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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  • fruit-vegetable-apple-carrot Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    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.

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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

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

    Bioinformatics and computational biology

    • Integrative analyses of omics data for complex traits and diseases
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Hong Lee Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Integrative analyses of omics data for complex traits and diseases

      Work with big data to improve lives

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

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

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

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

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

      What you’ll do

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

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

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

      Where you’ll be based

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

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

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

      Supervisory Team

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

      Financial Support

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

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

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

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

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Hong Lee

    Ecology

    • Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Impacts of Tropical Cyclones on the Structure and Functioning of Forests

      Tropical cyclones are frequent, large-scale events that cause severe damage to nature and ecosystems but their long-term impacts have been little studied. They are predicted to increase in intensity and to occur at higher latitudes due to anthropogenic climate change.

      This project investigates the impacts of tropical cyclones on the structure and functioning of rain forests and how these are likely to change as a result of climate change. It will use published literature and available plot data to investigate the short- and long-term impacts of cyclones on forests using meta-analyses of data globally and for the South Pacific region (for which we have a good plot dataset available). Functional trait data will be related to cyclone intensity to infer how the functioning of forests is impacted by cyclone regimes and how this is likely to change under ongoing climate change. Multi-level analyses will be used to predict the effects of climate change on forest structure and functioning.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

      ·         experience in plant taxonomy and ecology

      ·         experience in using the statistical package R or similar

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

      ·         knowledge of functional and / or phylogenetic diversity

      ·         experience undertaking botanical field work

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

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

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

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

    Genetics

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

    Plant Biology

    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

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

    Cardiovascular medicine and haematology

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

    Clinical Sciences

    • Effect of water dousing on heat strain and performance during endurance running
      Dr Samuel Chalmers Closing 12 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project: Effect of water dousing on heat strain and performance during endurance running

      Hot and humid conditions currently regarded as extreme in Australia are soon set to be the new normal. Accordingly, ensuring safety for all during sport and exercise in Australia should be considered a priority moving forward. It makes sense to assume that drinking cold water will cool an individual, subsequently reducing the risk of heat illness. However, under some environmental conditions, consuming cold fluid during exercise may not actually result in a net body heat loss (Jay et al. 2018). Alternatively, pouring water over the body, rather than ingesting it, may be effective for cooling, due to superior heat loss potential from the evaporation of fluid on the skin compared to the internal heat loss associated with cold fluid ingestion.

      The project will, first, provide data that underpins the development and implementation of extreme heat policies during sport and exercise (i.e. whether water dousing is effective at reducing heat strain). Secondly, the project will provide data that observes how these cooling methods influence performance during prolonged endurance exercise.

      The project will take place in the UniSA heat chamber at the City East Campus. The student will be supervised by a team with substantial experience in sport and exercise in hot conditions and endurance running performance. The student will join the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research concentration, meaning they will have support from other research students in similar areas and a community that is actively engaged in advancing the skill set of research members.

      The research student will be expected to lead recruitment of runners and all data collection inside the heat chamber. Data collection will involve the collection of physiological (temperature, blood, sweat), perceptual (rating of perceived exertion, thermal comfort, thermal sensation), and performance measures (time-trial performance). The student will also be expected to undertake the other standard aspects of a research degree including reviewing literature, data analysis, and preparing a thesis.

      The student will be confident in the hands-on collection of exercise physiology measures, understanding how a hot environment influences physiology and performance, reviewing literature, analysing physiological data, and general scientific writing. Importantly, the data collection will offer a chance for the student to develop their skills interpersonal skills when working with athletes and participants.

      Given the effects of a warming climate, the student will develop relevant knowledge about sport and exercise in stressful environmental conditions that will likely be desirable for employers looking to mitigate the future risk and challenges that are associated with hot conditions.

      The project will be delivered in a manner that maximises the opportunity for the student to publish a research paper in a high-ranking journal.

      It is expected that the project will be completed in a full-time manner, however, applications will be considered from students wishing to study part-time. The project will involve substantial on-campus time, but there is also the chance to have flexible off-campus work during times in the project where data collection is not required.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Samuel Chalmers – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Clint Bellenger

      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.

      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:
      • Completion of one of the following Bachelor Degrees with a GPA average of 5.0 or above: Bachelor of Exercise/Sport Science, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Human Movement or Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
      Applicants who also demonstrate previous involvement with research in the exercise physiology domain 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 or part-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 Sunday 12 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Samuel Chalmers

    Medical biotechnology

    • Development of a safe biomaterial-based therapy for obesity
      Scholarship Available Dr Paul Joyce Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Development of a safe biomaterial-based therapy for obesity

      Help people tackle obesity and prevent avoidable chronic disease

      At the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise - we currently have the opportunity for a PhD research project focussed on an obesity therapeutic within our Nanostructure and Drug Delivery Group based in the newly-established Denise Bradley Building. Located in the heart of Adelaide's Bio-Med City precinct, you will be a part of a thriving research community and have access to over $247M worth of cutting-edge research infrastructure, and to over 350 biomedical experts who share the facilities, all of whom are dedicated to overcoming human disease.

      Obesity is a metabolic disorder that is linked with several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and some cancers. Recent estimates suggest that almost two-thirds of the Australian population is overweight or obese, making obesity the second-leading risk factor for chronic disease and death, after smoking tobacco. Despite the demand for treatment approaches, current therapies are riddled with side effects and have proven largely ineffective in promoting long term weight deficits. Subsequently, there is an increasing urgency for safe, inexpensive and highly effective anti-obesity therapeutics that promote metabolic health in order to reduce the prevalence of this disease.

      In this industry partnered project, you will be a part of ground-breaking research to develop an anti-obesity therapeutic that can be taken towards clinical and commercial translation. Apply now for this exceptional project based in a world-class research environment at a university ranked No. 1 in Australia for Research Impact and Engagement (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018).

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will engineer an innovative anti-obesity therapeutic comprised of safe, food-grade biomaterials that actively restrict fat absorption, while also promoting a diverse microbial environment. The project will employ a multi-disciplinary approach across multiple research groups from the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. The successful applicant will develop key industry skills in pharmaceutical formulation development and characterisation, colloid and interface science analytics and biological evaluation techniques.

      Be a part of a project to combat obesity, where you will be exposed to a range of research skills that are fundamental to the fields of pharmaceutical science, colloid and interface science, and microbiology. You will perform all experimental tasks related to the project, which includes lab-based experimentation and animal testing. You may also have the opportunity to regularly travel to the Australian Synchrotron on short-term visits, as well as to multiple interstate and international conferences, travel permitted. Additionally, this project provides the opportunity for you to undertake a short-term industry placement with a key industry partner to gain valuable experience in industry-linked research.

      The acquired industry-relevant skills in pharmaceutical manufacturing and evaluation will help you advance your career in medical therapeutics research.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Paul Joyce - Principal Supervisor
      Professor Clive Prestidge
      Dr Hannah Wardill (Adelaide Medical School)
      Dr Andrew Clulow (ANSTO)
      Mr George Kokkins (Pharmako Biotechnologies)

      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:
      • An undergraduate degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, materials science, or related discipline

      Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • High level written and verbal communication skills
      • A demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment
      • 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 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 at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Joyce

    Neurosciences

    • Building your best day for dementia prevention - longitudinal trajectories of dementia risk Join the fight against dementia
      Scholarship Available Dr Ashleigh Smith Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Building your best day for dementia prevention - longitudinal trajectories of dementia risk

      Join the fight against dementia

      Advance your career in health research at the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – where the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity Research Centre (ARENA) is offering an exciting opportunity for a PhD project aimed at preventing dementia, funded by the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) and Hospital Research Foundation.

      Dementia has the unenviable claim of being Australia's second leading cause of death. How people use their time and what they eat, can increase or decrease their future dementia risk. This study will be the first to consider the inter-dependencies of modifiable dementia risk factors, which may be responsible for up to 50% of late life dementia cases. Using our holistic modelling approach we will generate new knowledge on modifiable factors and rapidly translate this knowledge into customisable tools and novel personalised interventions, aimed at achieving dementia prevention.

      In this project you will be a part of the ACTIVate study which runs within ARENA, mentored by experts in the field as well as being a part of an innovative research team. Throughout the project you will also have the opportunity to develop your network with other ACTIVate investigators across Australia, located at fellow research centres at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of Newcastle, and from across the world at the University of Illinois (USA).

      This is a research project with real impact, the ACTIVate study works directly with many end-users including the Hospital Research Foundation, clinicians, older adults, councils, and peak industry bodies such as Dementia Australia. Our research findings are rapidly translated into practice and you will be a part of a project that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will develop a research program around dementia - one of the most prevalent and significant conditions of the 21st century. Currently, approximately 500,000 people live with dementia in Australia and without a significant medical development, this number is projected to reach 1.1 million by 2050. Given the increase in the number of individuals living past 65 years, the future growth of the aged care sector is also projected to increase significantly over the short and medium term. Candidates graduating from this program will be entering a sector experiencing demand, with many opportunities in either research or industry.

