Fully Funded Scholarships (PhD) in Controlling Hybrid Systems – Australia

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Scholarships (PhD) in Controlling Hybrid Systems at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), University of Queensland, Australia.


As a part of Professor Alan Rowan’s ARC Laureate fellowship, the main objective of this project will be to understand how the material properties of biopolymers (collagen, fibrin, etc.) are modified by the presence of synthetic hydrogels with the aim of providing strain-stiffening, tuneable, hybrid biomaterials for controlled cell growth.

For this project, the proposed PhD scholar will examine the properties of these interpenetrating networks as a function of synthetic/biopolymer binding density and investigate the changes in stiffness and strain-stiffening as a function of crosslinking density, interpenetration and altered pore size. The project will also study how these hybrid extracellular matrix materials interact with the cell cytoskeleton, and study these interactions from a mechanistic perspective employing high resolution spectroscopy.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project, and diverse background of researchers within the Rowan group, will provide the applicant with access to cutting edge equipment and training in new research areas such as high-resolution microscopy, tissue culture, cellular mechanics and bioengineering.

The outcomes of this project will be applied in tissue engineering and wound healing research.


Successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

  • An annual Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance of AUD$27,596 tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances


To be eligible for PhD Scholarships, an applicant must:

  • Have a background in Physical Organic and/or Polymer Chemistry, with experience in structural and material characterisation
  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component or
  • A research master’s degree or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications
  • Proficiency in English language


To apply for Fully Funded Scholarships (PhD) in Synthesis of Biomimetic Materials, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:

  • Cover Letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for participation in the project
  • Detailed academic Curriculum Vitae with a focus on past research and laboratory skills and details of two referees
  • Academic transcript/s

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor Alan Rowan (alan.rowan@uq.edu.au) and/or Dr Jan Lauko(j.lauko@uq.edu.au)

Scholarships link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Queensland
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: October 27, 2019
Country: Australia
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