maintenance programs.

      The subject of asset condition monitoring and fault diagnosis as a part of system maintenance has generated a lot of interest due to the potential benefits gained from reduced maintenance budgets, enhanced productivity and improved asset availability. Organisations are embracing AI as part of the asset condition monitoring process. However, since AI adoption in condition monitoring is a relatively new concept, successful adoption requires careful consideration of multiple perspectives including technology, organisation and people.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will travel to local SA Water sites for field observation and data collection which will include a mix of interviews, workshops and field trials.

      As part of this project, you will gain a deep understanding for how AI technologies can enhance existing condition monitoring methods, and practical knowledge on the technology adoption process in a large organisation for preventative asset management.

      You will also have the opportunity to present your research findings at academic and industry conferences, and within SA Water.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be co-located at SA Water (Victoria Square in Adelaide’s CBD) and UniSA’s Scarce Resources and Circular Economy research concentration.

      ScaRCE academics and researchers are world class, with diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in civil engineering, construction management, environmental science, geospatial science, project management, and water and wastewater engineering. A key aim of the research concentration is resolving real-world, multidisciplinary problems and the challenges of industry, governing organisations and the community, at both national and international levels.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Jing Gao – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Christopher Chow – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Nima Gorjian Jolfaei – SA Water – 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 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. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below.

      Essential:

      ·         Relevant working experience and knowledge in AI technologies, especially image analysis

      ·         Programming skills for developing proof-of-concept trials

       
      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, 3rd December [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Dr JIng Gao

    Human-centred computing

    • Narrative visualisation and artificial intelligence for sensemaking in Defence operations
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Closing 19 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      Phd Project - Narrative visualisation and artificial intelligence for sensemaking in Defence operations

       Support Australia’s Defence future

      If you are seeking to advance your career in computer visualisation and artificial intelligence (AI), the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project partnered with the Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG).

      Situational awareness and information superiority are key challenges in Australia's Defence strategy. Understanding changing situations are critical, with military operations shifting from classical battlefield scenarios to multi-faceted operations involving multiple actors in ‘grey zones’. These operations exist across multiple domains of influence, including political, information, military, and economic activities, and must be coordinated.

      Narrative visualisation (NV) - presenting data as stories - has been shown to improve situational awareness in multiple domains. This research degree project seeks to develop NV technologies to support sensemaking in Defence.

      You will be embedded in Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) and Industrial AI Research Centre (IAI),  both of which are thriving and supportive research environments consisting of world-class researchers and fellow PhD candidates. Both research centres have a long-standing track record in Defence research, on which this project builds.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry-driven project will prepare you to be a leader in computer visualisation and artificial intelligence, in this highly sought-after area.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will develop novel visualisation(NV) techniques and algorithms to communicate and explain information and complex relationship in the ‘grey zone’.

      The techniques and algorithms explored will be multidisciplinary, crossing the gamut of information visualisation, data analytics and AI algorithms. There will be opportunities to apply findings to immersive environments using modern virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

      This project complements on-going joint research projects by IVE, IAI and DSTG on NV, and provenance for plan monitoring sponsored by DSTG. This research is directly aligned with the Information Warfare theme in Australia’s STaR Shots Defence national research priorities.

      In this industry partnered project, the successful candidate will meet regularly with DSTG stakeholders. You will research and develop novel concept demonstrators, evaluate and develop techniques, and systems with user studies.

      Successful candidates will have access to state-of-the-art technology, modern HCI hardware including wall-sized touchscreen displays; AR/VR hardware: eye, face, and body tracking devices; and an advanced prototyping workshop.

      You will be given access to a dynamic research environment that includes access to regular seminars, journal club meetings, and a research degree student support club - in addition to the vibrant research culture already established at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus.

      As a part of this project, you will have the opportunity to travel and collaborate with national researchers and present findings at international conferences, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be embedded in UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) and Industrial AI Research Centre.

      UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions using virtual, augmented and immersive reality. We are part of a global revolution in virtual and augmented reality research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence. 

      UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions for artificial intelligence systems. We are part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Andrew Cunningham – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Stewart Von Itzstein – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Steven Wark, Defence Science and Technology Group - External Advisor

       
      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.


