PhD Scholarship in Responsive Drug Delivery Systems

Boroondara, Australia
27 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • $25,849pa for 3 years (full-time)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • Hawthorn Location

Swinburne has an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and the community. Our commitment to high-quality teaching and research is reflected in our place within a number of prestigious world academic rankings

We are currently seeking a Chemical or Biomedical Sciences graduate to join us on a new project involving developing innovating implantable polymer electrode that are capable of delivering drugs in a controlled manner.

This project aims to develop novel organic conducting biopolymer composites based on biocompatible polymers combined with polypyrroles for use as integral components for platforms for the treatment of epilepsy. Specific material requirements will be addressed that will enable the localised delivery of antiepileptic drugs possible. These will include the incorporation and release of broad spectrum antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Focal drug delivery has been evaluated in a variety of experimental epilepsy models in recent years targeting the seizure focus, propagation pathways, trigger site and seizure stimulated drug release. Despite the efficacy of directly administering antiepileptic drugs directly to the site of seizure being shown and the successful incorporation of antiepileptic drugs into various polymer formulations the use of these drug loaded polymers in the treatment of epilepsy is limited. We aim to address epilepsy treatment by investigating trigger site focal delivery utilising in vivo stimulated release by developing a hybrid polymer structure composing biocompatible polymers and employing a unique and emerging group of bionic materials: organic conducting polymers.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • 4 year honors degree (or equivalent) in science majoring in either Chemical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences
  • Knowledge of Polymer materials
  • Experience in Instrumentation (e.g., spectroscopy, HPLC, QCM)

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

What we offer
The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. 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 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

As we are a Child Safe Organisation, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Simon Moulton (Professor of Biomedical Electromaterials Science) on +613 9214 5651. 

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

Position number: TBC
Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 29th October 2017