If you're interested in studying a research degree at UniSA, browse our available research projects by category below to see what opportunities are currently available.

 
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  • dna-genetics Biological sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Biological Sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Other biological sciences

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Biomedical and clinical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Biomedical engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • The role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers
      Scholarship Available Dr Zlatko Kopecki Never closes
      About this project 
      A PhD scholarship is available within the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Future Industries Institute and Clinical Health Sciences at the University of South Australia commencing February 2021.

      You will be based at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes Campus however, the project will involve experiments at UniSA’s South Australian Cancer Research Institute, with close collaboration with clinical collaborators within the Dermatology Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

      The PhD project will investigate the role of the actin remodelling protein, Flightless (Flii) in the development and progression of skin cancers. Flii has previously been identified as a potential therapeutic target for squamous cell carcinoma (Kopecki et al., Oncotarget 2015) but it remains to be determined its precise mechanism of action in the development and metastasis of these cancerous lesions.  

      You will use precancerous and cancerous cell lines and an array of invitro approaches to investigate the function of Flii in melanoma cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, invasion, and spheroid formation. You will also investigate the function of Flii in human precancerous skin lesions as well as developed melanomas and blood samples of patients attending the Dermatology Department of Royal Adelaide Hospital. Subsequently, the project will use animal models of skin cancers and metastasis to determine the effect of altering Flii gene expression on the development of melanomas. As part of this project you will investigate avenues to manipulate the expression and function of Flii to determine if this can reduce or prevent development, severity and progression of melanomas.  

      This project is supported by the Lions Medical Research Foundation and is aligned with their efforts to reduce the skin cancer burden in the community by early detection of skin cancers. 

      Skills and experience in any of the following areas will be advantageous but not essential. General molecular and cellular cancer biology, mammalian tissue culture, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, animal models. The successful candidate will be provided training in all relevant areas and techniques.

      Financial Support
      A living allowance scholarship of $28,597 for up to three years is available to all applicants.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the available scholarships.

      Eligibility and Selection
      All completed applications that meet the eligibility criteria for admission into a PhD will be considered for this project.  A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.  Click ‘Apply’ for more information about the selection criteria.

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Kopecki
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    Built environment and design

    There are no research projects currently available in this topic of research.

    More research projects are added regularly, so if you’d like to be notified when new projects are available, please register your expression of interest. Alternatively, you can contact Research Degrees Admissions with any questions you may have about creating a project.

  • test-tube-science Chemical sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Chemical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Physical chemistry

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Commerce, management, tourism and services

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Creative arts and writing

    Other creative arts and writing

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
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    Economics

    There are no research projects currently available in this topic of research.

    More research projects are added regularly, so if you’d like to be notified when new projects are available, please register your expression of interest. Alternatively, you can contact Research Degrees Admissions with any questions you may have about creating a project.

  • classroom-teacher-present Education minus-thin plus-thin

    Education

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Specialist studies in education

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Education policy, sociology and philosophy

    • Parent involvement goes online: Investigating how parents support children with learning difficulties and other educational challenges
      Scholarship Available A/ Prof. Sue Nichols Never closes
      Associate Professor Sue Nichols is leading an ARC Discovery Project to identify forms of digital exclusion and inclusion on children’s education, investigate a new model of school-home relationships in the digital age, and provide a comprehensive map of digital tools and services.  As part of this project one full-time PhD position is offered specifically focusing on how digital tools and connectivity impacts parental support for children with learning difficulties.

      This project will fill a critical gap in knowledge about how Australian parents are experiencing digitally mediated interactivity in their children’s education at a time of rapid change in digital platforms and tools used by schools and marketed by enterprises.  Findings will be reported to professional associations, parent bodies and education systems using a range of communication strategies.

      Eligibility and selection

      To be successful in this project you will show a strong commitment to educational and social inclusion.  In addition it is desirable that you have recent experience working in the education system, for instance as a teacher, administrator, ancillary, or researcher. 

