PhD Opportunities with the ARC Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies

We are currently seeking outstanding applicants for multiple PhD scholarship opportunities associated with ARC Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at The University of Melbourne.

The ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre is a 5-year National/International collaboration with nodes at Monash University and University of Western Australia. The Centre has 15 Industry based partners, is strongly aligned to the goals of industry growth sector body, MTPConnect, and collaborates with Accelerate Australia in experiential entrepreneurship training and mentorship.

The Centre aims to develop breakthrough enabling technology for new industrial applications of organ-on-a-chip technology, including the use of 3D bioprinting technologies across three themes: PhD students will research the use and development of microfluidics environments; real-time cell/organoid assay technologies, and/or bioprinting to generate novel tools for lead qualification in therapeutic discovery. The selected PhD candidates will be co-supervised by Industry and University based supervisors (Prof Alastair Stewart / A/Prof Alice Pebay) and will participate in an entrepreneurship-focussed training programme running in parallel to the PhD research. This programme will cover intellectual property, project management, regulatory environments, innovation, funding models and will include access to highly qualified industry-based mentors.

A tax-free scholarship of AU$31,828 is available to successful candidates for 3 years, with potential for a single extension of 6-months. It is a condition of the scholarship that the successful applicant completes a minimum of 12-month placement with an ARC CPTT industry partner during and as part of their candidature.  Selected applicants may be eligible and encouraged to apply for alternative competitive scholarships.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for enrolment in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), including the required level of English language proficiency.  In addition, a high level of interpersonal skill level is required for this demanding and highly privileged opportunity.

Expressions of interest are invited from applicants with an appropriate background, until the end of 2018 (or until filled).

Selection Criteria

  • Academic merit and CV;
  • Area of study and research proposal;
  • Academic referee reports;
  • Interest in and/or experience working with industry partners;
  • Evidence of well-developed interpersonal and written communication skills.

For more information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Narelle Tunstall

The ARC CPTT is funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program.

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