      In this project you will develop a deep understanding of dementia and its risk factors and acquire translatable clinical research and translation skills to advance your career. Throughout your research degree you will develop strong science communication skills by engaging with the media and through outreach activities with our partners including local councils, Dementia Australia and Radio Adelaide.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Ashleigh Smith - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Dot Dumuid
      Professor Frini Karayanid (University of Newcastle)

      Financial Support

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

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City 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 Ashleigh Smith

    Nutrition and dietetics

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

    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • The role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers
      Scholarship Available Dr Zlatko Kopecki Closing 22 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: The role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the developmentand progression of skin cancers

      A PhD scholarship is available within the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Future Industries Institute and Clinical Health Sciences at the University of South Australia commencing February 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Scholarship open to both Australian and international applicants currently residing in Australia

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday, 22 August, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Kopecki

    Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences

    • Development of novel CBD drug delivery system for bioavailability improvement
      Scholarship Available Professor Sanjay Garg Closing 03 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Development of novel CBD drug delivery system for bioavailability improvement

      Cannabidiol (CBD) has been widely used for insomnia, as an anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, and for the relief of neuropathic pain. CBD also finds application in paediatric cases involving cerebral palsy. However, the full medicinal potential of CBD is hindered and limited by its physico-chemical properties. Solving these challenges requires the development of innovative strategies and formulation technologies. This project aims to develop novel platform technology using particle engineering technology..

      The project will be carried out in Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development Group (PIDG), currently part of the Centre for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics (CCDT) at the UniSA Cancer Research Institute supported by UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences. PIDG is a highly productive multicultural team of research staff and students, engaged in a range of pharmaceutical discovery and development projects.The team is known for its excellent research culture and is highly engaged, supportive, and productive.

      The project aligns with the University research themes of "Cancer" and "Healthy Futures" as well as the current MTPConnect medical technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sector competitiveness plan, specifically in knowledge priorities. Research in pharmaceutical sciences has received a top ranking of 5 from Excellent in Research for Australia (ERA). The project will be of significant interest to pharmaceutical companies and the selected student will carry out an industrial internship with an identified pharmaceutical company.

      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, 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, 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 11:30 pm ACST Friday 3 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Sanjay Garg
    • Predictive Modelling for Safety Signal Detection with Biologic Medicines
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Nicole Pratt Closing 17 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Predictive Modelling for Safety Signal Detection with Biologic Medicines

      A pharmacovigilance project suitable for a PhD candidate is being offered at the Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre. Your Project will focus on the use of biologic medicines to treat one or more autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis). With a primary focus on the safety of biologic treatments, your project will look at the utilisation and treatment patterns of these medicines before establishing known risks of these medicines in spontaneous adverse drug event databases such as the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). With known risks quantified, used as baseline true positive signals, you will find unknown signals concerning medicine safety to be studied further in a predictive framework on prospective cohort data.

      This opportunity could accommodate either a pharmacist who is interested in developing their data analysis skills or a quantitative scientist (E.g. statistician or data scientist) who has an interest in biological applications of their skills. You will collaborate with pharmacists, epidemiologists, statisticians and computer scientists to develop highly relevant skills in pharmacovigilance and related biological and data sciences as well as undertake important research that aims to benefit patients around the world.

      This PhD project aligns with a NHMRC project grant: Large scale evidence generation for the utilisation and safety of biologic medicines which seeks to:

      • Utilise global research data networks to monitor the safety of biologics
      • Profile trends and treatment patterns of biologics globally and investigate how these treatment patterns contribute to harm.
      • Generate evidence on the risks and extent of harm of biologics in real world practice
      • The grant team includes leading international biostatisticians, clinicians, pharmacoepidemiologists and data scientists. Come and join our team to improve global medicines safety!
      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 who are able to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas will be highly regarded:

      • An undergraduate degree in a healthcare-related discipline or biostatistics, with an understanding of quality use of medicines issues
      • Highly proficient in software applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
      • Skills in analytical software packages such as SPSS, R or STATA
      • Honours project or masters (by research or coursework)
      • Good written and verbal communication skills combined with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      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, 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 $6,000 per annum will be offered to the preferred applicant commensurate with experience (e.g. clinical knowledge, previous publications in discipline).

      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, Tuesday 17 August 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Nicole Pratt
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    Built environment and design

    Building

    • Data-driven building design solutions for reducing construction and demolition waste
      Scholarship Available Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua Closing 30 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Data-driven building design solutions for reducing construction and demolition waste

      Designing a better construction industry of the future

      If you are seeking to advance your career in construction, the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for an industry partnered PhD project with Sarah Constructions through UniSA’s Australian Research Centre of Immersive Virtual Environments, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy, and Industrial AI Research Centre.

      The construction industry is one of the largest consumers of non-renewable resources and as economies continue to grow, this consumption is set to grow at an increasing rate. Currently the industry consumes 32% of the world’s resources and produces 40% of waste entering landfill. Imagine then, if most construction and demolition waste could be eliminated – with no need to segregate, transport, recycle and dispose of waste. In this project we seek to address this challenge, through developing a tool for better building design decisions, informed by analysing and mapping large data sets of construction waste and building designs.

      This industry-led research project will contribute to two current priorities in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry; of reducing construction and demolition waste, and the digitalisation of the industry. You will collaborate closely with our industry partners on this real-world problem and help define the practices of the construction industry of now and the future.

      What you’ll do 

      In this research project you will help industry adopt an emerging “designing out waste” approach in Australia, by avoiding developing waste in the first place, through improved building design decision making. Specifically, you will be involved in the development, verification and validation of a Building Information Modelling (BIM)-based decision support tool, designed to assist building designers in adopting C&D waste minimisation practices throughout the design process. The proposed tool will use historical data from previous building projects to assist designers in the development of building design solutions for future buildings, that lead to waste minimisation at the later stages of the building lifecycle. You will use leading-edge data visualisation and analysis methods including content analysis, association rule learning via Apriori Algorithm and software such as Revit and Nvivo.

      During this project you will develop simulations to help identify the most impactful building design decisions for reducing waste and inform design guidelines and regulations. It is also expected that the proposed research, will help identify information gaps hindering effective building design decisions and opportunities for addressing those gaps, as well as enhancing collaboration between designers, builders and materials suppliers.

      In this project you will acquire industry relevant knowledge and develop qualitative and quantitative research skills, including learning to conduct data collection via case studies, focus groups and interviews.


      Where you’ll be based

      You will join a multi-disciplinary team emerging from across multiple UniSA research centres, the Australian Research Centre of Immersive Virtual Environments, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy, and Industrial AI. Our facilities include state-of-the art equipment for conducting computational visualisation and analysis of building and urban environments through virtual and augmented realities.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua – Principal Supervisor

      Professor Ning Gu – Co-Supervisor

      AsPr Rameez Rameezdeen – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Robert Doe – Co-Supervisor – Not eligible, not able to add to the listing

      Mr Alex Willshire -Sarah Constructions – 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 City East Campus in the east of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close at 11.30pm, Thursday, 30th September [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jorge Ochoa Paniagua

    Design

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

    Urban and regional planning

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

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    Chemical sciences

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

    Analytical chemistry

    • Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators

      Advance a new technology to save animals

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – has available for application a research degree project that will investigate the development of a novel non-lethal bait technology, based on the principle of conditioned-taste aversion for introduced predators.

      Foxes, feral cats and wild dogs are responsible for the extinction of numerous native Australian species and endangering countless others. This results in a significant decline in biodiversity with downstream impacts to the environment, indigenous culture and nature-based tourism valued at more than $40M per year. Similarly, these introduced predators cause significant economic losses to the agricultural industry at more than $28M per year.

      The most widely used broad scale tactic for the control of these invasive predators is poison baiting, however this is resource intensive, resulting in off-target poisoning and environmental contamination. Several recent studies have also shown that poison baiting is a driver for evolutionary adaptation leading to control-resistant predators.

      This project seeks to address the urgent real-world need for innovative technologies to protect native animal populations and livestock. It is hoped that the development of a new non-lethal bait technology will result in the predator experiencing a non-lethal illness following the consumption of a food item that mimics the smell of a particular animal, and conditions the predator to avoid that animal. Ultimately, this technology could be used to condition introduced predators to avoid eating livestock and selective native animal populations.

      What you’ll do

      Activities the successful candidate will undertake as part of this project include:
      • Head-space gas chromatography and mass spectrometry for the detection and identification of animal volatile odour profiles.
      • Extraction and isolation processes for volatile odours.
      • Preparation of emulsion formulations for controlled odour release.
      • Development of edible gel emulsion baits.
      • Stability testing and odour release of baits.
      • Testing the baits in the field for aversion of foxes in Canberra and South Australia.
      • In this project, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing and analysis, and regularly host undergraduate vacation scholarship students, giving you the opportunity to develop your own supervisory skills.

