PhD Scholarship in Non-Fouling Electrode Fabrication

Boroondara, Australia
11 May 2018
End of advertisement period
28 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology 
  • $25,849pa for 3 years (full-time)
  • 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 the developing innovating conducting polymer surface that are non-fouling and capable of sustaining cellular growth and delivering therapeutics. 

This project will take an innovative, biomimetic approach to engineering implantable electrode materials. Accumulation and formation of unwanted materials (fouling) causes loss of function on any given functional surface. Fouling has a significant impact in a wide range of applications ranging from waste water filtration treatment, heat exchange systems and medical implants. By example in the area of medical implants, prevention of fouling from biological materials (bio-fouling) within the implant environment is critical to maximise the functional lifetime of the implant.

This would translate to major benefits to the community (cost and health-wise) in enhancing the longer term functionality of electronic (bionic) devices designed to rectify significant human health issues such as deafness, blindness, paralytic spinal injury, epileptic seizures, and even memory function in people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia, all which are compromised by bio-fouling. Effectively interfacing electronic devices with the body depends upon establishing a ‘clean,’ low noise electrical connection so that electrical information can be transmitted (i.e. stimulation) and/or received (i.e. sensing) with high fidelity, sensitivity and resolution. The biggest obstacle to the efficient transaction of electrical information between the electronic and biological systems remains the bio-fouling of implanted electrodes that form an electrical insulation barrier.

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
  • Experience in working with conducting polymer materials
  • Experience Instrumentation (e.g., electrochemistry, spectroscopy, HPLC, quartz crystal microbalance)

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 5 pm on Sunday 28th May 2018