PhD Scholarship - Nanomechanical Computing

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Brisbane, Australia
07 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Mathematics and Physics

UQ Physics is located in the School of Mathematics and Physics in the Faculty of Science. The Discipline is internationally recognised for its research excellence, and hosts a number of world-class research centres. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the School’s web site at  

Physics is one of the University of Queensland’s top 30 research strengths, and the School of Mathematics and Physics is proud to support a major research effort in condensed matter physics. In the recent Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 assessment, the University of Queensland was rated “well-above international standard” in 02 Physical Sciences, as well as in the sub-categories 0204 Condensed Matter Physics and 0206 Quantum Physics.  

The School of Mathematics and Physics has a total of 110 full-time academic staff members, and 21 professional staff who provide professional, technical and administrative support. The School teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in physics, as well as performing service teaching for students of engineering and the life sciences. There is also an extensive postgraduate research program, which currently has more than one hundred Research Higher Degree students enrolled.

The role

A PhD opportunity is available for a student with a relevant Honours/Masters degree to join the Bowen Research Group at The University of Queensland. The successful candidate will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and contribute to a research project in the field of laser observation and control of superfluid physics.

Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply. Proposed start date of January 1,  2018.

Applicants must meet the University of Queensland's requirements for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at

The project

A PhD project is available in the field of Nanomechanical Computing.

Background: Computers based on the flow of electrical currents are ubiquitous in modern technology. However, they have limitations: they cannot be forever miniaturised with Moore’s Law already starting to saturate, their energy efficiency is fundamentally constrained by the laws of physics, and they cannot operate when exposed to high radiation levels such those found in some space environments and caused by space weather. An alternative approach to computation that can evade these constrains is to use vibrations confined on a silicon chip, rather than electrons, to perform logic. In our laboratory, we are developing nanoscale logical processors based on mechanical vibrations in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, and for ultimate applications in aerospace and satellite technologies. Projects are available to lead the development of this new form of computing. Experience/interest in micro-/nanofabrication and/or technology translation would be an advantage.


Successful applicants will receive a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses up to $27,082 and will also be eligible to apply for funds through the School to support conference and research travel up to $4000.

Enquiries and Application Process

To apply for EOI please DO NOT use the Apply button below.  Please contact Professor Warwick Bowen in the first instance. You may then be asked to provide the following documentation: Cover letter, Complete Tertiary Academic Records (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details), and detailed Academic Resume/CV.

Expression of Interest Closing Dates

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as advertised on their website:

DO NOT submit an application using the Apply button below.

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