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      The successful applicant will be required to work at Magill campus, in the eastern Adelaide suburbs. 

      The project welcomes applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.  The project is not open to international students. 

      Scholarship

      A living allowance (stipend) scholarship of $37,609 per annum paid fortnightly for three years is offered.  This living allowance is jointly funded by the ARC and UniSA.  No extension on this scholarship will be available.  In addition, all Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents will receive a tuition fee-waiver for up to four years.

      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: A/ Prof. Sue Nichols
    • School Exclusionary Policies and Practices and their Impact
      Scholarship Available A/Prof. Anna Sullivan Never closes
      About this project

      This PhD scholarship is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project titled “School exclusionary policies and practices and their impact” (DP210100116). The successful candidate will join a highly experienced team, undertaking their doctoral research as part of the broader study, which aims to examine how and why Australian schools use exclusionary practices such as suspensions and exclusions to manage student behaviour.

      Research shows that exclusionary practices are widely used in Australian schools, however, they are often used as a quick fix for removing problematic students, and can negatively impact on students’ health, wellbeing and academic achievement. Evidence also suggests that these practices are disproportionately applied towards ‘at risk groups’ including students from different racial or cultural backgrounds and students with disabilities.

      The larger project will use a multi-phased approach to generate new knowledge in understanding the extent and impact of school exclusionary practices. This will entail: 1) a critical analysis of state and territory legislation and policy; 2) secondary analysis of quantitative data on the use of exclusionary practices; 3) illustrative case studies with young people and their families; and 4) the development of a set of policy alternatives to change the ways in which student behaviour is currently managed.

      The successful candidate will contribute towards Phase 3 of the research, undertaking illustrative case studies which investigate the short term impact of exclusions on students and their families. In doing so they will be supported by a highly experienced research team with a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise including critical policy analysis, behaviour management and student wellbeing.

      Eligibility and Financial Support

      This project is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia, including permenant humanitarian visa holders. A living allowance scholarship of $28,092pa. is available to this group. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. Applicants must be able to commence the PhD in 2021 and study fulltime in Australia from 2021 to 2024.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD or Masters by Research. Additionally, applicants must address the following selection criteria in the application form:
      • Work experience in educational settings
      • Teamwork experience in a collaborative and an investigative environment
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Application information

      The qualification obtained is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
      Principal Supervisor: A/Prof. Anna Sullivan
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    Engineering

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Materials engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Environmental sciences

    There are no research projects currently available in this topic of research.

    More research projects are added regularly, so if you’d like to be notified when new projects are available, please register your expression of interest. Alternatively, you can contact Research Degrees Admissions with any questions you may have about creating a project.

  • pharmacy-medicine Health sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Health sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Mental health services

    • Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care
      Scholarship Available Professor Nicholas Procter Closing 31 March 2021 11:30 PM (ACDT)
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated PhD student to undertake an exciting industry funded project titled Crisis Response in mental health care: Lived experience and philosophy of care.

      This project aims to produce high quality research which is an original contribution to the field of crisis response in mental health care. Funded by and undertaken in collaboration with the Neami National Urgent Mental Health Care Centre in South Australia, this research will focus on clinical and peer support based services, novel service design, unique philosophy of care, and innovative governance arrangements. It will examine how these key elements of the service contribute to improving pathways of care and integration on the systems level. Coproduction of the research process, involving key partnerships with lived experience advisors and leaders and service partners, will be a strong feature of the study.

      The outcome of this project will be to generate new knowledge on how the contributions of peer workers is expressed in team-based crisis work in the context of a novel service design and innovative governance arrangements. The research you undertake in this project will generate at least four peer-reviewed publications.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship worth $37,500 per annum for 3.5 years is available to domestic candidates only. An additional $2,500 per annum for 3.5 years will be available for project support.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Procter

    Nursing

    • Activation in care partners of people living with end-stage kidney disease
      A/Prof. Paul Bennett Never closes
      End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is a chronic condition that requires renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation) to maintain life. The chronic and ever-present nature of ESKD and its treatment has led patients, clinicians and dialysis providers to encourage a person’s own self-management of their care in order to promote optimal quality of life. Unfortunately, people receiving incentre haemodialysis (HD), can become disempowered as time-poor clinicians provide limited encouragement to self-management. 