      You will also have the opportunity to present and communicate your findings at regular research group meetings, attend national and international conferences, and participate in field trials, travel permitted.

      In this project, you will also be able to build your professional networks and have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate teaching to develop your communication and teaching skills.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be a part of a multidisciplinary research team from across the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials group based in UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, and the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter (SISM) group based in the Future Industries Institute at UniSA.

      Who you are

      You must hold an undergraduate degree in Science (with a major in chemistry highly regarded) and have hands-on practical laboratory experience.

      At the completion of the project, you will have further developed your skills in analytical, formulation and physical chemistry; conservation and ecological principles; land management practices; and field trial experience.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
      Dr Todd Gillam

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia 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:
      • Hold an undergraduate degree in science
      • Hands-on practical laboratory experience
      • Applicants who are also able to demonstrate a major in chemistry 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.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe
    • Non target and suspect screening of compounds of concern in influent and effluent wastewater
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Cobus Gerber Closing 10 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Non target and suspect screening of compounds of concern in influent and effluent wastewater

      The project aims are to identify compounds of emerging concern in wastewater and biosolids using state of the art analytical procedures.  One key question relates to the extent of our population's exposure to harmful substances.  The use of illicit and pharmaceutical psychoactive substances in Australia is widespread.  Demonstrating the extent and relative scale of substance use provide insights into the potential for harm in terms of health outcomes, substance abuse, addiction and/or violent behaviour and criminal activity.  Drug metabolism and the excretion of harmful substances into wastewater can be used to determine population-scale exposure to these compounds.  Psychoactive substance use has many adverse health outcomes, while antimicrobials and over/misuse of pharmaceuticals have major societal repercussions.  Many compounds of concern pass through water treatment plants that are not designed to remove low-medium molecular weight chemicals.  Therefore, the fate of such substances entering the environment poses additional or unknown health risks.  In Australia, all biosolids are used for agriculture and treated effluent is recycled for irrigation.  This provides a pathway circulating back to population health.  The project will involve both non-target and suspect screening of key substances using high resolution and quantitative mass spectrometric methods.

      The successful applicant will work as part the Population Health Chemistry (PHC) research team consisting of three academics, two analytical chemists and two technical/professional staff.  Two PhD candidates are currently enrolled in programs with the group.  PHC is part of the Health and Biomedical Innovation research concentration.  The group has a dedicated laboratory at the UniSA City East campus with access to a range of liquid-chromatograph/tandem mass spectrometers spanning the two city campuses.  Existing research collaborations with the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences and Forensic Sciences SA provide another level of intellectual exchange with interstate peers and other researchers, while international networks within the broader field of Wastewater-Based Epidemiology give opportunities for enriching a student’s experience.

      The Population Health Chemistry (PHC) research group has intentionally invested in infrastructure that matches that at Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences so that student exchange and method sharing can occur seamlessly.  The two groups are equal partners in the Australian Criminal and Intelligence Commission (ACIC)-funded National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.  PHC members travel interstate to meet with ACIC delegates and researchers at University of Queensland on a regular basis.

      Day to day project activities will be centred around a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory environment, providing the candidate with an opportunity to develop a unique yet transferable toolkit of skills in analytical chemistry. Such a skillset is in high demand, and former PhD graduate from our group have successfully found employment in related industries. More specifically, the applicant will develop skills in analytical procedures relating to liquid-liquid and solid phase extraction, accurate measurement of trace chemicals in complex media and high-end equipment such as triple quadrupole and time-of-flight mass spectrometers.  In addition, the ability to prepare scientific papers and public reports will form part of the training, as well as the opportunity to engage with government officials at a policy-making level.  A key part of the project will involve data triangulation with other resources.  As such, the successful applicant will develop the ability to critically evaluate and match complementary information.

      The successful applicant will be encouraged and supported to present their work at national and international conferences, as well as participate and present at local, university hosted seminars and development workshops. The team has a suitable discretionary budget to enable interstate travel to spend time with research partners.  Former and current students have transitioned into research or industry positions immediately upon graduating.

      The project will require full-time study. The opportunity to perform non-laboratory task through a working from home arrangement on a short-term basis may be negotiated where deemed appropriate. Additional casual employment as a laboratory demonstrator in practical programs of relevant undergraduate courses may be available.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Cobus Gerber – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Bradley Simpson – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jason White – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Santosh Adiraju – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jochen Mueller – End-User

       

      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 and international applicants who are currently onshore in Australia.

       

      Eligibility Criteria

      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. 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 September [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Cobus Gerber

    Inorganic chemistry

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

    Macromolecular and materials chemistry

    • Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators

      Advance a new technology to save animals

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – has available for application a research degree project that will investigate the development of a novel non-lethal bait technology, based on the principle of conditioned-taste aversion for introduced predators.

      Foxes, feral cats and wild dogs are responsible for the extinction of numerous native Australian species and endangering countless others. This results in a significant decline in biodiversity with downstream impacts to the environment, indigenous culture and nature-based tourism valued at more than $40M per year. Similarly, these introduced predators cause significant economic losses to the agricultural industry at more than $28M per year.

      The most widely used broad scale tactic for the control of these invasive predators is poison baiting, however this is resource intensive, resulting in off-target poisoning and environmental contamination. Several recent studies have also shown that poison baiting is a driver for evolutionary adaptation leading to control-resistant predators.

      This project seeks to address the urgent real-world need for innovative technologies to protect native animal populations and livestock. It is hoped that the development of a new non-lethal bait technology will result in the predator experiencing a non-lethal illness following the consumption of a food item that mimics the smell of a particular animal, and conditions the predator to avoid that animal. Ultimately, this technology could be used to condition introduced predators to avoid eating livestock and selective native animal populations.

      What you’ll do

      Activities the successful candidate will undertake as part of this project include:
      • Head-space gas chromatography and mass spectrometry for the detection and identification of animal volatile odour profiles.
      • Extraction and isolation processes for volatile odours.
      • Preparation of emulsion formulations for controlled odour release.
      • Development of edible gel emulsion baits.
      • Stability testing and odour release of baits.
      • Testing the baits in the field for aversion of foxes in Canberra and South Australia.
      • In this project, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing and analysis, and regularly host undergraduate vacation scholarship students, giving you the opportunity to develop your own supervisory skills.

      You will also have the opportunity to present and communicate your findings at regular research group meetings, attend national and international conferences, and participate in field trials, travel permitted.

      In this project, you will also be able to build your professional networks and have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate teaching to develop your communication and teaching skills.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be a part of a multidisciplinary research team from across the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials group based in UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, and the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter (SISM) group based in the Future Industries Institute at UniSA.

      Who you are

      You must hold an undergraduate degree in Science (with a major in chemistry highly regarded) and have hands-on practical laboratory experience.

      At the completion of the project, you will have further developed your skills in analytical, formulation and physical chemistry; conservation and ecological principles; land management practices; and field trial experience.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
      Dr Todd Gillam

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia 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:
      • Hold an undergraduate degree in science
      • Hands-on practical laboratory experience
      • Applicants who are also able to demonstrate a major in chemistry 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.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

    Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry

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

    Physical chemistry

    • Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system
      Dr Haolan Xu Never closes
      PhD Project - Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system

      This project aims to develop an advanced and multi-functional solar-thermal desalination system to simultaneously produce clean water and electricity. Interfacial solar evaporation-based desalination technology has the unique advantage of using solar light as the sole energy source for affordable clean water production. However, its absolute evaporation rate is still too low for practical application and all of the latent heat released from vapor condensation during desalination is wasted. Solving these two critical issues by study of energy nexus, design and fabrication of advanced photothermal materials and desalination devices could accelerate practical adoption of this technology and benefit millions of people who desperately need clean water.


      Supervisory Team


      Dr Haolan Xu - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Gary Owens - Co-Supervisor
      Dr Xuan Wu - Co-Supervisor


      Financial Support 


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

      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:

      ·         Have research experience on photothermal materials and solar steam generation.


      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. 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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Haolan Xu
    • 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
    • Wetting, spreading, and adhesion of oils on composite mineral surfaces
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Closing 24 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      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, Tuesday 24th August [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.

    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

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

    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

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

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    Creative arts and writing

    Creative and professional writing

    • Exploring narratives of climate change: Writing through the Anthropocene
      Scholarship Available Dr Jessica White Closing 01 October 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Exploring narratives of climate change: Writing through the Anthropocene

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity for a PhD project at our Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3) investigating one of the defining challenges of our lifetime - climate change - and the way it is communicated in our world.

      In your project you will explore the ways that bodies and their environments relate to each other.  You will investigate how this constructs what we understand of bodies, writing concepts and practices.

      The successful candidate will become a part of UniSA’s Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre, with access to our world-class researchers who explore creativity and the environment and a network of writers and literary experts, that will help you build your profile as a writer or scholar.

      What you’ll do

      In consultation with your supervisor you will develop your own research proposal, using either a creative practice research, literary studies or environmental humanities approach, to explore the impact of an environment – natural, built or cultural – on writers, their corporeality, and their literary craft.

