PhD Scholarship in Chemical Engineering

Clayton, Australia
15 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Opportunity

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in the Chemical Engineering Department at Monash University, especially people interested in multi-disciplinary projects involving protein engineering, who have backgrounds in biotechnology, engineering, or molecular biology.

PhD Project – Nanosensor Engineering Lab (

We are looking to support excellent candidates to join the new Nanosensor Engineering Lab which is focused on developing molecular measurement and monitoring tools for applications in medical diagnostics. We will work with these candidates to apply for APA scholarships, international student scholarships, and Monash centrally allocated scholarships (see below).

The project will focus on the design, synthesis and testing of biosensors with the aim of developing real-time and continuous monitoring devices for a broad range of diseases. A strong background in biotechnology, molecular biology or biomedical engineering is required, and the project will focus on the design and expression of engineered proteins and antibodies from mammalian and bacterial hosts. Give the breadth of opportunities in this emerging field, the PhD Project can be tailored to suit the background of the candidate.

Applicants must show excellent communication and interpersonal skills, willingness to travel (to visit collaborator labs both within Melbourne, interstate, and possibly overseas), and are interested to explore future careers in research or the diagnostics industry.

Note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Faculty / Portfolio:  Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering

Location:   Clayton campus, Monash University

Supervisor:   Dr Simon Corrie

Remuneration:  $26,288 p.a. full-time rate (pro-rata). Applicants will be required to apply for a scholarship in a competitive process.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol on 31st January 2017. There may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

Expression of Interest shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • A statement from the candidate explaining their interest in the field, particularly focussed on why they wish to pursue PhD training in this field (max. 200 words)
  • Contact details for two academic referees
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international applicants only)


Dr Simon Corrie,


Should be sent in the form of a single PDF attachment by email to:

Simon Corrie
Chemical Engineering Department
ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology
Monash University
Room 212, Building 69, 22 Alliance Lane
Clayton VIC 3800

Closing date

Until all positions are filled or Sunday 30 October 2016, 11:55 p.m. AEST

However, the earlier an applicant applies, the earlier discussions can begin.

Successful EOI applications will be provided with an Invited to Apply letter for the Monash Centrally allocated scholarships (e.g. APA, MGS, IPRS, MIPRS), which close on 31 October 2016.

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