PhD Scholarship in Agricultural Nanotechnology

Brisbane, Australia
23 May 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling. With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies. Information about the Institute can be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at

 The Role

We seek a highly motivated PhD student/s to work within a project focused on agricultural nanotechnology. This project is in collaboration with a number of Industrial Partners and partner institutes. Specifically, within the AIBN, the aim of this project is to design, fabricate, characterize and validate nanoparticle platforms capable of encapsulation of agricultural actives with efficiency and controllable manner, and to then investigate their performance in various agricultural applications.

The successful candidate will work extensively in AIBN laboratories, but will also be involved in collaborative work with our industrial partners under the guidance of a multidisciplinary advisory team.

The Person

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens and international applicants. Candidates should have an Honours degree (First Class or IIA) or Masters Degree in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Engineering Physics or similar, with a strong material synthesis background and experience in microfluidic device design and development. International candidates should be eligible for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) or external scholarship (for more information, please visit:

International applicants must meet the University of Queensland's English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $27,082 per annum (2018 rate, indexed annually), tax-free for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

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Starting date – This PhD position will start 2018, RQ3, RQ4 or 2019 RQ1


To discuss this role please contact Professor Michael Yu: or Dr Jun Zhang

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. It is mandatory that all applicants MUST supply the following documents: Cover letter, your detailed resume and complete academic records (including GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details).

Application closing date 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 11:55pm E. Australia Standard time