      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
      • An undergraduate degree in chemistry or material science
      • High level written and verbal communication skills
      • Capacity to meet deadlines and manage competing demands to meet project milestones

      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 19th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham
    • Spatial augmented reality for industrial design
      Scholarship Available Dr James Walsh Closing 17 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Spatial augmented reality for industrial design

      Define the future of industrial design through spatial augmented reality

      If you are seeking to advance your career in augmented reality and are interested in developing the technologies of the future, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) exploring spatial augmented reality (SAR) and industrial design.

      Industrial design is typically a lengthy and expensive process. In this project you will seek to explore how we can quickly prototype interactive, large scale control systems using projection. What tools can be developed to help designers build and iterate their own prototypes without technical assistance?

      You will investigate these and related questions, helping define those questions as part of the overall research project. In doing so, you will define how next-generation systems are designed and have a legacy of improving the industrial design tool set used across industry.

      With access to state-of-the-art I.T. equipment and mentoring by senior academics who are experts in their field, you will be a part of UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) a world leader in virtual and augmented reality.

      There is a growing demand for augmented reality professionals and in this project, you will gain expert knowledge to meet that demand, and lead the future development of this technology.

      What you’ll do

      The applicant will undertake research and development of novel input and output devices to address the core problem, working with the supervisory team and wider lab. You will have the opportunity to publish your research findings and present your knowledge at national and international industry events and conferences, travel permitted.

      You will join a thriving research environment and have access to research seminars, industry visits, inter-disciplinary collaborations across units, and state-of-the-art software.

      The successful candidate will be prepared to be a world expert on augmented reality (including SAR), along with industrial design theory and practice.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) which brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions using virtual, augmented and immersive reality. We are part of a global revolution in virtual and augmented reality research including wearable computing, interface design, empathic computing, 3D visualisation, perception, and telepresence. 

      The successful candidate will join a vibrant research group, of researchers and other PhD candidates. You will have access to state-of-the-art augmented and virtual reality equipment, as well as prototyping workshops and facilities.


      Supervisory Team

      Dr James Walsh – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Peter Schumacher – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Andrew Cunningham – 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 applicants and international applicants onshore 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 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], Wednesday, 17th November
      Principal Supervisor: Dr James Walsh

    Library and information studies

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

    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 applicants and international applicants onshore in Australia or New Zealand.

      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

    • A cultural history of popular music in Adelaide, 1950-2022
      Scholarship Available Professor Justin O'Connor Closing 31 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)

    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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    Law and legal studies

    Environmental and resources law

    • Industry Led Product Stewardship Schemes consumer law issues
      Scholarship Available Professor Jennifer McKay Closing 22 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Industry Led Product Stewardship Schemes consumer law issues

      Establishing effective national stewardship schemes is vital to building a strong, safe and sustainable recycling industry in Australia and to achieving Australia’s resource recovery rate of 80 per cent by 2030 outlined in the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan. The Government's preferred option are industry-led developments of product stewardship schemes to engage and support the entire supply chain. Various product stewardship schemes were developed in the recent past and are currently under development, which focuses on tangible outcomes. The schemes aim at increasing resource recovery in-line with circular economy principles, minimising negative impacts on health, safety and the environment, supporting the whole supply chain to take responsibility for waste, supporting the resource recovery industry, and  promoting research and innovative solutions for managing waste. The proposed project will focus on the question about how and to what extend consumer laws were considered in the development and implementation of the product stewardship schemes for e.g. batteries, electronic goods, paint. In addition, the project will study how consumer laws can help to define future product stewardship schemes for, e.g., solar photovoltaic panels, coffee pods, textiles, to name a few.

      Applicants are required to be a law graduate or have considerable legal experience, or governance knowledge, or political science knowledge.

      Additionally, applicants with legal practice experience or governance experience in the private or public sphere, and skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection will be highly regarded. 

      Eligibility and Selection 

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants who are currently onshore in Australia. 

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

      A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.  All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project.  Additionally, applicants will be required to address the following selection criteria:
      • Law graduate or have considerable legal experience, or governance knowledge, or political science knowledge
      • Legal practice experience or  governance experience would be an advantage in private or public sphere
      • Skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection
      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.  

      Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered. 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 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.  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 $32,600 per annum (2021 rates).   