      Upon completion of the research project, the candidate will possess sophisticated research and communication skills, be able to articulate an argument clearly, and will have a publication record in creative and/or critical writing.

      Throughout the project you will be encouraged to present your creative and critical work at conferences and readings, locally and/or interstate, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3) an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centre undertaking high quality collaborative research into culture and creativity. CP3 focuses on the people who make and participate in art, media and culture, on how products are made and valued, and on the spaces and communities in which this creative ecosystem takes place.

      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. Additionally, applicants will, in consultation with the proposed supervisors, develop a research proposal describing their research focus, how they will address how they will undertake the study, and the anticipated outcomes of the study. This proposal should be approximately 2500 words. The applicant should also prepare a portfolio of creative/professional work.

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

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our 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 at 11:30pm Friday 1 October 2021 [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jessica White

    Other creative arts and writing

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

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    Earth sciences

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

    Geochemistry

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

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    Economics

    Applied Economics

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

    Econometrics

    • Value of Solar Forecasts
      Dr John Boland Closing 19 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Value of Solar Forecasts

      Numerous methods have been developed during the last decade to forecast the solar resource and the generation of solar renewables. These forecasts can be deterministic, also called point forecasts, when they provide a single value to predict the future energy production. But they can also be probabilistic, when they give the probability associated to the future level of production. The quality of solar forecasts is assessed by comparing predictions with measured solar data. However, this methodology does not consider the added value of the forecasts for a particular user’s applications.

      The aim of this PhD is to bring new knowledge about how to assess the quality of solar forecasts by taking into account their added value for specific applications. For instance, the financial return generated by a solar system is commonly a non-linear function of the expected future production. In an ARENA project, prospective supervisors Boland and Kay, along with colleagues, showed how improvements in forecasting lowered the frequency control and ancillary services fees for solar farms. This research needs extension to wider applications.  The results of the PhD are essential to define which characteristics of a forecast need to be improved, in order to be of increased value, rather than simply to be evaluated as to how closely they match the observed data.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team


      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 19 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Boland
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    Chemical Engineering

    • Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Haolan Xu Closing 03 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      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 ACST Friday 3 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Haolan Xu

    Civil Engineering

    • Bio-cementation for ground improvement
      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman Never closes
      Masters by Research and PhD Project - Bio-cementation for ground improvement

      Bio-cementation for ground improvement is a relatively new area and a potentially sustainable alternative technique. Microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and enzyme induced calcium carbonate precipitation (EICP) are the most widely studied bio-cementation techniques. MICP and EICP achieve soil improvement through calcium carbonate precipitation facilitated by urease enzymes produced by bacteria cells or plants, respectively. The precipitated calcium carbonate binds soil particles, influencing some engineering properties (e.g. improved strength and reduced hydraulic conductivity) of the soil. This process may also be used in the production of “bio-bricks”.

      During the MICP process, microbes attach themselves to soil particles providing effective nucleation sites for mineral precipitation, which enhances both the morphology of the precipitated calcium carbonate polymorphs and also the strength and stability of the treated soil. However, the MICP process requires the growth and culturing of bacteria, which can be a complex process since certain species of bacteria requires particular growing conditions such as oxygen availability, optimum pH and temperature. The applicability of the technique can also be limited to certain coarse-grained soils due to the size of the bacteria cells (typically 0.3-0.5µm) in relation to the pore throat size of the soil, which may lead to bio-plugging in fine-grained soils.  

      The EICP process involves precipitation through urea hydrolysis catalysed by plant urease enzymes. One advantage of EICP is the smaller size of the urease enzyme (typically 0.012µm), rendering the process effective for a wider range of soils, including fine-grained soils. This study aims to research on EICP, in particular, the biogeochemical processes, influencing factors, behaviour of EICP-treated soils and modelling together with various application areas of EICP.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

      All applications that meet the eligibility 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 heart of Adelaide. 

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman - Principal Supervisor

      Professor Simon Beecham - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Rajibul Karim - Co-Supervisor

      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 Md Mizanur Rahman
    • Encased stone columns for soft ground improvement
      Dr Rajibul Karim Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Encased stone columns for soft ground improvement  

      Soft soil deposits are common in many parts of Australia and around the world. These soils are often associated with low shear strength, high compressibility and low permeability and are challenging for the construction of any type of civil engineering structures. Soft soils often show creep or stress relaxation behaviour which adds to the design/construction challenge. Due to the rapid growth of population and infrastructure development, these days, it is often necessary to construct on such soils. Different pre-construction soil improvement methods are used to improve its strength and stiffness. Stone column is one of the most commonly used method. However, the improvement efficiency of stone columns are often low due to low lateral support from the soft soils. Lateral support can be increased by encasing stone columns with reinforcing elements and it has been shown to improve its performance.

      Effect of different factors influencing the behaviour of encased stone columns, including, reinforcement stiffness, construction technique, surrounding soil properties, length to diameter ratio and spacing have been investigated in the past. However, one of the most important aspects of soft soil and reinforcement behaviour, i.e., creep has often been overlooked and can affect the long term stability of the improved ground. Using a combination of finite and discrete element modelling, this project investigates the influence of creep on the long term behaviour of encased stone columns. Alongside, the effect of changes in infill material properties (conventionally crushed natural stones are used) on the overall behaviour will be investigated. This will allow design for a wider range of materials including recycled concrete aggregates, construction demolition wastes or recycled tyre chips to be used as infill in stone columns leading to preservation of natural resources, recycling of waste products, reduction in the carbon footprint of the construction industry and so forth.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Dr Rajibul Karim

      Associate Professor Md. Mizanur Rahman

      Dr Khoi Nguyen

      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: Dr Rajibul Karim
    • 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

    Communications engineering

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    Maritime engineering

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Scholarship Available Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 30 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      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, Thursday, 30th September [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

    Materials engineering

    • Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system
      Dr Haolan Xu Never closes
      PhD Project - Advanced interfacial solar steam generation based solar-thermal desalination system

      This project aims to develop an advanced and multi-functional solar-thermal desalination system to simultaneously produce clean water and electricity. Interfacial solar evaporation-based desalination technology has the unique advantage of using solar light as the sole energy source for affordable clean water production. However, its absolute evaporation rate is still too low for practical application and all of the latent heat released from vapor condensation during desalination is wasted. Solving these two critical issues by study of energy nexus, design and fabrication of advanced photothermal materials and desalination devices could accelerate practical adoption of this technology and benefit millions of people who desperately need clean water.


      Supervisory Team


      Dr Haolan Xu - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Gary Owens - Co-Supervisor
      Dr Xuan Wu - Co-Supervisor


      Financial Support 


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

      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:

      ·         Have research experience on photothermal materials and solar steam generation.


      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. 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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Haolan Xu
    • Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces
      Scholarship Available Professor Nikki Stanford Closing 15 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces

      The project will carry out computational modelling of crystalline interfaces. The modelling will be atomic-scale, and will determine parameters such as the coordination number for the boundary and its mobility. Once a database of numerical outcomes has been collated, this library of information will be used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. This can then be used to predict the properties of boundaries that are too large to be examined from first principles.

      Eligibility & Selection

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

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

      • Masters or honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or similar
      • Willingness to be co-supervised by an expert in computational materials science at the University of Nantes, and ability to live in France in the latter half of the PhD 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 to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide, before transferring to the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials in Nantes for the second half of the program.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 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.

      Additional funds will be made available for conference attendance and travel.

      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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nikki Stanford
    • Design and fabrication of salt-resistant photothermal evaporator for sustainable solar-thermal seawater desalination
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Haolan Xu Closing 03 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      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 ACST Friday 3 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Haolan Xu

    Manufacturing engineering

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    Environmental sciences

    Ecological applications

    • Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Anton Blencowe Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Bettering the devil – Innovative strategies to protect livestock and native animals from introduced predators

      Advance a new technology to save animals

      The University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – has available for application a research degree project that will investigate the development of a novel non-lethal bait technology, based on the principle of conditioned-taste aversion for introduced predators.

      Foxes, feral cats and wild dogs are responsible for the extinction of numerous native Australian species and endangering countless others. This results in a significant decline in biodiversity with downstream impacts to the environment, indigenous culture and nature-based tourism valued at more than $40M per year. Similarly, these introduced predators cause significant economic losses to the agricultural industry at more than $28M per year.

      The most widely used broad scale tactic for the control of these invasive predators is poison baiting, however this is resource intensive, resulting in off-target poisoning and environmental contamination. Several recent studies have also shown that poison baiting is a driver for evolutionary adaptation leading to control-resistant predators.

      This project seeks to address the urgent real-world need for innovative technologies to protect native animal populations and livestock. It is hoped that the development of a new non-lethal bait technology will result in the predator experiencing a non-lethal illness following the consumption of a food item that mimics the smell of a particular animal, and conditions the predator to avoid that animal. Ultimately, this technology could be used to condition introduced predators to avoid eating livestock and selective native animal populations.