      Patient activation refers to the willingness and ability of a person to manage their own healthcare, that is reliant on knowledge, skills and confidence. Patient activation is measured using the Patient Activation Measure 13 item survey (PAM13). A high proportion of people receiving haemodialysis have low activation levels. However, little is known about the activation levels of their care partners or caregivers.

      This Masters project will measure the levels of people living with end stage kidney disease and their care partners in South Australia. A cross-sectional survey design will be undertaken using the PAM13 and Caregiver PAM13 instruments. The study will be used to generate new knowledge and inform future haemodialysis self-management programs. 

      The supervisory team for this Masters by Research project includes A/ Prof. Paul Bennett as Principal Supervisor, and Dr Andie Xu as Co-Supervisor.

      This project is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.  The successful applicant will be based at the City East campus.  

      Eligibility & financial support

      A fee-offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia.  This project is not open to international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research. All applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.
      Principal Supervisor: A/Prof. Paul Bennett
  • winner-first-gold Human society minus-thin plus-thin

    Human society

    Other human society

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
  • computer-tower-server Information and computing sciences minus-thin plus-thin

    Information and computing sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Artificial intelligence

    • BAE IMCRC Data Linking Analytics
      Scholarship Available Dr Wolfgang Mayer Never closes
      About this Project
      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      Discrete manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain. Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacture, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency.

      The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Candidates born in ITAR-proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $32,285 per year for 3.5 years with an option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Wolfgang Mayer
    • BAE IMCRC Narrative Visualisation
      Scholarship Available Dr Andrew Cunningham Never closes
      About this Project
      The University of South Australia is welcoming applications for a PhD position in Immersive Analytics and Data Storytelling to work on the project "Application of Narrative Visualisation and Big Data to Improve High Value Manufacturing" funded by BAE Systems and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

      You will explore and develop visualisation and data storytelling systems in immersive environments-including virtual reality, augmented reality, and tabletop displays-to elucidate insight in advanced manufacturing environments. Manufacturing in Defence inherently relies on participants in the supply chain performing at a very high-quality level without full visibility of what is happening elsewhere in the chain.

      Human-in-the-loop decision making is fundamental in high value complex manufacturing, both to correct defects and increase operational efficiency. The problem is a latency of presenting appropriate data to the critical decision makers. Data captured from disparate Industry 4.0 technologies can be transformed into a trusted data driven decision support tool, based on big data and smart visualisation techniques.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. 

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Candidates born in ITAR- proscribed countries and nationals of IT AR-proscribed countries are ineligible. Please check the list of denial countries in ITAR legislation prior to applying.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $37,285 per year for 3.5 years with an option for a 6-month extension. An additional $2,500 is available for equipment upon commencement.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Andrew Cunningham
  • books Language, communication and culture minus-thin plus-thin

    Language, communication and culture

    Other language, communication and culture

    • The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship
      Scholarship Available Prof. Simon Biggs Never closes
      About this project

      As part of Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy beyond literature, the Discworld Foundation, established by the late international bestselling author, has established a perpetual scholarship for a Masters by Research candidate in his name through the University of South Australia.

      We are now seeking a candidate to undertake a Masters by Research, working in the disciplines of arts and humanities in fields such as cultural studies, media and screen studies, visual and literary studies, and creative practice (creative writing, visual arts, animation, etc) where the research proposed is inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s work.

      Relevant Masters by Research outcomes could take the form of a thesis exploring the societal implications of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, or a body of creative written work, or perhaps creative work in another medium, that engages with and/or reflects upon themes evident in the work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

      It is likely that the successful applicant will be aligned with the UniSA Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3).  The CP3 research centre brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the University who are committed to the future of culture and creativity. There is also the opportunity to research cutting-edge interactive and virtual reality systems through our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

      The successful candidate’s supervisory panel will be formed dependant on the focus and methods outlined in your proposal,  consisting of experienced supervisors with expertise in your area of research.