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Jennifer McKay – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Peter Majewski

      Professor Eileen Webb

      Craig Wilkins – Conservation SA

      Kathryn Bellette - Environmental Protection Authority SA


      Essential Dates

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

      Applications will remain open until 11:30pm ACST Friday, 22 October, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Jennifer McKay

    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

    • 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
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    Mathematical sciences

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    Applied mathematics

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Scholarship Available Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 30 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition

      Improve cost efficiencies in Australia’s defence industry

      The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – has an exceptional research degree project available for application in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group’s Maritime Division. This significant project will contribute to Australia’s strategic goal of future proofing our smart vessel acquisition program, ensuring greater return on value for taxpayer money spent on our military vessels.

      Military vessel acquisition and sustainment projects consume billions of taxpayer dollars annually.  This project will seek to improve the value for money and operational effectiveness of these vessels, through the accurate estimation of their operational requirements at the outset of the acquisition process.

      It has been observed that there is often a difference between predicted and actual operational vessel profiles, suggesting that in many cases the vessel design acquired and built, was not optimal. However, formal methods for comparing conceptual and actual operational profiles is currently lacking. Operational data can be large, complicated, and discontinuous, with the quality of information dependent on appropriate parameters being recorded, thus impacting the ability to inform improved processes.

      Additionally, new or unconventional systems engineering principles need to be explored to enable in-service design information to play a role in the requirements development process and help manage the dynamic state of requirements through the vessels life.

      In this project you will investigate these discrepancies between conceptual and actual operational profiles, to help produce more accurate usage profiles in the requirements development process, and aid the understanding of the nature of dynamic requirements.

      With the growing importance of Australia’s sovereign defence capability, this project will provide you with the expertise to assist Australia’s defence industry deliver a future proofed maritime vessel program.

      What you’ll do

      As part of this project, the successful candidate will:

      ·         Collect and analyse operational data.

      ·         Identify operational areas of significance for improved vessel performance and flexibility.

      ·         Research novel requirements development processes for ship acquisition and upgrades, considering the dynamic nature of requirements and using systems engineering principles.

      Where you’ll be based

      This project may require visits to specific naval bases.



      Supervisory Team

      Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Markus Stumptner – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Kieran Pringle – Defence Science Technology (DSTG) – 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 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. 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, Tuesday, 30th November [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik
    • Pattern formation of precursor films: a new mathematical model
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek Closing 25 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Pattern formation of precursor films: a new mathematical model

      This project aims to develop a new mathematical model to predict the pattern formation of a new class of permanent lubricants. Ionic liquids are conductive and do not evaporate, creating a unique opportunity to develop such coatings. These thin films form patterns where the pattern type (patches, stripes or holes) depends on the liquid/surface interaction. Only some patterns result in good lubrication; limited understanding of the pattern formation process hampers selection of a good lubricant for a chosen material. Current mathematical approaches are computationally expensive and time consuming. The new model expected from this project would provide a cheap, fast and reliable alternative for screening suitable liquid/surface pairs.

      The new mathematical model expected from this project will aid our understanding and prediction of the behaviour of novel smart lubricants, composed of permanent ultrathin films. The outcome will be a simple, cost-effective, fast and reliable mathematical tool to identify new candidates for lubrication of challenging mechanical contacts. This will reduce the need for expensive and time-consuming experiments. These application specific lubricating layers will have particular impact in the fields of advanced manufacturing, smart coatings and aerospace applications, by increasing energy recovery from renewable resources, preventing mechanical failures, reducing maintenance costs and decreasing energy consumption. This represents real economic benefits to Australia, with potential cost savings due to proper lubrication estimated at 1% of Gross National Product, as well as environmental benefits due to increased energy efficiency and decreased material wastage.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will work closely with experimental colleagues on the same project. They will be part of the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter group at the UniSA Future Industries Institute (FII), and will also interact with the modelling group in mathematics. They will interact with the supervisors' wider group of collaborators outside UniSA, in Australia and internationally.

      Upon completion of the project, the student will have a valuable interdisciplinary skill set of relevance in advanced manufacturing, lubrication formulation and coatings engineering. The student will have also gained skills in developing and solving mathematical models, and in working with nonlinear partial differential equations.

      Travel to and presentation at conferences will be encouraged (subject to travel bans).


