Immediate start: PhD Scholarship in Developing a Nano-Transistor Biosensor

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 2022-07-24T00:00:00Z

If you are seeking to develop an interdisciplinary career in biomedical engineering, micro-nanofabrication and semiconductor nanoelectronics and be part of a team that is working toward to save life of women and unborn babies worldwide, the University of South Australia is offering an excellent opportunity to apply for the PhD Scholarship. In partnership with Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) foundry, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, this PhD project is looking for a PhD candidate to develop a point-of-care biomarker testing technology based on nanoscale field-effect transistor biosensors and lab-on-chip technology.

The candidate should have a background in electrical- or bio – engineering and related fields as well as be familiar with research. Through this research degree project, you will receive advanced training in solid-state nano-biosensing including computer-aid design, cleanroom micro-nanofabrication, microfluidic packaging and point-of-care testing. You will have exclusive access to the state-of-the-art facilities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), both in South Australia and across its national network. You will also use top-of-the-range 3D printers for rapid prototyping. The platform testing and end-user development interface are supported by our clinical collaborators (Lyell McEwin Hospital and Royal Flying Doctor Service), providing you with excellent hands-on industry and professional networking experiences. This is a valuable opportunity to undertake cutting edge, end-user driven research that has the potential to lead to employment beyond academia. The project will also provide you with excellent learning opportunities in research commercialization.

In this PhD, you will conduct high quality basic and translational research independently and in collaboration with the supervision team, end-users and other project stakeholders. You will be provided with opportunities to travel for international and national conferences. You may also be able to carry out some research at other universities, either in Australia or overseas.

Upon completion, you will have an extensive suite of highly employable skills, including expertise in biosensing and point-of-care biodiagnostic technologies; proficiency in multivariant data analysis and model testing, solid-state electrical signal testing methodology and data analysis. You will also understand how to carry out additive manufacturing and microfabrication and the quality management system for medical devices. An entrepreneurial understanding of commercial and regulatory requirements for developing and implementing diagnostic technologies will also hold you in good stead in your future career.

This PhD position will start as soon as possible. PhD scholarship award: $28,854 per annum. Please send your latest CV and motivation letter to or

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