      What you’ll do

      Activities the successful candidate will undertake as part of this project include:
      • Head-space gas chromatography and mass spectrometry for the detection and identification of animal volatile odour profiles.
      • Extraction and isolation processes for volatile odours.
      • Preparation of emulsion formulations for controlled odour release.
      • Development of edible gel emulsion baits.
      • Stability testing and odour release of baits.
      • Testing the baits in the field for aversion of foxes in Canberra and South Australia.
      • In this project, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing and analysis, and regularly host undergraduate vacation scholarship students, giving you the opportunity to develop your own supervisory skills.

      You will also have the opportunity to present and communicate your findings at regular research group meetings, attend national and international conferences, and participate in field trials, travel permitted.

      In this project, you will also be able to build your professional networks and have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate teaching to develop your communication and teaching skills.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be a part of a multidisciplinary research team from across the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials group based in UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, and the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter (SISM) group based in the Future Industries Institute at UniSA.

      Who you are

      You must hold an undergraduate degree in Science (with a major in chemistry highly regarded) and have hands-on practical laboratory experience.

      At the completion of the project, you will have further developed your skills in analytical, formulation and physical chemistry; conservation and ecological principles; land management practices; and field trial experience.

      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Anton Blencowe - Principal Supervisor
      Associate Professor Marta Krasowska
      Dr Todd Gillam

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a University of South Australia 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:
      • Hold an undergraduate degree in science
      • Hands-on practical laboratory experience
      • Applicants who are also able to demonstrate a major in chemistry 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.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

    Environmental Management

    • Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography
      Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Climate change mitigation by vegetation and topography

      Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity and biodiversity on our planet. Topography and vegetation can moderate prevalent weather conditions. For example, on a hot day south-facing slopes in the Southern Hemisphere and locations shaded by vegetation will experience cooler temperatures. However, vegetation cover is decreasing on a global scale, reducing the climate buffering potential of landscapes. Furthermore, landscapes are increasingly fragmented, meaning that the total proportion of habitat bordering to the edge of vegetation is increasing. Although it is therefore important to understand the buffering of prevalent weather condition by vegetation and topography, most of our knowledge is based on weather stations, which by definition exclude the effects of vegetation and topography.

      This project will focus around an existing dataset along the edges of five South Australian woodlands. For each of these woodlands we have temperature and humidity data for transects from the edge for a 12 months period, data on canopy cover and ground cover, and LiDAR and infra-red imagery from a sunny summer day in 2019/20. The data is therefore is ideal for investigating how habitat clearing and fragmentation are affecting available microclimates in South Australia. Your thesis could either solely focus on this dataset or integrate different aspects, such as a meta-analysis of global microclimate studies or adding field data within the theme of the thesis.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

      ·         statistical and computational skills, including preferably knowledge of R

      ·         experience in applied remote sensing and GIS

      ·         knowledge of ecology and ecosystem processes

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

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel

      Dr Stefan Peters  

      Dr. Greg Guerin (University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network/ TERN)

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Gunnar Keppel
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    Epidemiology

    • Empirical allocation of time
      Scholarship Available Professor Timothy Olds Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Empirical allocation of time

      Innovate nutritional diets with a new formula

      The Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) based at the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for a research degree project that approaches the concept of time use and diet from a novel perspective.

      The way we use our time and what we eat have profound effects on our health and wellbeing. In the past, most analysis has focussed on individual aspects of time use (such as sleep), diet (such as fruit and vegetables) and individual health outcomes (such as depression).

      Both time use and diet consist of parts or domains which add up to a total – the time we spend on sleep, sitting and physical activity must add up to 24 hours a day; and the percentage of energy drawn from fats, carbohydrates and protein must add up to 100%. If we change one part, there must be an equal and opposite compensatory change in the other parts, therefore we can only talk about activity and diet compositions as a whole. Furthermore, time use and diet are linked. For example, people who go to bed late are more likely to eat energy-dense snacks, and less likely to have breakfast. People with serotonergic or dopaminergic diets will have different levels of physical activity.

      In this research project, you will look at interactions between time use and diet, as well as a wide range of health and wellbeing outcomes, including cardio-metabolic health, obesity, mental health, cognition and academic performance. The challenge of this project is to identify ‘Goldilocks days’ and ‘Goldilocks diets’ – time-use and dietary mixes which have just the right amount of each component for optimal wellbeing.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will view time-use and dietary data through a compositional lens, which will impact the way we collect, analyse and construe data, as well as how we design interventions. You will help us mine this rich vein of research. As a part of the project, you will undertake training in data collection, compositional and accelerometry data analysis, and data cleaning and curation.

      You will also have the opportunity to attend conferences, develop a valuable professional network, and achieve certification in compositional data analysis through a globally recognised online course. It is expected that the research will be written up in papers for publication.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research centre, which investigates the role exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle activities play in improving clinical and health outcomes.

      ARENA’s research focus ‘Healthy lives through healthy living’ centres around the grand challenge of tackling the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, and also focuses on exercise, nutrition, preventative health and other lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan.

      You will also gain access to the world-class expertise of ARENA researchers.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Timothy Olds - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Dot Dumuid
      Dr Francois Fraysse
      Professor Carol Maher

      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 $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 currently residing in Australia or New Zealand.

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

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

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

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close at 11:30pm ACST Wednesday, 29 September, 2021
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Timothy Olds
    • Non target and suspect screening of compounds of concern in influent and effluent wastewater
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Cobus Gerber Closing 10 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Non target and suspect screening of compounds of concern in influent and effluent wastewater

      The project aims are to identify compounds of emerging concern in wastewater and biosolids using state of the art analytical procedures.  One key question relates to the extent of our population's exposure to harmful substances.  The use of illicit and pharmaceutical psychoactive substances in Australia is widespread.  Demonstrating the extent and relative scale of substance use provide insights into the potential for harm in terms of health outcomes, substance abuse, addiction and/or violent behaviour and criminal activity.  Drug metabolism and the excretion of harmful substances into wastewater can be used to determine population-scale exposure to these compounds.  Psychoactive substance use has many adverse health outcomes, while antimicrobials and over/misuse of pharmaceuticals have major societal repercussions.  Many compounds of concern pass through water treatment plants that are not designed to remove low-medium molecular weight chemicals.  Therefore, the fate of such substances entering the environment poses additional or unknown health risks.  In Australia, all biosolids are used for agriculture and treated effluent is recycled for irrigation.  This provides a pathway circulating back to population health.  The project will involve both non-target and suspect screening of key substances using high resolution and quantitative mass spectrometric methods.

      The successful applicant will work as part the Population Health Chemistry (PHC) research team consisting of three academics, two analytical chemists and two technical/professional staff.  Two PhD candidates are currently enrolled in programs with the group.  PHC is part of the Health and Biomedical Innovation research concentration.  The group has a dedicated laboratory at the UniSA City East campus with access to a range of liquid-chromatograph/tandem mass spectrometers spanning the two city campuses.  Existing research collaborations with the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences and Forensic Sciences SA provide another level of intellectual exchange with interstate peers and other researchers, while international networks within the broader field of Wastewater-Based Epidemiology give opportunities for enriching a student’s experience.

      The Population Health Chemistry (PHC) research group has intentionally invested in infrastructure that matches that at Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences so that student exchange and method sharing can occur seamlessly.  The two groups are equal partners in the Australian Criminal and Intelligence Commission (ACIC)-funded National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.  PHC members travel interstate to meet with ACIC delegates and researchers at University of Queensland on a regular basis.

      Day to day project activities will be centred around a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory environment, providing the candidate with an opportunity to develop a unique yet transferable toolkit of skills in analytical chemistry. Such a skillset is in high demand, and former PhD graduate from our group have successfully found employment in related industries. More specifically, the applicant will develop skills in analytical procedures relating to liquid-liquid and solid phase extraction, accurate measurement of trace chemicals in complex media and high-end equipment such as triple quadrupole and time-of-flight mass spectrometers.  In addition, the ability to prepare scientific papers and public reports will form part of the training, as well as the opportunity to engage with government officials at a policy-making level.  A key part of the project will involve data triangulation with other resources.  As such, the successful applicant will develop the ability to critically evaluate and match complementary information.

      The successful applicant will be encouraged and supported to present their work at national and international conferences, as well as participate and present at local, university hosted seminars and development workshops. The team has a suitable discretionary budget to enable interstate travel to spend time with research partners.  Former and current students have transitioned into research or industry positions immediately upon graduating.

      The project will require full-time study. The opportunity to perform non-laboratory task through a working from home arrangement on a short-term basis may be negotiated where deemed appropriate. Additional casual employment as a laboratory demonstrator in practical programs of relevant undergraduate courses may be available.

       
      Supervisory Team

      Associate Professor Cobus Gerber – Principal Supervisor

      Dr Bradley Simpson – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jason White – Co-Supervisor

      Dr Santosh Adiraju – Co-Supervisor

      Professor Jochen Mueller – End-User

       

      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 and international applicants who are currently onshore in Australia.