      Supervisory Team


      Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek – Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jonathan Wylie, City University of Hong Kong – Associate 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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential

      ·         have a degree in Mathematics or another related discipline

      ·         have the equivalent of an Australian honours in Mathematics or another related discipline

      Desirable

      ·         experience in modelling with and solving partial differential equations is highly regarded but not essential

      ·         knowledge in the chemical or physical sciences is highly regarded but not essential

      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

      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 at 11.30pm [ACST], Thursday, 25th November.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek

    Statistics

    • Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Thuc Le Closing 21 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Intervention recommendations for improving disability employment

      Using data science to improve employment success for people with a disability

      If you are seeking to advance your career in data science and are interested in helping people to achieve a better life, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity for a PhD project at our Data Analytics Group in partnership with Maxima Training Group (Aust) Limited to provide recommendations on achieving greater employment success for people with a disability.

      Sustainable employment of people with disability, has posed a major challenge for industrialised societies. In Australia, even though the government has implemented the Disability Employment Services (DES) sector, to provide employment assistance to job seekers with disability, only 53 per cent of people with disability are employed. This is in sharp contrast to 84 per cent of those without a disability. Additionally, people with a disability are under-represented in employment and have longer periods of unemployment.

      Most job seekers seek advice from employment consultants on which factors they should improve to increase their employment success. Depending on the profile of a job seeker, there are many options to consider, such as obtaining a training diploma, improving communication skills, or simply getting a driver’s licence.

      Currently, most recommendation systems employed by DES rely on traditional models, where the desired outcome, instead of the degree of outcome improvement, is the main goal for optimisation. In this project you will use data analysis to review which factors to significantly improve the employability of people with a disability.

      There is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in data science, and in this project, you will gain the expert knowledge to meet that demand and help people achieve a better and more equitable life.

      What you’ll do

      In this industry partnered project, you will develop causality-based approaches to tackle the recommendation problem in the disability employment sector, aimed at providing greater employment outcomes. Specifically, during your research project you will help identify the relevant factors that achieve the greatest improvement in employment potential, informing policy and practice.

      The acquired skills and their direct application in this industry-driven project will prepare you to be a leader in the field of data science, with practical experience and skills in the sought-after area of data and statistical analysis.

      Where you’ll be based 

      You will be based at UniSA’s Data Analytics Group which brings together experts from across data analytics and data management. We are a leader in the field of data science and bioinformatics, our research has been supported by nine Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants. We focus on data mining, predictive modelling, machine learning, and bioinformatics, and our outcomes are regularly published in top international journals.


      Supervisory Team


      Associate Professor Thuc Le – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Jiuyong Li – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Lin Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Jixue Liu – Co-Supervisor

      Mr Tony Waters, Maxima Group – Industry  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 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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria below:

      Essential
      • Strong background in Statistics and Computer Science (Data Science)
      • Strong programming skills
      Desirable
      • Familiar with causal inference techniques
      • Industry 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], Wednesday, 21st October.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Thuc Le
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    Physical sciences

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    Atomic, molecular and optical physics

    • Fingerprinting ore types and blends by fusing hyper-spectral and other sensors using assisted machine learning
      Scholarship Available Professor David Lancaster Closing 22 November 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      PhD Project - Fingerprinting ore types and blends by fusing hyper-spectral and other sensors using assisted machine learning

      This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as part of the Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources, which will develop and deliver vital enabling tools for automated, integrated and optimised mining.

      This project will focus on the development of new spectroscopic analytics based on laser-based spectroscopic sensors for use in both exploration and minerals processing. Rapid and accurate determination of the composition of drill cores, mixes, ore passes and belt samples will allow selective mining and processing. An underpinning driver for this project is that for highest fidelity identification / quantification of minerals, multiple sensor data will likely need to be combined.

      Ore tracking can be constrained by using hyper-spectral, Raman, and laser induced breakdown (LIBS) spectroscopy. These approached will be validated by gamma-spectral data analytics with other techniques to fingerprint ore types.

      Minerals display characteristic surface interactions with light; however, no technique covers all minerals (either gangue or valuable). It has become increasingly clear that the potential of optical spectroscopy will not be realized until a suite of these are integrated, and the resultant large data sets combined in a data fusion approach. Collaboration will be established with relevant Chief Investigators in the Training Centre to assist in processing large data sets, and data fusion tasks. Optical techniques will be explored and validated by established techniques such as Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA).

      What you’ll do

      The project involves predominantly experimental research. Laser based spectroscopic techniques have matured and now `moved out of the lab’, including hyperspectral infrared reflectance, Raman scattering, and LIBS techniques. In addition, these systems now use more powerful laser-based probes reducing data acquisition times, and the easy availability of multi-spectral cameras will allow comprehensive and real-time sets of spectroscopically rich image data to be collected for processing and integration, and ultimately the development of smart heuristics.

