PhD Scholarships Bioengineering 3D in Vitro Model Systems

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Australia
22 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Two PhD Scholarships to commence in April 2017
  • $30,000 (AUS dollars) per annum
  • Based at Clayton but will be expected to travel to Hawthorn

Swinburne University of Technology is an internationally-recognised provider of quality education and an institution with a rich legacy of industry collaborations. We are an innovative University at the forefront of technology and are committed to delivering excellence in higher education, vocational training and research.

Two PhD Scholarships are available and will have the opportunity to contribute to projects that are jointly funded by CSIRO OCE Science Leaders Program, CSIRO Biomedical Manufacturing Program and Swinburne University of Technology. The central aim of these projects is to investigate and validate the materials, sensors and construction principles required for reproducible, scalable and monitored 3D cell culture models.

These PhD projects will focus on the development of key research across three central project themes:
1) Materials and Devices – integrate existing surface engineering, tissue engineering and organ/disease-on-chip knowledge to create 3D models where a wide variety of cell types can be maintained.
2) Sensors and Reporting systems – in situ and ex situ sensors and reporting tools including cell constructs, biosensing platforms, spectroscopic and 3D imaging.
3) Verification and Validation using existing exemplar animal and 2D testing models and the development of validation tools including ToF-SIMS and MRI imaging.

As part of these projects, candidates will be expected to undertake research activities at both CSIRO Manufacturing in Clayton and Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn. There may also be opportunities for extended research visits with international collaborators.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidates must be enthusiastic, self-motivated with demonstrable aptitude for research and development. You also will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree with honours and/or a research master’s degree in Physics/Chemistry/Biological Sciences/Engineering/Materials Science or a related field
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0

A full list of the selection criteria in the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision to be Australia’s leading university of science, technology and innovation.

How to apply

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description. Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Further information

For further information about the scope and potential for research in the project, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Sally McArthur, CSIRO OCE Science Leader Director, Swinburne Innovation Precinct at ; or for more general enquiries, please contact

Refer to position number: PHDSCHOL


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