       

      Eligibility Criteria

      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. 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 September [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Cobus Gerber

    Health services and systems

    • Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care
      Scholarship Available Professor Nicholas Procter Closing 15 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Doctor of Philosophy Project: Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care

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

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

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

      Scholarship Value

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $37,500 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 $2,500 per annum funding will be available to support project costs.

      Supervisor Team

      Professor Nicholas Procter (Principal Supervisor)
      Dr Mark Loughhead

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Nicholas Procter or Dr Mark Loughead in the first instance to discuss their academic back-ground prior to submitting an application.

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

      Applications close 11:30pm ACST Sunday 15 August 2021. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Procter

    Nursing

    • Activation in care partners of people living with end-stage kidney disease
      A/Prof. Paul Bennett Closing 15 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research project: Activation in care partners of people living with end-stage kidney disease 

      End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is a chronic condition that requires renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation) to maintain life. The chronic and ever-present nature of ESKD and its treatment has led patients, clinicians and dialysis providers to encourage a person’s own self-management of their care in order to promote optimal quality of life. Unfortunately, people receiving incentre haemodialysis (HD), can become disempowered as time-poor clinicians provide limited encouragement to self-management. 

      Patient activation refers to the willingness and ability of a person to manage their own healthcare, that is reliant on knowledge, skills and confidence. Patient activation is measured using the Patient Activation Measure 13 item survey (PAM13). A high proportion of people receiving haemodialysis have low activation levels. However, little is known about the activation levels of their care partners or caregivers.

      This project will measure the levels of people living with end stage kidney disease and their care partners in South Australia. A cross-sectional survey design will be undertaken using the PAM13 and Caregiver PAM13 instruments. The study will be used to generate new knowledge and inform future haemodialysis self-management programs. 

      Eligibility and Selection

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. All applications that meet the eligibility 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 be based at the City East  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. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Supervisory Team
      Associate Professor Paul Bennett - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Andie Xu


      Essential Dates

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

      Applications  close 11:30pm ACST Sunday 18 August 2021 . You are encouraged to apply early.
      Principal Supervisor: A/Prof. Paul Bennett

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    Sports Science and Exercise

    • Building your best day for dementia prevention - longitudinal trajectories of dementia risk Join the fight against dementia
      Scholarship Available Dr Ashleigh Smith Closing 29 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Building your best day for dementia prevention - longitudinal trajectories of dementia risk

      Join the fight against dementia

      Advance your career in health research at the University of South Australia - Australia’s University of Enterprise – where the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity Research Centre (ARENA) is offering an exciting opportunity for a PhD project aimed at preventing dementia, funded by the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) and Hospital Research Foundation.

      Dementia has the unenviable claim of being Australia's second leading cause of death. How people use their time and what they eat, can increase or decrease their future dementia risk. This study will be the first to consider the inter-dependencies of modifiable dementia risk factors, which may be responsible for up to 50% of late life dementia cases. Using our holistic modelling approach we will generate new knowledge on modifiable factors and rapidly translate this knowledge into customisable tools and novel personalised interventions, aimed at achieving dementia prevention.

      In this project you will be a part of the ACTIVate study which runs within ARENA, mentored by experts in the field as well as being a part of an innovative research team. Throughout the project you will also have the opportunity to develop your network with other ACTIVate investigators across Australia, located at fellow research centres at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of Newcastle, and from across the world at the University of Illinois (USA).

      This is a research project with real impact, the ACTIVate study works directly with many end-users including the Hospital Research Foundation, clinicians, older adults, councils, and peak industry bodies such as Dementia Australia. Our research findings are rapidly translated into practice and you will be a part of a project that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will develop a research program around dementia - one of the most prevalent and significant conditions of the 21st century. Currently, approximately 500,000 people live with dementia in Australia and without a significant medical development, this number is projected to reach 1.1 million by 2050. Given the increase in the number of individuals living past 65 years, the future growth of the aged care sector is also projected to increase significantly over the short and medium term. Candidates graduating from this program will be entering a sector experiencing demand, with many opportunities in either research or industry.

      In this project you will develop a deep understanding of dementia and its risk factors and acquire translatable clinical research and translation skills to advance your career. Throughout your research degree you will develop strong science communication skills by engaging with the media and through outreach activities with our partners including local councils, Dementia Australia and Radio Adelaide.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Ashleigh Smith - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Dot Dumuid
      Professor Frini Karayanid (University of Newcastle)

      Financial Support

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

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City 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 Ashleigh Smith
    • Effect of water dousing on heat strain and performance during endurance running
      Dr Samuel Chalmers Closing 12 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project: Effect of water dousing on heat strain and performance during endurance running

      Hot and humid conditions currently regarded as extreme in Australia are soon set to be the new normal. Accordingly, ensuring safety for all during sport and exercise in Australia should be considered a priority moving forward. It makes sense to assume that drinking cold water will cool an individual, subsequently reducing the risk of heat illness. However, under some environmental conditions, consuming cold fluid during exercise may not actually result in a net body heat loss (Jay et al. 2018). Alternatively, pouring water over the body, rather than ingesting it, may be effective for cooling, due to superior heat loss potential from the evaporation of fluid on the skin compared to the internal heat loss associated with cold fluid ingestion.

      The project will, first, provide data that underpins the development and implementation of extreme heat policies during sport and exercise (i.e. whether water dousing is effective at reducing heat strain). Secondly, the project will provide data that observes how these cooling methods influence performance during prolonged endurance exercise.

      The project will take place in the UniSA heat chamber at the City East Campus. The student will be supervised by a team with substantial experience in sport and exercise in hot conditions and endurance running performance. The student will join the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research concentration, meaning they will have support from other research students in similar areas and a community that is actively engaged in advancing the skill set of research members.

      The research student will be expected to lead recruitment of runners and all data collection inside the heat chamber. Data collection will involve the collection of physiological (temperature, blood, sweat), perceptual (rating of perceived exertion, thermal comfort, thermal sensation), and performance measures (time-trial performance). The student will also be expected to undertake the other standard aspects of a research degree including reviewing literature, data analysis, and preparing a thesis.

      The student will be confident in the hands-on collection of exercise physiology measures, understanding how a hot environment influences physiology and performance, reviewing literature, analysing physiological data, and general scientific writing. Importantly, the data collection will offer a chance for the student to develop their skills interpersonal skills when working with athletes and participants.

      Given the effects of a warming climate, the student will develop relevant knowledge about sport and exercise in stressful environmental conditions that will likely be desirable for employers looking to mitigate the future risk and challenges that are associated with hot conditions.

      The project will be delivered in a manner that maximises the opportunity for the student to publish a research paper in a high-ranking journal.

      It is expected that the project will be completed in a full-time manner, however, applications will be considered from students wishing to study part-time. The project will involve substantial on-campus time, but there is also the chance to have flexible off-campus work during times in the project where data collection is not required.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Samuel Chalmers – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Clint Bellenger

      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.

      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:
      • Completion of one of the following Bachelor Degrees with a GPA average of 5.0 or above: Bachelor of Exercise/Sport Science, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Human Movement or Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
      Applicants who also demonstrate previous involvement with research in the exercise physiology domain 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 or part-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 Sunday 12 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Samuel Chalmers
    • The Prevention of Ankle Injuries in Elite Adolescent Footballers
      Dr Samuel Chalmers Closing 12 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research project: The Prevention of Ankle Injuries in Elite Adolescent Footballers

      Half a decade of injury surveillance by our research team in elite junior football has shown ankle injuries are the most common injuries in this population. These injuries impact risk of future injury, individual success, and career longevity. Additionally, injury is associated with inferior team performance and reduced likelihood of team success. These injuries are particularly troublesome for elite junior athletes as they may impair their ability to transition to elite senior levels of competition. An effective ankle injury prevention program could reduce injury rates in elite junior AF cohorts, improving the transition to elite senior competition.

      Recent research has demonstrated that the specific warm­up procedures can cause a 30% reduction in “all­ type” injuries in soccer athletes. However, a common criticism of such procedures is a lack of “buy in” from coaches and compliance from players, often due to time commitment concerns. Moreover, there are currently no intervention programs designed to specifically reduce the occurrence of ankle injuries in team sport athletes. This highlights the need for an effective, time efficient, and ecologically valid ankle injury prevention program that can be implemented during training, using minimal equipment. As such, the proposed study will develop and implement a targeted ankle intervention program that is feasible and has implementation support from industry professionals and associated end users (strength and conditioning staff, and coaches).

      The proposed research aims to implement a modified ankle injury intervention program into a cohort of elite junior (under 18 years) Australian football athletes and observe its effect on incidence of ankle injuries across an 18-game playing season. This research will be conducted in conjunction with the South Australian National Football League under 18s competition, in continuation of a long-term research partnership.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Samuel Chalmers - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Hunter Bennett
      Associate Professor Steven Milanese
      Dr Joel Fuller (Macquarie University)

      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.