      Upon completion of this research project the applicant will possess excellent skills in:

      ·         Experimental optics

      ·         Spectroscopy

      ·         Sensor design and development

      ·         Data acquisition

      ·         Data processing

      ·         Numerical simulation

      Additionally, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement with one of our mining industry partners.

      Where you’ll be based

      The candidate will work between 3 research groups that have international research track records. The groups have expertise in Photonic sensors, optical fibres, chemical spectroscopy, and chemical processing.

      The Principal Supervisor of this project is Prof. David Lancaster, recently announced as the inaugural EOS Chair in Laser Physics.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Professor David Lancaster - Principal Supervisor

      Professor William Skinner - Co-Supervisor

      Professor David Beattie - Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska - Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Co-Supervisor

      Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy - Co-Supervisor

      Luke George, Boart Longyear – External Advisor

      Clink Bowker, Bureau Veritas – External 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 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 Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      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 at 11.30pm [ACST], Monday 22 November.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor David Lancaster

    Condensed matter physics

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

    Medical and Biological Physics

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

    Strategy, management and organizational behaviour

    • Revitalising creative industries in a time of COVID-19: A study in innovation and inclusion
      Scholarship Available Professor Ruth Rentschler Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Revitalising creative industries in a time of COVID-19: A study in innovation and inclusion

      Advance the future of creative industries through innovation and inclusion

      Do you have a background in the creative industries? Do you want to make a difference to their survival during COVID-19? The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) exploring the impact of innovation and inclusion on their survival during a pandemic.

      Australia is known for its innovation and inclusion, however, there is little understanding of how innovation and inclusion can jointly, and separately, help revitalise the creative industries in a pandemic.

      This research degree project will examine their role, during a time of global crisis.

      In collaboration with our industry partners, you will qualitatively and quantitatively examine innovation and inclusion in social enterprises in the creative industries, through multiple case studies.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will undertake a qualitative and quantitative examination of the impact of innovation and inclusion in creative industries in a pandemic. You will analyse digital platforms, using techniques and interventions to track the shift from innovation to inclusion.

      The research degree project will specifically include:

      • literature search and literature review,
      • research design,
      • methodological courses online and on campus
      • teaching assistant work and guest lecturing/tutoring in relevant classes and courses,
      • industry engagement with industry partners,
      • building online and digital capability, and
      • writing for publication and writing for thesis.

      The successful applicant will collaborate closely with our industry partners in Adelaide and may travel to partners in other states in Australia, travel permitted.

      You may spend up to three months with at least one industry partner, such as No Strings Theatre of Disability or Patch Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia.

      You will join a thriving research environment with three internationally recognised scholars in the creative industries; Professor Ruth Rentschler, Dr Boram Lee and Dr Deepak Sardana, who are aligned with UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE), and there cohort of renowned scholars who could support such a project; Assoc Prof Allan O'Connor, Assoc Prof Shruti Sardeshmukh and Dr Rajeev Kamineni, with expertise in entrepreneurship, creative industries, innovation and inclusion.

      You will meet fortnightly with the supervisory panel of academics and six monthly with our industry partners. At each meeting, you will provide current written material for discussion, so that research progress is evidence-based. As you progress, you will be mentored to write conference papers and academic journal articles jointly with the supervisory panel.

      There are biennial international refereed conferences in the creative industries and in disability, at which you will be encouraged to present, travel permitted.

      You will have access to a regular series of research seminars for academics, PhD students, on contemporary research topics and methodological issues, with internal and external guest speakers.

      This research degree project may set you up to be an expert in creative industries and inclusion, and a future career in foreign affairs and trade and/or disability organisations within and outside the creative industries.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based with UniSA’s Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE) that engages in research and innovation that fosters enterprising solutions for the problems that challenge local, regional and global prosperity. We produce high quality, theory-driven research that informs and develops improved practices in dynamic contexts among enterprising individuals, organisations, professions, industries and policymakers. We provide the tools, methods, and frameworks to influence policy and practice, related to innovation and enterprise.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Ruth Rentschler - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Boram Lee - Co supervisor

      Dr Hana Hadinejad - Co supervisor

      Dr Deepak Sardana - Co supervisor

      Ms Kari Seeley, CEO No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability - External advisor