      Areas of study may include, but are not limited to:
      • Issues of cultural change and social transformation
      • Satire and its impact on societal identity
      • Pratchett’s legacy in a multi-media and connected world
      • The transformative impact of new technologies
      • Pratchett and the future of narrative storytelling
      Eligibility and selection

      You should have an interest in, and knowledge of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the capacity to undertake research that relates to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett through a socio-cultural lens.  You should have the capability to undertake a theoretical or scholarly program of research, or a creative practice-based program of research, or a mixture thereof.

      All applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant will be expected to commence their degree at UniSA, and then make a research trip, including a visit to The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, before returning to complete their dissertation in South Australia.

      The project welcomes applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

      Scholarship

      The successful applicant will receive:
      • their course fees waived for the two-year candidature period of their research degree
      • a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years
      • $5,000 per year for two years for project-related provisions
      • $20,000 in total over the two-year candidature period for travel and accommodation-related costs for an international research trip including a research visit to the Long Room Hub
      How to apply

      Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.
      Principal Supervisor: Prof. Simon Biggs
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    Law and legal studies

    There are no research projects currently available in this topic of research.

    More research projects are added regularly, so if you’d like to be notified when new projects are available, please register your expression of interest. Alternatively, you can contact Research Degrees Admissions with any questions you may have about creating a project.

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    Mathematical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Applied mathematics

    • Lie symmetry analysis in regularised nonlinear diffusion problems
      Scholarship Available Dr Bronwyn Hajek Never closes
      About this Project
      We are seeking a motivated student to undertake an ARC funded PhD position in Applied Mathematics to work on a project titled “A Novel Geometric Approach to Shocks in Reaction-Nonlinear Diffusion Models”.

      Reaction-nonlinear diffusion models play a vital role in the study of cell migration and population dynamics. However, the presence of aggregation, or backward diffusion, leads to the formation of shock waves - distinct, sharp interfaces between different populations of densities of cells - and the breakdown of the model.

      The aim of this project is to develop new geometric methods to explain the formation and temporal evolution of shock waves in regularised reaction-nonlinear diffusion models and devise innovative tools in singular perturbation theory and stability analysis that will identify key parameters in the creation of shock waves, as well as their dynamic behaviour.

      To be successful in this project you should have a completed Honours Degree and have a strong background in mathematics. Knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be highly regarded: differential equations, PDEs, symmetry analysis, dynamical systems, group theory.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Scholarship Value
      A Scholarship worth $28,597 per annum for 3 years.

      Some funding is available for conference travel and for collaborative visits to the other project nodes.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Bronwyn Hajek
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    Physical sciences

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Atomic, molecular and optical physics

    • Triplet photon generation in optical fibres and their quantum properties
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Shahraam Afshar Never closes
      About this Project
      Are you intrigued by lasers and quantum physics and their role in shaping the future industry? The Commonwealth of Australia in collaboration with the University of South Australia and RMIT University have provided a PhD scholarship for a suitable candidate to work on the application of lasers and fibre optics for quantum application. The scholarship includes an attractive $40,000 living allowance plus equipment and conference travel funding. We are seeking high calibre and keen candidates with undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Knowledge of electromagnetic theory, optics and quantum physics are desirable.

      Eligibility & Financial Support
      A Scholarship is available for Australian Citizens. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of South Australia.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      Scholarship Value
      The Scholarship is worth $40,000 for 3.5 years.

      An allowance of $5000/year for three years for domestic conferences and $10000/Year for two years for international conferences is available. Expenses for airfares, car travel or removals for individuals required to relocate their place of residence to South Australia may be paid, with a maximum value of $1,485.

      Qualification
      Doctor of Philosophy.
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    Psychology

    Browse the available projects below, fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us with any enquiries.

    Social and personality psychology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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