PhD Scholarship in Physics

Melbourne, Australia
£15370.59 - £17124.69 per annum
31 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for four cutting edge PhD research projects at RMIT University. RMIT is a global university of technology, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments.

Value and duration: The scholarships are valued between A$26,288-$29,288 per annum for up to 3.5 years.

Eligibility: To be considered for scholarship you must hold (or be currently completing) a research-inclusive Masters degree, OR hold (or be currently completing) a first class honours degree in a relevant discipline. You must also meet RMIT's entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

How to apply and further information. Please send a 1 page letter of motivation with a copy of your CV to the contact for each project.

Closing date: 21st August 2017

A. PhD Project - Optical nanolithography for nanophotonics. Nanophotonics is the study of the behaviour of light on the nanometer scale, and of the interaction of nanometer-scale objects with light. This project will apply optical nanolithography that we have developed to fabricate the nanophotonic devices or structures that beyond the diffraction limit of light. An enthusiastic student with a honours degree in physics is required to join an international team of researchers working on this project which develops the next generation of nanophotonics towards smarter and greener future.

Applications & further information: Prof. Min Gu (

B. PhD Project - Next generation endoscopic imaging probes using new computational microscopy techniques. A PhD scholarship is available within the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at RMIT, with an emphasis on computational and imaging optics - a field that is revolutionizing how we understand biology. This project will involve developing new computational microscopy techniques as well as fabricating novel endoscopic imaging probes using state-of-the-art fabrication facilities at RMIT's Micro Nano Research Facility. Prospective students should have an interest in optics and/or image processing. A background in physics or engineering is preferred. Programming experience in MATLAB or Python is desirable but not required.

Applications & further information: A/Prof Brant Gibson (

C. PhD Project - Light and tough: using extreme conditions to synthesise new materials based on boron, carbon and nitrogen. Boron, carbon and nitrogen form the hardest known solids and offer opportunities for new materials with attractive properties because of their ability to form many kinds of chemical bonds. This project will apply high pressures and temperatures to novel, non-crystalline precursor materials giving us the flexibility to access previously unobtainable synthesis conditions. An enthusiastic student with a honours degree in physics is required to join an international team of researchers working on this project which seeks to probe the science of matter under extreme conditions and create strong and hard materials with tuneable optical and electronic properties.

Applications & further information: Prof. Dougal McCulloch (

D. PhD Project - Theoretical quantum information and quantum computing using continuous-variable systems. Are you a high-achieving student with an aptitude for advanced mathematics? Are you interested in quantum physics? You may be a good fit for a PhD position at RMIT, as part of CQC2T (Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology). Quantum technology development is all about harnessing the surprising features of quantum mechanics for practical applications like advanced computing and secure communication. This challenging PhD experience in theoretical quantum physics will put you at the forefront of an exciting field. As a PhD student with CQC2T, you will have connections with the flagship organisation for Australian research in quantum computing, comprising 8 Australian unis and more than 30 international partner organisations.

Applications & further information: Dr Nicolas Menicucci (

E. PhD Project - Laser threshold magnetometry. The sensing of small magnetic fields is important for a range of tasks from probing brain function (magnetoencephalography) to finding ore bodies. We are seeking a motivated PhD student to perform experimental work on a new concept of diamond-based magnetometry: laser-threshold magnetometry. You will ideally have a background in physics, laser engineering or related fields. Experience with diamond colour centres is also an advantage.

Applications & further information: Prof. Andy Greentree (