      Mr Geoff Cobham, Artistic director, Patch Theatre - External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • Experience in the creative industries, with digital expertise and understanding of disability in the arts
      • Honours degree or masters by research or commensurate industry experience that demonstrates and understanding of research skills (e.g., work as a research assistant; work in a market research department or firm)

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Dedicated, committed and reliable to a three year project

      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, Sunday 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ruth Rentschler
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    Psychology

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    Applied and developmental psychology

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    Biological Psychology

    • Differentiating delirium from dementia in late life
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Hannah Keage Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Differentiating delirium from dementia in late life

      Improve ageing and cognitive health

      If you are seeking to advance your career in health, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an outstanding PhD project to investigate the links between delirium and dementia later in life based at UniSA’s Behaviour Brain Body Research Group (BBB) in the Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences (CAIN) Lab in partnership with SA Health’s Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

      Delirium is a medical emergency, associated with increased hospitalisation, institutionalisation, mortality, cognitive decline, and dementia in older adults. Delirium is characterised by acute and fluctuating impairments in cognition and arousal.

      Delirium can occur at any age but is most common in late life. It is usually precipitated by an acute insult, such as surgery, and varies in its presentation, severity, and duration. It affects at least one in four older adults in hospital and is associated with a 9-fold increase in the risk of a dementia diagnosis within a year, independent of illness severity, baseline cognition, age, sex, education, comorbidity, and frailty.

      It has been estimated that 11 per cent of dementia cases in Australia are attributable to delirium. The total costs of delirium are enormous, approximately $8.8 billion per year in Australia. Furthermore, it is often a very distressing condition for patients, families, and their clinical teams. The social, economic, and personal impacts of delirium are huge, yet research efforts have been relatively modest and disproportionate to these impacts.

      Through this research project, you will provide important advances in the field of delirium science and clinical care and make a difference to healthcare practice.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will investigate the psychological (e.g., cognition, depression, sleep), psychophysiological (e.g., electroencephalography) and functional (e.g., gait, vision) measures, which predict the development of delirium in those with and without dementia.

      In this industry partnered project data collection will be carried out within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. Psychological, functional, and psychophysiological measures will be taken in hospital, across multiple time-points, in older patients.

      You will be a part of a supportive and vibrant research culture and encouraged to attend conferences, engage with professional and community groups, and learn new skills and software packages.

      This is an exceptional research project, partnered with state government and aimed at making a difference to the quality of life of older adults, including their health care.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Behaviour Brain Body Research Group (BBB) in the Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences (CAIN) Lab.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Hannah Keage - Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Tobias Loetscher - Co supervisor

      Dr Bianca Wong, Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Perioperative Geriatrician in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) - External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • Honours degree in psychology (or similar field).
      • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
      • Ability to work in team and independently.
      • Interest in cognitive aging.
      • Ability to obtain police check.
      • Drivers licence.


      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Experience in working in a hospital setting.
      • Experience using the software packages R and RedCap.
      • Experience in psychological assessment.
      • Experience working with older adults.


      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.

      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 14 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Hannah Keage
    • Real-time brain-based metrics of listener engagement and depth of comprehension
      Scholarship Available Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky Closing 22 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Real-time brain-based metrics of listener engagement and depth of comprehension

      Develop the future of human-AI interaction

      Are you seeking to advance your career in applied cognitive neuroscience? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique PhD project

      in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) to explore the design of AI-human interaction and communication.

      Automated systems based on AI are becoming more and more ubiquitous in modern society. In addition to automating manual tasks, a crucial function of AI systems is to supply information to human users.

      In complex operational environments, AI systems may process vast amounts of complex data and distill these into key insights for human decision-makers. However, due to the immense complexity of the computations performed – the ‘black box’ problem - the reasons for why a system have produced a particular solution are often incomprehensible to humans. ‘Explainable AI’ seeks to address this problem by allowing human users to comprehend the solutions produced by the AI. This increases the inclusivity and accessibility of system designs, by allowing users to be informed and empowered in their interactions with the system, whilst building a user’s trust in the system.

      To support and strengthen this accessibility, we need to be able to gauge the level of engagement and depth of comprehension of users interacting with such automated systems.

      This research degree project will examine the feasibility of achieving this through real-time metrics based on electrical brain activity, providing a proof-of-concept study for using EEG-based metrics to track an individual’s level of comprehension in real time as they are listening to language input.