      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.

      Applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Completion of one of the following bachelor’s degrees with a GPA average of 5.0 or above; Bachelor of Exercise Science; Bachelor of Physiotherapy; Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology; Bachelor of Human Movement.
      Additionally, applicants with industry experience working with athletic populations and prescribing exercise in practical settings 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.

      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 12 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Samuel Chalmers
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    Development studies

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

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    Policy and administration

    • A Comparative Discourse Analysis of SA local government Disability Inclusion Action Plans
      Dr. Richard McGrath Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      Masters by Research project - A Comparative Discourse Analysis of SA local government Disability Inclusion Action Plans

      Recently the SA government launched the State Disability Inclusion Plan 20192023. The aim of the SDIP was to bring ‘State Government agencies and local councils together to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability’. To assist with enabling outcomes to occur the SA government required all local governments (LGs) to develop Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) by October 2020.

      Previously SA LGs were encouraged to develop Disability Action Plans (DAPs) to assist in eliminating barriers faced by people with disabilities (PWD). While many SA LGs had developed DAPs, many of these plans focused on the built environment as a barrier for PWD (McGrath 2011), with little focus on social or organizational barriers.

      With the requirement of SA LGs to develop and implement DAIPs a few questions arise:

      Are SA LG DAIPs simply modified versions of previous DAPs?
      In what way are SA LG DAIPs addressing the State government priority themes?
      How have SA LG DAIPs been developed (i.e. to what degree has collaboration and consolation occurred)?
      What discourses/understandings/definitions of ‘disability’ do SA LG DAIPs use?
      How do SA LGs propose to evaluate progress or completion of actions concerning inclusive practices?

      This proposed study will adopt a Comparative Discourse Analysis (CDA) approach to reveal the ideologies, perspectives and aims embedded with SA LG DAIPs.

      This will involve accessing electronic copies of publicly available SA LG DAIPs.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application 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 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 City East campus in the centre of Adelaide.

      People living with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of South Australia prides itself on its inclusive educational environment minimising barriers to study. If you need any assistance with preparing your application please feel free to contact the Research Admissions Team at 08 8302 5880 from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, or at research.degrees@unisa.edu.au.

      Financial Support

      A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is included.

      Supervisory team

      Principal supervisor - Dr. Richard McGrath

      Co-supervisor - Dr. Janette Young

      Co-supervisor - Dr. Carmel Nottle
      Principal Supervisor: Dr. Richard McGrath

    Other human society

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

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    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

    • BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Closing 16 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project -BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics

      The PhD candidates will be embedded in the Industrial A.I. Research Centre (IAI), where they will work closely in a multi-disciplinary team comprising academics, PhD candidates, and industry partners. Candidates will have access to cutting-edge IT equipment and benefit from mentoring by senior academics. The IAI has a long-standing track record in applied research in the Defence sector as well as other industries, which this project builds upon.

      The successful candidate will liaise with industry partners and conduct desk-based research to review related literature and systems, create novel approaches for linking information and using that information for diagnosis and prediction, test and refine solutions on data sets, and publish academic papers describing the outcomes. Presentations and visits to the industry partner sites in Adelaide may be required, and presentations at conferences may be required.

      The candidate will have acquired core skills in artificial intelligence methods for information acquisition, linking, analysis, and prediction, as well as experience with the underlying software platforms and technology stacks. Experience in conducting scientific experiments and communicating the result. These skills will enable the candidate to design and implement advanced data-driven decision support systems in industrial applications.

      The candidate will benefit from an allowance for conference registration and associated travel expenses and will develop core skills through comprehensive research training programs at UniSA. The acquired skills and their direct applications in the industry-driven project will convey practical experience and skills in sought-after areas of data linking, machine learning, and the underlying software platforms.

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Wolfgang Wayer - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Anna Kuusk - Industry Advisor


      Financial Support

      Scholarship and project open to both domestic and international applicants: This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $32,285 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 $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.


      Eligibility and Selection

      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants who are currently onshore in Australia. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

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

      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 Mason 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 11.30, Monday, 16th August [ACST]
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer
    • BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Closing 16 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation

      The successful applicant will be part of The Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) at UniSA. IVE is a world-leading research centre in virtual and augmented reality research. IVE has over 100 diverse members in human-computer interaction (HCI), design, art, and architecture across UniSA. The world-class research facilities at IVE include:

      · a fully equipped prototyping workshops all tailored for device and experimental equipment development

      · computer labs and a vast selection of advanced HCI devices, including a wide array of different types of head-mounted displays, orientation sensors, differential GPS units and custom sensors

      · an immersive Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) system

      The successful applicant will be based at Mawson Lakes within a broad group of PhD candidates where they will use cutting edge immersive technologies include the Valve Index and Microsoft Hololens 2. They will be given access to a full range of activities hosted by IVE, including to regular seminars, journal club meetings, a Graduate Research support club in addition to a highly vibrant research culture that is already established at the Mawson Lakes Campus.

      The successful candidate will liaise with industry partners and build virtual and augmented reality concept demonstrators for data storytelling. The candidate will also run user studies to evaluate tools they develop. Additionally, the candidate may have the oppurtunity to visit industry partner sites in Adelaide, and also present to industry partners and at conferences.

      Upon completion, the successful candidate will be an expert in developing virtual reality systems and human-computer interaction. They will have knowledge of aspects of data analytics and data storytelling. They will also gain exposure and understanding of the Defence domain. They will build skills to evaluate the performance and acceptability aspects of the concept demonstrators developed through user studies.

      The candidate will benefit from an allowance for conference registration and associated travel expenses and will develop core skills through comprehensive research training programs at UniSA. The acquired skills and their direct applications in the industry-driven project will convey practical experience and skills in sought-after areas of immersive technologies.


      Supervisory team

      Dr Andrew Cunningham - Principal Supervisor


      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $37,285 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset of 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 $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.


      Eligibility and Selection 

      This project is open to applications 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.


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

      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.

      Closing date:Applications close at 11.30, Monday 16th August [ACST]


      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham
    • FEnEx CRC PhD Digital Twins for Open Analytics Interoperability
      Scholarship Available Professor Markus Stumptner Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project - FEnEx CRC PhD Digital Twins for Open Analytics Interoperability

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science to work on the project “Open Analytics Interoperability” funded by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC). Applicants are required to have demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required) and experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      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:

      ·         demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required)

      ·         experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

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

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a 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.

      Supervisory Team

      Prof Markus Stumptner - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Matt Selway - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Wolfgang Mayer - Co-Supervisor

      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: Professor Markus Stumptner
    • FEnEx CRC PhD Open Analytics Interoperability
      Scholarship Available Professor Markus Stumptner Closing 16 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project - FEnEx CRC PhD Open Analytics Interoperability 

      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science to work on the project “Open Analytics Interoperability” funded by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC). Applicants are required to have demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required) and experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

      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:

      ·         demonstrable experience in software development (implementation of research prototypes will be required)

      ·         experience in conceptual modelling and/or knowledge representation and reasoning

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

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a 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.

      Supervisory Team

      Prof Markus Stumptner - Principal Supervisor

      Dr Georg Grossmann - Co-Supervisor

      Dr Karamjit Kaur - Co-Supervisor

      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: Professor Markus Stumptner

    Data Management and Data Science

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

    Graphics, augmented reality and games

    • Linking education with handheld science tools and immersive technologies
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Ross Smith Closing 03 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Linking education with handheld science tools and immersive technologies

      Be a leader in the development of education technologies of the future

      This PhD project will develop virtual reality (VR) training tools to enhance education for laboratory environments. In collaboration with our industry partner Lumination, Australia and New Zealand’s leading innovator in education technology and immersive reality solutions, you will have the opportunity to investigate and develop electro-mechanical and software prototypes that will support new forms of learning.

      Be a part of UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) with access to state-of-the-art facilities including fully equipped prototyping workshops tailored for device and experimental equipment development, and you will be at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will be in ongoing collaboration with our industry partner Lumination, who will develop the VR software environment and provide ongoing interaction and support. You will learn how to develop electro-mechanical prototypes, miniaturise electronic components, gain experience in 3D printing and interfacing of a handheld tool with their VR software. Building on this knowledge, you will also acquire skills to evaluate the performance and acceptability aspects of the prototype equipment through a pilot study that validates the hardware.

      In this industry partnered project, you may have the opportunity to attend virtually or in person, several industry related conferences to present your findings. This cutting-edge project and its results, may lead to the generation of several peer reviewed publications in Q1 journals.

      Additionally, through UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) and their diverse international networks, there may be opportunities for students to participate in placements at overseas universities and research facilities, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

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

      The successful candidate will be given access to a broad set of equipment and opportunities provided by IVE that includes access to regular seminars, journal club meetings, and a research degree support club - in addition to a highly vibrant research culture that is already established at the Mawson Lakes campus.

      Who you are

      The successful applicant will have an understanding of software and hardware related aspects of developing a handheld VR device.

      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 on shore 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 good knowledge of software design, coding, with an indication of programming languages and competency in coding should be included.
      Applicants with experience in in electronics and hardware prototyping and experience working within 3D development environments such as gaming engines Unity or Unreal 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 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 3 September 2021 [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Ross Smith
    • Tangible and haptic interaction techniques for immersive analytics with virtual reality
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Closing 30 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project- Tangible and haptic interaction techniques for immersive analytics with virtual reality

      Lead the future of virtual reality integration

      If you are seeking to advance your career in virtual reality (VR) 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 immersive analytics and VR.

      Our world is awash with data, and this project seeks to help society and industry understand the vast amount of information we are faced with using our most natural user interface, our hands.

      In this project you will be at the cutting-edge of immersive analytics and VR. You will explore how physical and tangible user interfaces, and associated technologies such as haptics, can enable users to explore and understand data, when viewed immersively in virtual or augmented reality.

      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 VR 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 successful candidate will explore various input and output devices to make sense of analysing data, and how this data can translate into physical objects that can move and respond to user input. You will explore and develop immersive analytics systems, integrating advanced tangible interfaces to help perform analytic tasks, and allow a user to gain new insights into their data.

      The applicant will undertake research and development of novel input and output devices to address the core problem, working with a supervisory team and wider research 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.

      The successful candidate will be prepared to be a world expert on VR and AR technologies and will have acquired advanced hardware prototyping skills.

      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 available, as well as prototyping workshops and facilities.

       

      Supervisory Team

      Dr Andrew Cunningham – Principal Supervisor

      Associate Professor Ross Smith – Co-Supervisor

      Dr James Walsh – 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, Thursday, 30th September [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham

    Information systems

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

    Machine learning

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

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    Language, communication and culture

    Cultural 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

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

    Public law

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

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    Mathematical 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.

    Applied mathematics

    • Data driven dynamic requirements engineering for smart naval vessel acquisition
      Scholarship Available Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik Closing 30 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      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, Thursday, 30th September [ACST].
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik
    • Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants
      Scholarship Available Prof. Stan Miklavcic Never closes
      PhD Project - Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants

      Salt and drought are the two major abiotic stresses affecting crop plant health, growth and development. The project aims to understand salt and water transport in plants and the physiological effects of soil salinity. Biophysical models will be used to quantify the movement of salt through plant organs, tissues and cells, from root to leaf. Using these models the project aims to answer the question of how salt moves across the different tissues and major organs, how salt accumulates in leaf cells, and how movement and accumulation is controlled by the diversity of transport mechanisms operating in plants. The project seeks to quantify tissue tolerance, osmotic tolerance and ionic tolerance and discover new mechanisms by which plants can stave off the effect of salt stress.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application 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:
      • Demonstrated experience with mathematical modelling applied to one or more problems arising in physics, chemistry or biology
      • Demonstrated interest in plant science or an area of plant science relevant to the 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 to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 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.

      Funds related to conference expenses such as travel and accomodation will also be available.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stan Miklavcic - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Megan Shelden - University of Adelaide
      Professor Steve Teyrman - University 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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.

       

      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Stan Miklavcic
    • Value of Solar Forecasts
      Dr John Boland Closing 19 September 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Value of Solar Forecasts

      Numerous methods have been developed during the last decade to forecast the solar resource and the generation of solar renewables. These forecasts can be deterministic, also called point forecasts, when they provide a single value to predict the future energy production. But they can also be probabilistic, when they give the probability associated to the future level of production. The quality of solar forecasts is assessed by comparing predictions with measured solar data. However, this methodology does not consider the added value of the forecasts for a particular user’s applications.

      The aim of this PhD is to bring new knowledge about how to assess the quality of solar forecasts by taking into account their added value for specific applications. For instance, the financial return generated by a solar system is commonly a non-linear function of the expected future production. In an ARENA project, prospective supervisors Boland and Kay, along with colleagues, showed how improvements in forecasting lowered the frequency control and ancillary services fees for solar farms. This research needs extension to wider applications.  The results of the PhD are essential to define which characteristics of a forecast need to be improved, in order to be of increased value, rather than simply to be evaluated as to how closely they match the observed data.

      Eligibility and Selection

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

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

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

      Financial Support

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

      Supervisory Team


      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 19 September 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr John Boland
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    Physical 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.

    Atomic, molecular and optical physics

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

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

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

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

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

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Shahraam Afshar

    Condensed matter physics

    • Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces
      Scholarship Available Professor Nikki Stanford Closing 15 August 2021 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Computational modelling of crystalline interfaces

      The project will carry out computational modelling of crystalline interfaces. The modelling will be atomic-scale, and will determine parameters such as the coordination number for the boundary and its mobility. Once a database of numerical outcomes has been collated, this library of information will be used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. This can then be used to predict the properties of boundaries that are too large to be examined from first principles.

      Eligibility & Selection

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

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

      • Masters or honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or similar
      • Willingness to be co-supervised by an expert in computational materials science at the University of Nantes, and ability to live in France in the latter half of the PhD 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 to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide, before transferring to the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials in Nantes for the second half of the program.

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 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.

      Additional funds will be made available for conference attendance and travel.

      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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nikki Stanford

    Medical and Biological Physics

    • Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants
      Scholarship Available Prof. Stan Miklavcic Never closes
      PhD Project - Root to shoot: Modelling the salt stress response in plants

      Salt and drought are the two major abiotic stresses affecting crop plant health, growth and development. The project aims to understand salt and water transport in plants and the physiological effects of soil salinity. Biophysical models will be used to quantify the movement of salt through plant organs, tissues and cells, from root to leaf. Using these models the project aims to answer the question of how salt moves across the different tissues and major organs, how salt accumulates in leaf cells, and how movement and accumulation is controlled by the diversity of transport mechanisms operating in plants. The project seeks to quantify tissue tolerance, osmotic tolerance and ionic tolerance and discover new mechanisms by which plants can stave off the effect of salt stress.

      Eligibility & Selection

      This project is open to application 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:
      • Demonstrated experience with mathematical modelling applied to one or more problems arising in physics, chemistry or biology
      • Demonstrated interest in plant science or an area of plant science relevant to the 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 to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Financial Support

      A UniSA funded living allowance scholarship of $28,597 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.

      Funds related to conference expenses such as travel and accomodation will also be available.

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Stan Miklavcic - Principal Supervisor
      Dr Megan Shelden - University of Adelaide
      Professor Steve Teyrman - University 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 will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.

       

      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Stan Miklavcic

    Strategy, management and organizational behaviour

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

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    Psychology

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    Applied and developmental psychology

    • Mind the Worker: Building Psychosocial Safety Climate through Action Plan Interventions
      Scholarship Available Professor Maureen Dollard Closing 30 August 2021 12:00 AM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Mind the Worker: Building Psychosocial Safety Climate through Action Plan Interventions

      There is a wealth of evidence that has established a link between work factors and workers’ mental health and engagement. Several models covering the link between work factors and workers’ health and wellbeing have been rigorously tested and supported (e.g., the Job Demands Resources Model). These models provide an understanding of how work factors influence a worker and their organisation; however, they do little to explain how these consequential work factors arose in the work context. Interventions driven by these models are directed at either the secondary (e.g., focus on the minimizing the risk, such as Job-Crafting) or tertiary level (e.g., focus on the outcomes, such as EAP programs). Our goal is to target interventions at the primary level (e.g., prevention strategies that address the work context) using psychosocial safety climate. Psychosocial safety climate provides context to the work environment as a leading indicator of work factors and workers’ outcomes. It reflects the priority senior management give to workers’ psychological health and safety above short-term productivity goals. The PhD project is part of a larger project that aims to provide ground-breaking, interdisciplinary, international research on psychosocial safety climate. The goal is to distribute evidence and information across various platforms with data at the global, national, and corporate level to change workplace policymaking worldwide. Your role in the large-scale project will focus on building data-driven evidence on the effectiveness of corporate climate style interventions with action plans, to increase the psychosocial safety climate of the organisation. Specifically, you will be working with an existing industry partner to build their psychosocial safety climate within their organisation using an existing primary level intervention framework. There will also be an opportunity for placement with our industry partner during the intervention period.

      Supervisory Team

      Principal Supervisor: Professor Maureen Dollard

      Co supervisors: Dr Mikaela Owen

                              Dr Amy Zadow

      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, 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 program.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      · This project has a heavy emphasis on data-driven evidence for intervention research in the workplace. As such, we require a candidate with a passion for intervention style research at the organisation level, high-quality research methods and analysis, building positive industry relationships, and a passion for improving working conditions.

      · You are required to possess an Honours or Masters (or equivalent) degree in either psychology or management that covered topics such as work and organisational psychology, research methods, and statistics.

      · You are required to have experience working with quantitative statistical programs such as SPSS or R, although SPSS is preferred.

      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 at 11:30pm ACST, Sunday 29 August 2021.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Maureen Dollard

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