Antimicrobial Materials Development PhD Scholarship

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Antimicrobial Materials Development PhD Scholarship


Applications are invited to be submitted to the Office of Research by 4pm on 31/12/2017.

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is one of the most serious health challenges of our age, particularly for vulnerable groups such as older people, children and immunocompromised patients. This project is developing new antimicrobial gels with a reduced likelihood of promoting resistance. It involves organic chemistry, materials science and microbiology.

With the growing resistance of microbes to antibiotic and antifungal treatments, there is an imperative to discover biomaterials that are resistant to colonization. Developing new agents to defeat bacterial and other infections is undoubtedly one of the most important scientific challenges of our age. Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies recently said “If we don't take action, then we may all be back in an almost 19th Century environment where infections kill us as a result of routine operations. We won't be able to do a lot of our cancer treatments or organ transplants."  The aim of this project is to develop antimicrobial cyclodextrin-based organogels, hydrogels and plastics. These materials will potentially act by membrane disruption and / or targeted delivery of small molecule biocides. They will be made as far as possible using biodegradable, biocompatible components. The project will involve organic and inorganic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy and microbiological assays. This project is a collaboration with researchers at Monash University Malaysia and two A*STAR research institutes in Singapore.

For more information please contact Professor David Young, .

  1. Be a domestic student (this includes students who have received an Offer for Admission)
  2. Have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by USC as having an equivalent level of attainment via previous study, relevant work experience, research strength, research publications and other research experience
  3. Maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In exceptional circumstances (e.g. heavy care commitments or a medical condition) a domestic awardee may apply to undertake part-time study.
  4. Not hold a Research Doctorate or an equivalent research qualification
  5. Not previously have held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing
  6. Not be in receipt of an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 per cent of the RTP stipend rate to undertake the HDR. Income from sources unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
Selection criteria:
  1. Undergraduate degree achievement
  2. Research alignment with USC Research Concentrations
  3. Publications
  4. Most recent and relevant degree
  5. Relevant professional experience
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Living allowance for up to 3 years, stipend commensurate with the RTP rate (2017 rate - A$26,628)
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