      Such metrics have the potential to be used in future brain-computer interface (BCI) systems that provide real-time user engagement feedback to an AI system, thus allowing for online adjustment of the information produced by the system in accordance with the users current needs. This could improve human decision-making under high-pressure and in complex operational conditions.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will first compare different techniques for calculating metrics of listener engagement and the depth of comprehension using existing electrophysiological data on the auditory comprehension of texts of varying complexity. You will subsequently test the efficacy of these metrics in new experimental studies.

      In the new studies, the candidate will design, prepare, run and analyse EEG experiments involving human participants under the guidance of the supervisory team and with input from the end-user advisor where needed.

      You will apply state-of-the-art research methods in the cognitive neuroscience of language, including contemporary statistical analysis techniques and principles of open science and reproducible research. Furthermore, you will gain experience in conducting research that addresses real-world challenges, informed by end-user needs.

      During this industry partnered project you will develop the following skills:

      • Experience in designing, preparing, running, analysing and publishing naturalistic neuroscientific research on higher-order cognition.
      • Strong data science skills involving coding expertise in open-source programming languages (e.g., R, Python, Julia), understanding of advanced statistical techniques (e.g., linear-mixed effects models, generalised additive mixed models).
      • Expertise in the principles of open science and open data.
      • Skills in liaising with research end-users and stakeholders.
      • Experience in mentoring (e.g., of placement students and honours students).
      The successful candidate will join an outstanding research environment and a dynamic and highly supportive research community with dedication to research training. You will be involved in regular workshops on topics such as data science as well as weekly lab meetings.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSAs Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Research Hub (CSN-RH) Research Concentration. The CSN-RH encompasses a world-class laboratory facility housing five state-of-the-art EEG systems as well as facilities for collecting behavioural and physiological measures.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Matthias Schlesewsky - Co supervisor

      Dr Zachariah Cross - Co supervisor

      Steven Wark, Defence Science and Technology Group - External advisor

      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.

      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:

      • Experience with EEG data collection and analysis
      • Coding expertise in R and Python
      • Experience in psycholinguistic research
      • Knowledge of and ability to apply contemporary statistical analyses (e.g., linear mixed models) in cognitive neuroscience research
      • Ability to communicate research results to a broader audience

      Applicants must meet the project-specific desirable selection criteria:

      • Experience with naturalistic experimental designs / analysis
      • Experience administering standardised psychological assessments

      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.

      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 21 November 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

    Clinical and health psychology

    • Contextualising and responding to ‘psychosis’ behaviours with alternative therapies
      Scholarship Available Professor Bernard Guerin Closing 15 November 2021 12:00 AM (ACDT)
      PhD Project: Contextualising and responding to ‘psychosis’ behaviours with alternative therapies

      New approaches to working with people in distress

      If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding project in ‘mental health’, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project to investigate new approaches to understand ‘psychosis’ behaviours.

      The successful applicant will be part of our Social Contextual Analysis of Human Behaviour Research Group and work in collaboration with the Humane Clinic, which supports alternative non-pathologizing therapies, including people who have been labelled with the diagnosis of ‘psychosis’ or ‘schizophrenia’.

      Rather than taking a mainstream diagnosis-led approach, the Humane Clinic adopts a non-medicalised pathway to working with people in distress, focusing instead on human-to-human psychotherapy. This includes a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

      The candidate will work with qualified therapists to analyse patient histories and acquire valuable academic and therapeutic skills. They will also be given the opportunity to present innovative new therapies to undergraduate students and peers at national and international conferences.

      What you’ll do

      Your role will involve reviewing the literature on the behaviours associated with the psychosis and schizophrenia labels and how these might be contextualized as arising from a person’s life world. You will work with supervisors to design a set of appropriate research protocols and methodological approaches to create an ethics application.

      Once ethical approval for the data collection is secured, you will observe therapy sessions at the Humane Clinic as well as talk to clients about their life context and history.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be part of the Social Contextual Analysis of Human Behaviour Research Group based at UniSA’s Magill Campus, as well as spending time at the Humane Clinic and Just Listening Community, located at Christies Beach.

      Who You Are

      The successful candidate will have practical experience in working with people in distress in non-pathologising ways and could have a background in diverse disciplines. If you have some experience in social contextual analysis or behaviour analysis that is also desirable. A brief which shows your understanding of the project’s significance will also be required. Full-time study is preferred, but consideration will also be given to applicants wishing to study part-time.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Bernard Guerin - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Michele Jarldorn - Co supervisor

      Matthew Ball, The Humane Clinic - External advisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance