PhD Scholarship in Perovskite-based Electronic devices for sensing application

Brisbane, Australia
14 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Chemical Engineering

UQ School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent international reputation which has been built over four decades at the University.

With 39 academic staff, including 21 professors, the School provides quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. The School conducts undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental, materials and metallurgical engineering and teaches into postgraduate programs in growing fields including water, sustainable energy and petroleum engineering. The School’s project-centered curriculum was chosen in a RAE & MIT study as one of six global exemplars in leading engineering education. UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked in the top 35 worldwide in the 2017 QS subject rankings for chemical engineering and received top ranking (5/5) in research excellence in 2015 ERA exercise.

The school is entering an exciting phase building on recent successes in individual industry-linkages and international-research partnerships, a new building proposal being examined, a range of senior staff examining transitions to emeritus roles, and a new diverse and inclusive school culture being developed. We are interested in new staff to join us in this exciting journey to further increase our local and international impact in learning and discovery in chemical engineering.

Information about the Faculty and the School may be accessed on the Faculty’s web site at

The role

This PhD research project focuses on developing halide perovskite-based electronic devices for sensing application. More specifically, the candidate will work on the design, fabrication, and characterisation of the perovskite-based electronic devices that are applicable for optical/electrical/chemical sensors. 

Due to the outstanding optoelectrical materials properties with low temperature solution processable advantages, the halide perovskite materials have been attracting the great attention in developing high efficiency solar cells. It is worthy to note that organic-inorganic halide hybrid perovskite-based solar cells have achieved the world record of over 21% power conversion efficiency in the short period of less than 10 years. However, the versatility of perovskite materials is not limited to solar cell application. Recently, together with the fundamental studies on the perovskite materials, the potentials of perovskite materials have been emerging various promising research areas such as photodetector, memory and light emitting diodes (LEDs), beyond the solar cells. Specifically, the unique optoelectronic nature of the perovskite materials and the research achievements in such applications will allow a new research room for the advanced sensing application.

The person

Applicants should have a degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline such as Physics or Chemistry with a strong interest in halide perovskite materials synthesis, optoelectronic devices fabrication, or electrochemistry. It would be better if the applicants have MPhil or equivalent degree.

The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program. The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have good communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression. International candidates are strongly required to apply for external and other available UQ Scholarships and it can be further discussed with Dr Jung Ho Yun for the preparation.


The scholarship is comprised of a stipend of $ 27,082 per annum for a total of three years with the possibility of a six-month extension.


Enquiries related to this position should be directed to Dr Jung Ho Yun (

The closing date for applications is 22nd June 2018, however UQ reserves the right to award the scholarship at any time.

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below.

All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • A cover letter that addresses you meet the requirements for the PhD program;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education (including academic records), professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • The name and contact details of two referees;

Evidence of Australian and Permanent Residents or NZ citizens status for domestic students

Application Closing Date

22 June 2018, 11:55 pm Australia Eastern Standard Time.