PhD Project, Engineered Biopolymers and Protein

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Brisbane, Australia
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The opportunity

We are seeking a PhD candidate to work on the project: Self-assembly of engineered biopolymers and proteins toward functional materials.

Project description: Biopolymers and proteins can be bioengineered to self-assemble into defined hierarchical architectures. Here protein engineering will be applied to design proteins, which link biopolymers such as alginate, biopolyester and spider silk to form complex hybrid materials. Stimuli sensitive peptide linkers will be inserted to generate responsive materials that for example can release drugs upon cellular uptake. This project will explore the design space of diverse biological building blocks assembled into innovative unique materials providing solution for major health and environmental challenges.

About you

Please refer to the following web page for eligibility requirements for entry into the program.

If you also wish to be considered for scholarship. Please refer to the following web page for scholarship and application tips. Selection of applicants for the award of a HDR scholarship involves consideration of your academic merit; research background; and the quality of the research training environment in which your research project will be undertaken, taking into account the alignment of the project with the University's strategic priorities.

About scholarship opportunities

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant may also be considered for a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

How to apply

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact:

Professor Bernd Rehm
Phone: (07) 3735 4233

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817

Closing date: Friday, 21 June 2019 at 5 pm AEST.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV's from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV's sent directly to Line Managers.